Maccabi Tel Aviv wins league championship after 4-year drought
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Maccabi Tel Aviv wins league championship after 4-year drought

Club comes out firing on all cylinders against lethargic Holon, taking home nation’s best national title for 52nd time

Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team players raise the championship plate after defeating Hapoel Holon at the final of the Israeli Basketball Premier League in Tel Aviv, June 14, 2018 (Roy Alima/Flash90)
Maccabi Tel Aviv basketball team players raise the championship plate after defeating Hapoel Holon at the final of the Israeli Basketball Premier League in Tel Aviv, June 14, 2018 (Roy Alima/Flash90)

Maccabi Tel Aviv won the national basketball championship Thursday evening,  taking their 52nd trophy and ending a four-year drought after trouncing Hapoel Holon in a 95-75 victory.

The Tel Aviv players came out looking for revenge after being defeated by Holon in the State Cup final earlier in the season.

Maccabi stormed into the game with a 13-0 run, while Holon struggled to put points on the board throughout the first half.

Jake Cohen was the top Maccabi scorer with 18 points, followed by Michael Roll’s 15. John Dibartolomeo and Norris Cole scored 13 each and DeAndre Kane added 10 of his own.

For Holon, Tu Holloway scored 20 points, Glen Rice Jr. scored 14, Joe Alexander finished with 13 and Tamir Blatt with 12.

Team captain John DiBartolomeo invited former captain Itay Segev, who was dismissed from his position after requesting to be cut from the team, to lift the championship plate alongside him.

The Walla news site reported that in contrast to previous years, Culture and Sports Minister Miri Regev chose to stand at the side as the plate was hoisted.

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