05 October, 2021
15 May, 2022
21 Ismael Bako (MANR), 5 Guillem Jou (MANR), 11 Adam Ariel (JERU)
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Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem lose second close game, Baxi Manresa stay undefeated

JERUSALEM (Israel) - In a back-and-forth contest that featured 13 lead changes and a biggest lead of only eight points, Baxi Manresa held off Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem 73-68.

In the end, it came down to key missed free throws for Jerusalem just like in their first loss to Pinar Karsiyaka.

Turning point: A three-pointer by Jalen Adams gave Jerusalem a 67-66 lead with 55 seconds left, but after a Manresa timeout, Elias Valtonen responded with a three of his own to give Manresa a 69-67 lead with 45 seconds left.

Adams then drew a foul with 26 seconds left, but he missed two clutch free throws that would have tied the game.

Down 71-68, Jerusalem had one last chance to get a shot to send the game to overtime, but they weren't able to inbound the ball on two tries, ultimately turning it over.

Game heroes: Manresa's Sylvain Francisco (23 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 8-of-15 FG, 3-of-7 3P) and Jerusalem's Adams (24 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 10-of-22 FG, 4-of-7 3P) had a scoring duel, with both players doing most of their damage in the later stages of the game.

Francisco scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and Adams scored 17 points in the second half.

Stats don't lie: A key difference in the game was three-point shooting.

Jerusalem struggled, shooting 6-of-32 from three-point on their home court.

Jerusalem grabbed 14 more total rebounds (55-41) and 14 more offensive rebounds (22-8) than Manresa, but despite this, both teams had 15 second chance points.

Bottom line: Jerusalem are now 0-2 in Group B with both losses coming in front of their enthusiastic home fans.

The Israeli team will travel to face Arged BM Stal Ostrow Wielkopolski on Oct. 27.

Manresa are 2-0 and sit atop the group along with Karsiyaka.

The Spanish team will travel to face Karsiyaka in a clash of unbeaten teams on Oct. 26 with the winner gaining the upper hand in the group.


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