Jerusalem gets semis off to a winning start

Hapoel Jerusalem took a 1-0 lead in the BSL semifinals on Thursday night, defeating a dogged Maccabi Rishon Lezion 81-73 at the Jerusalem Arena.

Rishon, the No. 6 seed in the playoffs, surprised Hapoel Holon (3) in the quarterfinals and seemed capable of beating Jerusalem on the road on Thursday.

However, Hapoel opened a small lead in the first quarter and ultimately maintained it until the final buzzer, pulling ahead in the fourth period to clinch the win.


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