Final score Volgograd 79 Hapoel 78

First loss in the new arena

From: Web Site Editor - 11:57 | 23/10/2014 | (Photo by: Oren Ben Hakon)

Hapoel opened the game with Kitchen, Wright, Smith, Eliyahu and Jones. Both teams were trading baskets until DJ Kennedy went off for 5 consecutive points, giving Volgograd a 16-11 lead.  In the second quarter, both teams tightened up their defense and at one point Hapoel was down by 11 points.  However, a follow up dunk by Smith and a 3-pointer by Kitchen helped the momentum shift towards Hapoel.  At half time, Hapoel was only down 6 points with a score of 45-39. Hapoel came back strong in the third quarter regaining the lead for the first time since the first quarter with a scored of 54-50.  During the fourth quarter, however, Hapoel only scored 1 point in the first six and half minutes and the Russians regained the lead.  With just seconds left in the game, DJ Kennedy missed a three-pointer and Hapoel regained possession of the ball. Hapoel came up just short of winning the game with a final score of 79-78.

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