Israel tops France 89-83, Zipper stars with 31 points

Aug 5, 2021 | Holyland Hoops

Israel moved their record to 3-0 in the FIBA Challenger Tournament in Tel Aviv as they slipped by France 89-83 in an exciting, drama filled contest. France jumped all over the Blue & White early on with strong play from top prospect Daryl Doualla, but Oren Aharoni’s squad came back to tie the game up by halftime as Ron Zipper, Ofek Gol and Yuval Levin led the charge.

Photo Credit: FIBA

The host country moved ahead by the end of the third frame, but once again Les Bleus kept hanging around to stay within one point late in the game. However, ten straight points by Zipper gave Israel the breathing room they needed to sew up the victory.

Ron Zipper – Photo Credit: FIBA

Zipper led all scorers with 31 points, Gol added 15 points and 8 assists, Yuval Levin chipped in with 13 points and 8 boards while Nevo Sommerfeld scored 10 points in the win. Rayan Ruppert scored 18 points to lead France as Sidy Cissoko and Daryl Doualla added 14 points a piece in the loss.

Daryl Doualla – Photo Credit: FIBA

France came out of the gates strong as Sidy Cissko, Daryl Doualla and Zacharie Perrin provided the offense while Israel’s Nevo Sommerfeld, Ron Zipper and Yoav Berman countered from deep but were down 21-13 after ten minutes of play.

Nevo Sommerfeld – Photo Credit: FIBA

Sommerfeld began the second quarter with a triple while Zipper hit back to back from downtown to quickly tie up the game at 24-24. Ofek Gol and Yuval Levin found the basket for Israel as well but Rayan Rupert and Kymany Houinsou did as well for France to keep the score even at 38-38 at halftime.

Ido Mecnhel – Photo Credit: FIBA

Ido Menchel and Zipper got busy from the outside and the inside in the third quarter, Rupert, Cissko and Mael Hamon answered for France but Gol nailed a triple while Berman and Avner Dror added layups to give the Blue & White a 66-61 lead after thirty minutes of action.

Ron Zipper – Photo Credit: FIBA

Zipper, Gol and Levin all scored to get the fourth quarter underway but Rupert, Doualla and Jazz Gardner cut the lead to 75-74 with 4:54 remaining in regulation time. Before fouling out, Gol added a bucket, Zipper hit a step back 3-pointer but Doualla popped in a wide open corner triple to cut the lead to 82-81 with 2:38 to go. Once again it was Zipper to the rescue with 5 straight free throws for ten points in a row and Dror added a layup to give Israel an 89-83 victory.

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