2008–2009 Israeli Final Four

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The 2008–2009 Israeli Final Four [1], the fourth Israeli Final Four was held at Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv, Israel on 19 and 21 May 2009 to determine the winner of the 2008–2009 Israeli League. The contestants were Maccabi Tel Aviv, the 2007–08 Israeli League runner-up, Hapoel Jerusalem, Maccabi Haifa, the 2008–09 Israeli State Cup runner-up and Gilboa/Galil. Maccabi Tel Aviv won their 48th Israeli League crown, beating Maccabi Haifa 85-72 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 1971–1972 FIBA European Champions Cup final, the 1993–1994 FIBA European Championship Final Four, the 2003–2004 Euroleague Final Four, the 2005-2006 Israeli Final Four, the 2006-2007 Israeli Final Four and the 2007-2008 Israeli Final Four.

Bracket[edit]

Semifinals
19 May
Final
21 May
 Hapoel Jerusalem  93  
 Maccabi Haifa  98  
 
     Maccabi Tel Aviv  85
   Maccabi Haifa  72
Third place
 Maccabi Tel Aviv  72  Hapoel Jerusalem  96
 Gilboa/Galil  70    Gilboa/Galil   101

Semifinals[edit]

All times are in Israel Summer Time.

Semifinal 1[edit]

19 May 2009
18:00
Hapoel Jerusalem 93–98 (OT) Maccabi Haifa
Scoring by quarter: 17–23, 22–30, 16–15, 29–16, Overtime: 9–14
Pts: Jefferson 24
Rebs: Perkins 11
Asts: Perkins 9
Pts: Watson 26
Rebs: Watson 10
Asts: Bowers 5
Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 11,700

Semifinal 2[edit]

19 May 2009
20:55
Maccabi Tel Aviv 72–70 Gilboa/Galil
Scoring by quarter: 17–9, 20–21, 21–22, 14–18
Pts: Eliyahu 20
Rebs: Casspi 9
Asts: Burstein 4
Pts: Kadir 17
Rebs: Kadir 9
Asts: Kadir, Roberts 5
Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 11,700

Third-place playoff[edit]

21 May 2009
18:00
Hapoel Jerusalem 96–101 Gilboa/Galil
Scoring by quarter: 28–30, 20–23, 22–24, 26–24
Pts: Francis 22
Rebs: Francis 7
Asts: Naimi 7
Pts: Kadir 17
Rebs: Kadir 9
Asts: Kadir 5
Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 11,700

Final[edit]

21 May 2009
20:55
Maccabi Tel Aviv 85–72 Maccabi Haifa
Scoring by quarter: 16–19, 27–20, 22–19, 20–14
Pts: Arroyo 22
Rebs: Fischer 11
Asts: Arroyo 6
Pts: Perkins 25
Rebs: Jefferson 12
Asts: Perkins 3
Yad Eliyahu Arena, Tel Aviv
Attendance: 11,700

Awards[edit]

Carlos ArroyoFinal MVP