Jerusalem extend unbeaten stretch to 57 days, claim top spot in Group I
MIES (Switzerland) - Whoever wants to eliminate Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem will have to do it with at least one win in Israel. That's because Aleksandar Dzikic's men defeated SIG Strasbourg in France and took first spot in Group I.
It finished 71-63, meaning Jerusalem haven't lost a game in nearly two months, collecting 12 in a row in all competitions following their defeat to JDA Bourgogne Dijon back on January 25.
Turning point: Jerusalem opened up a double digit lead already n the first half and held on to it until early in the fourth, when Strasbourg thought they had a chance after reducing the deficit to 8 points, especially as Zach Hankins was struggling with foul trouble and Levi Randolph sat out the entire second half with an eye injury.
But the comeback didn't materialize because Khadeen Carrington scored four unanswered points to make it a 12-point gap with just five minutes to play. More than enough to steer the Hapoel ship back home safely.
Game hero: Carrington started the game on the bench, but provided immediate impact once his name was called. He finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists, getting BCL season-highs in boards and dimes to give Jerusalem the homecourt advantage in the Quarter-Finals.
𝐖𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 players make 𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 plays - even if it means a chasedown block by a 6'4'' @deencarringtonn to prevent a comeback 😤#BasketballCL | @JerusalemBasket pic.twitter.com/ZJ7aVv4ylO— Basketball Champions League (@BasketballCL) March 22, 2023
Stats don't lie: You're not going to defeat anybody on a 2-of-25 shooting night from beyond the arc. SIG Strasbourg learned that the hard way.
Bottom line: Jerusalem have won 12 games in a row in all competitions, picking up the Israeli State Cup along the way. With the players on fire and coach Dzikic extending his contract during that period, Hapoel are just two wins away from reaching their first ever BCL Final Four.
The Quarter-Finals draw is on Friday, with 5-1 Jerusalem facing BAXI Manresa, AEK or UCAM Murcia. Strasbourg at 4-2 will be in the unseeded part of the draw, up against Telekom Baskets Bonn, Unicaja or Lenovo Tenerife, without homecourt advantage.
In the other Group I game, Hapoel Atsmon Holon erased a 22-point deficit to defeat JDA Bourgogne Dijon 88-81 in overtime and finish the Round of 16 at 1-5. Dijon were 2-4 in this phase.