Maccabi Haifa suffered their worst loss of the season, 103-63, tonight at the hands of first place Maccabi Tel Aviv. Without registering guard Yogev Ohyaon, forward Devin Smith and center Arinze Onuaku, Maccabi Tel Aviv dominated the Greens in all aspects of the game, shooting 54.8 percent from the field. Tel Aviv’s Jordan Farmar led the Yellows with 18 points and 7 assists. Haifa was paced by Alex Chubrevich, who posted 14 points and 7 rebounds.
“We didn’t bring the necessary effort,” a deflated Will Graves said after the game. “We just didn’t play Maccabi Haifa basketball and we let the game get away from us.”
The Greens fell behind early to Maccabi Tel Aviv as they jumped out to a 9-2 lead over Haifa. Alex Chubrevich single highhandedly pulled Haifa back, scoring 10 first quarter points. Tel Aviv burned Haifa from beyond the arc as they buried 5-of-9 from downtown with Guy Pnini hitting 3-of-4. The Greens tried to keep pace with Tel Aviv as Rene Rougeau brought Haifa within 25-24, but Tel Aviv finished the quarter with a 30-24 advantage over Haifa.
In the second quarter, Tel Aviv continued to push the tempo as they went on a 13-4 run to widen their lead to 43-28 at the 4:23 mark of the period. The Greens defensive pressure led to several unforced turnovers by Maccabi Tel Aviv as Haifa remained within 51-35 at the break. Tel Aviv shot 52.9 percent (18-of-34) at the half with Guy Pnini leading the way on 12 points.
After a 3-pointer by Chanan Colman to start the third quarter, Tel Aviv responded with a 15-2 run to put the Yellows up 68-40 past the midway point of the period. Tel Aviv continued to pour it on Haifa’s lackluster performance as they stretched the gap to 83-46 at the end of the third.
In the final period, Tel Aviv’s Ofoegbu and Itay Segev made emphatic jams as they completely dominated Haifa to complete a 40-point victory, 103-63 .
Haifa will face Nes Ziona next at RK Arena on Monday, November 30, where Haifa has a 11-game home winning streak, dating back to last season.