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.
|Hapoel Unet Holon|
|Leagues||Israeli Premier League|
FIBA Champions League
|Arena||Holon Toto Hall|
|Team colors||Purple and Yellow|
|Head coach||Dan Shamir|
|Team captain||Shlomi Harush|
|Championships||1 Israeli Championship |
2 Israeli State Cup
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.
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 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.
Total titles: 3
Season by seasonEdit
|Season||Tier||Division||Pos.||W–L||State Cup||European competitions|
|2012–13||1||Super League||9th||12–15||3 EuroChallenge||T16||4–8|
|2013–14||1||Super League||7th||16–17||Round of 16|
|2014–15||1||Super League||5th||18–19||Round of 16|
|2017–18||1||Super League||2nd||26–14||Champion||3 Champions League||RS||3–11|
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: April 19, 2019
|Pos.||Starting 5||Bench 1||Bench 2||Reserve|
|C||Shawn Jones||Darion Atkins|
|PF||DeQuan Jones||Amit Simhon||Ariel Zano||T. J. Cline|
|SF||Egor Koulechov||Scotty Hopson||Harel Dadon||Guy Pnini|
|SG||Shlomi Harush||Scottie Reynolds||Guy Palatin||Khalif Wyatt|
|PG||Corey Walden||Roi Huber||Amit Arbeli||Tamir Schiller|
- The “Russian Rule” requires every team to have at least two Israelis on the floor at all times.
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.
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
- Michael 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 7 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-present
- 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–present
- Khalif Wyatt 2 seasons: '16–'17, '18–present
- Tu Holloway 1.5 seasons: '16–'18
- Glen Rice Jr. 1 season: '17–'18
- Joe Alexander 1 season: '17–'18