Hapoel_Galil_Elyon

Hapoel Galil Elyon

Hapoel Galil Elyon

Basketball team in Israel


Hapoel Galil Elyon (Hebrew: הפועל גליל עליון), also known as Hapoel Nofar Energy Galil Elion for sponsorship reasons, is an Israeli basketball club. The team competes in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, the top tier of Israeli basketball, and internationally in the Balkan League. The team represents the northern region of the country – the Upper Galilee, and the Golan Heights.

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In June 2008, the club rights in the Israeli Basketball Premier League transferred to Hapoel Gilboa (which had previously been merged with Hapoel Afula, which regained their independence) to form a new club, Hapoel Gilboa Galil, which represents the Gilboa and Lower Galilee regions. The team was re-established in 2009.[1]

History

American-Israeli Brad Leaf played for 12 years for Hapoel Galil Elyon.[2][3][4] He won the Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP award in 1989–90.[4] In both 1989-90 and 1991-92 he was voted a member of the Israeli Basketball Premier League Quintet, an award given to the five best players of each season of the Israeli Basketball Premier League.[5]

In 1992–93 the club, then coached by Pini Gershon, became the first club based outside Tel Aviv to win the Israeli Championship, ending Maccabi Tel Aviv's 23-year winning streak. They also won the State Cup twice, in 1988 and 1992.

Between 1990 and 2008, several of the Israel's most successful basketball players came through the club, including Nadav Henefeld, Oded Kattash, Doron Sheffer, Gur Shelef, Lior Eliyahu, and Sharon Sasson, earning the team the nickname "the Israeli basketball college".

In 2021, the club was promoted from the Israeli National League to the Israeli Basketball Premier League for the first time since the merger.

Honors

Total titles: 4

Domestic competitions

Winners: 1993
Runners-up: 1990, 1995
Winners: 1988, 1992
Runners-up: 1987, 1990, 1998

Lower division competitions

Winners: 1979 (North Division), 2021

European competitions

Semifinalist (1): 1992–93

Regional competitions

Winners: 2022

Players

Current roster

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Depth chart

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  • The Israeli League rule requires every team to have at least one Israeli on the court at any time.
  • There should be at least 7 Israelis and up to 5 foreigners on a 12-men game sheet.

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Season by season

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Notable players

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Notable coaches


References

  1. "אופס! תקלה". basket.co.il.
  2. "Euroleague Qualifying Rounds team profile: Hapoel Galil Gilboa". EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  3. "Leaf Happy to be "Home" in Indiana". Indiana Pacers. June 23, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  4. Marks, Jon (March 18, 2018). "Meet the NBA's Israeli-born rookie, a 6' 10" forward named T.J. Leaf". Times of Israel. Retrieved October 25, 2020.

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