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A dominant third quarter propelled France’s open male Maccabiah basketball team
to a 76-70 win over Canada and its assistant coach, Amar'e Stoudemire, on
Entering the second half down 42-32, France rallied in the
third, outscoring Canada 25-6 en route to the victory. French point guard Yoni
Dray attributed his team’s comeback to playing better defense in the second
“In the first half [we were] a little bit nervous but we calmed
down and played our game as a team,” Dray said.
“Only defense can win
games…Offense starts on defense,” he said. “We succeeded to steal some balls and
go do easy layups. In the end they made a nice comeback, but the better team
won, I think.”
Yonathan Levi led France in scoring with 25 points, while
Canadian Morgan Tajfel scored a game-high 26.
Jonathan Starkman added 15
points for France in the win.
Canadian head coach John Dore said his
team’s lack of offense in the second half was the difference.
couldn’t score, couldn’t put the ball in the hoop,” Dore said.
shot we had was a good look, but we missed it. They came down and hit a couple
threes and they got on a roll.”
Dore felt defensive errors also factored
into Canada’s third quarter collapse.
“We made a few mistakes defensively
and we didn’t get good help and just let them come off the screens easily. They
had open looks.”
He added that Canada had a hard time controlling the
ball throughout the match.
“Turnovers were a problem all game but
particularly in the third quarter,” he said. “Every time you turn the ball over
it’s a lost opportunity. We lost a lot of opportunities.”
was also costly for Canada, which picked up 21 fouls to France’s 13.
the victory, France improved to 2-0 in the tournament’s preliminary round-robin
stage. The French will play Greece and Israel in their final two preliminary
Canada, now 1-2 in the preliminary round, will close out
its round-robin against Israel on Friday.
In other Maccabiah news from
Tuesday, Israel’s youth baseball team avenged a 14-run thrashing with a 5-3
victory over the USA at the Baptist Village.
The Americans crushed Israel
15-1 on Sunday, but Israel showed its character with a victory on Tuesday,
although it still remained in last place in its group behind the USA and
“This is an historic win for Israel,” said Israel Association of
Baseball CEO Haim Katz. “I can’t remember the USA team every losing in the
American Andrea Muraz picked up her third individual gold
medal in the pool on Tuesday, winning the 100-meter backstroke final in 1:04.38
In an intriguing men’s 100m back final, Israel’s Guy Barnea
(55.00s) beat countryman Jonatan Kopelev (56.00s).
in the footsteps of her father, Jacqueline Gigan wanted to be part of the
Maccabiah Games, so she founded the Canadian volleyball team.
Canadian lost in three straight sets to the Americans on Monday, but considering
the fact that the team was founded only a few months ago, they are facing quite
a challenge. The team was founded by Gigan, an 18-year-old girl from
She decided to join her father, who is participating in the
Maccabiah as a coach, and her two brothers who play for the softball team. To
make her dream come true, she started looking for Jewish candidates on Facebook.
She managed to recruit eight girls. Her mother and her younger brother also
arrived to cheer team Canada, so now all the Gigan family is in
Michal Daniel contributed to this report.