Overseas League Updates January 2nd

Israeli League Round 11

The early game in a full Monday round saw Alisia Jenkins and Daniel Karsh lead Ramat Hasharon past Tslil Vaturi and Maccabi Ramat Gan, which has a full roster again. Shakira Austin and Emma Cannon helped Elitzur Ramla roll to an 85-52 win over Hapoel Petah Tikva. Taylor Wurtz returned to the lineup for ASA Jerusalem, but it was not enough as they lost to Kaila Charles and Hapoel Rishon Lezion 94-62. Elitzur Holon had the better second half to edge Maccabi Haifa 64-59. Maccabi Ashdod stayed perfect after Shatori Walker-Kimbrough and Alex Cohen led them to an 88-70 win over Promise Amukamara, Breanna Richardson, and Herzliya.

http://wbl.co.il/game-zone.asp?GameId=4422
Maccabi Ramat Gan [66]: Vaturi 21 Alleyne 14/12r Hatokay 11 Nared 9/6r Brown 7/9r/9a Abboud 0
Ramat Hasharon [82]: Jenkins 22/13r Karsh 21/6a Kesten-Rez 15 Collier 9/14r Jones 6/7a Saar 3 Deluty 0

http://wbl.co.il/game-zone.asp?GameId=4421
Hapoel Petah Tikva [52]: Cowling 19/6r Bell 16/9r Purvis 4 Bellock 2 Snow 2
Elitzur Ramla [85]: Austin 22/15r Cannon 22/14r Rotberg 11/6 Kayuf 10 Danan 8 Babkina 5/8r Baron 5 Fleischer 2

http://wbl.co.il/game-zone.asp?GameId=4418
Hapoel Rishon Lezion [94]: Charles 23/9r/6a Simon 19/12r Hooper 16/13r Karsh 16/6r Zipel 11/7r/6a
ASA Jerusalem [62]: Wurtz 33/8r Turudic 14 Adams 9/6r/7a

http://wbl.co.il/game-zone.asp?GameId=4419
Maccabi Haifa [59]: Okonkwo 18/9r Hopkins 11/7r/6a Bulgak 9/8r
Elitzur Holon [64]: Simms 17/10r/6a Hurt 16/12r Raber 16/9r Harden 12 Presley 0

http://wbl.co.il/game-zone.asp?GameId=4420
Bnot Herzliya [70]: Amukamara 27 Richardson 21 Shea 7 Zambrotta 7 Day 5/13r
Maccabi Ashdod [88]: Walker-Kimbrough 29/8r/8a Cohen 23 Brown 14/11r Hiedeman 10/7r/10a Sahar 9/6r Dayan 3

World of Basketball

Asia

The Korean league is in the middle of an interesting competition, creating an event where teams play a round-robin, designed to give players at the end of the bench additional minutes. With teams having such large full rosters, this has been a welcome opportunity for a number of players who need to prove that they belong at this level and having a midseason event is beneficial alongside the offseason training that such players often join. There are two more games to be played on Tuesday, but Japan looks set to be able to complete a full round as scheduled with no virus-related postponements. The Antelopes, Koalas, and Iris are still all tied in the loss column with the latter having fewer wins due to an opponent having too many cases to play one of the weekends.

Around Europe

The first stage of Adriatic play concluded on Wednesday as Vojvodina eliminated Niksic in Group B. After more break time, the next stage will begin with teams playing eight games against the teams that advanced from the other group with the six games against teams that qualified from the same group carrying over in the standings. Buducnost starts as the lone undefeated team with Celje and Vojvodina right behind them.

It was a fairly quiet week with so many leagues taking breaks for the holidays. The last two undefeated teams in Romania met and Sepsi Sfantu Gheorghe showed that they are still the clear favorites with a 92-67 win over Arad. Valerie Higgins had 32 points in Greece’s full round midweek and then Megan Gustafson bounced back from a rare rough game with a 33 points in a partial round played over the weekend. Brionna Jones had 31 points and Alyssa Thomas had a triple-double as the duo has not played much domestically for USK Praha this season, but they recorded another easy win. Niya Mitchell did not have quite the scoring output of some other weeks in the Bosnian league, but did grab 29 rebounds.

The Chase for Promotion

Not much changed in the standings in Turkey’s second division after another week of games. There were a couple of big individual efforts in losses though as Zakyia Weathersby had 41 points for Edremit while Aliyah Mazyck had 42 points before fouling out for Kirklareli. At the halfway point in Poland’s second division, Sokolow Podlaski sits one game above Pabianice in the standings.

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