Basketball: Jerusalem, Maccabi Tel Aviv cruise to easy wins ahead of showdown

Hapoel Jerusalem and Maccabi Tel Aviv prepared for their BSL clash next week with comfortable victories on Thursday night, remaining tied at the top of the standings after improving to an 11-3 record.

Despite playing without D’or Fischer and Tony Gaffney, Jerusalem all but secured its 109-77 win at Ironi Ness Ziona with a 20-3 run to end the first quarter, opening a 19-point gap (31- 12). The margin reached 30 points after Hapoel scored 17 of the first 21 points of the second period (48-16), allowing coach Danny Franco to rest his starters ahead of the encounter with the yellow-and-blue.

Josh Duncan led Jerusalem with 21 points, with Lior Eliyahu finishing with 18 points and 12 assists and Matt Janning also scoring 18.


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