Executive vice-president of Canada Basketball Rowan Barretthas honored Israel's senior men's national team with a request to play a pair of exhibition games against Canada next summer, in preparation of Israel's European Championship games and Canada's FIBA Americas Championship tournament.
Barrett, a retired professional player and ex-Israeli league baller, played for Israel's Maccabi Rishon LeZion and Ramat-Hasharon between 1994 and early 2000. Barrett also played in Spain, Argentina, Venezuela, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and France and was captain of the Canadian national team that finished seventh in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
Barrett is also the national assistant of the Los Angeles Lakers' two-time NBA Most Valuable Player and Canada's General Manager Steve Nash.
Barrett hopes to hold games at the Air Canada Centre, home of the NBA's Toronto Raptors, and in Montreal. Barrett assured he would cover all of Israel's expenses, including flights and accommodation. Canada has a large Jewish community and several Jewish organizations that will also participate in funding Israel's trip.
In a letter sent to Israel's national coach Arik Shivek (Agency: Avi Zilberman), Barrett said: "Throughout my years in Israel I've come to appreciate the great passion and understanding that people there have towards basketball, and I look forward to developing a consistent relationship between both countries.
Israel's Shivek commented: "This is a lucrative invitation for Israel and there is no doubt it will be an extraordinary experience for everyone. However, we will only accept Canada's offer if the trip doesn't collide with our 2013 EuroBasket training and preparations.
Canada's national roster features two NBAers in recent Miami Heat champion Joel Anthonyand San Antonio Spurs' Cory Joseph.
Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv interested in Chris Singleton - May 29, 2016
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Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is close to sign 27-year old American forward Chris Singleton (206-104kg-89, college: Florida State) who currently signed forAnhui Wenyi in China. This season Singleton played at Lokomotiv in Russian league. In 32 NBL games he recorded 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season he played at OKC Blue in D-League. In 19 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team... [read more]
Maccabi Fox Tel-Aviv (Winner League) is close to sign 27-year old American forward Chris Singleton (206-104kg-89, college: Florida State) who currently signed for Anhui Wenyi in China. This season Singleton played at Lokomotiv in Russian league. In 32 NBL games he recorded 9.4ppg, 5.1rpg, 1.2apg and 1.2spg this season. The last season he played at OKC Blue in D-League. In 19 games he averaged 8.6ppg, 5.6rpg, 1.2apg and 1.3spg. He helped them to end the regular season as a second best team in Southwest Division. Singleton also played at Jiangsu Dragons (CBA) in Chinese league that season. In 17 games he averaged impressive 22.5ppg, 12.6rpg, 2.6apg, 3.0spg (in top 3) and 1.9bpg. He also spent pre-season at the Pacers in NBA that year. He contributed to his team making it to the final. The previous (13-14) season Singleton played at the Wizards in NBA. In 24 games he averaged 3.1ppg and 2.3rpg in 2013-14 season. In 2011 he was drafted by Washington Wizards (NBA) in first round (18th overall). Singleton attended Florida State and it is his fifth season in pro basketball. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others he received ACC All-Defensive Team award back in 2010 and 2011 at his college time. Singleton has played also professionally in NBA (Indiana Pacers). The scouts decsribe him following way:
(by Borko Popic for NBADraft.net in 2011)
A small forward with terrific size and length for the position He is an explosive leaper and has next level athleticism A very good player in transition, he runs the floor extremely hard and is able to finish plays above the rim in open lane situations. Not a natural wing player, he is not very smooth with the ball and does not have the ballhandling skills which would allow him to create his shot with consistency.
Winner League Round 3 of Quarter-Finals. Maccabi Tel-Aviv and Hapoel Eilat reach semifinals - May 28, 2016
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Maccabi Haifa - Maccabi Rishon 83-66 Maccabi Haifa outgunned Maccabi Rishon to open win count in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Rishon managed to win third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Rishon's 22. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners w... [read more]
Maccabi Haifa outgunned Maccabi Rishon to open win count in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Maccabi Haifa. Maccabi Rishon managed to win third quarter 19-13. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Maccabi Haifa dominated down low during the game scoring 46 of its points in the paint compared to Maccabi Rishon's 22. Americans were the main players on the court also this time. The best player for the winners was point guard John DiBartolomeo (183-91, college: Rochester, agency: Duran International) who scored 21 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists. Swingman William Graves (198-88, college: N.Carolina) chipped in 19 points. DiBartolomeo is a former Eurobasket Summer League player, which is considered top international summer league in the market. Maccabi Haifa's coach Rami Hadar used a ten-player rotation and allowed the starting five to rest. At the other side the best for losing team was power forward Darryl Monroe (201-86, college: George Mason) who recorded 15 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Chris Wright (203-88, college: Dayton) added 11 points and 9 rebounds respectively. Four Maccabi Rishon players scored in double figures. Top scorers: Maccabi Haifa: J.DiBartolomeo 21+9reb+4ast, W.Graves 19+4reb+2ast, L.Hickerson 15+4reb+1ast, G.Vargas 9+6reb+4ast, O.Blayzer 7+9reb+2ast, C.Colman 5+4reb+3ast Maccabi Rishon: D.Monroe 15+7reb+5ast, S.Dawson 15+4reb+1ast, M.Lyons 11+1reb+6ast, C.Wright 11+9reb, K.Palmer 6+1reb, T.Younger 5+5reb+1ast
