Game report: Spain - Israel

03.09.2001

Two teams were not able to dictate a clear dominance over each other during the first quarter. Israel held its defence tight to ban Spanish points under its rim during the first ten minutes (11-10 Israel leads). Spain rushed for a 11-2 run in the second quarter to gain the lead (21-13). In the remaining minutes of the second quarter, Israel switched to zone defence in order to stay in the critical game. Spain led at half (37-30) denying Israel's efforts of comeback with A. Reyes scoring 10 points. Israel made tough defence, forced Spain to turnovers, and finally caught a hope to level the scores at 45. Third period score was 54-53 for Israel when Tapiro scored at the buzzer. Spain hit two 3 pointers at the beginning of the fourth quarter, but Israel recovered quickly to carry the excitement through the last seconds. Finally, Spain was the side, which made fewer mistakes, Gasol grabbed a critical offensive rebound to ensure Spain's ticket to Istanbul (71-67).


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