IWBF

28th August - 6th September

Worcester, England

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Game 12: Israel Men's Team play to opening win against Switzerland

The penultimate game of Day 2 saw Israel and Switzerland tip off in their first game of the Championships; Israel playing to a 65-47 win.

In what would prove to be a nailbiting encounter, it was Israel who were first on the scoreboard courtesy of Roei Rozenberg. With the play end to end, the teams traded shots throughout the quarter – Tomer Yatzkan earning the final points of the opening 10 minutes to level the game on 13 points apiece.

This pattern continued at the start of the second quarter: the two sides matching each other point for point until – with just over two minutes left in the half – Israel’s Lior Dror sunk the first of two baskets that, combined, would give Israel a 25-20 lead with two quarters remaining in the game.

The game remained close in the third quarter, but Israel continued to extend their lead: earning a nine point advantage (45-36) with just 10 minutes left on the clock.

Indeed, building upon this momentum, Israel then overcame another gritty performance by the Swiss Team in the final quarter to close out a 65-47 win.

 

Top Scorers

Israel:

1. A. Shabo (14); 2. R. Rozenberg (12); 3. L. Dror (8)

Switzerland:

1. M. Amacher (18); 2. P. Hafeli (17)*; 3. J. Binda (4)

*double double, points and rebounds

 

MVP, presented by British Wheelchair Basketball: Igal Allon Dor Onn (Israel)