Basketball

Big Macc squeezed on funds

By Simon Griver and Danny Caro, December 4, 2008

There are fears that next year's Jewish Olympics could be scaled down as a result of the credit crunch.

The latest financial crisis engulfing July's Maccabiah Games revolves around the failure of the organisers to raise sufficient sponsorship funds due to the global recession.

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Doron has a ball as Britain misses out on finals

By Simon Griver, September 19, 2008

Israel's women qualified for the Eurobasket 2009 finals in Latvia after beating Britain 75-69 in Tel Aviv.

Former WNBA star Shay Doron starred with 28 points as the Israelis secured victory in the closing stages. The hosts found the going much tougher than when they beat Britain 100-80 in Cardiff last month.

Israel's victory saw them qualify for the 16-team European finals for the second consecutive time after finishing top of a group that also included Lithuania, Ukraine and Germany.

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Hapoel surprise

By Simon Griver, June 6, 2008

Hapoel Holon ended Maccabi Tel Aviv’s 15-year dominance of the Israeli League championship by beating the yellows 73-72 in a thrilling finale to the season.

In one of the biggest sensations in the nation’s basketball history, this was the first time that Maccabi had failed to win the championship since 1993 and only the second time since 1969.

Holon’s Malik Dixon scored the winning basket two seconds before the buzzer as Maccabi finished the season empty-handed.

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GB look for net gains

June 6, 2008

Great Britain will play Israel in a two-legged EuroBasket match.

The first meeting will be held in Israel on September 3 with the rematch scheduled for September 13 at the Echo Arena in Liverpool.

Tickets, not yet on sale, will be available for £15 with concessions £10. For details go to www.theticketfactory.com or www.basketballgb.com. Register via register@news.theticketfactory.com

Maccabi Great Britain are sending their biggest-ever basketball delegation to next year’s 18th Maccabiah Games in Israel.

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Maccabi miss out

May 8, 2008

Maccabi Tel Aviv lost 99-71 to CSKA Moscow in the Euroleague final in Madrid. The six-time European champions, who were playing in their 13th European final, trailed throughout the match and were outclassed for long periods. In the semi-final, Maccabi had clawed back an 18-point deficit to beat Sienna 92-85.

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Maccabi's Euro stars

April 17, 2008

Maccabi Tel Aviv reached the final four of the EuroLeague with an 88-75 victory over Barcelona in the third and decisive quarter-final match against Barcelona at Yad Eliahu.

Maccabi will play Italian Sienna in Madrid on May 2 with the winners playing CSKA Moscow or Tau Vitoria in the final.

Arik Ze’evi won his sixth career European Judo Championship medal, finishing in third position in the Under-100 kilogram competition in Lisbon.

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