|06 September 2008|
Bosnia and Herzegovina held off Israel 77-71 on Saturday night to leave each of the four teams in EuroBasket qualifying Group D with one win and one defeat.
The Bosnians, beaten by the Czech Republic in midweek, took the lead against the Israelis for good at 58-57 with 13 seconds remaining in the third quarter after Ohio-born Ernest Jr. Bremer made one of two at the free throw line.
The hosts would go on to score the first eight points of the fourth quarter, with Mirza Teletovic's lay-up capping the 9-0 run to make it 66-57.
Israel battled back and had a chance to close the gap to two with 1:27 to go but Lior Eliyahu missed the second of two free throws to leave the visitors trailing 72-69.
Kenan Bajramovic went to the other end and buried a three-ball for a 75-69 Bosnian lead and they held on for the win.
Bajramovic and Ivan Opacak each had 13 points for the Bosnians, while Israel got 13 from Amit Tamir in defeat.
The Israelis hurt their cause at the free throw line, making 13 of 22 (59%) with Yaniv Green three of seven (42.8%).
Bosnia were even worse, making eight of 14 (57.1%).
Teletovic, honoured as the Revelation of the Year in the 2007-08 ACB campaign with Tau Ceramica, was just one of seven at the stripe for the Bosnians.
Israel had won their first game in overtime, 102-92 against Great Britain.