Spain Comeback Too Much For Israel

27 July 2008
Ignacio Llovet Camp poured in 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds as Spain came back from a 17-point deficit for an 87-65 victory over Israel to clinch second place in Group A at the U18 European Championship Men.

Jorge Santana drained five three-pointers in scoring 19 points while Daniel Perez Otero added 10 points for Alejandro Martinez's team, which finished at 2-1 in the group.

Alberto Jodar had eight points and 12 rebounds while Adrian Laso Gonzalez chipped in eight points and 11 rebounds off the bench.

Tamir Ariely scored 25 points in a losing effort for Israel, who dropped to 1-2 but advanced to the Qualifying Round.

Israel started the game better as their guards were able to penetrate to the basket in opening an 11-2 lead. The cushion grew to 10 points - 19-9 - on Yotam Shiran's lay-up late in the first quarter which ended with Dan Franko's team ahead 21-12.

Israel used the three-ball to keep Spain from coming back, Ariely hitting two of their four shots from long range in building a 17-point advantage at 44-27. And Israel led 44-31 at half-time.

Santana knocked down two three-pointers and Laso came off the bench with three baskets in Spain's 22-9 surge to knot the game at 53-53. Tal Karpelesz's foul shot gave Israel their final lead - 54-53 - before Perez hit back-to-back triples from the right wing en route to a 60-54 lead after three periods.

The inside-outside game of Llovet and Santana was too much for Israel, who would get no closer than nine points after Spain grabbed control in the fourth.

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