The first of the quarter finals of the European Championships saw Israel come into the game as clear underdogs against Germany, who had yet to be beaten in the competition. However, Israel were out to prove a point and weren’t going to allow it to be a walkover for the Germans. After a very close start, Israel edged ahead by a basket with three minutes remaining in the first quarter but, assisted by Aliaksandr Halouski’s 10 points, it was Germany who took the advantage in to the quarter break, 16 -14.
At the start of the second it was Germany’s defensive pressure that forced a number of Israeli turnovers allowing Andre Bienek and Halouski to continue to make their shots count and push ahead. A well taken time out by Israel’s Coach, Ariel Ottolenghi, and the insertion of Igal Allon Dor Onn back into the game initiated an Israeli comeback and a three point play from Lior Dror made sure that Israel only trailed by just 5 points at half time. 34 – 29.
It was a fast paced third quarter and again defensive intensity from Germany paid off and gave them the edge. The introduction of Dirk Passiwan and Mathias Heimbach changed the offensive shape, and with Israel getting into foul trouble with three minutes remaining, the deficit increased to 10 points heading into the final ten minutes. 54 -44
Germany took their game up a notch at the beginning of the fourth and restricted the Israeli’s to only one point in the first five minutes and kept their score ticking over. Although two consecutive three’s from Igal Allon Dor Onn rallied his team it wasn’t enough to keep the game within reach and a strong finish ensured the Germans the win, 75- 54, and a place in the Paralympic Games next year in Rio.
1. A. Halouski (18) 2. D. Passiwan (16) 3. D. Köhler (14)
1. I. Dor Onn (23) 2. L. Dror (9) 3. R. Rozenberg (8)
MVP: D. Passiwan (Germany)