EuroBasket 2015: Israel meets Italy for quarterfinal berth

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September 12, 2015 23:55

 
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After surprisingly advancing to the EuroBasket Round of 16, the Israel national team targets far more significant history when it faces Italy in Lille, France on Sunday night for a place in the quarterfinals.

The blue-and-white progressed past the first round of the European Championships for the first time since 2007 in impressive fashion, securing its place in the last 16 with a game to spare before ending Group A in second position.

Israel finished the group phase with a 3-2 record following Thursday’s 86-61 defeat to France, with Omri Casspi, Gal Mekel and Lior Eliyahu all being rested.

Israel’s big three will be fit to play on Sunday as the national team aims to reach the last eight at the European Championships for the first time since 2003, and just the second in 32 years.

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