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Slovenia beats Israel in basketball World Cup qualifiers

JERUSALEM, Nov. 12 (Xinhua) — Slovenia on Friday achieved an away 75-62 win over Israel and got here near securing a spot within the 2023 FIBA World Cup finals.

Both groups had been lacking most of their prime gamers, who’re busy with the NBA and Euroleague seasons, together with Slovenia’s famous person Luka Doncic and Israel’s solely NBA participant Deni Avdija.

In entrance of two,500 followers on the Shlomo Group Arena in Tel Aviv, Tomer Ginat led Israel to take an 18-15 lead on the finish of the primary quarter.

However, 3-pointers by Miha Lapornik and rebounds by Jordan Morgan helped Slovenia utterly dominate the second quarter and lead 38-34 at halftime.

More 3-pointers, this time by Edo Muric helped the Slovenians improve the margin to 54-39 within the twenty sixth minute, however factors by Ginat lower it to 51-56 on the finish of the third quarter.

Crucial factors by Morgan and Lapornik within the decisive quarter secured the necessary win for the Slovenians.

Muric and Lapornik scored 16 factors every, whereas Ziga Samar added 13 for Slovenia. Morgan contributed 12 factors and eight rebounds. Ginat scored a team-high 12 factors for Israel.

The prime three groups within the qualifiers’ six-team Group J will attain the ultimate event, to be held within the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia beginning on August 25, 2023.

The Slovenians are presently in third place with a 6-3 document, forward of Sweden, who’s 4-6 after an away 87-82 win in Estonia. Israel has a 3-6 document, forward of Estonia, who received solely twice thus far.

Germany secured their spot after attaining the eighth win, 94-80 at house towards Finland, who already certified for the finals earlier than the sport.

Group J video games will proceed on Monday, with Slovenia internet hosting Germany, Israel taking part in at Sweden, and Finland internet hosting Estonia.