Hapoel Holon Basketball Club (Hebrew: מועדון הכדורסל הפועל חולון) known for sponsorship reasons as Hapoel UNET Holon (הפועל UNET חולון) is a professional basketball club based in Holon in Israel. The team plays in the Israeli Basketball Premier League (the top tier of Israeli basketball) and internationally in the Basketball Champions League. The team currently plays in the Holon Toto Hall, which is home to 5,500 spectators.
|Hapoel UNET Holon|
|Leagues||Israeli Premier League|
|History||Hapoel Holon B.C.|
|Arena||Holon Toto Hall|
|Team colors||Purple and Yellow|
|Head coach||Guy Goodes|
|Team captain||Guy Pnini|
|Championships||2 Israeli Championship |
2 Israeli State Cups
1 Balkan League
One of Hapoel Holon most prominent title victories would come in 2008 as the club would pull one of the biggest upsets in league history defeating perennial champions Maccabi Tel Aviv in the Premier League final. The club would also go on to win the Israeli Basketball State Cup in 2009 defeating Maccabi Haifa and also in 2018 defeating Maccabi Tel Aviv. Hapoel Holon would win its first ever international title in 2021 in the form of the Balkan International Basketball League defeating Bulgarian side Academic Plovdiv.
Holon returned to the top division at the end of the 2006–07 season after playing for 7 years in the second and third divisions. They 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 prior to the end of the game. P. J. Tucker won the MVP title. It was the first time Maccabi Tel Aviv had failed to win the championship in 14 years.
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.
On January 16, 2010, the club celebrated its 1,000th game in the Ligat HaAl. In the 2009–10 season, the club was under scrutiny after failing to pay the balance of the prior year's staff and players throughout the end of the season.
Between the years 1953–2015, Hapoel Holon played its home games in the May 1 hall in Holon, Also known as the "tin hall" due to its being made of tin-like irons. It was inaugurated on the 5th Independence Day of the State of Israel, in 1953, in a game against Hapoel Tel Aviv, in which Hapoel Holon won 41:38. The hall was the first in the country to have lighting installed that made it possible to play in the dark.
Due to its low capacity of 2,800 seats, the tin hall was deemed unfit for hosting Israeli basketball premiere league games.
In 2012, A construction began of a new Hall in Park Peres - the Holon Toto Hall, named after Ofer Eshed, an iconic Hapoel Holon player in the past.
Total titles: 3
- Israeli Championships
- State Cup
- League Cup
- Runner-up (2): 2011, 2020
- Semifinalist (1): 2018–19
Season by seasonEdit
Colors and mascotEdit
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.
|Hapoel Holon roster|
Updated: June 26, 2022
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Bench 3|
|C||Michale Kyser||Stephen Zack|
|PF||Guy Pnini||Hayden Dalton||Eitan Yanai|
|SF||Chris Johnson||Rafi Menco||Ofek Fogelman|
|SG||Adam Smith||Frédéric Bourdillon||Omer Tal||Amit Senker|
|PG||Joe Ragland||Niv Misgav||Ido Romy|
- The Israeli league rule requires every team to have at least one Israeli on the court at any time.
- There should be at least 7 Israelis and up to 5 foreigners on a 12-men game sheet.
Squad changes for the 2021–22 seasonEdit
|0||C||Steve Zack||CB San Pablo Burgos|
|1||PG||Joe Ragland||Hapoel Eilat B.C.|
|3||PG||Adam Smith||Merkezefendi Belediyesi Denizli Basket|
|6||G||Omer Tal||Hapoel Galil Elyon|
|9||SF||Rafi Menco||Élan Chalon|
|12||C||Michale Kyser||BK VEF Rīga|
|20||PF||Hayden Dalton||CB San Pablo Burgos|
|23||SG||Steven Gray||KK Igokea|
|24||G||Eidan Alber||Maccabi Tel Aviv B.C.|
|25||SG||Tyrus McGee||CB San Pablo Burgos|
|35||PF||Mark Ogden||Stal Ostrów Wielkopolski|
Holon's best homegrown player was Ofer Eshed who played for the club between 1957 and 1972. 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. He played in Holon during two decades, and led the team to many successful seasons in the Premier League. He played on the legendary home-grown team of Holon in the 1980s, with Niv Boogin (Doctor Boogin), Motti Daniel, Avi Maor, and the Israeli-American player Mike 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 before 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, Cliff Pondexter, Albert King, Richard Dumas, and Dominic McGuire. John Thomas, who played in the 2009–10 season, is also a former NBA player, with a history in five teams, including the New Jersey Nets and Atlanta Hawks.
