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Group:  D | 09.06.2013, 18:00h
Group:  D | 09.06.2013, 18:00h
56-59
12 - 1615 - 1312 - 1817 - 12
12 - 1615 - 1312 - 1817 - 12
Venue: Ramla (ISR) |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Georgios Tanatzis (GRE), Maka Kupatadze (GEO), Semen Ovinov (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Israel Scrape Home Over Portugal

8. Shay Doron (Israel)
Shay Doron was again an essential cog in Israel's victory

Israel have remained undefeated in the EuroBasket Women 2015 1st Qualifcation Round group stage despite a gallant effort from Portugal who in the end conceded a 56-59 defeat.

With their semi-final berth confirmed a day earlier, there was still the matter of maintaining momentum for the host nation of Group D as they came up against an opponent who refused to lie down.

With the lead creeping out to nine points (45-36) late in the third quarter, it looked as if the wind had been blown out of Portugal's sails.

But on the back of some inspired shooting from youngster Maria Correia and veteran Vera Correia, Portugal stuck around, coming within a point on a Vera Correia lay-up with 47 seconds to play.

However, Michal Epstein showed her years of experience, retaining a cool demeanor to make a pair of free-throws with eight seconds to play, forcing Portugal to go outside in an attempt to tie the game up.

That scenario never ended up eventuating as Vera Correia turned the ball over as the game came to an end.

Epstein ended with 14 points whilst Katia Levitsky had 12 and Shay Doron 10. Slightly missing out on a double-double with nine points and 10 assists was Liron Cohen.

Best of the Portuguese with 17 points was Maria Correia.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Portugal vs. Israel

Israel Head Coach Eli Rabi

"I didn't expect it to be an easy game, my players are good and professional but I knew that Portugal is going to give us a hard time. We did a good job on defence and also attack. But we are in a problem when we do take free shots. In the last quarter we did four or five lay ups that got us back to the game and I am very proud we won today and went 0-3 in this tournament."

Israel Player Michal Epstein

"As always I was happy to help my team and I think we did a great job in this tournament, but it was a hard job to do. Today it was quite difficult because it is hard to maintain the momentum for so long but we did it and got our third win and that is what is important in the end."

Portugal Player Sofia Da Silva

"I think we have a young team and we work hard. Today we tried to get the win but they were a little stronger. We made some mistakes in a close game and unfortunately we didn't win."

Portugal Head Coach Ricardo Vasconcelos

"Every game against Israel, Cohen is very good against us. The most important thing is to stop the pick and roll, and she played beautifully. She can make the three or pass. I don't know, we tried to stop her and win but came up a little short."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

36.2%

21/58
FG
M/A

43.4%

23/53

43.2%

16/37
FG2P
M/A

47.8%

22/46

23.8%

5/21
FG3P
M/A

14.3%

1/7

64.3%

9/14
FT
M/A

66.7%

12/18

32

8/24
RT
RO/RD

39

10/29

13

AS

21

14

TO

18

11

ST

8

1

BS

2

19

PF

18

56

Pts

59

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