We like to talk about runs and turnovers in basketball games, but sometimes all that matters is the start. This is what happened today (Saturday) in Hapoel Tel Aviv’s 75:105 win over Nes Ziona, which put Danny Franco’s Reds up 0:2 in the opening game.
Scored for Hapoel Tel Aviv: Xavier Manford 30 points (12 of 16 from the field), Tomer Ginat 17, Jaylen Hurd 11, Jordan McRae and Chinano Onuaku 9 each, Gil Benny 8, Bar Timur and Jacob Brown 7 each, Idan Zalmanson 6, Eyal Harel 2.
Ness Ziona scored: Tyler Bay 23 with 14 rebounds, Raz Adam (7-for-12) 21 points, Jerome Mainsey 12, Ronnie Harrell 7, Tsuf Ben Moshe 5, Shaq Buchanan 3, Tomer Levinson and DJ Cooper (12 assists ) 2 each. Cooper was selected for the first five of the season and received a ceremony before the game.
Hapoel Tel Aviv opened its strongest, then increased. Danny Franco’s boys looked for and found Chinano Onuaku early on and went up 0:9, an advantage that became 9:18, 13:26 and reached 33:55 at the beginning of the second half. They just looked like they were bigger than Nes Ziona, not a bad attacking team, by some measures. Both physically in the case of Onuaku and in terms of basketball.
Hapoel was one step ahead of Elad Hassin’s fighting group. They managed to dominate defense and attack with a balanced game, and looked like the better team and by a significant margin. The away victory is important, because it raised Hapoel to an almost indelible 0:2. Ness Ziona will have to win twice at the Drive In to advance.
sincerely? It’s hard to see that happening. Hapoel managed to lead with a double-digit lead throughout the game even on a bad three-point shooting day and without an exceptional day in the offensive rebound or personal excellence of any of the stars. Today is all they needed.-
The third game between the teams, in the series which as mentioned is 0:2 Adom, will be this Tuesday at 19:00. Nes Ziona must win to maintain a chance, and the winner here will meet the winner between Hapoel Jerusalem and Bnei Herzliya (0:1 to Jerusalem).-
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