Ukraine are getting ready for EuroBasket 2009 qualifying games against Turkey, Belgium and France under a cloud after five players were instructed by their clubs not to report for national team duty.
No explanation was given by the sides, who took the Ukraine Federation and national team boss Valentyn Melnychuk by surprise.
FYR Macedonia gave everything they had but Israel held on for a 92-87 triumph in Menorca, Spain, to qualify for the EuroBasket.
In a thrilling conclusion to the additional qualifying tournament, FYR Macedonia trailed by 14 points with just under seven minutes remaining but stormed back and twice closed the gap to one point in the final minute.
Sweden put up a superb fight but Hungary won the day to secure their place in EuroBasket Division A while condemning the Scandinavians to relegation.
The Hungarians led just 57-54 with a little more than six minutes remaining but gradually pulled away for a 75-64 triumph.