Historic Bronze for Israel at U23 Europeans – IWBF

Historic Bronze for Israel at U23 Europeans - IWBF

Israel clinched the Bronze medal of the 2021 Males’s U23 European Championship from Turkey’s clutches in what was an exciting 3rd /4th Play-Off recreation the place the lead exchanged palms 21 instances, ending 60-59 to Israel.

There was not a lot between the 2 groups all through the sport as they went basket for basket, with neither workforce managing to get an actual maintain on the sport. Israel edged the primary quarter 13-12, and it wasn’t till 4 minutes to go within the second that they managed to open up a five-point lead, the largest of the sport. By half-time although, Turkey had pulled it again to be inside one, down 27-26.

Turkey then gained a high-scoring third quarter, 23-19, to enter the ultimate interval up by three factors. Once more the groups traded baskets, and as Turkey took their largest lead of the sport with 4 minutes to play, main 57-52, it seemed prefer it could possibly be a telling benefit. Nevertheless, Israel then went on an 8-0 run, to open up a three-point lead themselves with solely 25 seconds left on the clock. Murathan Atik then took Turkey to inside one level, earlier than an Israeli time-out was taken with 12 seconds left to calm any nerves and provides the end-game directions. It didn’t work, and an interception by Turkey with 7 seconds of the sport remaining gave Gunaydin the final shot of the sport, however the three-point try simply fell brief and Israel celebrated because the buzzer went, ending third. The win was historic for the Israelis as that is the primary time in historical past that Israel have certified to take part in an U23 World Championship.

Israel’s go-to man for the event, Amit Vigoda, once more completed high scorer with 23 factors, with Radi Dagamin making 11 factors. Three of the Turkish hit double figures: the captain Mücahit Günaydin (21 factors and 10 rebounds), Murathan Atik (18 factors), and Mahmut Açikgöz (14 factors).

Vigoda commented after the sport:

“It feels wonderful that we’re going to Chiba; neglect the bronze medal, we got here right here because the underdog and we acquired a medal as nicely in order that feels wonderful, however we simply went out and wished to play. We love enjoying, we love our nation and that’s why we’re right here.”

The Championship, organised by IWBF Europe and FIPIC and being run underneath strict COVID-19 hygiene and security protocols, is the European Zone’s Qualification Match for the Males’s U23 World Championship, which is scheduled to happen in Chiba, Japan subsequent 12 months. Spain, Germany, Israel, Turkey and France all certified for the U23 World Championship.

Picture courtesy of FIPC – Augusto Bizzi

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