By Monty Wayland
The “Red and Dr. Murray's” Israel Basketball League tipped off this week, with eighteen teams looking to capture the Red Auerbach Championship Trophy.
The campaign began with the veteran Lobos team taking on newcomers Ashreinu. Looking nothing like an expansion team, Ashreinu put on an impressive debut, matching the experienced Lobos in both athleticism and cool-headed decision-making, before Lobos finally pulled away for a 56-44 victory.
In other opening week action, Wildes and Weinberg defeated Rap City 69-54, Oratz beat Holy Ballers 56-41, Aviezer edged Reishit 53-46, OJ made a statement with a 75-17 landslide over Yoeli's Shnuggets, and City of Gold came up with a 57-47 victory over The Big Smush.