After two impressive away victories against the Georgia team at the end of last week, the Israel team returned home this evening (Tuesday), when they hosted the Romanian team at the Shlomo Group Hall as part of the continuation of the preparatory games for the European Championship to be held next month, and had no difficulty with an impressive 61:112 home victory.
On the eve of the game, the participation of the star of the team, Washington forward Danny Avdia, was in doubt.
Avdia recovered from an illness he had been suffering from for the past few days, but a few hours before the match, the team's coach Guy Goodes and the professional and medical team decided not to risk it, and he was indeed rested.
Goodes' trainees came to the competition with the aim of continuing the great momentum they have gained so far in the preparatory games and increasing their winning streak to four, just before the second game between the two teams that will take place on Thursday at Shlomo Group Hall.
Due to Abdia's absence, the team's support staff was tasked with carrying the burden of scoring and managing the game, and so it was.
The team in White started the game with high energy and enthusiasm, and with the push of the crowd ran to a 9-point lead already in the first quarter, with Jake Cohen leading the scenes in White.
Tamir Blatt in action, photo: Alan Shiver
The Israeli national team celebrates another victory in the preparation game, photo: Alan Shiver
Wonderful minutes of Yam Medar in the second quarter, who took command due to Abdia's absence, led the Israeli team to a promising double-digit lead of 13 points at the break.
The second half started and there was only one team on the floor.
The host did everything she could and ran to a record lead of 29 points.
Goodes's apprentices continued to dominate the match even in the last quarter, while presenting a team game and providing moments of happiness to the local crowd, en route to an impressive victory.
The Israeli national team celebrates another victory in the preparatory game,
Danny Avdia, this evening.
Not a partner, photo: Alan Shiver
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