Hapoel Jerusalem looks to cement its position as the dominant force in Israeli basketball with a second straight BSL championship on Thursday night, while Maccabi Rishon Lezion goes in search of its first-ever title when the two meet in the Final Four final at the Jerusalem Arena.
After cruising to the best record in the regular season and the No. 1 seed in the playoffs, Jerusalem has lived dangerously in the postseason. It barely eked by No. 8 seed Hapoel Tel Aviv with a 3-2 win in the quarterfinals, claiming a dramatic 86-84 victory in the decisive Game 5.