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Israel Rest Trio in Final Group Stage Match; Finish 2nd

Courtesy Eurobasket2015.org

With Omri Casspi, Gal Mekel, and Lior Eliyahu sitting out the final game of group stage play, Israel proved no match for hosts France, who trounced them 86-61. France finished atop Group A with a perfect 5-0 record, while the Blue and White fell to 3-2 and placed 2nd in the group.

The hosts raced out to an 18-6 lead, and held a 22-10 advantage after the first quarter. Israel fought valiantly, though, and with 5:17 to go in the third quarter, France was desperately clinging to a 47-42 lead, until 7’2 Utah Jazz center Rudy Gobert dunked the ball and sparked a 17-6 run that ultimately put the game out of reach.

Gobert led all scorers with 15 points and also grabbed 10 rebounds in the win. Raviv Limonad was the high man for Israel with 13 points.

Next up for Israel is a knockout round matchup on Sunday with high scoring Italy, led by Danilo Gallinari (21.0 ppg, 7.4 rpg) and Marco Belinelli (17.5 ppg). France moves on to face Turkey.