Hapoel Start the Season with a Win

Hapoel "Bank Yahav" Jerusalem beat Maccabi Ashdod in the season opener

From: Hapoel Jerusalem - 08:35 | 12/10/2015 | (Photo by: Hapoel Jerusalem)

Hapoel "Bank Yahav" Jerusalem opened the 2015/16 Winner League campaign with a win over Maccabi Ashdod 91-76.

Over 6,000 fans at Pais Arena gave the reds a fantastic push that led them to victory. Donte Smith was elected as the match MVP after scoring 22 points and grabbing 8 rebounds. Yotam Halperin added 18 points with 4 three-pointers and new addition E.J Rowland finished with 14 points and 5 assists.

The game started slowly for Hapoel and Maccabi Ashdod led most of the 1st half but Halperin's three-pointers kept the reds in the game. In the 2nd half, it was Smith who took control over the game and his offensive skills were too much for the visitors defense. The energies in both sides of the court by Rowland, Timor and Gaffney finished the game in the 4th quarter but the highlight of the night was a massive dunk by Smith which raised the fans onto their feet. 

Scored for Hapoel "Bank Yahav" Jerusalem: Smith 22 points, Halperin 18 points, Rowland 14 points, Eliyahu 12 points, Timor 9 points, Gaffney 7 points, Fischer 5 points, Menco and Mayor 2 points each.

Maccabi Ashdod: Swan 17 points, Garrett 17 points.

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