Israel plays Spain in the final Eurobasket 2022 qualifier, Sunday at 18:30 Israel Time as the Blue & White look to be the only team to finish the tournament undefeated. Oded Katash’s squad has already locked up first place in Group A with a 5-0 record after defeating Romania on Friday 79-71 as big man Roman Sorkin starred with 18 points.
“I’m happy to be here and my teammates found me in the right spots,” explained Sorkin following the victory. “They deserve all of the credit.”
Spain, who have already qualified for the European championships next year will try to exact a measure of revenge after falling to Israel 95-87 in the last window which took place in Valencia. Sergio Scariolo’s team slipped by the host Poland 89-88 as Zaragoza’s Jonathan Barreiro led the way with 24 points, Malaga’s Dario Brizuela added 21 points and Badalona’s Xabier Lopez-Arostegui chipped in with 13 points in the last second victory.
Oded Katash summed up the win over Romania and looked ahead to Spain, “It wasn’t a beautiful game, but it’s important to know how to win these games as well. The Romanians pressed us and we could have punished them but we weren’t able to take advantage of the opportunity. There’s no question that against Spain we will need to show a marked improvement.
“This is a big challenge. We saw their game which was played at a very high level with a lot of intensity. We will need to slow them down by our defense with switches and a bit of matchup zone. We have to make them think as they play at a very fast pace.”
Veteran forward Tomer Ginat knows that there won’t be any problem for the guys to get up for a game against World Champions Spain, “We’ve done a great job this campaign and we want to finish it on a high note with a tough game against Spain. We will do out best with the goal of winning the game. Anytime you play a team like Spain there is a huge amount of motivation.”