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PREVIEW: Greens look to light up Romema for Hanukkah! Maccabi returns home to host Herzliya

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After over a month on the road, Maccabi Hunter Haifa (3-5) will host Beni Herzliya (2-6) tomorrow (Wednesday) at Romema in the ninth round of the Israeli Winner League. Tip-off is scheduled for 6:00 p.m.

Over 2,000 giveaways will be handed out to fans in attendance to celebrate Hanukkah.  A special menorah lighting ceremony will take place during pregame.

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More than a month away from home

Maccabi made the best of their extended three-game road trip, going 2-1 with two consecutive wins over Hapoel Tel Aviv and Eilat.  The Green’s opponent Beni Herzliya find themselves in last place and are coming off a recent coach changing — parting ways with Mickey Gorka, who was replaced by his assistant, Alon Stein.

Wednesday’s contest against Herzeliya will be Maccabi’s fourth home game of the season.  Their time at home will be brief, however, as they embark on another three-game road trip against Gilboa/Galil, Hapoel Jerusalem, and Rishon Lezion. 

The Greens will host State cup game against Ashdod at Romema on December 24 at 7:05 p.m.

“It’s good to come back to Romema after three tough road games,” said head coach, Offer Rahimi. “We must come to this game aggressive and show character, in order to finish with the win and make our fans happy.” 

Keys to the game

A quick look at the stats shows telling indicators between wins and losses in several statistical categories. controlling the glass is a major factor in determining the Greens’ success rate on the court.  Maccabi pulls down 35.3 caroms in victories, while in losses, they grab only 28.6 boards per game. 

Players performances are also a key — especially when it comes to Brandon Bowman and Angel Rodriguez.  Bowman (20.0 points) and Rodriguez (20.0 points) have thrived in Maccabi victories, but have seen significant drop-offs in losses with Bowman averaging just 10 points and Rodriguez scoring only 12.2 points.

“After two great wins, where we showed character and strong will, we’re headed back to Romema,” Bowman said. “The fans will see the best side of us, as we go for our third win in a row against Herzliya.”

Bnei Herzliya Report

Maccabi Hunter Haifa will be in the same position for the second straight game as both Eilat and Herzliya let go of their head coaches just prior to the game against the Greens. 

Herzliya has struggled thus far this season and is coming off two straight losses.  Shawn Dawson has been the most stable player on the team, registering four consecutive games in double figures (16.1 points and 6.0 rebounds per game). Herzliya also has made several roster changes, returning Aviram Zelekovits and signing Michael Efevberha, who in two games Has averaged 17.0 points per game.