Israel Hold On To Top Bosnia


Israel defeated Bosnia-Herzegovina on Thursday and will now face FYR Macedonia for the right to play at the EuroBasket in Spain.

Amit Tamir led a balanced scoring attack with 15 points for Israel, who are now just one victory away from prevailing in the additional qualifying tournament for the second time in succession.

Coach Zvika Sherf also steered Israel safely into EuroBasket 2005, and the team advanced beyond the group stage before falling to eventual champions Greece in Belgrade.

Bosnia, just as they did on Wednesday, dug themselves a big hole early on.

Yotam Halperin and Meir Tapiro each had six points and Jeron Roberts five as Israel opened up a 23-7 lead with 44 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.

With Bosnia trailing 27-15 early in the second quarter, Mirza Teletovic came to the fore.

Teletovic buried a three-pointer, and went on to score 11 in the quarter as Bosnia clawed their way back to trail 38-34 at half-time.

They continued to chip away and eventually tied the contest at 46-46 with 3:28 to go in the third period on a dunk by Elmedin Kikanovic.

Tamir, a 2.10m center, replied immediately for Israel with a lay-up, taking his tally to nine points but Terrell Castle scored at the other end to tie the game again.

Ido Kozikaro’s lay-up with 2:11 to go in the third quarter started a 5-0 run to put Israel back in front and when Tamir struck from the arc at the start of the fourth, the lead extended to 57-49.

Bosnia continued to fight, but would end up getting no closer than five points the rest of the way.

Teletovic finished with a game-high 17 points for Bosnia, who lost to FYROM on Wednesday, 73-63.

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