Maccabi Hunter Haifa will travel tomorrow (Monday) at 7:10 p.m. to face Maccabi Rishon Lezion in the second game of the quarterfinal series down 0-1 after a 71-69 loss at RK Arena last Thursday. The team will return to the third game on this Friday at 4 p.m. at RK Arena
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The Greens managed to force their defensive game style against Rishon holding them to 71 points, but on the offensive side, the Greens suffered from a poor shooting night from beyond the arc (21% with 5 of 24), scoring 69 points. John DiBartolomeo was off from 3-point range, connecting on only 1-of-8 from downtown. Over the last two games, he is averaging 11.8% from 3-point land (2-of-17). Last game, the guard scored 9 points and set a season high with 8 rebounds.
“The series just began and we have to come with the same intensity we showed all season long I n order to win the game and bring back our home court advantage,” Maccabi Hunter Haifa head coach Rami Hadar said.
The best player on the Green side was without a doubt, Will Graves. The forward finished with 20 points, 4 rebounds, 3 assists and a total 19 VAL. On the defensive side, Alex Chubrevich was dominant with 9 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks.
“The series just started. Our goal is to come back to Haifa on Friday tied, and play again in front of our great fans,” Chubrevich said.
Rishon continued to rely on three players, who scored 63% of the team’s points. Mark Lyons had another great shooting night from downtown (5-of-6) as he scored 23 points. Chris Wright contributed 12 points of his own and Darryl Monroe who finished the regular season with the best VAL average in the league (24.2), notched a double-double on 10 points and 15 rebounds and added 5 assists to finish with 20 VAL.
Shawn Dawson had some difficulty handling the Greens’ defense, contributing only 8 points and 4 rebounds — his regular season average is 15.7 points per game. Kevin Palmer who played for Arik Shivek in Eilat last season, scored only 3 points in 15 minutes.