After two years without a game, the basketball reserve team, the European champion for those who forgot, started tonight (Monday) in the Challenger tournament in Crete, which this year replaces the Eurobasket until the age of 20. Ariel Beit Halachmi’s players started on the right foot with a victory over the Russian team , Mainly thanks to a belligerent defense that forced the opponent no less than 26 turnovers. Tomorrow you will meet Israel and the Belgian team.
In fact, each of the quarters in the game was characterized by the superiority of one of the teams. Israel led 13:24 after the first 10 minutes, when this difference was also the highest in favor of any team in the entire game, but the Russians returned to a 38:38 tie at the break, and in the third quarter ran away with their own double-digit advantage. Beit Halachmi’s players took the lead again in the last quarter, where they completed a 4:21 run, on the way to their first victory in the tournament.
Scored for the Israeli team: Amit Aharoni 15 (6 assists), Yahel Melamed 14 (7 rebounds, 6 steals), Jonathan Atias 10, Roi Paritzky 9, Yonatan Levy 7, Shoham Gat, Dori Sahar and Lotan Amsalem 6 each, Gur Lavi 3, Gilad Levy 2. Yuval Schneiderman and Harel Rinsky were partners and did not score.