Monday, March 30, 2009

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Sunday, March 29, 2009

What a finish! Haifa wins how Davon Jefferson slammed it home!!! Find out how it ended
Score Update: Haifa 66, Givat 63 with 5:20 seconds left in the game
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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Maccabi Haifa Heat 86-Elittsur Kiryat Ata 76 (12/7/2008)

Monday, December 8, 2008

The smaller team from Kiryat Ata opened the game excellently led by Dante Milligan. There seemed that there was going to be an upset, but Avi Ashkenazi's team came out in the second half with an excellent half from Doron Perkins. By the third quarter, the Maccabi Haifa Heat left Kiryat Ata behind, on their way to win an 86-76 victory.
First Quarter: Kiryat Ata – Maccabi Haifa 17:21
Haifa started the game complacent, which was fully exploited by Kiryat Ata that catapulted them to a 10 point lead, 19-9, by the 7th minute. With one minute to the end of the first quarter, Haifa, led by Amit Ben David, narrowed the score down to 19-15, but Berkowitz's field goal at the buzzer put the score at 21-15 to Kiryat Ata.
Second Quarter: Kiryat Ata – Maccabi Haifa 36:36
At the 15th minute, Kiryat Ata was still securely leading, when Milligan Dante increased the lead to 33-26. Haifa then took control, led again by Amit Ben David. It was Devon Jefferson, who narrowed Kiryat Ata's lead to 33-32 by the 18th minute. A minute to the end of the first half, Gur Porat gave Haifa their first lead, 34-33, and by halftime, the score was tied at 36:36.
Third Quarter: Kiryat Ata – Maccabi Haifa 63:51
The third quarter was played excellently by Maccabi Haifa, led by Jefferson and the cheering of the crowd in the Nesher Hall, caused Haifa to start its engines. By the 28th minute, Doron Perkins raised the score to 60-57 with a dunk, and by the end of the quarter, Haifa raised the lead by 12 points. Haifa led 63:51 at the end of the quarter.
Fourth Quarter: Kiryat Ata – Maccabi Haifa 86:76
Maccabi Haifa continued dominating the second half. At the 32nd minute, Moshe Mizrahi who scored 14 points, scored a basket and was fouled to make the score 69-55. Five minutes later, Mizrahi hit a three pointer to make the score 78-64. Kiryat Ata tried to narrow down Haifa 's lead, but all it could do was finish the game 10 points behind. 86-76 to Haifa.
Kiryat Ata: Burns 21, Dante 20, McKnight 15
Maccabi Haifa: Perkins 20, Mizrahy 16, Jefferson 15.

Maccabi Haifa Heat 71-Nahariya 61 (11/29/2008)

Sunday, November 30, 2008

The Maccabi Haifa Heat looked at the beginning of this season to be a potential surprise. Winning its first three games had people talking of a new Hapoel Holon. However, two straight losses put its season in doubt. Yesterday, Haifa responded by disposing of Ironi Nahariya 71-61.

At the same time, yesterday's third home loss indicated that Nahariya is not the competitive team it was a year ago. And when the season wraps up, analysts may look at the second half of this game as the decisive 20 minutes that determined the fate of these two teams.
Both teams displayed solid defense at the opening, and Nahariya looked to take control of the game. Raviv Limonad was the quiet floor general, while Ron Lewis completed a number of fast breaks with a resounding dunk. Only 12 first-half points by Brooks Sales kept Haifa within single-digits of the host team, trailing 40-31.

Haifa then came out of the locker room and owned the second half, while Nahariya was nowhere to be found. The Heat took control under the boards and denied Nahariya opportunities for second-chance points. Down 42-35, Haifa went on an 11-point run, and though it remained close until early in the fourth quarter, its dominance was no longer in doubt.

Moshe Mizrahi led Haifa with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting from the field, including three trifectas.

Hapoel Jerusalem 80-Maccabi Haifa Heat 73 (11/23/2008)

Monday, November 24, 2008

A three point clinic by Sharon Sasson gave Hapoel Jerusalem an impressive 80-73 victory against Maccabi Haifa at Romema on Sunday.

