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TEXAS JEWISH POST THURSDAY, APRIL 24,1975 FORT WORTH PAGE 8
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JEWS IN SPORTS
BY HASKELL COHEN
(Copyright 1975, JTA, Inc.)
TEL AVIV
After many years of frus-
tration, Israel finally has
produced a champion in
international competition.
The Sabras basketball team,
comprised solely of Ameri-
cans, most of whom are
non-Jewish, who are led by a
coach who is a Jew, Herb
Brown, this month was
declared the winner of the
European Professional
Basketball League, by vir-
tue of the fact that the club
had moved from last place
all the way to the front in a
period of two months.
Brown, fresh out of the
college ranks, insisted on
playing a pattern-style of
basketball with little allow-
ance for free-lance perfor-
mance. It took the players
some time to adapt to his
system but once they did
they moved through the
opposition at a rapid pace.
decided at the end of March
here in Israel when the
Belgians came here and lost
three games in a row to the
Israel Sabras. In one contest
the Lions jumped off to a
24-point lead with 12 min-
utes remaining in the first
half, and despite the quick,
overwhelming lead, the
Sabras fought back and eked
out a win over the visitors.
In the final of the threegame
series Israel lead by as much
as 30 points at one time and
finished the contest a winner
118-104.
Starting slowly the Sabras,
the youngest team in the
five-country loop, got off to a
poor start with a 2-7 record,
mainly because the early
games were played on the
road. In addition, Coach
The Belgian Lions, loaded
with some ex-Knick (NY)
players and other per-
formers from both the
National and American
Basketball Associations,
jumped off to a fast lead and
at one point was running
away with the pennant
chase with as much as a
five-game lead. They started
playing their games on their
home courts in Belgium and
this proved to be a decided
advantage.
The pennant actually was
Despite the fact that all of
the players are not Jewish,
they have been very well
received by the Israeli
public and what is even
more gratifying is that the
players on the team have
found Israel to be an
exciting country. Several of
them expect to stay for a
few extra weeks since they
have made so many friends
here. It appears quite likely
that as many as five of the
Sabras will be given trials
by clubs in both the NBA
and the ABA. I am not at
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liberty to divulge the name
of the players as yet, but one
of the American-Israel per-
formers has been sold to the
Spirits of St. Louis in the
ABA.
Four other starters def-
initely are slated to receive
trials, come next fall, with
teams in both the U.S. major
leagues. The management of
the Sabras is delighted over
their success despite the fact
that a whole new club will
have to be molded in the
next season but is excited
over the fact that four or
five of the winning team
members will have the
opportunity to make it in the
majors.
refuse to come here. As a
token of their affection for
their adopted country, the
Sabras agreed to play what
is hailed as a solidarity game
between themselves and a
select Israeli team. The
purpose, aside from a final
fling at basketball here this
spring, is to prove to players
around the world that: No. 1
the team has no fear such as
evinced by the Swiss players
and No. 2 - they want to
show their appreciation and
good feelings towards the
people who adopted them in
great style, particularly
toward the latter part of the
Kahane Gets
Daily Seven
Hour Leave
NEW YORK (WNS) -
Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder,
of the Jewish Defens4||]
League, who was sentenced
last month to a one-year
term in federal prison, is
being allowed to leave a
Manhattan half-way house
for prisoners for seven hours
a day in order to go t<fl|
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season.
The only sad note concern-
ing the closing of the
pennant race was the fact
that the Swiss team made up
of American players, at the
last minute, refused to come
to Israel for the final game of
the season. The day before
their scheduled appearance
against the Sabras the
general manager of the
Alpines sent a wire here
advising the Sabra manage-
ment that the players in
Geneva had voted that it
was too much of a security
risk to come for the final
game and consequently
cancelled out.
It appears that European
papers, ever since .Kis-
singer’s failure to mediate
some sort of settlement,
have been playing up the
fact that war is imminent in
the Middle East. Those of us
who reside here for any
extended period of time
have grown used to this talk
of imminent “warfare” and
shrug it off. As a matter of
fact the American players
who have been here for the
past five months are indig-
nant over the fact that
fellow Americans would
show a yellow streak and
Professional basketball is
very new here and it took
quite a while before the
afficionados began to come
out in any numbers. In
addition, the biggest handi-
cap to overcome, after the
start of the season, was the
fact that Maccabi Tel Aviv,
the best team in Israel, was
heavily involved in the
European Cup Games where
they reached the quarter-
finals before they were
eliminated. Fans here at the
outset were so naive that
they actually believed the
Israeli brand of basketball
was superior to what the
Sabras were displaying.
The only way to convince
them differently was for the
Sabras to play the national
team, which is made up of
the best players in the
country. This game was
played close to two months
ago and at that time the
Sabras just clobbered the
Israeli National five, ending
up with a 21 -point victory
after leading by as many as
30 points throughout the
major part of the contest.
prayers and eat kosher food!
Federal Judge Jack Wein-
stein, who had sentenced
Kahane, gave Kahane per-
mission to travel around the
city because the JDL leader
had protested the federal
Bureau of Prisons’ refusal to£
provide him with Kosher^
food when he is transferred
to the minimum-security
penitentiary in Allentown,
Pa. He is free to go from 6
a.m. to 9 a.m.; noon until 1
p.m. and 6:30 p.m. to 9:3(jp
p.m.
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NEW YORK (WNS) -Sur|
vivors of the infamous
Bergen-Belsen death camp
and their friends marked the
30th anniversary of the
liberation of the camp with a
program of “remembrance”
sponsored by the World
Federation of Bergen-Belsen
Associations. “Remem-
brance is the key to
survival,” Josef Rosensaft,
the Federation’s president
declared. “We must recall
the past to reflect on present
realities. Is Israel safe? Isl,
the Jewish people secure?’^,
A pilgrimage will be made to
Bergen-Belsen site at the
end of June to recite
Kaddish for the victims.
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