Hapoel Holon

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Hapoel Unet Holon
Hapoel Unet Holon logo
LeaguesIsraeli Premier League
FIBA Champions League
Founded1947; 72 years ago (1947)
HistoryHapoel Holon
(1947–present)
ArenaHolon Toto Hall
Capacity5,600
LocationHolon, Israel
Team colorsPurple and Yellow
         
CEORoy Dvora
PresidentEitan Lanciano
Head coachDan Shamir
Team captainShlomi Harush
OwnershipShlomo Issac
Championships1 Israeli Championship
2 Israeli State Cup
Websitehapoel-holon.co.il
Uniforms

Hapoel Holon, for sponsorship reasons Hapoel Unet Holon, is a basketball club based in Holon, Israel. Holon plays in the Ligat HaAl, the top division of Israeli basketball. The club won their first Israeli championship in 2008, after beating perennial champions Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Final Four.

History[edit]

The club was founded in 1947 and was one of the founding clubs of the top division in 1954 when established, finishing second in their first season.

Holon returned to the top division at the end of the 2006–07 season after playing for 7 years in the second and even the third divisions, and finished the 2007–08 regular season at the top of the table. They reached the Playoff Final, where they defeated Maccabi Tel Aviv 73–72 to claim their first championship, with Malik Dixon scoring the winning shot two seconds to the end of the game. PJ Tucker won the MVP title. It was the first time Maccabi Tel Aviv had failed to win the championship in 14 years.[1]

The club has reached the final of the State Cup six times, but did not pick up their first prize in that competition until 2009, when Brian Tolbert hit a three-pointer as time expired to give them a 69–68 win over Maccabi Haifa in that year's final.[2]

On January 16, 2010, the club celebrated its 1000th game in the Ligat HaAl. In the 2009–10 season, the club was under scrutiny after failing to pay the balance of last years staff and players throughout the end of the season.

In 2018, Holon won its second State Cup after beating Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Final, behind MVP Glen Rice, Jr.[3]

Arena[edit]

Holon Toto Hall, home arena of the club

Hapoel Holon plays its home games at the 5,600 seat[4] Holon Toto Hall.

Honours[edit]

Total titles: 3

Domestic competitions[edit]

  • Israeli Championships
    • Winners (1): 2008
    • Runners-up (3): 1954, 1955, 2018
    • semi-finals (9): 1983, 1985, 1986, 1988, 1995, 1999, 2008, 2012, 2018
  • State Cup
    • Winners (2): 2009, 2018
    • Runners-up (5): 1959, 1961, 1986, 1991, 1995
  • League Cup (unofficial)
    • Runner-up (1): 2011

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. W–L State Cup European competitions
2007–08 1 Super League 1st 22–7 Semifinalist
2008–09 1 Super League 5th 15–12 Champion
2009–10 1 Super League 12th 6–16
2010–11 1 Super League 7th 12–19
2011–12 1 Super League 5th 17–13 Semifinalist
2012–13 1 Super League 9th 12–15 3 EuroChallenge T16 4–8
2013–14 1 Super League 7th 16–17 Round of 16
2014–15 1 Super League 5th 18–19 Round of 16
2015–16 1 Super League 10th 12–21
2016–17 1 Super League 5th 23–14 Semifinalist
2017–18 1 Super League 2nd 26–14 Champion 3 Champions League RS 3–11

Colors and mascot[edit]

The team's colors are yellow and purple after a Jewish American fan of the Los Angeles Lakers donated uniforms in the colors of his favorite club. Before that, the team played in red and white uniforms, like almost every 'Hapoel' team.

For many years Holon's mascot was a tiger. It appeared on the team's logo for many years and in the 1990s the team's logo read 'Hapoel Tigers Holon'. After the team won the 2007–08 National League championship, and upgraded to the first division, the old symbol was changed and redesigned, keeping Holon's symbol, the tiger.

