A week after it seemed that Gilboa / Galil might fall off the Israeli basketball stage, and a short time later she survived and maintained her place in the Premier League, managers at a race club against time in an attempt to put together a worthy team for the upcoming season.
Last night (Tuesday), Guy Kaplan’s promotion from the assistant coach’s position to head coach was announced, and now the runner – up is close to joining two players in the forward positions: Noam Avivi and Roni Harl.
Avivi (22, 2.05) leaves Maccabi Rishon Lezion after two years, although he signed a contract for another season. The Oranges informed him about two weeks ago that he was allowed to look for a new team, and Gilboa would compensate them with an estimated NIS 50,000 upon his release. Last year, Avivi recorded 6.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 16.4 minutes per game in the Premier League.
Earl (25, 2.01) is expected to be the first foreigner to sign with the team. He hopes to make a leap forward in his professional career, having played in the last two years for Romanian Steaua Bucharest and Palma from the Spanish second division, averaging 16.1 points and 5.2 rebounds.
Gilboa’s Israeli staff meanwhile includes Yotam Hanochi, Banya Srur and Chen Kalfon. Michael Brisker and Or Cornelius are also in advanced talks with the team and may sign soon.