For the Israeli national team, the meeting last night (Thursday) against Romania was indeed a preparatory meeting of no extraordinary importance, but it was a very important mental test, which the Israeli team successfully passed, with an impressive victory 61:105.
It is not easy to beat the same opponent twice in a few days.
It is even more difficult, to do so with a cumulative difference of 96 points, but Guy Goodes' trainees demonstrated connection and mental fortitude and managed the challenge easily, towards the next goal.
The Israeli national team was happy to see the chemistry that formed on the floor and the defense presented by the players, also that the difference rose to heights.
"I'm happy that we knew how to get out of behind early and play our basketball, I feel good and happy to cooperate with Danny Avdia and the other friends", Tamir Blat concluded.
Roman Sorkin, who had a good game for him with 12 points, explained the early chemistry that the players displayed throughout the preparation.
"We are all good friends.
A company of young and old together who enjoy playing together.
It's always fun to play for our country.
Gal Mekel and Gai Panini?
In my opinion, they will play here until the age of 50."
Despite five impressive victories in a row so far in the preparation, the national team players also know that against Finland away there will be a completely different opera.
"It will be a difficult game against a good team. We will prepare for them, we know it is going to be difficult but we are coming to win," shared the national team's forward Nimrod Levy.
He returned, photo: Oded Karni
The coach of the national team, Guy Goodes, summed up the game: "I am satisfied that many players are in good shape so far despite all the circumstances. We need to improve things in defense, but I am satisfied with what I saw overall. We have a week of preparation for Finland, it is a very high-quality opponent with shooting ability from any range".
Goodes added: "The connection between the players is special and it's fun to see it. This is a group of young friends who grew up together and love to play together. What is the team's strength? Our depth and teamwork, we are not based on just one player."
"A lot of players are in good shape despite the circumstances", photo: Oded Karni
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