Maccabi Bazan Haifa fought to the bitter end, but unfortunately had no answer for Eilat’s Khalif Wyatt, who scored 35 points, including 8-of-10 from downtown as Haifa was eliminated, 85-75, in game 5. Dagan Yivzori and Moran gave great performances with 26 points and 15 points respectively and Rene Rougeau notched a double-double on 13 points and 10 rebounds in the loss.
Maccabi Bazan Haifa and Hapoel Eilat didn’t give a hint which team had the edge in the first half. Moran Roth was sharp for Haifa, netting 8 points in the first quarter, including two from long distance, as Haifa took an early 14-10 lead. Eilat’s Adrian Uter erased Haifa’s edge at the end of the quarter to knot the score at 19-19.
Eilat grabbed their first lead of the game on a Khalif Wyatt three-pointer. However, the Greens answered back with Will Graves burying a 3-pointer from the corner, his first points since returning from his knee injury, to give the edge back to Haifa at 24-22. Khalif Wyatt had the shooting touch from beyond the arc as he drained his fourth trey to regain the advantage for Eilat at 32-27. Dagan Yivzori was able to get to the rim as he scored 7 points in the quarter. Rougeau had a chance to tie score at the line going into the half, but missed both shots as the Greens went into the break trailing 36-34.
A quick 8-0 run by Eilat in the second half on a series of three-pointers by Wyatt and Palmer, as well as a turnover and fast-break dunk by Kadir set Haifa back on their heels at 44-34 at the 8:38 mark. However, Yivzori spurred a 15-6 run for Haifa as he crossed the 20-point mark, whittling the deficit down to 58-57 at the end the third quarter.
Ike Ofoegbu put the Greens back on top with a turnaround layup, but Haifa’s lead was shortlived as Wyatt scored five points for Eilat, including an incredible shot from downtown off the glass to put Eilat up 63-59. The Greens fought back to tie the score at 67-67 on Yivzori layup, but Wyatt was in the zone as netted his 8th three-pointer to stretch the lead back to 76-69. The Greens tried to creep back, but to no avail as they were ousted 85-75.