Basketball / Ramle Routs Ramat Hasharon

Taking a cue from the Bnei Hasharon men's team, Elitzur Ramle knocked off undefeated Ramat Hasharon, which until last night had seemed as indomitable as Maccabi Tel Aviv. Only Ramle did wait until the third quarter as Bnei Hasharon had on Sunday, breaking out in the second period and never looking back during its 74-50 romp.

Ramle leapfrogged over Ramat Hasharon into first place on point difference. Maccabi Ramat Hen missed its chance to join the other two at 6-1 after being upset by Elitzur Netanya at home, 68-59

Ramat Hasharon was leading 21-13 midway through the second quarter when Ramle center Le'Coe Willingham scored off an offensive rebound while drawing a foul and completed the three-point play to spark a 14-point run to close out the half. Tanisha Wright, who finished with 20 points, contributed a jumper and a couple of fast-break baskets to the unanswered stretch, which even a rare timeout called by Ramat Hasharon's Orna Ostfeld could not even stop.

With Willingham (18 points ) dominating the paint, Ramle kept up its momentum in the second half, starting out with a 17-6 run to push the lead to 44-28 and totally deflating Ramat Hasharon.

"I don't know if you could say we were broken," said Ostfeld after the game. "We just didn't play offense. We didn't create anything and got stuck."

Shay Doron, Ramle's other main weapon who scored 16 points, said that the team knew going in that Ramle's game starts with defense. "We played great defense, and everything else followed easily from that."