The Hapoel forward scored 25 points, hitting seven of 11 attempts from beyond the arc, and made sure his team didn't suffer a drop from its victory over Maccabi Tel Aviv just 72 hours earlier.

"We are playing the best basketball in the BSL at the moment," said Sasson, who also grabbed six rebounds.

"We showed our character tonight. We were composed and determined," Hapoel coach Guy Goodes said. "I spoke to the players before the game to make sure they keep grounded after the Maccabi win, and they were mature enough to achieve this."

Omar Sneed scored 18 points and grabbed seven rebounds for Hapoel, with Doron Perkins leading the hosts with 21 points.

Maccabi Tel Aviv thrashed Maccabi Givat Shmuel 81-61 at the Nokia Arena on Sunday, but the win was far from convincing, as Maccabi allowed the visitors within three points in the final quarter after leading by 19 points at halftime.

"We were composed in the first half, but shot ourselves in the leg in the second half and needed to clinch the win in the final minutes," under-fire Maccabi coach Effi Birenboim said. "This lowers our shaky confidence even more."

Also Sunday, Miki Dorsman guided Maccabi Rishon Lezion to its first victory of the season in his debut on the sideline, defeating Ironi Ashkelon 88-80 on the road.

After a tight first half (42-42), Rishon took control of the game in the third and held on to the lead until the final buzzer.

"This wasn't a pretty victory, but the most important thing is that we won," Dorsman said.

Robert Conley scored 32 points and grabbed eight rebounds for the winners, with James Hughes adding 19 points and 10 rebounds, and Gili Mosinzon scoring 18 points.

Amit Tamir led Ashkelon, scoring 21 points, with the BSL's top scorer, Steve Burtt, being held to just 17 points.

Ironi Nahariya snapped its three game losing skid on Sunday, winning 79-64 at Ironi Ramat Gan.

"Even Pat Riley couldn't get more out of this roster," Ramat Gan coach Robi Balinko said after the loss. "We need to make changes to the team."

Nahariya got 19 points and 11 rebounds from Aaron McGhee, with Raviv Limonad scoring 17.

Carmelo Lee scored 16 points for Ramat Gan, which is still winless and is in serious trouble after falling to its fifth straight defeat.

On Monday, Hapoel Holon hosts Hapoel Galil Elyon/Gilboa.

At Romema, Perkins hit two straight three-pointers to end the first period, giving the hosts a 22-20 lead.

Jerusalem was the sharper team at the start of the second quarter but let up a little towards the end of the frame,allowing Haifa to take the lead.

However, Hapoel ended the period with an 8-0 run, capped by a Sasson triple, and led 42-41 at the interval.

The visitors continued to extend their gap in the third quarter, with a Timmy Bowers (10 points) basket giving the team a double-digit cushion (63-52).

Haifa closed to within seven points (66-59) by the start of the fourth period, but Sasson made sure that Jerusalem remained in front and clinched the win with his seventh three of the night with 90 seconds remaining.

In Tel Aviv, Maccabi got off to a dominating start and led 24-11 after 10 minutes.

The hosts were far from impressive, but Givat Shmuel was far worse, and Birenboim's men had a 19-point margin at the break (46-27).

The visitors took advantage of a lethargic Maccabi and closed to within three points (60-57) in the fourth period after Steffon Bradford scored seven straight points to cap an 11-0 Givat Shmuel run.

Oren Aharoni's team would never complete its comeback, however, with Maccabi regaining its composure and claiming a big win by ending the encounter with a 21-4 run.

Carlos Arroyo scored 19 points and passed eight assists, with Lior Eliyahu adding 18 points and seven rebounds.

Galil/Gilboa 88-Maccabi Haifa Heat 83 (11/15/2008)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Gilboa/Galil last night handed the Maccabi Haifa Heat its first loss of its debut Premier League season in a rousing overtime contest 88-83. The Heat blew a five-point lead in the final minute of regulation to set up the win for the home team.

