04 October, 2022
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4 Chris Johnson (HOLO), 35 Zach Hankins (JLM)
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Jerusalem improve to 3-1, eliminate Holon

JERUSALEM (Israel) - Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem treated their fans inside Pais Arena to a 77-65 home win against Hapoel Atsmon Holon in the all-Israeli affair, sweeping Holon and also eliminating them from Season Seven of the Basketball Champions League.

Jerusalem have now won seven of their last eight games in the BCL, while Holon on the other hand, have lost four games in a row, which is tied for their longest losing streak in the competition with when they also did so back in November – December 2019.

Turning point: 
Jerusalem scored 24 points in the first quarter and 15 of those points came from three-point range. They led by as many as 19 points in the second quarter, but Holon closed the first half on a 10-0 run to cut their deficit to 41-38 heading into the second half.

The game turned for good in favor of Jerusalem thanks to a 22-11 third quarter that extended their lead back out to 14 points, as Speedy Smith and Oz Blayzer combined to score 12 points and sink four threes in the quarter.

Holon made one final push in the fourth quarter and got the game as close as 69-64, but Jerusalem ended their hope for a comeback with an 8-1 run to seal the win.

Game heroes: Jerusalem had multiple key contributors including Speedy Smith, Zach Hankins and Levi Randolph.

Smith finished with a game-high and season-high 26 points along with 2 assists on 9-of-16 shooting from the field and 5-of-11 from three-point. He had never scored more than 18 points in his previous 24 appearances in the BCL.


Hankins finished with the game's highest efficiency (23) and recorded a double-double of 11 points and 11 rebounds along with 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks. The 26-year-old center became the fifth player in BCL history to have more than 50 blocks (51).

Randolph had 13 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks, making 5-of-10 shots from the field. These three players combined to knock down 19 of the team's 29 total made shots and dish out 10 of the team's 19 total assists.

Stats don't lie: Jerusalem dished out 19 assists and only committed 10 turnovers, while Holon had more turnovers (13) than assists (12). There was a big difference in three-point shooting, as Jerusalem outscored Holon by 21 points from beyond the arc (14-7 in made three-point shots).

Jerusalem's bench also outscored Holon's 21-9, with 17 of those points coming from Brandon Brown (11 points) and Blayzer (6 points).

Bottom line: Jerusalem improve to 3-1 in Group I and the Israeli club will travel to face JDA Bourgogne Dijon next on Tuesday March 14.

Holon fall to 0-4 in the group and have officially been eliminated from the competition. They were led in defeat by Shawn Dawson who finished with 20 points, 6 rebounds and 3 steals. The 29-year-old also shot 4-of-8 from three-point range.

The Israeli club will host SIG Strasbourg in their next game on Wednesday March 15.


They said: "We had a job to make [Joe] Ragland and the other guards feel uncomfortable by pressuring the ball." - Or Cornelius, Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem

"The game was exactly what we were expecting. We were expecting one team to start better than the other one. Tonight, we were that team, but we knew they would come back. When the guys coming from the bench don't keep the level of the guys who are playing before them, then you have a problem and we let them come back. In the second half, I think we could be a little bit better, especially controlling what we are doing before their defense is set. We'll remember the "W" and now we rest and play next game." - Aleksandar Dzikic, Head Coach Hapoel bank Yahav Jerusalem

"We knew how important that game was for us, especially after losing those first three games. Jerusalem controlled the game for the whole game. We fought, we came back a few times, but it wasn't enough." - Shawn Dawson, Hapoel Atsmon Holon

"Congrats to Hapoel Jerusalem on the win. As a team, they have a deep roster. Today, we suffered from a short rotation, bad three-point percentage, and they deserved to win. We did our run, we came back at halftime, but for the long run, it's not easy to continue with the same lineup because we're short with players." - Guy Goodes, Head Coach Hapoel Atsmon Holon