Maccabi Hunter Haifa (11-11) will host Kiryat Gat (4-18) on Monday at 8:15 p.m. at Romema Arena. The Greens have been on a roll of late, winning 4 out of their last 5 games, which secured 6th place to cap the second round.
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Finished the Round In Style
Offer Rahimi’s players closed the first round with a 4-7 record. Rahimi managed to flip the team’s record in the second round with a 7-4 finish after defeating Eilat 81-72 in the final game of the second round to reach the .500 mark for the first time this season. Several Green players shined in the game against Eilat, Gregory Vargas led Haiffa with 23 points (3-of-3 from 3-PT) and Amit Simhon tallied 23 points in 37 minutes on the floor. John DiBartolomeo had the most versatile stat line with 12 points, 7 assists, 7 steals and 6 rebounds, totaling a 24 VAL, the highest on the team. Willy Workman returned to the court against Eilat — after recovering from an injury — for the first time since January 16 when the Greens lost to Kiryat Gat at Romema.
“I’m truly happy to be back on the court with my teammates,” Workman said. “As for the game, we know that Kiryat Gat is a dangerous team. We are committed to coming to the game with the right energy and passion in hopes to continue our recent winning streak.”
Looking For Payback
The Greens are looking for revenge after suffering an 85-80 loss to Kiryat Gat the last time they met at Romema. The best player in that game was Gregory Vargas who scored 21 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 42 minutes. Since the win over the Greens, Kiryat Gat has gone 1-7 with their sole win coming against Galil/Gilboa on the road. The Greens, on the other hand, have tallied 5 wins since that game.
“We have respect for Kiryat Gat and we remember what happened last time we faced them at Romema,” head coach Offer Rahimi said. “Our goal is to start the third round with a home win in front of our fans and keep moving forward.”
Head to head
Still In the League
Kiryat Gat will come to Romema with only 4 league wins out of 22 games. They are in last place in the standings, four games behind Ashdod. If they don’t turn something around, Kiryat Gat will find themselves back in the second division at the end of the season. It hasn’t been for lack of trying something different, as Kiryat Gat has replaced 6 players and a coach this season.
Elad Hasin’s team was very close to winning their last two home games, but lost two close games, 98-90 to Nahariya in overtime and 80-79 to Herzeliya. The two leading scorers for Kiryat Gat this season have been their most recent acquisitions, Brandon Bowman, who is averaging 15.7 points and 6.4 rebounds per game, and Josh Selby, who is tallying 15.6 points and 4.2 assists (and 4.1 turnovers) per game.