The game saw several lead changes to the point that no team led at the end of two consecutive quarters. The Heat were ahead 18-17 after the first quarter only to see Galil go up 39-37 at halftime.
Haifa was up again 57-54 after the third period and was leading 73-68 with a minute to go when Galil's shooting guard Dagan Yavzuri hit a free throw to close the gap to four with 44 seconds to go. Yavzuri stole the ball on the next play and drew another foul. He missed his second free throw, but a lane violation by Haifa center Ido Kozikaro gave the ball back to Galil.

Brian Roberts then scored for Haifa and drew a foul to get an old-fashioned three-point play and knot the game with 20 ticks to go.

Galil took control of the contest in overtime to earn a share of first place. Roberts paced Galil with 21 points, while Doron Perkins - who missed Haifa's chance to win in regulation - led all scorers with 23 points.

Maccabi Tel Aviv's Carlos Arroyo, who missed Thursday's loss to Olympiacos with back pain, is expected to be back in the lineup for tonight's contest with Ironi Kiryat Ata.

Maccabi Haifa Heat 90-Hapoel Holon 71 (11/9/2008)

Monday, November 10, 2008

Maccabi Haifa cemented its place at the top of the BSL standings on Sunday, defeating Hapoel Holon 90-71 at Romema to extend its unbeaten start to the season to three games.

Haifa, which is the only team in the BSL yet to lose this season, besides Maccabi Tel Aviv which is 1-0, is not only winning its games, but is doing so in impressive fashion, thrashing opponents by an average 21 points so far this season.

"We didn't play well tonight, but we still won and that's encouraging," forward Ido Kozikaro said. "Hopefully, we can build on this and improve our play as well."

Doron Perkins led six Haifa players in double-figures, scoring 17 points and passing six assists. Brookes Sales added 16 points and 13 rebounds, with Moshe Mizrahi scoring 11 and Amit Ben-David, BJ McKie and Gor Porat contributing 10 points.

Luis Flores led Holon, scoring 25 points, with Chris Watson adding 14 points.

Also Sunday, Hapoel Galil Elyon/Gilboa defeated Ironi Ramat Gan 81-72 on the road behind Brian Roberts's 22 points.

Oded Katash's team, which also got 18 points and eight rebounds from Elishay Kadir, has now won two straight games, with Ramat Gan falling to 0-3.

Maccabi Givat Shmuel handed Maccabi Rishon Lezion its third consecutive defeat on Sunday, winning 87-76 at Or Yehuda.

Veteran Cory Carr led the winners with 24 points and seven rebounds, with the still-winless Rishon getting 18 points from Ken Tutt.

Steve Burtt led Ironi Ashkelon to yet another victory on Sunday, scoring 29 points in the 96-74 home victory over Elitzur Kiryat Ata.

Or Eitan added 20 points for the winners, with Draelon Barnes leading Kiryat Ata with 26 points.

On Monday, Maccabi Tel Aviv hosts Ironi Nahariya.

In Haifa, Maccabi was the sharper team at the start of the game and Sales's nice spin move gave the hosts an early five point margin (7-2).

Holon soon found its footing, though, and following an 11-3 run, led 20-19 after 10 minutes.

The lead continued to exchange hands in the second period, with Porat's three-pointer giving Maccabi a 31-24 advantage.

Hapoel remained within striking distance for most of the period, but its players tired as the first half progressed and Haifa's strong finish extended the team's gap to 12 points (46-34) at the break.

Just when it seemed Holon might be running out of ideas, the side pressured the hosts and forced turnovers, racing to a 15-0 run to start of the second half.

Watson's lay-up capped the superb run and gave the visitors a 49-46 lead, but it wouldn't take Maccabi long to answer back.

A 12-2 run capped by Mizrahi's three shifted the momentum in Haifa's favor once more, and the hosts took a five-point margin (60-55) into the fourth period.

