Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem dominate Prometey with highest scoring quarter in BCL history
JERUSALEM (Israel) - Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem made a statement in front of their passionate home crowd inside Pais Arena with a 95-70 blowout win over Prometey in Game 1 of their Play-In series.
Turning point: Jerusalem got off to a blistering start, shooting 9-of-10 from three-point in the first quarter and scoring 40 points.
The 40 points were the most ever by any team in the first 10 minutes of a BCL game and is also tied for the most in a single quarter, as Ironi Nahariya scored 40 points in the second quarter against Bakken Bears in January 2017.
Jalen Adams and Adam Ariel combined for 18 of those 40 points and shot a perfect 6-of-6 from three-point.
Jerusalem became the fourth team ever to score more than 60 points in the first half of a BCL game; they are also the first since December 2019, when BAXI Manresa scored 65 points in the first 20 minutes against Torun.
Prometey were never in the game, as Jerusalem dominated from the opening tip, leading the whole way and by as many as 35 points.
Game heroes: Adams (18 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 6-of-8 FG, 4-of-5 3P) and Ariel (24 points, 4 rebounds, 8-of-12 FG, 6-of-8 3P) shot the ball efficiently all game, as they combined for 42 points, as well as 10 of the team's 16 threes.
They also only had one turnover between them all game.
Adam Ariel scored 24 points, the most for him in a single BCL game. He scored 15+ points in his last two appearances with Jerusalem after never scoring more than 11 points in any of his previous 11 games in the competition.
Stats don't lie: Jerusalem outscored Prometey by 18 points from three-point (16-of-32 compared to 10-of-31) and have scored more than 15 shots from behind the arc in two of their last three BCL games, after scoring that many in only two of their previous 45 league encounters.
Jerusalem also doubled Prometey in both steals (8-4) and blocks (6-3) with John Egbunu recording 2 steals and 2 blocks.
The Israeli club had a 47-33 advantage in points from the bench with Ariel (24 points), Noam Dovrat (9 points) and Willy Workman (8 points) combining for 41 of those points.
Bottom line: Jerusalem have grabbed a convincing 1-0 lead in the best-of-three series, while Prometey will look to even up the series when the two teams square off again in Ukraine on January 18.
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