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Group:  B | 27.08.2014, 19:00h
Group:  B | 27.08.2014, 19:00h
61-69
19 - 1622 - 1211 - 179 - 24
19 - 1622 - 1211 - 179 - 24
Venue: Larnaca (CYP) |
Spectators: 100 |
Referees: Spyridon Gontas (GRE), Jurgis Laurinavicius (LTU), Tomislav Vovk (CRO)

GAME REPORT


Bulgaria Finish On High Note

41. Aleksandar Vezenkov (Bulgaria)
Aleksandar Vezenkov led the way for Bulgaria with 20 points and eight rebounds

Bulgaria snapped a five-game losing streak on the final day of their EuroBasket 2015 2nd Qualifying Round Group B campaign by registering a 69-61 victory over Israel on the road.

Israel had already secured top spot in the group and a berth at the EuroBasket on Day 5.

Released of any stress, the Israeli side entered the contest in celebratory mood and entertained the crowd in Cyprus early on with their free-flowing game, to jump to a 47-30 lead shortly after the start of the second half.

But Bulgaria were not going to end their campaign without tasting victory.

A lay-up in transition by Hristo Zahariev sparked a 9-0 Bulgarian run that Aleksandar Vezenkov capped off with a jumper right at the third buzzer, to reduce the gap to 52-45.

Lior Eliyahu made it 57-49 for Israel with 6:59 remaining but Bozhidar Avramov drilled a triple with 4:25 left on the clock to tie the scores at 59, and on the next possession Zahariev drove to the basket and gave Bulgaria the lead, 61-59.

Somewhat shocked by this unexpected development, Israel only managed to score one basket in the final four minutes while Vezenkov and Stanimir Marinov sunk three-pointers in quick succession on the other end to seal the win for Bulgaria.

Vezenkov paved the way for the Bulgarians with 20 points and eight rebounds, Avramov added 14 points and Zahariev chipped in with 12 points.

For Israel, Eliyahu finished with 16 points and seven rebounds in defeat.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes: Israel vs. Bulgaria

Erez Edelshtein, Israel Head Coach
"We had no reason for this loss. We played bad against their zone defence, they got a lot of confidence because of it and shot well. With only nine scored points in the last quarter we can't win. That's the beauty of basketball."

Gal Mekel, Israel
"we wanted to finish the tournament well but we were not so concentrated in the second half. We played a great first half, we led by 18 points in the third quarter and you can't lose a game when you lead by 18. It happened but it was a good tournament, we qualify from the first place and that's the most important thing."

Georgi Mladenov, Bulgaria Head Coach
"I want to congratulate Israel on qualifying to the EuroBasket next year. They are a very good team. We tried to get one victory, it was an important game for us for the confidence; we have eight new players on this team. Good luck to Israel at the EuroBasket."

Aleksandar Vezenkov, Bulgaria
"We needed this win. We played good games in this tournament but lost all of them until today. We are proud, this is a very young team and we will be a strong team in the future. Israel is a very good team, they play great offence and Israeli basketball is making a great progress."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

48.1%

26/54
FG
M/A

45.0%

27/60

56.4%

22/39
FG2P
M/A

44.4%

20/45

26.7%

4/15
FG3P
M/A

46.7%

7/15

45.5%

5/11
FT
M/A

53.3%

8/15

34

7/27
RT
RO/RD

32

9/23

19

AS

10

18

TO

16

9

ST

7

2

BS

3

18

PF

14

61

Pts

69

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