Maccabi's gap continued to grow at the beginning of the final quarter and after three minutes reached double-figures (70-60).

Holon had no answer to Haifa's depth and McKie's two straight threes midway through the period opened an unassailable 12-point margin (78-66), and the hosts ended up cruising to the victory.

Maccabi Haifa Heat 81-Maccabi Rishon 54 (11/1/2008)

Sunday, November 2, 2008

Maccabi Haifa (2-0) won’t stop. After last week’s win over Ramat Gan, Avi Ashkenazi’s team in their own home with a 81:54 victory.
Doron Perkins, who got lightly injured in the beginning of the week in his face and hand from a traffic accident in Tel Aviv, played 11 minutes on the court. The players pushing the Greens ahead were Davon Jefferson and B.J. McKie, who scored a combined 40 points and brought things to an end after three quarters.
The winning coach, Avi Ashkenazi, said at the end: “We came in very focused, our goal was to stop Rishon Le’Zion’s offense and to stop Conley. I do not underestimate Rishon, teams are not going to win easily out here, but we’ve done what we’ve planned and worked for. If it goes on like this, this is going to be an attractive season. I don’t compare us with Hapoel Holon, but I am in favor of setting a high standard of goals, and our goals this year are the Final Four.”

New Websites

There are a lot of exciting new changes to Maccabi Haifa Heat this season, and not all of them are on the court! We're proud to have just launched Triangle Internet TV, where you'll be able to catch every Maccabi Haifa Heat game this year. You can find a lot of other cool stuff there as well, including clips from this year's introductory press conference as well as a documentary about last year's dramatic win to advance to the Premier League. Check it out at

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

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Maccabi Haifa Heat 89-Ironi Ramat Gan 72

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

B.J McKie led Haifa with 18 points as the Heat overcame a nine-point deficit to defeat Ironi Ramat Gan by a score of 89-72 in their first game of the new season. Davon Jefferson dazzled with a series of spectacular dunks, notching 17 points on the day. Doron Perkins added 16 as well as 8 assists, and Ido Kozikaro recorded a double-double, with 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Also scoring for Haifa were Gur Porat, with 5 points, and Amit Ben David and Moshe Mizrahi with 3 points each.

Haifa held Ramat Gan's star player Carmelo Lee to just 11 points and Jonathan Jones to 13. Josh Gomez led Ramat Gan with 27 points on the day.

"We faced an excellent opponent," said Ramat Gan coach Robi Blinco. "We were concerned with Haifa, especially of their rebounds, and this is going to give them many more wins in the future."

Tamir Goodman's Blog

Friday, October 17, 2008

Check out Tamir Goodman's blog for an inside look at how Maccabi Haifa Heat is preparing for the upcoming season.

Haifa 75-Kiryat Ata 53

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Last Sunday, Maccabi Haifa Heat beat Kiryat Ata by a score of 75-53. Led by Ido Kuzikaro, who had 23 points, Haifa pulled away in the 4th quarter after three close periods of play. Doron Perkins and BJ McKie each scored 11, Brooks Sales had 10 points, Ben Strong had 7, Moshe Mizrahi scored 5, Amit Ben David 4, and Davon Jefferson and Gur Porat finished with 2 points apiece. This was a game between two up-and-coming teams, and Haifa certainly impressed in its first official showing of the year.

Ben Strong's Blog

Monday, October 13, 2008

This season, a few Maccabi Haifa Heat players have agreed to blog about their experience playing basketball and living in Haifa. Ben Strong is one of them, and recently wrote a post about what it's like to move to Israel from the United States and adjust to a new role and style of play. Check out what he had to say here.

Haifa 82-Holon 70

Friday, October 3, 2008

Both Ido Kuzikaro and Doron Perkins had double-doubles today as Haifa defeated defending champion Holon 82-70. Kuzikaro scored 21 and grabbed 11 rebounds, and Doron Perkins provided great support, with 12 points, 10 assists, 3 rebounds and 2 steals. Haifa scored the victory despite missing both Moshe Misrahi and Davon Jefferson on the court. BJ McKie scored 18 in just 17 minutes, Brooks Sales had 12 points, Todd Golden had 5, Ben Strong and Gur Porat scored 4, and Amit Ben David, Kobi Izik, and Tamir Goodman had 2 points each.