Hapoel Jerusalem thumped Hapoel Tel-Aviv to take 2-1 lead in the series. The game was mostly controlled by Hapoel Jerusalem. Hapoel Tel-Aviv was better in third quarter 22-17. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Hapoel Jerusalem players were unselfish on offense dishing 23 assists. It was a quality performance for international forward Lior Eliyahu (205-85) who led the winners with a double-double by scoring 10 points, 10 rebounds and 8 assists. The former international Yotam Halperin (194-84) accounted for 19 points and 4 assists for the winning side. Four Hapoel Jerusalem players scored in double figures. American guard Chester Simmons (196-82, college: Washington) came up with 24 points and 8 rebounds and the former international center Robert Rothbart (217-86, agency: Octagon Europe) added 17 points and 6 rebounds (on 7-of-9 shooting from the field) respectively for Hapoel Tel-Aviv in the defeat. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: Hapoel J-M: Y.Halperin 19+3reb+4ast, E.Rowland 16+5reb+2ast, D.Smith 16+8reb+2ast, B.Timor 10+2reb+2ast, L.Eliyahu 10+10reb+8ast, E.Holman 9+4reb+2ast Hapoel T-A: C.Simmons 24+8reb+1ast, R.Rothbart 17+6reb, R.Limonad 14+2reb+7ast, N.Robinson 7+1reb+1ast, J.Allen 6+7reb+1ast, D.Wachner 2
Maccabi Tel-Aviv cruised past Bnei Hertzeliyya to sweep the quarterfinal series. The game without a history. Maccabi T-A led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 48 of its points in the paint compared to Bnei Hasharon's 26 and made 18-of-23 free shots (78.3 percent) during the game. They outrebounded Bnei Hasharon 52-33 including a 20-9 advantage in offensive rebounds. Maccabi T-A looked well-organized offensively handing out 24 assists. The best player for the winners was American-Nigerian power forward Trevor Mbakwe (207-89, college: Minnesota, agency: Pensack Sports) who scored 7 points and 15 rebounds. Bosnian-Croatian Dragan Bender (213-97) chipped in 11 points and 7 rebounds. At the other side the best for losing team was American guard Drew Crawford (196-90, college: Northwestern) who recorded 15 points and 9 rebounds and the other American import forward James Singleton (203-81, college: Murray St.) added 12 points and 5 rebounds respectively. The winner was already known earlier in the game, so both coaches allowed to play the bench players saving starting five for next games. Top scorers: Maccabi T-A: I.Segev 12+7reb, D.Bender 11+7reb+1ast, D.Yavzuri 11+2reb+2ast, I.Ofoegbu 11+7reb, T.Rochestie 9+1reb+3ast, T.Mbakwe 7+15reb+2ast Bnei Hertzeliyya: D.Crawford 15+9reb+2ast, J.Singleton 12+5reb+1ast, S.Dennis 8+2reb+4ast, H.N'Diaye 4+3reb, K.Mashour 4+3reb+2ast, D.Rubin 4+5reb+4ast
Hapoel Eilat advanced into the semifinal stage following a narrow road win over Ironi Nahariya. The guests took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Ironi Nahariya won third quarter 27-25. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Americans were the main players on the court. It was a great evening for guard DeAndre Kane (193-89, college: Iowa St., agency: BeoBasket) who led his team to a victory scoring 23 points and 6 rebounds. Khalif Wyatt (193-91, college: Temple, agency: Pensack Sports) helped adding 18 points and 10 assists. Four Hapoel Eilat players scored in double figures. The best for the losing side was Richard Howell (203-90, college: N.Carolina St.) with a double-double by scoring 17 points and 10 rebounds and swingman Cameron Clark (201-91, college: Oklahoma) scored 21 points and 5 rebounds. Top scorers: Hapoel Eilat: D.Kane 23+6reb+1ast, A.Simhon 19+2reb, K.Wyatt 18+10ast, A.Aminu 10+12reb, E.Kadir 8+8reb+6ast, A.Nissim 7+2reb+2ast Ironi Nahariya: C.Clark 21+5reb+1ast, G.Brown 18+4reb+2ast, R.Howell 17+10reb+1ast, M.Umeh 11+1reb, N.Berkowitz 7+5reb+6ast, E.Asante Asare 5+4reb+4ast
National League Round 5 of Finals. Galil Gilboa crowned champions - May 28, 2016
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Galil Gilboa - Ironi K-A 68-52 Galil Gilboa celebrated the National League title. They outgunned Ironi Kiryat-Ata in the decisive fifth game of the championship series and secured Winner League promtion. Galil Gilboa had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) contributed with 14 points a... [read more]
Galil Gilboa celebrated the National League title. They outgunned Ironi Kiryat-Ata in the decisive fifth game of the championship series and secured Winner League promtion. Galil Gilboa had a 33-22 advantage in offensive rebounds. American Jason Siggers (194-85, college: Albany) orchestrated the victory by scoring 18 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. His fellow American import forward Demetrius Treadwell (201-91, college: Akron) contributed with 14 points and 6 rebounds for the winners. Four Galil Gilboa players scored in double figures. American guard Julien Mills (193-85, college: Ball St., agency: HMS) answered with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Tomer Ginat (202-94) added 19 points and 6 rebounds in the effort for Ironi Kiryat Ata. Ironi Kiryat Ata's coach rotated twelve players seeing no chance for a win. Top scorers: Galil Gilboa: J.Siggers 18+9reb+5ast, D.Treadwell 14+6reb+1ast, G.Dotan 14+4reb+2ast, O.Lev 11+3reb+2ast, O.Huber 5+3reb+1ast, J.Shuchman 5+11reb+4ast Ironi K-A: J.Mills 22+9reb, T.Ginat 19+6reb+1ast, D.Joyner 9+7reb+1ast, E.Sror 2, R.Yehia 0+1reb, N.Sachs 0
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