Basketball: Hapoel Jerusalem escapes Rishon with win

Hapoel Jerusalem is one victory away from advancing to its first BSL final in eight years after taking a 2-0 lead over Maccabi Rishon Lezion in their best-offive semifinal series on Monday night, claiming a 76-75 conquest on the road.

Rishon had hoped to register a surprise win after a tight Game 1 in Jerusalem. However, its season will be over should it fail to win at the Jerusalem Arena on Thursday after Hapoel survived a Rishon comeback to prevail on Monday.

Isaiah Swann had a chance to snatch the win for Rishon in the final seconds after Jerusalem dominated the first three periods, but his layup didn’t even hit the rim and the visitors held on.


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