The Friday Interview: 'Haifa was hungry for basketball'

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Click here to view the Jerusalem Post article about Maccabi Haifa Heat's incredible season.

Maccabi Haifa earns promotion to Ligat Ha'al!!!

Friday, May 16, 2008

Maccabi Haifa Heat did the improbable in front of a sellout crowd in Romema by defeating the #1 seed Elitzur Natanya, 73-69.

Haifa came from behind in the fourth quarter to upset Natanya thus earning a spot in the Premier League next season.

Haifa Heat take 2-1 lead, one win away from Ligat Ha'al

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Maccabi Haifa Heat did what they needed to on the road. Haifa earned a 79-66 win over Natanya (the #1 seed), as Deon Thomas and Jay Straight led Haifa to victory.

Haifa will try to wrap up the semi-finals series on Thursday at Romema Arena. The game begins at 19:30. A win would advance Haifa to the Championship round against the winner of Givat Shmuel vs. Elitzur Kiryat Ata, and would guarantee the team's promotion to Ligat Ha'al.

Haifa defeats Natanya, even series at 1-1

Tuesday, May 6, 2008

Haifa defeated Natanya 64-60 to even the semi-final series at 1-1. Haifa led throughout most of the game, but trailed by 8 points with 4 minutes left in the fourth quarter. The Heat went on a 15-3 run to comeback and win a crucial game on their home court in Romema.

Maccabi Haifa wins deciding game, advance to semi-finals

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

In front of 2,000 crazed fans at Romema Arena, Maccabi Haifa Heat defeated Yavne 86-72. Haifa will now play Netanya on Thursday in a best-of-five game series.

Maccabi Haifa Heat win first game of playoffs

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Maccabi Haifa Heat earned a 89-79 come-from-behind win against Elitzur Yavne on Tuesday. Haifa will travel to Yavne on Thursday to try and sweep the best of the three game series.

Maccabi Haifa Heat lock up 4th seed in Playoffs

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Despite the fact that the Heat lost to Hod HaSharon on Tuesday, Maccabi Haifa still managed to gain home court advantage in the first round in the playoffs. Haifa will face 5th seeded Yavne on Monday (4/21) at Romema in a best of three series.

Haifa getting into gear for playoffs

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Maccabi Haifa Heat earned a 75-60 win over Natzrat Elite, the teams third victory in a row. Haifa is now 12-4 in its last 16 games. Haifa will try and lock up the fourth slot in the playoffs which would guarantee home court advantage.

Haifa Heat rebound against Lev HaSharon with victory

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

The Haifa Heat (13-10) defeated Lev HaSharon 90-79 and are now battling for the top four spots in the league standings. Currently Haifa is in fifth place in the league with three games left in the regular season. Snir who began the night on the bench had a strong game for Haifa with 15 points in 19 minutes.

Haifa Heat are on Fire with five wins in a row!!!

Friday, March 14, 2008

The Haifa Heat marched through Ashdod with a 104-67 win in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Romema Arena. Jay Straight scored a team-high 23 points and Uri Kukia grabbed 15 rebounds as Haifa pulled away in the second half of the game. Haifa has won five games in a row and is now 12-9 on the season. Haifa will have its biggest test of the season next week against Givhat Shmuel.

Three and Counting!

Thursday, February 28, 2008

Maccabi Haifa has now won three games in a row after a 69-63 win against Ramle. Haifa is now 10-9 and is over the .500 mark for the first time since the team was 7-6.

Haifa gets back to .500

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Maccabi Haifa (9-9) won its second game in a row after defeating Yavne 76-66. Deon Thomas had an excellent game with 21 points.

Haifa is certainly earning the reputation as being a streaky team. Haifa had won four consecutive games going into the second half of the season, then proceeded to lose three consecutive games. Over the past two weeks, Haifa has bounced back with two wins.

