Hapoel Holon

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Hapoel Unet Holon
Hapoel Unet Holon logo
Leagues Ligat HaAl
Founded 1954
History Hapoel Holon
(1954–present)
Arena Holon Toto Hall
Arena Capacity 5,500
Location Holon, Israel
Team colors Purple and Yellow
         
CEO Roy Dvora
President Eitan Lanciano
Head coach Dan Shamir
Ownership Shlomo Ayzek
Championships 1 Israeli Championship
1 Israeli State Cup
Website hapoel-holon.co.il
Uniforms
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Home jersey
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Team colours
Home
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Away jersey
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Team colours
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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.

Notable players[edit]

A Hapoel Holon home game
Holon Toto Hall, home of the club

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.

Honours[edit]

Total titles: 2

Domestic competitions[edit]

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

Season by season[edit]

Season Tier Division Pos. Postseason Israeli State Cup European competitions
2007–08
1
Super League
1
Champions Semifinalist
2008–09
1
Super League
4
Semifinalist Champion
2009–10
1
Super League
12
2010–11
1
Super League
7
Quarterfinalist
2011–12
1
Super League
5
Quarterfinalist Semifinalist
2012–13
1
Super League
9
3
EuroChallenge
T16
2013–14
1
Super League
7
Quarterfinalist Round of 16
2014–15
1
Super League
3
Quarterfinalist Round of 16
2015–16
1
Super League
10
2016–17
1
Super League 1 Quarterfinalist Semifinalist

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 2006/2007 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. # Nat. Name Ht. Age
G 0 United States Holloway, Tu 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 27 – (1989-10-12)12 October 1989
G 1 United States Wyatt, Khalif Injured 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 26 – (1991-06-10)10 June 1991
F/C 5 United States Atkins, Darion 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 24 – (1992-09-17)17 September 1992
PG 6 Israel Israeli, Guni 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 32 – (1984-11-18)18 November 1984
C 7 Israel Russia Chubrevich, Alex 2.12 m (6 ft 11 in) 30 – (1986-07-23)23 July 1986
SG 8 Israel Yivzori, Dagan 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) 31 – (1985-10-15)15 October 1985
SF 9 United States Israel Younger, Tony 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 37 – (1980-04-01)1 April 1980
C 10 Israel Zach, Tal 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 19 – (1997-11-07)7 November 1997
PG 11 United States Taylor, Jordan 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 27 – (1989-09-30)30 September 1989
G 12 Israel Harush, Shlomi 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) 29 – (1987-11-03)3 November 1987
PG 13 Israel Huber, Roi 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 20 – (1997-02-10)10 February 1997
F/C 15 Israel Mor, Jonathan 2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) 22 – (1995-02-11)11 February 1995
G 21 United States Delaney, Paul Injured 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 30 – (1986-08-30)30 August 1986
PF 31 United States Bell, James 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) 25 – (1992-01-07)7 January 1992
SF 44 Israel Sapir, Tom 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 19 – (1998-01-17)17 January 1998
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • Injured Injured

Updated: April 1, 2017

Notable players[edit]

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

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