7th-8th Place Game: Greece 89 Israel 82
In the preliminary round Israel managed to surprise Greece and forced them to fight until the very last second of the group B games to earn the top 8 spot. Today Greece got its revenge, although Israel wasn’t far from another surprise.
Both teams were viciously routed in the quarter-finals: Israel lost by 23 points to France, while Serbia & Montenegro lost by “only” 20 against Turkey.
The first quarter-final saw a match-up between Israel and France. The Israelis came from the top of Group B, following a big push after 2 wins in a row. France, however, came from the opposite end after 2 losses in a row and the 4th place in Group A.
For many of the players participating at the European Championship for U18 Men they know that their families are behind them, literally, in the spectator tribunes. Only one can boast a European basketball legend as his father: Mickey Berkowitz has travelled from Tel Aviv with his wife to watch son Niv suit up in Zaragoza for the Israeli U18s. For his part, Niv has impressed his coach and his father by coming off the bench and contributing with an average of 15 points per game. Prior to this interview he poured in 27 points in an 88-82 win over Greece.
fibaeurope.com met with the proud father and son for their impressions of the European Championship.
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