A fourth quarter power outage couldn’t stop Haifa as seven Green players scored in double figures
In the first game of the Winner League third round, Maccabi Hunter Haifa (12-11) notched their third straight victory and fifth out of their last six games — torching last-place Kiryat Gat 99-78 on Monday evening at Romema.
A fourth quarter power outage held the game in limbo, but the lights eventually turned back on and play resumed. At the end of regulation, seven Green players finished in double figures, led by Will Graves’ 19 points on 5-of-6 shooting from downtown.
“When you have great teammates like John and Vargas, it helps a lot,” said Amit Simhon, who tallied 18 points on 7-of-13 from the field to go along with six assists and five boards. “I am very happy that we won and that we look good. We are looking up and there has been an amazing improvement since the second round. We have to keep it up in the third round in order to come in good shape for the playoffs.”
Gregory Vargas posted 14 points and 9 assists, while captain Oz Blayzer also netted 14 points while snaring 7 caroms. Willy Workman came off the bench to chip in 11 points in 14 minutes and big man Kevinn Pinkney added 10 points in 14 minutes.
“Our players are playing great with one another and are gelling as a team,” said head coach Offer Rahimi. “Vargas has been controlling the game and our key is moving the ball well.”
The Greens next opponent is Nahariya on the road on Saturday, March 25th.