Maccabi Tel Aviv became the first team to advance to the BSL semifinals on Sunday night, beating Ironi Ness Ziona 90-73 at Yad Eliyahu Arena to complete a 3-0 sweep in the series.
Maccabi escaped with a victory in Game 1 thanks to a Yogev Ohayon three-pointer with 7.1 seconds to play before cruising on the road in Game 2. The first half on Sunday had many similarities to the opening game in the series, with Maccabi losing focus on defense and only taking a slender 45-44 lead into the break. However, in the second half of Game 3 the yellow-andblue would display the form that brought it a straight-forward victory in Game 2, holding Ness Ziona to just 29 points to secure a berth in the last four.
No. 1 seed Maccabi will have at least 10 days to prepare for the best-of-five semifinals, with its next opponent to come from the series between Hapoel Eilat (4) and Maccabi Haifa (5). Eilat hosts Game 3 on Monday with the series tied at 1-1.