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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.

Kameron Jamal Chatman contributed with 18 points and eight rebounds.

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.

Key stats

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.

Game notes

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

Group B

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


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