Summer basketball tournaments and friendlies (pre-Eurobasket)
Posted 22 August 2011 - 07:08 PM
Posted 23 August 2011 - 12:53 AM
Georgia won Latvia 83 to 79 as Pachulia went crazy by scoring 42 points(14/17FG-14/14FT) and grabbing 6 rebounds. He also had 3 assists.
This post has been edited by TeoTheGreek13: 23 August 2011 - 12:54 AM
Posted 23 August 2011 - 10:55 AM
That has to be one of the weirdest names of a basketball player I've heard of, right up there with 'Lindsey' which I always knew to be a girl's name
In USA almost every name is unisex!!!
Posted 23 August 2011 - 11:35 PM
Plus Hellas puts on a stunning show defeating Brigham Young University by 30 points difference, what a great warm-up for the Eurobasket
Honestly, couldn't we have invited Finland or Portugal instead as a last minute resort to BRIGHAM YOUNG?!
Posted 24 August 2011 - 04:14 PM
Posted 24 August 2011 - 07:08 PM
A 2nd great game in a row, again the difference got smaller in the garbage time (it was 81-62)
After losing the team star, Casspi, we got back an even more important team member he's called 'fighting spirit' last 2 games it seems like the fighting spirit is back and every loose ball become a blue&white ball.
Eliyahu with a great performance with 27pts (11/16 FG) against some of the better defenders in the forward positions (Khryapa and Kirilenko)
Pnini was also great especially in the first half and Halperin woke up in the 2nd half after quite a bad 1st half.
So yea, it's only a preparation game but the last 2 games (and especially this one) makes me more optimistic because the main players (Eliyahu, Pnini, Halperin) seem to be focused and prepared and even more important-the good old fighting spirit is back.
Israeli NT finished the preparation games with 4-5 record.
Posted 24 August 2011 - 10:02 PM
That's really impressive
Maybe Israel isn't doomed after all
Hellas had a boring night against Bulgaria, squashing the Bulgarian NT 101-67. But seriously? What value are games like these? Even Zouros has nothing to say about these games, it's like comparing night and day between Hellas and such weak teams. Only the last match against Italy will be something. I think I'll just be optimistic with us making the top 6 and that's it
Posted 24 August 2011 - 11:22 PM
As for Israel, I'm really happy but less for this win and more for the change of playing style, you can see fighting spirit and big-men working hard to make it up for lack of height on the defensive end and on the offensive end you can see great and beatiful team basketball, players move the ball great and the better finishers get the ball where they should. So it seems like the process was not easy at all because this team (and I guess many of the offensive game) was supposed to be built around Casspi but his absence forced the coaching staff to change it all and I guess they got the team ready right on time. Eliyahu and Pnini along the prepation have shown that they not only have the ability to carry this team but also the balls to do it, and them taking responsibilty makes it easier for Halperin to function better because he's not the player to handle too much pressure, but if it's taken off him he can shine just like the qualys campaign where Casspi and Eliyahu took it on them and he was at his best.
Posted 25 August 2011 - 01:15 AM
That's really good for Israel, showing some solid initiative, and not just expecting Casspi to get the snake out of the hole (as we say back home). I hope we see Israel in a few surprising upsets. Underestimating the opponent is one of the gravest mistakes a team can make, so perhaps Israel can use it to their advantage and really catch their opponents off guard, and eventually punish them for it (y)
Posted 25 August 2011 - 11:55 AM
And Greece NT for administrative reason.
The thing is that you will miss some of your players just like us.
Ofcourse we will miss most of our players , but that's another story.