Note: Flags indicate national team eligibility at FIBA-sanctioned events. Players may hold other non-FIBA nationality not displayed.
To appear in this section a player must have either:
- Ofer Eshed 13 seasons: '57–'72
- Rami Zeig-Barak 13 seasons: '57–'72
- Moti Daniel 9 seasons: '78–'85, '99–'01
- Niv Boogin 14 seasons: '78–'91, '95–'96
- Israel Elimelech 16 seasons: '78–'92, '95–'97
- Ofer Fleischer 4 seasons: '82–'83, '99–'02
- Mike Carter 5 seasons: '82–'84, '92–'95
- Clarence Kea 1 season: '84–'85
- Desi Barmore 6 seasons: '84–'90
- Ken Bannister 1 season: '86–'87
- Joe Dawson 2 seasons: '87–'88, '01–'02
- Earl Williams 2 seasons: '88–'89, '90–'91
- Ben McDonald 1 season: '88–'89
- Richard Dumas 1 season: '90–'91
- Kobi Baloul 6 seasons: '90–'94, '99–'01
- David Henderson 2 seasons: '92–'94
- Richard Rellford 1 season: '93–'94
- David Thirdkill 1 season: '94–'95
- Shelton Jones 2 seasons: '94–'95, '96
- Yoav Saffar 4 seasons: '94–'98
- Milt Wagner 1 season: '95–'96
- Derrick Hamilton 1 season: '95–'96
- Joe Wylie 2 seasons: '97–'98, '00–'01
- Greg Sutton 1 season: '98–'99
- Moshe Mizrahi 3 seasons: '98–'01
- Corey Crowder 1 season: '99–'00
- Dušan Bocevski 1 season: '99–'00
- P. J. Tucker 1 season: '07–'08
- Malik Dixon 1 season: '07–'08
- Tre Simmons 1 season: '07–'08
- Eric Campbell 1 season: '07–'08
- Chris Watson 2 seasons: '07–'09
- Moran Roth 3 seasons: '07–'08, '10–'12
- Guni Israeli 5 seasons: '07–'08, '13–'17
- Elton Brown 1 season: '08
- Luis Flores 1 season: '08–'09
- Deron Washington 1 season: '08–'09
- Dwayne Mitchell 1 season: '09–'10
- John Thomas 1 season: '09–'10
- Saša Bratić 1 season: '10
- Richard Melzer 1 season: '10–'11
- Jamie Arnold 1 season: '10–'11
- Bryant Dunston 1 season: '11–'12
- Ron Lewis 1 season: '11–'12
- Shlomi Harush 8 seasons: '11–'15, '16–present
- Dominic Waters 1 season: '12–'13
- Jerome Dyson 1 season: '12–'13
- Frank Hassell 1 season: '12–'13
- Laurence Bowers 1 season: '13–'14
- Scottie Reynolds 3 seasons: '13–'14, '16, '19
- Isaac Rosefelt 3 seasons: '13–'16
- Dominic McGuire 1 season: '14–'15
- Tony Crocker 1 season: '14–'15
- Jordan Taylor 2 seasons: '14–'15, '16–'17
- Will Clyburn 1 season: '15–'16
- James Bell 1 season: '16–'17
- Darion Atkins 2 seasons: '16–'17, '18–'19
- Khalif Wyatt 2 seasons: '16–'17, '18–'19
- Tu Holloway 1.5 seasons: '16–'18
- Glen Rice Jr. 1 season: '17–'18
- TaShawn Thomas 1 season: '17–'18
- Tamir Blatt 1 season: '17–'18
- Joe Alexander 2 seasons: '17–'18, '19–present
- Corey Walden 2 seasons: '17–'19
- DeQuan Jones 1 season: '18–'19
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