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Masters Basketball's historic win

Posted: 10-Jul-2017 by Maccabiah

Pic: Julie Kerbel

A FIRST FOR MASTERS' BASKETBALL Australia's masters basketball team has won its first ever game at a Maccabiah defeating Chile 57-44.

Rated a solid medal chance at these games the over 35's didn't produce their best form but took charge of the clash in the second half to secure an important win.

Eban Hyams was again their leading scorer with 14, Dean Rzechta finished with 9 points while Sydneysider Ofer Greenberg showed he's fully recovered from a knee problem to put down 8. Leigh Redlich (7) and Tom Hersz (6) were the other major contributors.

It was heartbreak for our open men's basketball team after they surrendered a 10 point lead late in the game to go down to Argentina 69-61. In an impressive team performance the brilliant Benji Tamir managed to lead the way with 25 points while there were valuable contributions from Adam Klass (16), Aaron Blumberg (8) and Barry Dubovsky (7) - who along with Matt Danos battled hard inside. The Aussies led for almost the entirety of the game only to get run over late by the South Americans. It was a a great opportunity for the Aussies but a win against Greece next up keen their hopes of group progression alive.
The Open Women's side went down 52-19 to Israel in Game 1.

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