Israel's hopes of advancing to the quarter-final round of the Ostchem U20 European Championship Men were struck a fatal blow by Slovenia on Sunday.
Slovenia needed to win by a minimum of 3 points to ensure top place in Group A, while a victory for Israel or loss by 2 points or less would have been enough to advance.
Jonatan Nir scored the go-ahead basket with less than two minutes remaining to lift Israel to a 72-68 come-from-behind victory over Hungary in Group B.
Following Friday's heart-thumping, 66-64 triumph over Italy, Israel looked to be headed for defeat one day later for at half-time they trailed 45-30.
Nitzan Yehuda Hanochi led Israel with 15 points against Italy in their Group B encounter on the opening day of the Ostchem U20 European Championship Men in Izmir.
His most important contribution came with just four seconds remaining as Hanochi's lay-up lifted Israel to a 66-64 victory.
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