Credit: Winner League
Credit Winner League

It was a hard-fought battle for three quarters but Maccabi Tel Aviv cruised past Hapoel Jerusalem, winning by 65-81 (24-16, 16-19, 16-21, 9-25), down the stretch on a partial score of 9-25, and securing a spot in next Sunday's Winner Cup Final against Hapoel Eilat.

Jalen Reynolds, who returned to the team he played during the 2019-20 campaign, posted 22 points on 9 of 14 field goals, along with 6 rebounds, helping Maccabi get back into the game, after being down 40-35 at halftime and 24-16 in the first quarter. James Nunnally and Scottie Wilbekin scored 15 points apiece for the Israeli champs.

On the other end, Sean Kilpatrick led Hapoel with 16 points, Retin Obasohan had 13 points and Jalen Adams added 12. A 9-0 run at the beginning of the third quarter was just what Maccabi needed to turn the situation around, take the lead (44-40) and never lose it until the final buzzer.

Hapoel Eilat survived Hapoel Holon on Thursday with a 79-77 win, led behind a 22-point performance by Bryon Allen, to return to the final after eight seasons.


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