The first stage of the season is nearly over in Israel. A big battle between teams who think they can challenge the top at the end of the season went to Maccabi Ashdod 86-70 over Ramat Hasharon. The game was highlighted by a Tanisha Wright triple-double and a terrific battle between Alysha Clark and Emma Cannon as the victors only needed to fill two of the foreigner spots. Maccabi Ramat Hen got a tougher than expected test from Asia Taylor, Shamela Hampton, and ASA Jerusalem, but stayed in firm control as Kayla Thornton led them to a 68-66 win. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion kept Hapoel Petah Tikva in last place with a 65-61 win. Bnot Hertzeliya is the lead team in the three way tie for second place as Keisha Hampton led them to a 70-50 win over Elitzur Holon.
January 11, 2016
Maccabi Ashdod vs. Ramat Hasharon 86-70 ASH Clark 24/6r Levitsky 20/7r Wright 17/10r/11a Doron 13/8a Plaisance 10 Selwyn 2 Presley 0 Pelleg 0 RAH Cannon 24/13r Armstrong 13 Kolodny 10/9a Mincy 9/6r Baron 8 Alama 0
Maccabi Ramat Hen vs. ASA Jerusalem 68-66 RAM Thornton 20/8r Gardner 17/11r Diamant 11 Hopkins 7/8r/9a Bikofsky 3 Shafir 2 Cohen 2 ASA Taylor 20/9r S. Hampton 19/14r Kiesel 15 Zimmerman 3 Gerson 0
Hapoel Petah Tikva vs. Hapoel Rishon Le-Zion 61-65 PET Robbins 18/14r Smith 16/8r Assaf 11 Hrynko 7/6r/8a Rothman 6 Wiseman 0 RIS O’Neill 17/7r Shields 17/7a Penn 12/7r Abramzon 11/8r