|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.