Hapoel Holon will try to get closer to the semi-finals of the playoffs tonight (19:00, live on 5LIVE) in front of Hapoel Galil Aleiyon in her home. The team already left yesterday (Wednesday) for the Galilee for game number 2 in order to provide the ultimate preparation for its trainees.
The professional team will continue to play with the five foreigners who played in game number 1, with Javin Deloria left out again. Chris Johnson, who did not train regularly for the first game against the Galilee, returned to full training. The captain feels good and will get significant minutes tonight.
The team’s player, Nathanel Artzi, said before the game: “We are going to Game 2 in the Galilee knowing that a difficult game awaits us and is completely different from the first game. Each playoff series has its own dynamics and the differences have no meaning, only the victory is important, so we need to arrive ready, with the appropriate energies for this kind of game and to do what the professional team prepared us for. If that happens, we can take a big step to the semi-finals.”
On the other hand, in the Upper Galilee, everyone is eligible to play. Tonight, the team will celebrate the 30th anniversary of the state championship with a sales stand of retro shirts from the championship season, of the ice man, Doron Shaffer. Shaffer will come to the game tomorrow and will offer for sale his book “The Game of Life” with a dedication to each buyer.
Barak Peleg will come to this game after extending his contract, despite the interest of quite a few teams in the two top leagues. His team from Kfar Blum has been tied 3:3 against Hapoel Holon in the regular season games for the past two years, but in the playoffs they lost to them in all four meetings – three of them by a margin of 20 points or more. The team hopes that with the home crowd the game will look completely different.
Nathaniel Artzi. Ready for Game 2 (Kobe Eliyahu)
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