Despite blowout by Italy, Israel returns home with head held high

Even after getting back to Tel Aviv on Monday afternoon, a day after the humbling exit from EuroBasket 2015, Israel coach Erez Edelstein was still lost for answers regarding what had happened to the national team.

The 82-52 defeat to Italy in the Round of 16 in Lille, France, on Sunday night was a bitterly disappointing ending to a championships which began with little expectations, continued with surprise progress to the knockout rounds, only to be cut short in painful fashion.

The blue-and-white progressed past the first round of the European Championships for the first time since 2007 and entered the showdown with Italy believing it can reach the last eight for the first time since 2003, and just the second in 32 years.


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