Maccabi Hunter Haifa head back to Rishon looking to even series

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The Greens will head to Rishon Lezion tomorrow (Monday) at 9 p.m. in the fourth game of the quarterfinals series looking to face off elimination and even the series at 2-2. Maccabi Hunter Haifa earned an impressive victory at RK Arena last Friday (83-66) to force the series to a fourth game.

After two average games in the series (7 points and 5 rebounds per game), John DiBartolomeo exploded in game three at home with a game-high 21 points and 9 rebounds. DiBartolomeo was named MVP of the game. Leroy Hickerson, who was named to the Top 5 of the League for the Week, contributed 15 points and 4 rebounds in 18 minutes in his best game this season.

“Playing in Rishon is always a challenge but we’ve proven we can win there,” DiBartolomeo said. “We need to play with even more intensity and pace than we did in game 3 to force a game 5.”

Will Graves also had a good game, spending only a minute on the bench, dropped 19 points and 4 rebounds. It appears the Green forward prefers to play in Haifa — in both home games he averaged 19.5 points, 4 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. In the second game, he scored 3 points and grabbed 2 rebounds.

Maccabi Hunter Haifa’s bench is much more effective than Rishon’s. Rishon the bench players are contributing 10.7 points (14.2%) out of the team’s total points, while the Greens’ bench is averaging 26.0 points (35.0%).

Arik Shivek’s 4 dominant player have played well, Darryl Monroe (7 rebounds and 5 assists and Dawson scored 15 points each and Chris Wright (9 rebounds) and Mark Lyons (6 assists) registered 11 points each. In this game, Rishon’s bench scored only 9 points.