Israel Bounce Back To Top Bulgaria

12.07.2007

Omri Casspi rebounded from two disappointing performances to lead Israel to an 85-69 victory over Bulgaria at the U20 European Championship Men, bouncing back after their disappointing loss to Italy a day earlier.

Israel's defeat against the co-hosts knocked them out of the running for the semi-finals, but Yakov Gino's team proved too much down the stretch, using a 10-0 run to outscore the Bulgarians 31-15 in the fourth quarter.

Casspi had 20 points after scoring 11, 14 and 11 in his last three games against Spain, Georgia and Italy, respectively.

Noam Matalon and Elishay Kadir came off the bench to score 15 and 13 points, respectively, and the team forced Bulgaria into 20 turnovers.

Bulgaria, who were paced by 17 points from Nikolay Kolev and Ivan Lilov, led 20-19 after the first quarter.

They trailed 51-48 at the break and the game was even at 54-54 going into the fourth quarter.

With the win, Israel secured third place in Group F with a 3-2 record while Bulgaria dropped to 1-4 and fifth place.


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