Jerusalem Mercaz leapfrogged into first place and claimed city bragging rights at the same time after defeating J-town 42-29 in the capital derby last Thursday.
The league standings reflect a close race as Mercaz moved past Ra’anana, which fell 41-35 against Katamon in the other match of the week. Mercaz has collected 17 points in four games off of a 3-1 record, while Ra’anana fell to 3-2 with 16 points. Katamon caught up to Ra’anana in points with the victory, while matching Mercaz with a 3-1 record.
J-town remained in fifth place on 10 points with 1-4 record, five points behind idle Tel Aviv.
Mercaz led 10-6 after the first quarter and steadily expanded its lead through the next quarters with margins of 21-11 and 32-17. J-town made the game a little more respectable in the final period.
In the Ra’anana-Katamon match, Ra’anana actually held a slight 10-9 edge after the first quarter. However, Katamon moved ahead by two points by halftime. Katamon made the margin a little more comfortable in the third quarter, outscoring Ra’anana 11-8, and stretched its advantage by another point for the final score.