Jones, Maccabi sweep Hapoel Eilat, move to Israeli League finals

By Eurohoops team / info@eurohoops.net

Maccabi Tel Aviv is the first finalist of the season in the Israeli League after sweeping Hapoel Eilat with an 80-79 win in Game 2 of the semifinals.

Chris Jones paced the efforts of Giannis Sfairopoulos’ squad with 27 points (10-16 FG), 6 rebounds and 6 assists in 34 minutes and lifted his team to victory despite a challenging first half.

Scottie Wilbekin added 15 points for Maccabi, while Othello Hunter and Omri Casspi posted 9 points apiece.

Casey Prather led Hapoel with 28 points, 8 rebounds and 8 assists before getting injured (patellar ligament tear according to the club) in the closing minutes and Markel Brown had 21 points.

Maccabi will meet the winner of the Hapoel Holon – Gilboa Galil pair in the final, with the latter leading the semifinals series 1-0.

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