D.J. Cooper guides Ironi Ness Ziona to second victory
Updated: Dec 28, 2022
D.J. Cooper registered a season high 13 assists as Ironi Ness Ziona stood off comeback attempts by Basket Brno to post a 94-80 win on Tuesday, December 27, at the STAREZ Arena Vodova in Brno, Czechia.
Players of the game
Ironi Ness Ziona point guard registered one field goal attempt.
It didn`t mattered as he led his team to Israeli team`s second win.
D.J. Cooper posted a season high 13 assists to tie an ENBL record.
The assist record was set by Šiauliai player Donatas Sabeckis on March 30, 2022, at Liepāja.
D.J. Cooper – a Chicago born Ohio star – had 11 assists in his previous ENBL game at Sopot.
He averages 11,3 assists per game.
Tyler Bey co-led his team with 21 points on 8-of-13 shooting inside the three point line and 5-of-7 from the charity stripe.
A former Colorado power forward grabbed five rebounds, dished out two assists and forced a game tied seven fouls.
Shaq Buchanan also scored 21 points.
Murray State guard connected 7-of-9 field goal attempts and went for a perfect 6-of-6 from the free throw line.
Golan Gutt made 5-of-10 three pointers to finish with 17 points.
Viktor Pulpan had 11 points and 10 assists for Basket Brno.
A former Michigan and Detroit Mercy player added one assist, one steal and one block.
Oleksandr Mishula had 15 points on 11-of-14 shooting from the free throw line.
Ironi Ness Ziona jumped in front for a 12 point lead 37-25 early in the second quarter.
Brno replied with a 2-15 run for its single lead in the game 39-40.
Israeli team outscored the opponents 37-17 during the next eleven minutes 76-57.
C.J. Williams hit the game winning three pointer with 10:44 to go.
Ironi Ness Ziona scored just 13 points in the fourth quarter but still finished with 50% accuracy from the field.
A relatively poor shooting percentage – 38 per cent – was fatal for Basket Brno.
The home team made 5-of-34 field goal attempts from the three point line compared to 9-of-25 for Ironi Ness Ziona.
Ness Ziona had 30 assists on 33 field goals – a tribute to their ball sharing.
Ironi Ness Ziona flight to Vienna was delayed by four hours on Monday – the last day of Hanukkah festival.
The lights were still bright for the Israeli team as Ironi Ness Ziona improved to 2-1.
Basket Brno – a 2022 bronze medallist – dropped to 0-3.
Donatas Sabeckis 13 March 30, 2022, Liepāja 81-83 Šiauliai
D.J. Cooper 13 December 27, 2022, Ness Ziona 94-80 Brno
Kytel Madden 11 March 2, 2022, Liepāja vs Brno
Viktor Pulpan 11 January 12, 2022, Anwil 86-82 Brno
Jonathan Elmore 11 December 28, 2021, Šiauliai vs Brno
D.J. Cooper 11 December 1, 2022, Sopot 92-100 Ness Ziona
SCHEDULE (local time only)
Tuesday, December 27, Brno (GMT+2h)
Ironi Ness Ziona 94–80 Basket Brno h
BM Stal Ostrow 56–72 King Szczecin
Tuesday, December 27, Tartu (GMT+3h)
Tartu Ulikool Maks&Moorits 72–76 Trefl Sopot
Wednesday, December 28, Brno
15:30 King Szczecin – Ironi Ness Ziona
18:00 Basket Brno – BM Stal Ostrow
Wednesday, December 28, Valmiera (GMT+3h)
12:00 Valmiera Glass VIA – Trefl Sopot
Thursday, December 29, Tartu
18:00 Tartu Ülikool Maks&Moorits – Valmiera Glass ViA
STANDINGS, as of December 27, 2022
King Szczecin 3-0 (+29)
Ironi Ness Ziona 2-1 (+6)
Trefl Sopot 1-2 (-8)
Stal Ostrow 1-1 (+0)
Tartu University 1-1 (-2)
Basket Brno 0-3 (-25)
BC Wolves 0-0
Valmiera Glass VIA 0-0