Hapoel 81 Rishon 78

Hapoel "Bank Yahav" Jerusalem advances to Israeli Cup semi finals

From: Eilam Shapira - 00:05 | 29/12/2014 | (Photo by: Dor Kedmi)

Smith, Jones, and Eliyahu scored the majority of Hapoel's 22 first quarter points. A three pointer by Ariel followed by points from Kitchen and Gaffney topped off a 8-0 run by The Reds in the second quarter. Rishon responded with a run of their own taking the lead 39-35. Smith hit a big three pointer just before that half and cut the Rishon lead down to one point 39-38.


Rishon opened the second half with great energy jumping to a 56-43 lead forcing Hapoel to call a time out. After the time out, Ariel hit a three pointer, Kitchen scored and easy two, and Wright hit a corner three cutting the lead down to only two points going into the fourth.

Both teams traded baskets and showed great heart in the fourth quarter. However, neither time was able to fully gain control and the game went into overtime. The extra period opened with a three pointer by Ariel followed by points from Rishon. With only 28 seconds remaining in the game, Hapoel's veteran post player Yaniv Green hit three consecutive free throws giving The Reds a four point lead 79-75. In the end, Hapoel triumphed over Rishon 81-78 earning them a spot in the Israeli Cup semi final game.      

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