1/4 Cup: Cinderella from Netenya
Safsal ,01/10/2010
Cinderella Barak Netanya advances to the Cuo semi-Finals along with Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, Eshet Tours Bnei Hasharon, and Ironi ElDan Ashkelon:

By Ryan Lexer

Cinderella story Barak Netanya advances to the semi final round of the Israeli Cup, the first time in 22 years. They will be joined by Bnei HaSharon, Maccabi Tel Aviv, and Ashkelon

Barak Netanya 92 - "Altshuler Shaham" Gilboa / Galil 82

Netanya came out of the gate with guns blazing.They smoked Gilboa in the first quarter with a 30-15 lead. The domination continued into the 2nd quarter and halftime leading 58-36. Gilboa finally woke up and came to life in the 3rd quarter nearly turning the tables on Netanya with a 19:0 run and cutting the lead to 61-64 and finishing the 3rd with 61-66. Pinnock found his rhythm in the 4th and scored 9 pts out of his 19 for the game for Netanya. Eran Asante and Tony Washam help put the visitors away. The team celebrated a much deserved upset win.

Netanya: Tony Washam 23 (8 reb), Danilo Pinnock 19, Marco Kilingsworth, Tony Younger, Robert Rothbart 11 as, Lior Hachmon 10, Eran Asante 4, Shmulik Brenner 3 (13 assists)

Gilboa / Galil: Gal Mekel 20 (5 assists), Brian Randle 15 (10 reb), Jeremy Fargo 11, Goni Izraeli 11, Elishay Kadir 10 (8 reb), Dagan Yivzuri 8, DIon Dowell 5, Isaiah Swan 2.

"Eshet Tours" Bnei Hasharon 76 - Ironi Nahariya 71

After 2 years of absence from the Israeli Cup semi finals, Bnei Sharon is back thanks to the direction provided by Dan Shamir, who is looking for his 3rd Cup in 4 years.

Paul Delaney was destined to dash Coach Shamir hopes with a very strong 24 points for the game. Bnei Sharon found themselves down three quarters of the game. Erez Katz and Ron Steele never gave up and contributed great minutes to the team. Surely feeling disappointed to let this game slip away, Coach Yaakov Jino and crew can now concentrate on improving for the second round of the Premier league and playoffs.

Bnei Hasharon: Cookie Belcher 19, Shawn James 11 (13 rebounds, 4 blocks), Sam Clancy and Ron Steele 10 points, Ogonna Onyekwe 9, Erez Katz 8, Ori Ichaki 6, Dori Assaf 2 , Ben Rice 1

Nahariya: Paul Delaney 24 (9-14 from the field), Sean Taggert 14, Lamar Greer 13, Oded Shaashoua 10, Barak Peleg 5, Daniel Gor Arie 3, Lior Segev 2, also played Vladi Ermichin, Jeron Roberts and Or Eitan

Beko Hapoel Holon 64 - Ironi "El Dan" Ashkelon 71

What a tough challenge for coach Miki Dorsman to come back to the head coaching position at Hapoel Holon, only to face in his first game back, the player that won the Israeli Cup for Hapoel Holon just the previous year.

Brian Tolbert seems to be built for the Israeli Cup. He single handedly dismantled Haifa in previous rounds, and tonight he scored 19 points to bring Askelon to their first Semi Finals appearance in team history.

Holon led 13-12 after eight minutes but Moran Roth came alive with five straight points and gave Askelon a 17-13 lead at the end of the first. Â Holon started the second quarter strong but 2 consecutive threes by Tolbert sparked a 16:0 run giving Ashkelon a 33-17 lead. The second half was not much different. Holon could not catch up until the last few minutes but by then it was a little too late.

Ashkelon: Brian Tolbert and Corry Carr 19, Moran Roth 12, Jimmy Baxter 8, Omar Snid 7, Brooks Silas 4, Avis Wyatt 2

Holon: Dwayne Mitchell 14, John Thomas 11 (14 rebs), Yoni Nir 11 (8 rebounds), Lior Lipshitz 11, Sean Daniel 10, Noam Matalon 3, Titus Ivory and Niv Berkowitz 2 each

Hapoel Afula 81 - Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 95

Pini Gershon has felt the sting of losing the Israeli Cup in recent years and he is intent on not repeating the feeling. Maccabi only led by 4 at the end of the 1st quarter, but by halftime they had found a comfortable 14 point cushion. The second half proved to be not much of a difference from the first. Maccabi held on to the double digit lead for the remainder of the game.

Maccabi: David Bluthenthal 18, Doron Perkins 15 (6 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals), Raviv Limonad, Alan Anderson and Chuck Adison 12 each, Andrew Wisniewski 9 (6 rebounds), Guy Pnini 8, Stephane lAsme 6 (7 rebounds), D'or Fischer 2, Yaniv Green 1

Afula: Dionte Christmas 17, Nizan Hanochi 16 (5 assists), Justin Dentmon 15, Jermaine Hall, 11, Nir Cohen 9 (8 rebounds), BJ McKee 7, Jacob Jaacks and Avi Nanikashvili 3, also played Uri Cohen Mintz and Gur Porat.

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