Israel needs significant improvement before EuroBasket

Israel enters the final stretch of its preparations for EuroBasket 2015 with plenty of question marks after falling to 1-7 in its warm-up games on Friday, losing 86-76 to Croatia in Zagreb.

Israel faces Russia in its European Championships opener in Montpellier, France on Saturday, the first of five games in six days in the group phase. The blue-and-white is aiming to advance past the first round for the first time since 2007 after winning just three games in total over the past three tournaments. However, its preparations have been anything but encouraging, although there were some reasons for optimism even in the defeat to Croatia.

Israel, which beat Estonia on Thursday for its one and only win of the summer to date, led 43-34 against the strong Croatians after an impressive first half in Zagreb. However, it was outscored by 19 points in the second half.


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