Haifa Bounces Back with a win in Be'er Sheva

Friday, February 15, 2008

"Wowww!!! What a game. I can't sleep. Just want to share with you guys how I feel. Amazing game, full gym, and great fight. The game means a lot to the team and for me even more. I didn't practice until Monday because I got sick and I wanted to win the game badly. I hope that today's win can make you smile after we lost 3 games in a row. Take Care."

-Adi Pereg.

Maccabi Haifa Heat needed to break its three game losing streak in order to stay in the playoff hunt. They were able to do so in Be'er Sheva, 93:88, with a 32-point oustanding performance by Haifa's Adi Pereg.

Haifa loses third game in a row

Thursday, February 7, 2008

Haifa lost another close game, 85:81, against Kiryat Ata. Kobi Isaac had a strong game for Haifa with 19 points but it wasn't enough to overcome Kiryat Ata's run in the final minutes. Haifa is now 7-9 on the season and will need to bounce back in order to stay in the playoff hunt.

Tough Loss to Natanya

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Unfortunately, Maccabi Haifa did not start off the first half as they would have liked, losing to second-place Natanya 71:66. Haifa had a 9-point leading going into halftime, but were effectively shutdown in the second half of the game. The loss snapped Haifa's four-game winning streak. Haifa is now 7-7 on the season and will play Megido/Yokneam on Tuesday, January 29 at 19:00.

Mid-Season Grades

Monday, January 14, 2008

Yediot Haifa's Tal Avriel has come out with his first half review. Below is a translation of Tal's article:

Adi Pereg once again won the game on the last second. This time at home against Hod-HaSharon. Tal Avriel ends the first half and gives grades.

This is how you finish a half. A winning shot in the last second that gives Haifa the win, a winning record of 7:6 and hope for a better second half.

Maccabi Hod-HaSharon with Papy Torgeman and Guy Kantor came to Haifa to try to end Haifa's resurgence. With 13 seconds left in regulation the situation was almost hopeless, after Hod-HaSharon scored a three pointer which gave them the lead. Hod-HaSharon got specific instructions to foul after five seconds. Hod-HaSharon had another foul to give and everyone thought they would commit it with the game clock running down. However, for some reason Hod-HaSharon didn’t commit that foul. Adi Pereg, who didn’t have his best game, took the game in his hands by dribbling for 6 seconds and from an almost impossible angle scored the winning shot 72:71.

Avi Ashkenazi said, "The difference in our team is that even if we are not so good like we were today, we still show our nature and character and win games that in the beginning of the year we wouldn’t."

Uri Kukia had 10 points and 13 rebounds, and Kobi Isaac had 14 points and 7 rebounds were both the highlights of Haifa. Mike McKinney was again mediocre with 18 points and no 3-point shots. Deon Thomas as before did not have his best statistics.

The second league goes on a "vacation" for two weeks. Before the critical game against Netanya and Haifa’s return to Romema, let’s review each and every player who has contributed this half.

Mike McKinney- on one hand he has the best statistics on the team, on the other hand, he is controversial with talks to replace him every Monday and Thursday. The coach Ashkenazi would be happy to replace him however, all the professional staff is supporting him. He is the "man" of the owner Jeff Rosen who believes in him without any doubt is ready to give up this season only for McKinney to receive his confidence and approval. A foreigner who doesn’t rise above the other players, who doesn’t lead and influence, a foreigner who doesn’t pass nor defend, who cannot throw from afar we cannot expect more from Haifa. Average so far: in 32 minutes, 20.4 pts, 5.7 rebounds, 1 assist, 20% to 3-points, and 70% from the free throw line. First half grade - 5.5.

Adi Pereg- The number one player on Maccabi Heat Haifa in the first half. He is still not the same Pereg who promoted a few teams to the first league in the past, but we certainly saw a few excellent games from him (and a few weak ones). His outside game and 3-point shooting suffered this half from a hurt hand outside however, he made up for it with great penetrations and spreading the ball around with his assists. 32.5 minutes with 15 pts', 4.3 assists, 3.1 rebounds. First half grade – 6.5.

