Jerusalem aims to extend perfect home record against Novgorod

In the midst of its first BSL losing streak in almost a year and with an injury crisis crippling the roster, Hapoel Jerusalem hosts Nizhny Novgorod on Wednesday night in a crucial Eurocup contest at the Jerusalem Arena.

Hapoel got its Eurocup campaign back on track last week with a dramatic 92-90 victory over Krasny Oktyabr Volgograd of Russia, benefiting from a massive slice of luck after the visitors missed a dunk at the buzzer which would have sent the game to overtime.

Jerusalem improved to 2-3 at the midway point of the regular season after overcoming the absence of Lior Eliyahu and Yotam Halperin and an injury to Josh Duncan, who left for the dressing room with a concussion in the first half. Eliyahu and Halperin will also be out against Novgorod, but Duncan will be fit to play in another continental contest Jerusalem can scarcely afford to lose.


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