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Group:  D | 09.07.2014, 18:00h
Group:  D | 09.07.2014, 18:00h
74-49
15 - 1123 - 718 - 1718 - 14
15 - 1123 - 718 - 1718 - 14
Venue: Rethymnon (GRE) |
Spectators: 150 |
Referees: Olegs Latisevs (LAT), Jurgis Laurinavicius (LTU), Doru Vinasi (ROU)

GAME REPORT


Israel Shut Down Poland In Debut

Egor Koulechov (Israel)
Egor Koulechov had 11 points and five rebounds in Israel's opening win

Israel commenced their U20 European Championship campaign in impressive fashion as they used a strong second-quarter display to pick up a comfy 74-49 win over Poland.

Turning Point: Israel led 15-11 at the end of the first quarter but soon managed to shake off the Polish. The Israelis kicked-off the second quarter on a 14-0 run that enabled them to build an unassailable lead, 29-11, with 5:37 remaining to the half-time buzzer. A timid attempt by Poland to get back into the game was met by a 9-1 Israeli burst to end the first half and Israel went into the locker rooms up by 20, 38-18.

Game Hero: If Israel showed some weakness in their tournament opener, it was a propensity to turn the ball over. Adam Ariel was the bright exception to this rule as he did not commit a single turnover during his 25 minutes on the court and finished with 12 points and four rebounds.

Stats Don't Lie: Poland shot only 25.9% from the floor, the lowest shooting percentage by any team at these early stages of the tournament. Their three-point shooting was especially poor, since they only converted three of their 20 attempts from long range. Israel made the most of their ten offensive boards, scoring 17 second-chance points.

The Bottom Line: Israel could not have asked for a better opening game but now have to play a further three games in a row in the first round and fatigue might turn into an issue. Poland on the other hand have dropped to 1-1 but now have a day's rest to regroup and scout opponents.

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

49.1%

28/57
FG
M/A

25.9%

14/54

54.1%

20/37
FG2P
M/A

32.4%

11/34

40.0%

8/20
FG3P
M/A

15.0%

3/20

58.8%

10/17
FT
M/A

78.3%

18/23

41

10/31
RT
RO/RD

32

11/21

14

AS

7

18

TO

17

12

ST

9

1

BS

2

23

PF

19

74

Pts

49

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