FIBA World Cup: Markkanen’s 28 leads Finland past Israel

Finland got their second round shouted off on the right foot with a hard-fought 79-73 victory over Israel.

Lauri Markkanen was big again, scoring 28 points, but the five he scored in the game’s final two minutes were critical to Finland securing the victory. A pair of free throws and a three-point play extended the Finnish lead from 73-71 to 77-73 with sixty-six seconds remaining in the contest.

In losing effects, Roman Sorkin scored 14 and grabbed 8 rebounds, Nimrod Levi put in 13, and Yam Madar chipped in 11. In addition to his 28 points, Markkanen pulled in nine rebounds; Elias Valtoren contributed 14 points and a rebounds.

The win moves Finland to 6-1, moving them into second place behind Germany in Group J.

Group J

1GER Germany76185.75414756677.367.913
2FIN Finland76185.7553519347974.113
3SLO Slovenia75271.46105654587.180.712
4ISR Israel73442.95495311878.475.910
5SWE Sweden72528.6529561-3275.680.19
6EST Estonia72528.6498574-7671.1829

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