Greens fall short in Game 5, eliminated by Eilat

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Maccabi Bazan Haifa fought to the bitter end, but unfortunately had no answer for Eilat’s Khalif Wyatt, who scored 35 points, including 8-of-10 from downtown as Haifa was eliminated, 85-75, in game 5.  Dagan Yivzori and Moran gave great performances with 26 points and 15 points respectively and Rene Rougeau notched a double-double on 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.

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“At the end of the day, we lost due to an incredible personal show by one player. I have to give credit to Eilat, which played great at their home,” coach Rami Hadar said.
“We had so many hard games, and Ike was always there for us.  I have to give credit to Eilat for closing him well. I am very proud that we were tough and intense throughout the season, and I am very proud of my players,” added Hadar.
“Several months ago this team was at the bottom of the standings, and let’s say that Maccabi Tel Aviv was hoping not to get us in the semis,” Roth said. “Rami Hadar is a great coach, and I really wanted to do it for him. Eilat came and fought all the series, and that’s the playoffs.”

Maccabi Bazan Haifa and Hapoel Eilat didn’t give a hint which team had the edge in the first half. Moran Roth was sharp for Haifa, netting 8 points in the first quarter, including two from long distance, as Haifa took an early 14-10 lead. Eilat’s Adrian Uter erased Haifa’s edge at the end of the quarter to knot the score at 19-19.

Eilat grabbed their first lead of the game on a Khalif Wyatt three-pointer. However, the Greens answered back with Will Graves burying a 3-pointer from the corner, his first points since returning from his knee injury, to give the edge back to Haifa at 24-22. Khalif Wyatt had the shooting touch from beyond the arc as he drained his fourth trey to regain the advantage for Eilat at 32-27. Dagan Yivzori was able to get to the rim as he scored 7 points in the quarter. Rougeau had a chance to tie score at the line going into the half, but missed both shots as the Greens went into the break trailing 36-34.

A quick 8-0 run by Eilat in the second half on a series of three-pointers by Wyatt and Palmer, as well as a turnover and fast-break dunk by Kadir set Haifa back on their heels at 44-34 at the 8:38 mark. However, Yivzori spurred  a 15-6 run for Haifa as he crossed the 20-point mark, whittling the deficit down to 58-57 at the end the third quarter.

Ike Ofoegbu put the Greens back on top with a turnaround layup, but Haifa’s lead was shortlived as Wyatt scored five points for Eilat, including an incredible shot from downtown off the glass to put Eilat up 63-59. The Greens fought back to tie the score at 67-67 on Yivzori layup, but Wyatt was in the zone as netted his 8th three-pointer to stretch the lead back to 76-69. The Greens tried to creep back, but to no avail as they were ousted 85-75.