Rishon shocks Jerusalem to claim 1st title

Israeli basketball has a first-time champion for a second straight season after Maccabi Rishon Lezion stunned Hapoel Jerusalem 83-77 in the Final Four final at the Jerusalem Arena on Thursday night.

Rishon entered the game as a firm underdog against the defending champion and No. 1 seed, and Jerusalem looked to be cruising to a second-straight league title when it led by as many as 13 points in the first half.

However, a barrage of three-pointers by Shawn Dawson in the third quarter moved Rishon in front, and Darryl Monroe ensured Arik Shivek’s men were the ones celebrating at the finish in front of Jerusalem’s dumbfounded crowd.

Source: http://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Sports/Rishon-shocks-Jerusalem-to-claim-1st-title-456414

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