Maccabi Hunter Haifa (6-8) will travel to Gan Ner on Monday for a 7:20 p.m. tip-off against Hapoel Gilboa/Galil (5-9). After a dramatic and disappointing 85-80 overtime loss last week to Kiryat Gat at Romema, which snapped Haifa’s three-game winning streak, the Greens are hoping to regain their momentum at Gilboa Galil.
In the first round of the league, Gilboa/Galil came to Romema and edged Haifa, 83-78. John DiBartolomeo had a great game with 18 points and 5 rebounds in 30 minutes. However, DiBartolomeo injured his hand and was sidelined for the next 6 weeks. Since his return to the court, the guard is averaging 16.0 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in four games.
“The game tomorrow is very important for us to win,” Head Coach Offer Rahimi said. “We will have to come very determined in order to take the game and gain back our momentum in the league.”
Like He Never Left
Gregory Vargas returned to the Greens earlier this month and has played two games with the team. After recording an impressive double-double in his first game against Herzeliya on 10 points and 11 assists, he was the go-to-guy for the Greens against Kiryat Gat, leading the team in points (21), rebounds (8) and assists (4), in 42 minutes.
“Gilboa/Galil has had several great wins in the league this season, so we know we are up for a tough game,” said Vargas. “My teammates will come focused and give everything they have on the court.”
Head to Head
Galil Scouting report
Gilboa/Galil registered an impressive road win against Maccabi Tel Aviv (92-91) in the 10th week of the league, but since that game, the team has spiraled down to 11th place in the league with 4 straight losses — being outscored by an average of 25 points per game. They suffered a major hit, as their best player, Murphy Holloway, who averaged 16.1 points and 8.5 rebounds per game, was injured. To replace Holloway, the Reds signed Gilberto Clavell, who played one game with the team against Jerusalem and posted 8 points and 6 rebounds in 25 minutes.
Besides Holloway, another three players in Red are averaging double figures in points scored, Jason Siggers (16.4), Eric Griffin (15.3) and Michael Qualls (13.6). The ball distributors on the team are Israelis Joaquin Szuchman and Ezequiel Skverer (3.6 assists per game each) and the bench player Ziv Ben Zvi (3.0 assists per game).