Back row (from left to right): Ron Segev, Namer Medina, Nadav Kristal-Tenenbaum, David Amiel, Sam Roche, Jason Siggers, AJ Mitnick, Zach Blank, Jake Pemberton, Seba Kanovich, Ryan Clamage and Amitai Spiegelman.
Front row (from left to right): Amishav Weinstein, Daniel Roche, Oren Ben-Brith, Sam Sank and Jaime Kauffman.
On Wednesday evening, we faced the most important game of the season so far, taking on 2nd place Maccabi Tel Aviv Ganei Tikva away from home, knowing that a win would see us leapfrog our opponents in the table.
Despite the likes of Barak Swartz, Yona Kadosh, Yakir Naftali, Zack Goldberg and Nyv Segev out the roster for the game, AJ Mitnick was able to welcome back Ryan Clamage for this crucial fixture.
We raced into a 6-0 lead thanks to two 3-pointers from Sam Roche but Maccabi scored 12 unanswered points immediately after. This prompted us to step up and we then scored 12 unanswered points of our own to take the scores to 22-12 in our favour.
From this point onwards, we never relinquished the lead and although Maccabi remained competitive throughout they never really got close as we showed our dominance in the second quarter.
Sam Roche led our scoring with 26 points, while both Jake Pemberton (21) and Ryan Clamage (16) got into double-digits too. Big men Seba Kanovich and Nadav Krista-Tenenbaum were essential on the defensive end too.
The match also marked Amishav Weinstein's last appearance for the club in the near future, with the wing drafting to an elite combat unit in the IDF.
With his family in attendance, Amishav delivered another impressive performance with his brave movements all over the court.
Since the season re-started after the mid-season break we are undefeated and on an 8-0 run. Overall, we stand on a 14-4 record and a win over Liga Bet leaders Maccabi Ordea Ramat Gan next week would put us level with them.