2005–06 Israeli Final Four

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The 2005–06 Israeli Final Four [1], the first Israeli Final Four was held at Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv, Israel on June 6 and 8, 2006 to determine the winner of the 2005–06 Israeli League. The contestants were Maccabi Tel Aviv, the 2004–05 Israeli League champion and the 2005–06 Israeli State Cup winner, Hapoel Jerusalem, the 2005–06 Israeli State Cup runner-up, Maccabi Rishon Lezion and Ironi Naharia. Maccabi Tel Aviv won their 46th Israeli League crown, beating Hapoel Jerusalem 96-66 in the final.

Venue[edit]

The Yad Eliyahu Arena is an indoor sports arena in Tel Aviv, Israel. Opened in 1963 with its seating capacity varying from 5,000 to 11,700, it had hosted the 1971–72 FIBA European Champions Cup final, the 1993–94 FIBA European Championship Final Four and the 2003–04 Euroleague Final Four.

Bracket[edit]

Semifinals
June 6
Final
June 8
 Maccabi Rishon Lezion  65  
 Hapoel Jerusalem  66  
 
     Maccabi Tel Aviv  96
   Hapoel Jerusalem  66
Third place
 Maccabi Tel Aviv  85  Maccabi Rishon Lezion   87
 Ironi Naharia  72    Ironi Naharia   84

Semifinals[edit]

All times are in Israel Summer Time.

Semifinal 1[edit]

6 June 2006
18:00
Maccabi Rishon Lezion 65–66 Hapoel Jerusalem
Scoring by quarter: 14–17, 11–15, 19–17, 21–17
Pts: Matthews 14
Rebs: Sidney, Sneed 9
Asts: Sidney 5
Pts: Slay 18
Rebs: Slay 14
Asts: Jenkins, Mason 3
Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 11,700

Semifinal 2[edit]

6 June 2006
20:55
Maccabi Tel Aviv 85–72 Ironi Naharia
Scoring by quarter: 19–17, 27–22, 21–20, 18–13
Pts: Baston 18
Rebs: Baston 11
Asts: Vujčić, Parker 7
Pts: Young 16
Rebs: Hill, Wells 6
Asts: Sukar 2
Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 11,700

Third-place playoff[edit]

8 June 2006
18:00
Maccabi Rishon Lezion 87–84 Ironi Naharia
Scoring by quarter: 14-21, 25-20, 22-23, 26-20
Pts: John 23
Rebs: Sneed 8
Asts: John 4
Pts: Young 23
Rebs: Wells 11
Asts: Sukar 5
Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 11,700

Final[edit]

8 June 2006
20:55
Maccabi Tel Aviv 96–66 Hapoel Jerusalem
Scoring by quarter: 23–16, 22–19, 19–19, 32–12
Pts: Vujčić 20
Rebs: Shason 9
Asts: Parker 8
Pts: Slay 20
Rebs: Austin 7
Asts: Jenkins 4
Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 11,700

Awards[edit]

Anthony ParkerFinal MVP