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.
The dream lives on for FYR Macedonia after they moved another step closer to their second EuroBasket by holding off Bosnia-Herzegovina 73-63 on Wednesday in Menorca.
In one of the most exciting two weeks in FYROM basketball history, the team in the Balkans finished top of its additional qualifying round group, edging out Estonia after a thrilling come-from-behind victory in Sweden at the weekend.
Bosnia-Herzegovina lost 74-70 at home to Hungary on Saturday night but still finished top of Group A to advance to the next phase of the additional qualifying tournament in Spain.
All three teams in the group finished with two wins, and two losses, but the order of finish after the goal differential tie-breaker saw Bosnia in first, Bulgaria in second and Hungary in third.
Bulgaria pulled even with Bosnia and Herzegovina in Group A additional qualifying Saturday night with a crucial 70-69 win that was in doubt until the very end with poor free throw shooting dooming the group leaders.
Bosnia and Herzegovina had the better of the action early on but could never really pull away thanks to a balanced scoring effort by the Bulgarians led by Roderick Blakney, Todor Stoykov and Kaloyan Ivanov who accounted for 24 of their teams 33 points at half-time.
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