Three days after Barcelona & four days before Sopott, Pini Gershon & his playershoped for an easy outing against the bottom team in the Super League. But Mickey Berkowitz that made the champions to work hard before winning
Maccabi left out Anthony Parker & Nikola Vujcic and until the end of the third period it looked like an expensive gamble. Maccabi led 31-21 at the end of the first quarter. Ramat Hasharon came back to 34-32 and at half time 51-45.
Two minutes into the third and 55-55. The visitors took a 62-60 lead and increased it to 67-61. Two Solomon`s three pointers made it 67-67. Maccabi`s defense turned aggressive and enabled them top go on a 14-2 run to lead 75-69 and 77-74 at the end of the period. From 80-77 Maccabi ran 13-0. With three minutes to go Solomon made it 101-79 and that was that.
Stats: 2 pts – Maccabi 59%, Ramat Hasharon 46%, 3pts – Maccabi 48% (12-25), RH 40%, FT – Maccabi 75%, RH 67%. Rebound – Both teams on 35. Assists – Maccabi 16, RH 14, Steals _ Maccabi 15, RH 11, Blocked Shots – Maccabi 5, RH 1.
The spectators elected Will Solomon as MVP with 26 pts in 69% FG (4-8 for three) & 6 assists. But Jamie Arnold had the highest valuation (35) with 24 pts in 70% FG, 10 rbds & 2 steals. Tal Burstein continued where he left in Barcelona with 22 pts (4-6 for three) in 64% FG, & 5 rbds.
Three other Maccbai players scored in double figures: Sharp 14, Baston 13 & 6 rbds & Penney 11 pts. Sharon Shason & Yaniv Green played but did not score.
Top player for Ramat Hasharon was Terence Shannon with 27 pts & 5 rbds. Brandon Hughes added 21 pts (5-9 for three).