Strong start for Israel basketball
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Israel's qualification campaign for Eurobasket 2011 got off to a strong start with a 79-71 away victory over group favourites Italy in Bari.
Yotam Halperin topscored with 16 points as the Israelis opened up a large lead by the second quarter.
The victory was all the more impressive because NBA star Omri Casspi failed to shine with only nine points to his name.