Maccabi Hunter Haifa made a valiant effort to climb back from a double-digit deficit against Maccabi Ashdod in the second half, but couldn’t get over the hump as they were downed 90-83 on the road. The nearly two-week layover, seemed to have an affect on the Greens performance, but team captain Chanan Colman said he was making no excuses for the loss.
“We always felt we could get back into the game, but you could tell that we were a little rusty, we weren’t in our normal game shape,” Colman said.
Maccabi Ashdod’s Willy Workman put in work tonight with an Israeli league career-high 18 points and 7 rebounds, while Jonathan Skjolderbrand burned Haifa on 16 points on 3-of-5 from downtown, snaring 6 rebounds.
Five Maccabi Hunter Haifa players scored in double figures, led by Gregory Vargas’ 18 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists, while John Dibartolomeo posted 16 points in the loss.
“We failed on the defense side, especially inside the paint, and it helped them from outside,” coach Rami Hadar said. Of course, we have to give credit to Ashdod. We have to be more accurate before the next game,because today we didn’t execute so well.”
The Greens rallied with a 12-3 run in the third quarter to whittle the gap to 60-59 at the end of the third quarter. However, in the final quarter, every Haifa run was answered by Ashdod, as Haifa dropped to 13-8 on the season (4-7 on the road). The Greens return to action on Tuesday, March 8 as they host Maccabi Rishon Lezion at RK Arena in the final game of the second round.