Photo: Gal Fridman

FINAL: Maccabi Hunter Haifa 73, Maccabi Rishon Lezion 96

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The Greens routed at Romema by Rishon Lezion

Box Score

It was supposed to be a festive Friday afternoon outing at Romema against Maccabi Rishon, quickly turned sour for the Greens.   Maccabi Hunter Haifa fell to 1-2 on the season after being ripped by Rishon 96-73 in a game that was originally plated for the first week of the season but was postponed due to Maccabi’s annual NBA tour.

Brandon Bowman led Maccabi with 17 points on 6-7 shooting, while Luke Martinez returned to action after missing the first two games with an injury — posting 16 points, and Angel Rodriguez added 14 points and 7 assists in the loss.   The Greens couldn’t find the rim from long-distance, connecting on only 6-30 (20 percent) from three-point range.

Jason Siggers paced Rishon Lezion with 19 points, Drew Crawford posted 18 points and 6 rebounds and Murphy Holloway registered 17 points and 7 rebounds.  Former Haifa guard Avi Ben Chimol dished out 11 dimes and chipped in 3 points for Rishon.

Rishon raced out to an 11-0 lead as Maccabi Hunter Haifa looked out of sorts.   Rishon punished Haifa with their lack of defensive effort to extend their lead to 24-6 at the end of the first frame.  Not much changed in the second quarter for Hafia as Rishon widened the gap to 32-8 thanks to Ben Chimol and  Zalmanson.  The Greens trailed by 34 points at halftime, 59-25, on a dismal 1-of-15 shooting from beyond the arc.

In the third frame, Huber nailed a 3-pointer followed by a trey by Bowman to reduce the gap to 30 points.   The Greens managed a small 7-2 rally in the final frame to cut the deficit to 22 points but eventually succumbed to Rishon, 96-73.


HEAD COACH, OFFER RAHIMI: “It was an embarrassing game and I apologize to the fans.  We made some bad decisions and we missed open looks. We will do our best to lift the players, it will not be easy, since we have some problems, but we must play better defense, more aggressive and more as a team on offense.”
CAPTAIN, OZ BLAYZER: “I also take responsibility for that game.  I am a leading player on the team and I need to lead also with energy and basketball, and I didn’t do that today. It was like a snowball, we didn’t open the game aggressive enough and we gave them easy shots. They gave the first punch and we just went back, and from that time, it just became worse. We shouldn’t have that kind of game.”