Israel Edge Out Sweden For 15h Place

21 July 2013

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15. Egor Koulechov (Israel)
Egor Koulechov led Israel with 18 points in thenarrow win over Sweden

Israel came back from six points down in the final three minutes and beat Sweden 82-81 in the game that determined which team takes 15th place on the final table of the Sportland U20 European Championship.

The Israelis got off to better start and claimed a five-point cushion at the end of the first quarter, reaching the half-time mark in possession of a 44-40 lead.

They remained in the driver's seat throughout the third frame, never managing to pull away by more than eight points though, until the Swedes unleashed their final assault in the clutch.

The Scandinavians took their first lead in the encounter midway through the final period and Tobias Borg sunk two jumpers in quick succession to grant them a 6-point cushion, 79-73, with just 3:43 left on the clock.

Israel tightened the screws on defence and replied with a 7-0 run of their own to regain the lead, but Borg drilled another shot to bring Sweden ahead again, 80-79.

Tom Maayan took the responsibility of Israel's last possession upon himself and split the Swedish defence to make 82-81 for his team, 24 seconds from the final buzzer.

Sweden could only get a shot up almost at the end, but Nathan Dawit's attempt did not drop in and Israel could celebrate their victory.

Egor Koulechov paced the winners with 18 points and three rebounds and Or Solomon contributed 15 points and eight boards; for Sweden, Marcus Eriksson finished with 18 points and five rebounds in a losing effort.


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