Erez: Is­rael were out of this world

The Jewish Chronicle - - SPORT -

BAS­KET­BALL Erez Edel­stein be­lieves Is­rael showed great char­ac­ter to qual­ify for the 2015 Eurobas­ket fi­nals with a game to spare.

Having been forced to move home matches to Cyprus, Is­rael fought back well from an open­ing match de­feat against Mon­tene­gro to win Group B in style.

Vic­to­ries over Hol­land and Bul­garia were fol­lowed by an 80-65 suc­cess in the re­turn match against Mon­tene­gro, and an 83-60 win over Hol­land in Nicosia sealed Is­rael’s progress.

NBA stars Gal Mekel and Omri Casspi put in a se­ries of eye-catch­ing per­for­mances and Edel­stein is con­fi­dent of fur­ther suc­cess next sum­mer.

“This was a strange campaign, with no home games and a lot of in­juries, but char­ac­ter and mo­ti­va­tion pulled us through,” said Edel­stein.

Having qual­i­fied for the fi­nals for the 12th con­sec­u­tive year, Is­rael are one of eight coun­tries that have bid to stage the show­piece event af­ter or­gan­is­ers deemed Ukraine was not safe due to un­rest in the re­gion.

PHOTO: MARC MOR­RIS

Josh Ken­net ( left) led the Arlesey de­fence a merry dance

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