Schedules & Scores
Women's National Team
Last Game - Eurobasket Qualifiers - Women
Bulgaria women 75 - Women's National Team 70
A literally painful loss ended a painful Eurobasket Campaign for Israel, after a 70 – 73 loss to medal-hopeful France. In a thrilling game with many lead changes, Israel tied it at 68 with two minutes left. A battle for a loose ball turned into a questionable flagrant foul call against Selwyn, Dumerc hit from the line and Israel's final shots refused to fall.
Israel Eliminated after 1st Quarter Knockout
Israel dug itself a 22 point hole in a horrendous first quarter against Italy and couldn't climb out. Even though Israel won the following three quarters they never got closer than 8. Following Belarus' dramatic overtime loss to France later that night, Israel was officially eliminated from the championships.
A truly great performance by Israel's women's national team ended in a painfully narrow loss to the 2007 bronze medalists, 76 – 81. Israel led by 8 after a wonderful first half, but gave in eventually to Belarus' posts' offensive rebounds. There are probably some positives to be taken from it, but this game should've been ours.
Doron Up For FIBA's Player of the Year
Shay Doron, currently playing for Besiktas and who led Ramla to the Europe Cup semis last season is one of 14 candidates for FIBA's Player of the Year award for 2008. Among the leading candidates – Anete Jekabsone and Maria Stepanova.
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Almost a week after Israel's impressive EuroBasket campaign ended with a 1st place finish, 'Safsal' sums things up with five comments about the amazing past month, the media hype and Latvia 2009, and promises to calm down until the next summer.
All the post game reactions after Israel's nerve wrecking win over Great Britain, 75 - 69, a win that sent Israel to the European Championships in Latvia from the #1 spot in the group. Israel will make its first ever 2nd straight EuroBasket apperance.
Latvia Here We Come
In front of a jam packed gym, the Israeli national team had everyone at the edge of their seat for nearly 40 minutes. Israel trailed 54-57 with under 8 minutes to play, but one Shay Doron along with great team defense were able to switch up the momentum and carry the team to a tough and oh so sweet win, 75-69 over Great Britain. Israel finished 1st in the group and punched a ticket to EuroBasket 2009 in Latvia.
: "As usual it wasn't simple but we did it like winners, from 1st place".
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Still A Win Away
Israel was less than two minutes away from clinching the #1 spot and a 2009 EuroBasket berth with a 74 – 65 lead. A basket off an offensive rebound and two questionable calls changed the momentum and got the Ukraine back in the game, and they were able to force overtime. With two key players out and soft defense, Israel couldn't recover in the overtime and lost 85 – 90. Israel now must beat Great Britain on Saturday to complete the job and advance.
Israel Cruise Past Germany
Israel's women's national team is now a win or a Lithuania loss away from clinching a spot in the 2009 European Championship following a convincing win over Germany, 74 – 59. Israel dominated the game through out, in front of a packed gym. Shay Doron led the way with 25 points – a new career high in the white and blue uniform.
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Israel's women's national team came to Lithuania's arena knowing a win against the 6th placed Liths would almost certainly guarantee a ticket to EuroBasket 2009. Israel opened a 7 point lead by halftime and increased it all the way to 18 in the 4th. Five players scored in double figures in a wonderful team effort which led to a 3rd straight road win, and a sweep against Lithuania. The 76 – 60 win showed that the 16 point home win was no fluke.
"We made a very big and very significant step towards making EuroBasket". Full report and quotes – inside!