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Israel recover from opening loss to take FIBA U15 Women's Skills Challenge title
MIES (Switzerland) - Israel bounced back from an opening loss at the FIBA U15 Women's Skills Challenge 2021 to win the title in impressive fashion.
They recorded a 111-130 victory in an all-European Final against Belarus having been beaten by Madagascar in their tournament opener before reeling off six straight wins.
China claimed the final spot on the podium in dramatic fashion with a thrilling win over Poland in the Third Place Game. The two teams were tied at 120-120 with the same time and points, meaning the game was decided by the higher number of three-point shots in accordance to the FIBA rules with China winning 3-2.
Israel set their best score of the week in the Quarter-Finals with a 109-113 triumph over Egypt before overcoming the challenge of China, 113-116, in another close encounter, while Belarus had defeated Poland 124-133 in the other Semi-Final.
Madagascar were one of five teams to come through the group phase with a perfect 3-0 record, but their title hopes were ended by Poland at the last eight stage.
A total of 32 teams took part in the Global Challenges after coming through the Qualifiers - held across five continents - earlier in the year.
The national teams competed remotely as their passing, dribbling and shooting skills were put to the test against the clock with the team with the fewer points winning each contest.