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Israel's women's basketball team booked its place in EuroBasket 2007 on Friday night, after Slovakia defeated Poland 76-74 in the final game of the additional qualifying tournament.
The blue-and-white needed Slovakia to defeat Poland by more then one point, but by less than 20, to advance to their fourth ever European Championships.
All three teams finished equal on points, after each won and lost one game. But Israel's superior basket differential secured the team first position.
Israel joins Group A of the main draw of the championships in Italy, which includes title holders the Czech Republic, Turkey and Latvia.
Israel faces the Czechs in its first game of the tournament on Monday and will play Latvia and Turkey on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.
Poland would have advanced with a win, but will now miss playing in the final round of the tournament for the first time since 1997.
Slovakia were ahead throughout the game and led 64-48 in the fourth period. However, Poland cut the deficit to two points with 29 seconds remaining. Agnieszka Bibrzycka missed with an attempt from behind the arc with three seconds remaining, that would have sent Poland through.
"We promised we would do all we can to reach the championships and we proved we deserve to be there," Israel coach Eli Rabi said. "This is our chance to show our abilities. The tournament will not be easy, but we hope we can do some nice things."