Captain Burstein Hails 'Soilid' Israel

28 July 2010
Israel captain Tal Burstein believes his team are reaping the benefits of their preparations for the EuroBasket qualifying campaign after winning their first two warm-up games.

Israel defeated the Netherlands 96-82 and then edged out Great Britain 86-82 in a tournament in Tel Aviv.

"We are simply a very solid team with a good and positive atmosphere in the squad," Burstein told Ynet ONE.

"This is exactly what we need to go on and achieve all the goals before us this summer.

"We came into the these games very focused because we expected them to be difficult and that we would have a lot of things to work on. This helps you to improve as quickly as possible."

Israel have been drawn in Group A for the EuroBasket qualifiers, and they will take on Finland, Italy, Latvia and Montenegro.

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