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Group:  E | 08.08.2007, 16:15h
Group:  E | 08.08.2007, 16:15h
69-70
21 - 1817 - 1718 - 1813 - 17
21 - 1817 - 1718 - 1813 - 17

GAME REPORT


Israel Top Estonia

Israel won their second game of the tournament in an immensely close 70-69 victory over Estonia.

After only winning one game each so far this game was always only going to be about final standings rather than qualification for the semis, yet it was a game that neither side wanted to lose.

The tightest game of tournament so far was eventually decided in the last second of the game with a solitary successful Tamir Itzhak Dov Ariely free shot winning the game.

A bright period of play from the Estonians at the end of the first broke the initial deadlock, yet despite Estonia holding a slender lead for long periods of the first and throughout the second performance wise there was nothing to separate the sides.

Both were showing real team effort and both were fighting hard for an essential victory for their sides.

The failure to finish off plays on both sides meant the scores changed little, with Estonia just keeping their noses in front by converting a couple of key treys through Sokk and Siim-Sander Vene in the third but missing simple chances to extend their lead.

At the death of the third Estonia broke fast leaving Karl-Ingemar Viilver all alone and unattended under the basket with the chance to put his side five points clear.

But he went for flair instead of the simple finish, throwing the ball coolly over his head and missing when he had time to lay it up unimpeded.

It was a chance that cost his side dearly as it turned out to be the turning point in the game.

In exactly the reverse situation of their other games Israel enjoyed their best period of dominance at the start of the fourth to take back the lead having trailed since the first quarter.

Not ready to concede defeat Estonia fought bravely, a Sokk two-pointer tying matters 69-69 with 28 seconds reminaing.

But a personal foul by Gert Merisalu gave Israel two vital free shots with two seconds to go, Ariely only needing to convert one of them to give the Israelis the narrowest of victories.

The stars of the show for the winners were Anton Shoutvin and Ron Sabag with 18 and 17 points respectively, while for Estonia Sten Sokk had another great game for his team with 21 points.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

43.9%

25/57
FG
M/A

44.9%

22/49

43.3%

13/30
FG2P
M/A

51.6%

16/31

44.4%

12/27
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

6/18

53.8%

7/13
FT
M/A

83.3%

20/24

27

8/19
RT
RO/RD

33

9/24

18

AS

8

16

TO

19

7

ST

10

3

BS

1

22

PF

20

69

Pts

70

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