Maccabi Playtika Tel Aviv, which holds a three-game winning streak in all competitions heading into the second week of the Winner League, looks to win their fourth straight facing Bnei Herzliya on the road (Sunday, 19:30, live on Sport5 - channel 55). The matchup was scheduled for the fifth league fixture but, this will be the Yellow & Blue's second contest as part of the domestic competition.
The Israeli champions hold a perfect record in all local games: Securing a spot in the Winner Cup Finals after victories over Hapoel Haifa and Maccabi Rishon Le'Zion, a win in the Winner League season opener versus Hapoel Eilat, and a victory over Maccabi Ashdod in the first round of the State Cup.
On the other hand, Bnei Herzliya played three games in the local league as Sharon Druckers's squad is still looking for their first win of the season after losing to Hapoel Haifa 79:80, Ironi Nes Ziona 74:80, and Hapoel Eilat 78:103.
Frank Gaines has been the team's top offensive force scoring 19.3 points per night, behind him are Kendall Anthony (13.3 points and five assists), Jaylen Morris 12.3, and the forward Gabe Levin with 11.7 points per game. The Herzliya roster lists two additional foreigners, Jakim Donaldson and Coty Clarke, as the Israeli core features veterans Nizan Hanochi, Elishay Kadir, and Aviram Zelekovits.
In the head to head matchups throughout the years, the Yellow & Blue have a commanding 55:10 record over Herzilya and 34:6 on the road. Maccabi won the past six meetings as the opponent's last win goes back to April 2017 in Yovel Arena. Jeff Adrien led the hosts with 27 points as Victor Rudd tallied 23 points, eight assists, and seven rebounds for Maccabi.