Ivory Latta showed who is the landlord on her court as Maccabi Ramat Hen repelled visiting Elizur Ramle 72-65 yesterday. Latta was the game MVP after playing an all-round performance with 24 points, six assists and five rebounds. She hit several of her second-half points at moments when Ramle was threatening to retake the lead.
Shay Doron scored 16 points and dished out four assists for Ramle, but she also committed five turnovers. The key for Ramat Hen was a 13-0 run in the third period that gave it the lead for good at 48-41.
"It took us time to figure out where we had the edge," said Ramat Hen coach Shiki Falah after the game. Ramle got as close as 66-65 but Tiffany Jackson put in a layup with 31.2 seconds and Ramat Hen took the final five points of the game.
The victory puts Ramat Hen in a three-way tie for first with the league's two other remaining unbeaten teams: Ramat Hasharon and Hapoel Rishon Letzion. Camille Little's 24-points and 13 rebounds gave defending champion Ramat Hasharon a 64-59 win over Maccabi Ashdod. Hapoel Rishon routed lowly Hapoel Tel Aviv 72-57, thanks to double-doubles by Khadijah Whittington ( 16 points, 15 boards) and Alysha Clark (16 points, 13 rebounds).
Strike is in the air
Most of the attention during the evening, however, remained not on the court but off it because of the looming strike next week. Commentators covering the game approached Israel Basketball Association officials, coaches and players to comment on the threat that the Israeli players will walk out because the association plans to increase the number of alloted foreigners from four to five players for the playoffs. Everyone expressed hope to avert the strike, but did not sound optimistic.
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