Maccabi Ashdod - Seffi Magriso
Maccabi Ashdod vs. Hapoel Jerusalem Dec. 26, 2010. Photo by Seffi Magriso
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A short-handed Hapoel Jerusalem visited Maccabi Ashdod yesterday, hoping to compete with the upstarts and keep pace with Super League leader Maccabi Tel Aviv. Instead, Ashdod steamrolled over Hapoel 98-75 to move into a second-place tie with identical records, but ahead on the tiebreaker.

Meir Tapiro ran a fluid offense, dishing out seven assists, and was also on top of his perimeter game with 20 points to keep the hosts in control. He left the game to a standing ovation with two minutes left and the game in hand. Josh Carter led all scorers with 25 points, shooting 4-for-7 from beyond the arc.

Ashdod (7-3 ), which has now won six of its last seven contests, established a double-digit lead in the second quarter that it never relinquished. At one point in the final period it looked poised to go up by 30 before Hapoel made a meaningless run to end the game.

Gilboa/Galil and Bnei Hasharon both won to close out the top half of the league table with relatively easy 85-65 and 89-75 wins over Maccabi Haifa and Maccabi Rishon Letzion, respectively. Bnei Hasharon ended a frustrating two-game slide after having beaten Maccabi Tel Aviv in the upset of the season.