Homecourt Disadvantage
Orli Klinger ,04/04/2012
Road wins continue to be the story of the Ramla Vs. Ramat Hasharon games. Despite a weak 1st quarter, Ramat Hasharon played one of its best games this year in an 81-69 win over Ramla to tie the series at 1-1. Ramla scored 20 points in the 1st quarter and 21 in the two following quarters.

Ramla 69 - Ramat Hasharon 81
Ramla did get off to a good start but faded away somewhere in the 2nd quarter. A 10-point lead in the 1st became a 9-point deficit at halftime, a 19-point swing. In the 2nd half everyone expected Ramat Hasharon to let Ramla back in the game, but it didn't happen. Not this time. Perkins scored 10 points in the 3rd quarter and Ramat Hasharon went on to win and tie the series. Ramla can take comfort in the fact they've won in Ramat Hasharon twice this season.

"We learned our lesson, finally. The players were very focused today, we maintained a double digit lead and that's tough to do", said Orna Ostfel. "There was a big rotation today so we had more energy, Jennifer Fleischer and Ayelt Cohen were very helpfull", she added. All that's left for Ramat Hasharon to do, as Tamar Maoz put it nicely, is "steal one game at home".

On the other side, Adan Inbar was disappointed with his team's performance, as they trailed by 20 points down 54-74 before doing a bit of damage control in garbage time. "The 1st quarter was our best quarter in a month, and we only led 20-13. We should have been up more", he said. Ramla led 16-6 after 6 minutes, but that's when the momentum began to change. "The 2nd quarter was catastrophic defensively, we changed up our defense due to foul trouble and Ramat Hasharon punished us, with offesnive rebounds and threes. In the 3rd, when we were down by 17, we took some gambles and it didn't work out like it did in game 1. But it's a series of 3 now and it's 0-0", he concluded.

For Elizur Ramla:
Tanisha Wright 20 pts, 9 rebs, 4 ast, 3 stls
Alana Beard 18 pts, 4 stls
Le'Coe Willingham 13 pts, 11 rebs
Laine Selwyn 10 pts
Michal Epstein 4 pts
Amber Harris 4 pts

For Ramat Hasharon:
Jia Perkins 24 pts
Maurita Reid 14 pts, 7 ast, 5 rebs
Amber Holt 12 pts
Ayelet Cohen 12 pts
Alysha Clark 8 pts
Jennifer Fleischer 6 pts
Nicky Anosike 3 pts, 12 rebs
Yael Aharonov 2 pts

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