Uri Kukia – Haifa’s strong play began with his addition. It is possible the delay of his addition cost the team a game or two. A large portion of his contribution doesn’t reflect in the statistics, because he relieves “the old” Deon Thomas. Kukia has made strong contributions in the last four consecutive wins, playing 28.5 minutes, scoring 8 points, 9.4 rebounds (8th in the league, and the second Israeli), 2.4 steals and 1.8 assists. His percentage from the free throw line needs major improvement (33%). First round grade – 6.5.

Deon Thomas- He is one of the major reasons for the fuss around the team and has been seen has quite a disappointment. Thomas in his current state is just another player in the league, who is not worth more than 30 thousand dollars at best. Thomas receives twice that amount and more which allowed Haifa to save money on the foreigner. Nevertheless, there has been improvement in Deon's play (since Kukia's addition). Thomas has averaged 25 minutes, 11 points, 6.8 rebounds and there are other aspects on the court which we cannot see in the statistics. First half grade – 5.

Tomer Huli – The fast and not so gifted point guard came to Haifa as a replacement for Uri Grinwald. Uri's retirement and the disappointing ability of Oren Ben-Hemo has made Tomer a key player. Whoever prefers fighting and determination over ability will love him, but Maccabi Heat lacks talent now and Tomer Huli is not the man to supply it. He is not the one who can supply the brilliant moves when the offensive is slacking. 25 minutes, 8.9 points, 3.8 assists, 2.2 rebounds, 1.2 steals. First half grade – 6.

Oren Ben-Hemo- If not for Thomas and Marko, he was a candidate for the disappointment of the half. Aside from a few good games, he didn’t play up to his ability and he forgot about his wonderful first step. 24 minutes, 9 points, 2.5 rebounds, 2.2 assists. First half grade – 5.5.

Kobi Isaac- It was not Isaac’s best half. He was one of the best players in the league last season for Binyamina but has not been able to put up the same numbers this season. His confidence is hurt and he keeps fouling. In the games when has been good, the team has won. Maccabi Haifa Heat will need him in much better shape in the second half. 24 minutes, 10.5 points, 5.4 rebounds. First half grade- 5.5.

Uriel Marko- One of the most promising players of the summer came out to be the ultimate disappointer. Since the addition of Kukia he has been left out of the squad. In the past he has been a great athlete who finished fast breaks with outstanding dunks. Marko who came to Haifa for a nice payment has not lived up to his potential. He has spent a few years on the bench in the first league and this could be a reason for his sloppy play. Marko has played only nine games averaging 21 minutes, 5 points, 2.8 rebounds. First half grade – 4.

Maor Snir – He is the only player under 22 who actually received playing time. He has played in 11 games averaging 10 minutes and has given Ashkenazi another player for the rotation. 4.3 points, rebounds with nice field goal percentage, and all in 120 minutes. First half grade – 6.

Tamir Arieli- Still not really good, but this kid is 17 and plays an average of 5 minutes and not only in garbage time. We can say a few good words about him. Whoever has seen this kid in the teen league and on the Israeli team knows that he has a lot of potential.

Avi Ashkenazi – The truth is we spared him this half. Ashkenazi deserves a review on him because of the failures until now. The additions of Ben-Hemo and Marko have not proven themselves. It was expected that Ashkenazi would do his homework and check the state of Marko before signing him. It is possible Deon Thomas was thrown upon him, but a coach with his record should state that the professional decisions are his and his only. As for McKinney, if Ashkenazi would have persisted from the beginning to have a more experienced foreigner it is likely McKinney wouldn’t have been signed in the first place. We praise Ashkenazi for managing to get out of the deep mud during beginning of the season. The last few victories show he still has got a lot to sell. First half grade – 5.

