Israel’s national basketball team needed a win Sunday night if it wanted to keep its hopes of making the EuroBasket tournament alive. It got that and then some.
After a heartbreaking overtime loss to Estonia at home in the preliminary qualifiers last month, Israel showed the Baltic squad who the favored team is with a 84-53 pummeling in Tallinn.
The win puts Israel in a three-way tie for second place in group A with a 4-3 record, and gives it a good chance to make the next round of the premier European basketball tournament.
Omri Casspi poured in 26 points and Lior Eliyahu provided a 1-2 punch with 21 points and 11 rebounds for Israel in front of 7,000 fans.
The team will face heavy underdog Iceland on Wednesday.
Israel’s EuroBasket campaign began shakily last month with losses to Montenegro and Estonia, but has recovered since.