All or nothing – The Greens look to close out series against Rishon in Game 5

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All or nothing – The Greens look to close out series against Rishon in Game 5

After being down 0-2 to MACCABI Rishon in the best of 5 quarterfinals series, Maccabi Hunter Haifa rallied to even the series at 2-2 after defeating Rishon 75-65 on the road on Monday to force a decisive fifth game at RK Arena. The Greens have a quick turnaround as they face Rishon tomorrow (Wednesday) in Game 5 at 7:45 p.m. at RK Arena. The winner will face Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Final-Four on Monday at the Arena in Jerusalem.

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The fourth game was an all out battle, but the Greens showed they their guts once again to win the game. Gregory Vargas shined with an impressive stat line of 18 points, 8 assists and 6 rebounds. Will Graves added 18 points while snaring 6 caroms. The MVP of the game was captain Chanan Colman, who was averaging 6.0 points in the first three games, but broke out from 3-point range with 5-of-7 on his way to 17 points and 4 steals.

“Tomorrow’s game is a great opportunity for us to fight in front of our home crowd and give them another victory! The game will not be easy, but we have shown we are here for battle,” Graves said. “The strength of our fans behind us is like our sixth man.”

In the last two games of the series, Maccabi proved that their defense is the difference maker.  The Greens allowed 80.0 points to Rishon in the first two games of the series – resulting in two losses – compared to 65.5 points in the two victories in games 3 and 4.

Maccabi Rishon would love to forget the last game – Mark Lyons especially. The point guard scored 7 points, snapping his 8 game streak of scoring in double figures. He shot 1-of-7 from downtown, while the team shot a dreadful -2-of-17 on the night. Only two players scored more than 9 points, Monroe with 21 and Dawson with 10 points.