Maccabi Hunter Haifa (0-1) will face Ironi Ness Ziona on Monday. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:10 p.m. at Romema. The runner-up Greens open Romema after a tough road loss at Ashdod last week. Maccabi will also play against Rishon Lezion at Romema on Friday at 2:30 p.m.
Looking to bounce back
Offer Rahimi’s Greens will play the second game this season (on Friday they will complete game 1) after a lopsided defeat at Ashdod, 90-61. Only two players scored in double-figures for the Greens — Willy Workman and Angel Rodriguez registered 11 points apiece. Brad Greenberg’s totally team dominated Maccabi after an early 10-0 Haifa run.
“We are coming off a tough loss at Ashdod. It’s important to take our first home game of the season and for us to play much better as a team,” Maccabi Hunter Haifa’s head coach, Offer Rahimi, said before the game.
Maccabi and Ironi Ness Zion’s have faced one another eight times in the regular season. Maccabi have won five games compared to three games by Ness Ziona. Until 2015-16 season, each team had won at their respective home courts, but the Greens broke that streak with a 104-103 heroic win, after two overtimes which included an improbable five points in five seconds. In the last game between the sides at Romema, the Greens beat Ness Ziona 74-57.
“Tomorrow is a great opportunity for us to bounce back from a tough loss and also protect our home court in front of ours fans!” Angel Rodriguez said.
Road Team Report
Ness Ziona (1-1) come into Romema after playing two league games — a loss at Herzeliya 72-58 in their first game and a victory over Gilboa/Galil at home, 79-71. Nadav Zilbershtain’s Israelis were great in the win — Elad Hoffman scored 18 points, Elishay Kadir added 10 points and veteran Tal Dunne had a nice stats line with 7 points, 5 rebounds and 10 assists.
The Oranges will get a significant boost when swingman, Daequan Cook, received his first minutes in the league. Cook came back from an injury and will be registered for the game instead of Jermaine Beal. Cook has played 354 career NBA games — including winning the 2009 NBA All-star 3-point contest.