Jeff Rosen – We cannot complain about the man responsible for renewing the basketball team in Haifa. He gives the basketball team another few columns in the tabloids. Rosen gave the team a budget that is compelling for a promotion to the first league. The team has been rising however; the reality of getting promoted has become more difficult. Some of the players have been a disappointment and it took the team a long time to come together. What is most likeable in the new owner is his "American" mentality. On one hand, it is annoying (see McKinney) but on the other hand it doesn’t let him give up. He doesn’t see not being promoted to the first league as a major disaster as originally intended. At least from his statements he will stay here for a long time.

Adi Pereg wins it for the Heat!!!

Wednesday, January 9, 2008

With 1.7 seconds left in the game, Adi Pereg hit a tough jumper along the baseline to beat Hod-HaSharon 71-70. Haifa has won four consecutive games and is now 7-6 on the year. Kobi Izik had a great game with 14 points, seven rebounds, and five assists (game high). The Heat have concluded the first half of the season will have a week off to prepare for the second half. Haifa is now in fifth place in the National League.

Won our 1st Game aginst Beer Sheva

Friday, November 16, 2007

Tuesday November 6th 2007 - Our first win 90-83 of the season at home in Romema against Beer Sheva. A tremedous come back victory against a worthy opponent. Down by 13 points starting the 4th quarter - Maccabi Haifa Heat played with desperation and determination in securing their first victory of the season. We outscored Beer Sheva 34-14 in 4th quarter to win by 7 points. Our bench came in and pressed and change the pace and outcome of the game. We held our first opponent below 50% shooting from the 3 point line. This win was despartely needed by our team for their self confidence. We are hopeful this victory will propel our team to better play with more self confidence. Our fans enjoyed a well played game with the excitement of a significant come back.

Tough Lost At Romema to Megido

Friday, November 16, 2007

Saturday November 3rd 2007 - We lost our third game in a row, this one 78-80 at home to Megido. This is a game we felt we would win, we were up by 13 points in second quarter and did not hold the lead at home. We strongly thought we were the better team, but this is why the game is palyed and score is kept. We lost on a last second shot, from a long outlet pass to a player on the run for a short bank shot. We had our center playing deep, but he was slow in reacting to the long outlet pass. Our defensive player responsible for guarding the opponent who scored did not keep his body between the opponent and the basket, basic basketball defense.
I do not think the defensive lapse in the final seconds is why we lost. Without the defensive lapse in final second we probably would have lost in overtime. The trend in our lack of defense started in 3rd qtr and continued into 4th qtr. We allowed Megido to make six 3pt shots in the 4th quarter and take the lead, this is why we lost the game. Once again poor 3 pt defense.

Game Kiryat Ata

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

We lost our second road game at Elizur Kiryat ATA 87 to 76. We lost game by 11 points after leading by 9 pts after first quarter, leading by 8 pts at half time. We were out scored in the 3rd quater by 7 points and went into the 4th quarter with a 1 pt lead. We were outscored by 12 pts in the final quarter. It appears our 3 pt defense is a major problem as well as conditioning. We used only 7 players in the game. To defend the 3 pt line takes commitment from the players that they will not leave the good outside shooters open. I am not sure if our team is coached to be aware of the opposing teams best 3 pt shooters and not to leave them open. Our team needs to become quicker, stronger and play smarter against 3 pt shooters. The National league appears to be a 3 pt shooting league and we are getting beat by 3 pt shooting(2 games now). Kiryat ATA shot 52% from 3 pt line(11-21), we shot 18% from 3pt line(4-22). Are we a bad shooting 3 pt team and Kiryat ATA a good shooting 3 pt team? I think the answer lies in how each team plays defense.

First League Game at Netanya

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Lost our first league game on the road to Netanya by a score of 95 to 86. We took a 27 to 24 first quarter lead by scoring the last 5 points of the quarter. Netanya came out in the second quarter and score the first 12 points and went on to win the quarter 34 to 16, leading at half time by 15 points. Netanya maintain their lead until the last few minutes of game when we made a run, but it was too little too late.