Slovenia76-78

28-16, 15-21, 10-23, 23-18

Israel

 

Date: 08.09.2003, 20:30hVenue:   LuleĆ„ (SWE) Spectators: 1843
Referees:  Volodymyr Drabikovskyi (UKR), Ilija Belosevic (SRB)
TEAM LEADERS
Slovenia Israel
Boris Gorenc (21)PtsYaniv Green (14)
Bostjan Nachbar (6)RebYaniv Green (10)
Jaka Lakovic (3)ASMeir Tapiro (9)
3 players tied with 2STMeir Tapiro (5)
Jurica Golemac (1), Primoz Brezec (1)BSYaniv Green (2)

GAME REPORT

08.09.2003
Slovenia 76 Israel 78

After a very weak start to the game, Israel almost magically recovered and won the elimination game against Slovenia with only two points, 78-76, this last Eurobasket afternoon in LuleĆ„.  

Israel last qualified for the quarter-finals of a European Championship in 1983, while Slovenia had never got that far in the competition. The stakes were high and so were nerves. Nonetheless the teams produced an absolutely thrilling game that went right down to the final seconds.

Israel began the game disastrously only opening their scoring account after 3 minutes. Slovenia on the other hand were unstoppable with Boris Gorenc and Bostjan Nachbar torching Israel for a combined 24 first quarter points.

Israel found their feet in the second quarter with forward Yaniv Green particularly impressing inside. The Israelis slowly worked their way back into the contest and by the end of the second, the score was 43-37 in Slovenia's favour.

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Tal Burstein was the hero for Israel
The third quarter saw a complete turnaround and as Israel grew in confidence, Slovenia were the exact opposite. Israel took the lead in the third minute and built a lead of their own, 60-53 at the end of the period.

Slovenia were mentally out of the game but they dug deep to make a run at Israel and take a 2-point lead with time winding down in the last quarter. It was clear that the game would go down to the wire and that is exactly what happened.

Yoav Saffar hit a three-point shot with just 1 minute on the clock to regain the lead for Israel, 76-75. Ivica Jurkovic found himself on the free-throw line with the next play, but could only make 1 out of 2 to tie the game.

21 seconds remained on the clock when Israel inbounded the ball, and they went straight to star player Tal Burstein. Burstein has become the team's leader and he showed tonight that he is more than capable of handling that responsibility. He calmly dribbled the ball at the top of the key and with 5 seconds to go, made his move. Working his way into the lane, he hit a short jump shot to give his team the lead.

Slovenia had 2 seconds to try for a miracle but it wasn't enough and Israel's joy was evident in their celebrations which lasted long after the final buzzer.    

Top performers

Slovenia Israel

Bostjan Nachbar

 

Yaniv Green

14Pts14
6Reb10
1AS0
0ST0
0BS2

Accumulated statistics

Slovenia Israel
24/45FG M/A29/58
17/27 (63.0%) FG2P M/A22/43 (51.2%)
7/18 (38.9%) FG3P M/A7/15 (46.7%)
21/31 (67.7%) FT M/A13/17 (76.5%)
19 (3-16) Reb (O-D) 27 (11-16)
8AS16
13TO13
7ST7
2BS3
22PF27
76Pts78

PHOTO GALLERY

SLOVENIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Jurak, G. DNP
5Lakovic, J. 362/633.31/250.01/425.02/2100.0011342037
6Gorenc, B. 335/862.53/560.02/366.79/1464.31120420421
7Petrov, S. 110/30.00/10.00/20.00/00.0000121000
8Kraljevic, M. DNP
9Nachbar, B. 256/1060.05/771.41/333.31/1100.01561000414
10Duscak, A. DNP
11Tusek, M. 264/757.13/475.01/333.31/425.00220100110
12Milic, M. 120/20.00/10.00/10.01/250.0000110011
13Jurkovic, I. 202/2100.01/1100.01/1100.05/683.30111000310
14Golemac, J. 172/2100.01/1100.01/1100.00/00.0033002145
15Brezec, P. 203/560.03/560.00/00.02/2100.0134110128
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL24/ 4553.317/ 2763.07/ 1838.921/3167.731619813722276
ISRAEL
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Katz, E. 130/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0123100020
5Halperin, Y. 40/10.00/10.00/00.01/250.0101000001
6Sharp, D. 253/837.50/10.03/742.90/00.0000010039
7Mizrahi, M. 103/560.02/366.71/250.00/00.0000010037
8Sheinfeld, I. 41/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0000000002
9Shelef, G. 31/1100.00/00.01/1100.00/00.0000010003
10Burstein, T. 355/1050.04/850.01/250.02/2100.01122420213
11Tapiro, M. 303/475.03/3100.00/10.03/560.0033925159
12Saffar, Y. 263/742.92/540.01/250.01/250.0325420038
13Kozikaro, I. 215/1241.75/1241.70/00.02/2100.02130100412
14Green, Y. 295/771.45/771.40/00.04/4100.037100102514
15Gordon, S. DNP
TEAM/COACH00000
TOTAL29/ 5850.022/ 4351.27/ 1546.713/1776.51116271613732778
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Slovenia Israel

Bostjan Nachbar

 

Yaniv Green

14Pts14
6Reb10
1AS0
0ST0
0BS2
25Min29

TEAM STATS

Slovenia Israel
24/45FG M/A29/58
17/27 (63.0%) FG2P M/A22/43 (51.2%)
7/18 (38.9%) FG3P M/A7/15 (46.7%)
21/31 (67.7%) FT M/A13/17 (76.5%)
19 (3-16) Reb (O-D) 27 (11-16)
8AS16
13TO13
7ST7
2BS3
22PF27
76Pts78