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As a former JJBL All-Star, I feel obligated to report this: Israel rallied behind Yaniv Green's 26 points and 12 rebounds to beat Serbia 87-83 Wednesday, sending the Serbs to their earliest exit from the European Championship in 60 years. … Read More

By / September 7, 2007

As a former JJBL All-Star, I feel obligated to report this:

Israel rallied behind Yaniv Green's 26 points and 12 rebounds to beat Serbia 87-83 Wednesday, sending the Serbs to their earliest exit from the European Championship in 60 years.

The highly favored Serbian squad featured NBA players Darco Milicic and Marco Jaric. 

Earlier today, the Israelis completed an unprecedented Serbo-Croatian sweep by upsetting Croatia 80-75.

While a number of Israelis have starred in the NCAA and others have been selected in the NBA draft (Israel team players Lior Eliayahu and Yotam Halperin were both 2nd round picks in 2006), we are still awaiting the first Sabra to join the NBA.  For now, Israelis will have to be content with Eurobasket victories and the  success of  the Toronto Raptors' Anthony Parker, the former Maccabbi Tel Aviv star who in a shout-out to his Israeli fans wears the number 18.

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