Hapoel Haifa’s European dream has vanished, but not definitively. Elad Hussein’s team, which returned to European competitions after 32 years and surprised Russian Yenisei in the European Cup semi.finals, surrendered today (Friday) 80:75 to German Beirut in the final game, but can still qualify for the home stage in a certain constellation.
The team from Carmel will pray that they will be one of the two best losers in the bubble in Siberia, which will still arrange them a ticket to the home stage. This will be determined based on the results of the games to be played later tonight. The decision will be made by a slim margin, and the odds do not stand in the way of the Haifa team, who beat Yanisi by 5 points and lost by the same margin, which gives them a ratio of exactly 0.
Unlike the previous game in which Kadim Allen kept Haifa in business from the first moment, this time he got into a less good offensive day, and Haifa fell behind early. The advantage swelled in the second half and was already more than 20, but Haifa managed to bite the difference in the final minutes and minimize damage, although it is doubtful if it will be enough.
Scored for Hapoel Haifa: Gregory Vargas 15 (6 assists), James Thompson 13 (12 rebounds), Kadim Allen 12 (3 of 11 from the field, 6 assists and 3 steals), Amit Simhon 10, Spencer Weiss 9, Scotty James 8, Igor Nesterenko 6, Ofek Avital 2.