Israel Wins Under-20 European Basketball Championship

Close victory is second in a row for the Israeli team. Israel has become an international basketball powerhouse

By Israel Today Staff | | Topics: Sport
Photo: Roy Alima/Flash90

Israel defended their International Basketball Association (FIBA) Under-20 European Championship title defeating Spain 92-84 in Tel Aviv after winning in the final for the second year in a row.

The game was closely contested ending at the end of the first half tied at 42-42. After the break, the Spanish came out pressing and made four straight three-pointers to start the third quarter. Coach Ariel Beit-Halahmy gathered his team for a pep-talk and Israel switched gears to put together a run of scoring on their own, putting up 50 points in the second half.

Deni Avdija scored 23 points hitting 9 of 16 shots, with 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 4 blocks and 1 steal and was named the Most Valuable Player of the FIBA U20 European Championship 2019.

Spain’s Miguel Gonzalez hit 14-points and Carlos Alocen’s 10-point, 11-assists and 5 steals were not enough for the Spanish who had to settle for the second-place silver medal.

Third place went to Germany, who beat France who had to play without starters Ivan Fevrier and Sofiane Briki because of their injuries and even their third starter Ludovic Beyhurst suffered an injury early in the game.

The Final was played to a sold-out and boisterous crowd of 3,500 fans in the Shlomo Arena, Tel Aviv. Tickets were sold out just five minutes after they went on sale and more than 20,000 disappointed fans were left outside on a waiting list.

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