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Hapoel Holon roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Age
G 1 United States Wyatt, Khalif Injured 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 27 – (1991-06-10)10 June 1991
G 2 United States Walden, Corey 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 26 – (1992-08-05)5 August 1992
G 3 United States Reynolds, Scottie 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) 31 – (1987-10-10)10 October 1987
G 4 Israel Dadon, Harel 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 21 – (1998-05-04)4 May 1998
F/C 5 United States Atkins, Darion 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 26 – (1992-09-17)17 September 1992
F/C 6 United States Israel Cline, T.J. Injured 2.06 m (6 ft 9 in) 24 – (1994-07-22)22 July 1994
F 7 United States Jones, DeQuan 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 28 – (1990-06-20)20 June 1990
G/F 8 Israel Simhon, Amit 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 29 – (1989-10-22)22 October 1989
G 9 Israel Palatin, Guy 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in) 18 – (2000-09-25)25 September 2000
F 10 Israel Pnini, Guy Injured 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 35 – (1983-09-04)4 September 1983
G 12 Israel Harush, Shlomi (C) 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 31 – (1987-11-03)3 November 1987
G 13 Israel Huber, Roi 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 22 – (1997-02-10)10 February 1997
F/C 15 Israel Zano, Ariel 2.02 m (6 ft 8 in) 19 – (1999-10-23)23 October 1999
C 21 United States Kosovo Jones, Shawn 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 27 – (1992-03-25)25 March 1992
G 24 Israel Schiller, Tamir 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 20 – (1999-04-10)10 April 1999
G 31 Israel Arbeli, Amit 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 20 – (1999-02-18)18 February 1999
G/F 32 United States Hopson, Scotty Injured 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 29 – (1989-08-08)8 August 1989
G/F 77 Israel Koulechov, Egor 1.96 m (6 ft 5 in) 24 – (1994-11-05)5 November 1994
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: April 29, 2019

Depth chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Reserve
C Shawn Jones Darion Atkins T. J. Cline Injured
PF DeQuan Jones Amit Simhon Guy Pnini Injured
SF Egor Koulechov Harel Dadon Scotty Hopson Injured
SG Roi Huber Shlomi Harush Guy Palatin Khalif Wyatt Injured
PG Corey Walden Scottie Reynolds Amit Arbeli
  • The “Russian Rule” requires every team to have at least two Israelis on the floor at all times.

Notable players[edit]

A Hapoel Holon home game

Holon's best homegrown player was Ofer Eshed who played for the club between 1957 and 1972 and he is the all-time points leader in the team, with 7,495 points. Israel Elimelech (Nicknamed – The King) is considered to be the club's biggest symbol. Played in holon during two decades – and led the team to many successful seasons in the premier league. Played in the legendary home grown team of holon in the 1980s, with Niv Boogin (Doctor Boogin), Avi Maor, and the Israeli-American player Micheal Carter (The Crazy – Meshugah), who was known for driving the fans crazy. Other notable players were : Tzahi Peled, Danny Hadar, Rami Zeig and from very early days and the contingent of ex Egyptian players : Marcel Hefetz.

The team's 2 titles were won by 2 winning baskets, scored by the 2007–08 PG Malik Dixon, and 2008–09 SG Brian Tolbert. Dixon scored a two-pointer 2 seconds to the end of the championship match against Maccabi Tel-Aviv, leaving Maccabi a 2-second possession which they failed to score in. Tolbert scored a three-point buzzer beater in the cup final, after he got the ball from an inbound pass by Deron Washington.

Over the years the club has signed several former NBA players, including P.J. Tucker, Ken Bannister, Clarence Kea, Richard Dumas and Dominic McGuire. John Thomas, who has played in 2009–10 season, is also a former NBA player, with a history in five teams, such as New Jersey Nets, Atlanta Hawks, etc.

Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Heroic Holon dethrones Maccabi Tel Aviv Haaretz
  2. ^ Hapoel Holon steals historic first basketball State Cup from Haifa Haaretz
  3. ^ "בפעם השנייה: גביע המדינה נוסע לחולון!" (in Hebrew). February 16, 2018.
  4. ^ 5,600 מקומות (in Hebrew).

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