The Greens’ second round by the numbers

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After finishing the first round with a 4-7 record, Maccabi Hunter Haifa flipped it around — finishing the second round 7-4 to get to the .500 mark for the first time this season. Just before the third round tips off on Monday, here are 10 interesting facts from the second round.

 

  • Head-to-Head: The Greens lost twice to only two teams this season, the league leaders, Maccabi Tel Aviv and Hapoel Holon. On the other hand, Maccabi won both games only against two teams, Maccabi Ashdod and Hapoel Eilat.   For the remaining seven squads, the Greens split the series.
  • Scoring better, Guarding well: In the first round, the Greens from the Carmel averaged 81.0 points per game, while their opponents scored 80.5 points per game. In the second round, Maccabi averaged 83.5 points per night, while holding their opponents to 75.8 points per game on average.
  • Follow the leader: Amit Simhon has held the top spot as the best Israeli scorer in the league almost all season long, averaging 15.1 points per game. In 11 games in the first round, Simhon averaged 14.7 points per game, and in 10 games in the second round, he tallied 15.6 points per game.
  • Successful swap: Gregory Vargas joined the team after the start of the second round.  In 10 games, Vargas averaged 15.4 points, 6.5 assists, 5.5 rebounds and 1.8 steals.  He replaced Alex Perez, who had a solid first round with 9.7 points, 4.6 assists, 2.6 rebounds and 1.9 steals per game.
  • Improving: Will Graves closed the first round with 9.1 points and 4.2 rebounds per game,  while improving his numbers to 11.4 points and 4.0 rebounds per game to cap the second round.
  • Better from Long Distance:Oz Blayzer showed improvement in scoring (10.3 in the first to 12.8 in the second), as well as from three-point range, going from 21% in the first round to 35% in the second.
  • Fewer turnovers: 15.1 turnovers. That’s how many TO’s the Greens committed in the first round, but in the second, they handled the ball better with only 12.6 turnovers per game. The Greens are averaging only 13.9 turnovers per game which are tied for the third-fewest in the league.
  • Peak game: The best game of the Greens so far this season occurred in the second round in a 99-65 rout of Herzeliya at Romema.  Several season records were broken during that game, including points scored, the largest margin of victory (34), highest VAL (123) and the highest number of assists (25).
  • New club high: In the win over Gilboa/Galil on the road, the Greens set a new franchise record for made 3-pointers with 16 shots from downtown.  Simhon drained 7, Blayzer and Vargas had 3 each, DiBartolomeo added 2 and Mendez-Valdez chipped in one.
  • Less defensive rebounds:In the first round, the Greens pulled down 36.9 rebounds per game, 26.0 of them defensive. In the second round, however, they managed only 23.0 defensive boards, finishing the second round with 33.8 rebounds per night.