Israel primed for Russia opener in EuroBasket tournament

Despite the national team’s struggles in the lead-up to EuroBasket 2015, Israel coach Erez Edelstein believes the blue-and-white is more than capable of achieving surprise success in the championships, starting with Saturday’s opener against Russia in Montpellier, France.

Israel won just one of eight preparation games, showing little of the promise that saw it claim its qualifying group last summer for the first time since 2001.

The absence of the injured Yotam Halperin and Guy Pnini left Edelstein shorthanded from the start and the team has lacked its characteristic fire so far this summer.


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