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.