Hapoel Galil Elyon

Hapoel Galil Elyon (Hebrew: הפועל גליל עליון), also known as Hapoel Nofar Energy Galil Elion for sponsorship reasons, is an Israeli basketball club. The team competes in the Israeli Basketball Premier League, the top tier of Israeli basketball, and internationally in the Balkan League. The team represents the northern region of the country – the Upper Galilee, and the Golan Heights.

Hapoel Nofar Energy Galil Elion
LeaguesIsraeli Basketball Premier League
Balkan League
Founded1978; 45 years ago (1978)
HistoryHapoel Galil Elyon
1978–2008, 2009–present
ArenaHeihal HaPais
Capacity2,200
LocationKfar Blum, Israel
Team colorsRed and white
PresidentNir Wasserman
Head coachBarak Peleg
Team captainNimrod Levi
Championships1 Israeli Championship

2 Israeli State Cups

1 Balkan International Basketball League

In June 2008, the club rights in the Israeli Basketball Premier League transferred to Hapoel Gilboa (which had previously been merged with Hapoel Afula, which regained their independence) to form a new club, Hapoel Gilboa Galil, which represents the Gilboa and Lower Galilee regions. The team was re-established in 2009.[1]

HistoryEdit

American-Israeli Brad Leaf played for 12 years for Hapoel Galil Elyon.[2][3][4] He won the Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP award in 1989–90.[4] In both 1989-90 and 1991-92 he was voted a member of the Israeli Basketball Premier League Quintet, an award given to the five best players of each season of the Israeli Basketball Premier League.[5]

In 1992–93 the club, then coached by Pini Gershon, became the first club based outside Tel Aviv to win the Israeli Championship, ending Maccabi Tel Aviv's 23-year winning streak. They also won the State Cup twice, in 1988 and 1992.

Between 1990 and 2008, several of the Israel's most successful basketball players came through the club, including Nadav Henefeld, Oded Kattash, Doron Sheffer, Gur Shelef, Lior Eliyahu, and Sharon Sasson, earning the team the nickname "the Israeli basketball college".

In 2021, the club was promoted from the Israeli National League to the Israeli Basketball Premier League for the first time since the merger.

HonorsEdit

Total titles: 4

Domestic competitionsEdit

Winners: 1993
Runners-up: 1990, 1995
Winners: 1988, 1992
Runners-up: 1987, 1990, 1998

Lower division competitionsEdit

Winners: 1979 (North Division), 2021

European competitionsEdit

Semifinalist (1): 1992–93

Regional competitionsEdit

Winners: 2022

PlayersEdit

Current rosterEdit

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

Hapoel Galil Elyon roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Nat. Name Ht. Wt. Age
G 1   Booker, Deishuan 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 77 kg (170 lb) 26 – (1996-12-29)29 December 1996
G/F 2   Marble, Devyn 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) 88 kg (194 lb) 30 – (1992-09-21)21 September 1992
F 4   Langston, Wayne 2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) 111 kg (245 lb) 29 – (1993-10-26)26 October 1993
F/C 5   Washington, Bryce 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) 116 kg (256 lb) 27 – (1996-01-25)25 January 1996
SG 7   Moskovich, Itay 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 22 – (2000-03-31)31 March 2000
PG 8   Malka, Nadav 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in) 18 – (2004-02-02)2 February 2004
G 10   Cohen, Ron 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in) 20 – (2002-07-13)13 July 2002
G 11   Kozikaro, Roi 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in) 19 – (2003-06-15)15 June 2003
F 12   Melamed, Yahel 1.99 m (6 ft 6 in) 22 – (2001-01-05)5 January 2001
PG 13   Huber, Roi 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in) 85 kg (187 lb) 25 – (1997-02-10)10 February 1997
PF 15     Levi, Nimrod 2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) 105 kg (231 lb) 27 – (1995-03-24)24 March 1995
SF 24   Rinski, Harel 1.97 m (6 ft 6 in) 20 – (2002-06-26)26 June 2002
Head coach
  •   Barak Peleg
Assistant coach(es)
  •   Avishai Gordon
  •   Noam Cohen

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  •   Injured

Updated: January 12, 2023

Season by seasonEdit

Season Tier League Pos. Postseason Cup Competitions European Competitions
2012–13 2 Liga Leumit
2013–14 Second round
2014–15 First round
2015–16
2016–17 First round
2017–18 6 Quarter-finals First round
2018–19 3 Runner-up
2019–20 7 7th place Round of 16
2020–21 1 Champion First round
2021–22 1 Premier League 5 Quarter-finals Quarter-finals Balkan League C

Notable playersEdit

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

Criteria

To appear in this section a player must have either:

  • Set a club record or won an individual award while at the club.
  • Played at least one official international match for their national team at any time.
  • Played at least one official NBA match at any time.

Notable coachesEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "אופס! תקלה". basket.co.il.
  2. ^ "Euroleague Qualifying Rounds team profile: Hapoel Galil Gilboa". EUROLEAGUE BASKETBALL. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  3. ^ "Leaf Happy to be "Home" in Indiana". Indiana Pacers. June 23, 2017. Retrieved October 25, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Israel-born T.J. Leaf drafted by NBA's Pacers in first round". Times of Israel. June 23, 2017.
  5. ^ Marks, Jon (March 18, 2018). "Meet the NBA's Israeli-born rookie, a 6' 10" forward named T.J. Leaf". Times of Israel. Retrieved October 25, 2020.

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