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Sweden beat Israel in basketball World Cup qualifiers

JERUSALEM, Aug. 28 (Xinhua) — Israel suffered an enormous blow of their quest to qualify for the 2023 Basketball World Cup after an 83-95 dwelling loss towards Sweden on Sunday night.

The loss dropped Israel to fifth place in Group J, with the highest three qualifying for the World Cup finals, to be held within the Philippines, Japan and Indonesia beginning on August 25, 2023.

After two gamedays within the group, Germany and Finland have a win-loss report of 7-1 every, with the outcomes from the earlier stage are counted.

Slovenia is third with a 5-3 report, whereas Sweden and Israel are 3-5 and Estonia is 2-6, with 4 gamedays to go.

Around 3,500 followers on the Shlomo Group Arena in Tel Aviv noticed an in depth first quarter ending 24-23 for the guests, then Melwin Pantzar and Tobias Borg impressed Sweden to dominate the sport, main 52-38 lead at half-time and 58-38 in the beginning of the third quarter.

Yam Madar led Israel to chop the hole to 70-60 on the finish of the third quarter, and Washington Wizards ahead Deni Avdija lowered it to 70-66 with a 3 pointer within the thirty second minute.

However, vital factors by Simon Birgander at essential moments secured the win for the Swedes.

Borg scored 20 factors for Sweden. Pantzar added 18 factors, whereas Birgander contributed 16 factors and 7 rebounds. Madar scored a game-high 27 factors for Israel.

On Friday, Israel will play their first sport within the EuroBasket 2022 remaining event, towards Finland in Prague. Finland defeated Israel 79-73 on Thursday in a World Cup qualifier in Tampere.