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Group:  A | 02.08.2010, 20:30h
Group:  A | 02.08.2010, 20:30h
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19 - 2014 - 2522 - 2216 - 12
19 - 2014 - 2522 - 2216 - 12
Venue: Bari (ITA) |
Spectators: 3775 |
Referees: Juan Arteaga (ESP), Ilija Belosevic (SRB), David Chambon (FRA)

GAME REPORT


Israel Hand Lesson To Italy

Italy got a clear sign of how long their road back to the European elite is likely to be as they lost their opening EuroBasket qualifier 79-71 at home to Israel.

Simone Pianigiani's squad trailed almost the entire way against an Israel side out to extend the country's record of not having missed a EuroBasket since 1991.

Italy raced into an 11-3 lead, their run capped by Marco Belinelli's dunk, but Israel soon got back on level terms before taking control.

The visitors took their first lead since the opening minute when Yuval Naimy nailed a jump-shot one second from the end of the first quarter, and they never trailed again.

Israel opened the second period on a 16-2 to build a commanding 36-21 lead and they only continued to pull away.

Yogev Ohayon made a pair of free-throws that made it 44-28 late in the first quarter.
Italy came out with renewed purpose in the second half, and cut the lead back to single figures when Andrea Bargnani's lay-up made it 45-37.

But they could not get close enough to threaten Israel's lead as the visitors continuously found answers.

The closest they got was five points, 60-55, when Luigi Da Tome made a pair of free throws late in the third quarter.

But Israel always had enough in reserve to ensure they opened with a win.

Yotam Halperin led Israel with 16 points, while Naimy and David Bluthenthal had 10 each.

Bargnani and Belinelli finished with 20 points each for Italy.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Italy vs. Israel

Simone Pianigiani, Italy coach:
"We are very sorry. We had a very good feeling for this game, and we put a strong pressure on our opponents at the beginning. We lost the game at the end of the second quarte when Israel scored 7/9 from three, while Italy only 1/14. We never had the mental strength to recover. Anyway we are a young team, we must learn from this kind of game in order to improve. We learn with every game."

Marco Mordente, Italy:
"We are very unhappy. We worked very hard for this game, and we feel unsatisfied for us and for the fans who came to see the game. Now we must win in Latvia to have the fans with us when will be back at home vs Finland on August 8th. We have lo learn to recover after a failure."

Arik Shivek, Israel coach:
"We had a bad start. Italy exploded on us in the first five minutes. We started to control the game at the end of the first quarter. Apart from a small crisis in the third quarter, it was a big win. Very important for us. We all know that it's a long way to qualifying, but we had a good start."

Yotam Halperin, Israel player:
"It's a big win for us, it' a good way to start. We beat a stong team and it was a tough game. We know, it's not finished, we are only starting."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

38.2%

26/68
FG
M/A

43.9%

25/57

55.3%

21/38
FG2P
M/A

42.9%

18/42

16.7%

5/30
FG3P
M/A

46.7%

7/15

82.4%

14/17
FT
M/A

75.9%

22/29

40

14/26
RT
RO/RD

42

11/31

5

AS

10

7

TO

12

5

ST

4

1

BS

3

19

PF

21

71

Pts

79

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