01 September, 2016
30 April, 2017
9 Niv Berkowitz (ISR), 3 Dru Joyce (BLR)
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Ironi Nahariya vs Tsmoki Minsk preview

The Story So Far: Ironi picked up a 70-66 win in the first leg in Minsk, so in case they protect on Thursday their four-point advantage they will clinch one of the two remaining spots in Regular Season Group A.


NAHARIYA (Basketball Champions League) – The boxscore of the Tuesday clash will tell you that the second units of the two teams were very closely matched, in fact Minsk had a slight advantage as they got 24 points from their bench while Ironi got 22. In actual fact however, a single bench player (Justin Gray) scored 20 of those 24 Minsk points.

The cornerstone of the Israeli team’s success in the first leg was their depth, as no less than 11 players took to the floor and nine of them wrote their name on the scoresheet.

A second very important detail was that although both teams came up with the exact same number of offensive boards, Ironi were the only ones who knew what to do with them, scoring 12 second-chance points to Minsk’s mere three.

Ironi however also showed a weakness on Tuesday, as despite the fact almost every player contributed on offence, Marquis Teague and Yancy Gates took the lions’ share of shooting attempts and combined for a discreet 10-of-28 from the floor.