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PREVIEW: Maccabi Hunter Haifa at Maccabi Tel Aviv

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Maccabi Hunter Haifa (1-2) will head to Maccabi Tel Aviv (3-0) on Monday in the fourth round of the Israeli League season for a scheduled 9:00 p.m. tip-off. The contest will be broadcast on Sport5.

The Greens are coming off a disappointing performance at home against Rishon Lezion last Friday, while the Yellows are coming off two tight losses in the Euroleauge.

Maccabi reinforced their roster with the announcement of the signing of center Reggie Buckner on Saturday, who will serve a two-game suspension from last season in Eilat.  He is scheduled to be eligible to play against Nahariya.  

On Saturday at 8:30pm, Maccabi Hunter Haifa will host Hapoel Holon at Romema – Buy your tickets here

Slow Start

Both of Maccabi’s losses to Ashdod and Rishon have been blowouts — and were essentially out of reach at halftime. The Greens’ victory came in a dramatic overtime contest at Romema over Ness Ziona. 

“After the ability we showed on Friday, I expect that we will come to fight and at the same time improve our offensive flow,” Head coach, Rahimi said.

Broke the Curse

The Greens earned a great achievement last season — beating the Yellows twice at their home court. Maccabi Hunter Haifa broke a 55-game regular season losing streak against Maccabi Tel Aviv on the road, dominating the Yellows (79-63) in the 28th Round.  The second Green win was even more significant, eliminating the Yellows, 85-74, in the Israeli League Playoff Semi-final to advance to the Israeli League Final. 

“We are heading into a difficult road game tomorrow, so we’ll have to play a lot tougher and hit our shots in order to come out on top,” said Roi Huber. 

Maccabi Tel Aviv Report

Neven Spahija’s Maccabi Tel Aviv team looks solid in the Israeli League with three staight wins to open the season (at Eilat, at home against Herzeliya and at Gan Ner). The leading scorer for the Yellows is Norris Cole (11.5 PPG), followed by former the Greens’ star, John DiBartolomeo (11.3 PPG). Karam Mashour, who came from Herzeliya, has yet to find his rhythm, and in two games, has scored only 2 points.