Wounded Greeks Hold On

14.08.2012

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Dimitrios Agravanis (Greece)
Despite getting into foul trouble early in the game, Greece forward/center Dimitris Agravanis still finished with 20 points and seven rebounds

By Jared Grellet

Greece have put their troubles behind them to cling on and defeat Ukraine 66-61 at the Samsung U18 European Championship on Tuesday.

Ukraine will be eliminated from the Quarter-Finals if Italy defeat Spain later on Tuesday, while the Greeks need to beat Serbia on Wednesday to have any chance of advancing.

Greece suffered a number of setbacks on the night but Ukraine were unable to take advantage of their opponent's problems, as Dimitrios Agravanis lead his team home, in spite of his foul problems.

Agravanis got himself into foul trouble early in the third-quarter when he conceded his fourth foul, but still played a major role in the final moments, including sinking a clutch three-pointer to break a tied game with three minutes to play.

Agravanis finished with 20 points and seven rebounds.

Greece's first setback had come early in the opening quarter when they lost starting small forward Alexandros Mitsialos with an injured ankle, marking the second time he has been assisted from the court with an injury in Vilnius.

Prior to going down, Mitsialos had already amassed four points, four boards and an assist.

Ukraine were proving to be their own worst enemies, particularly when Agravanis was off the court late in the third quarter, as the turnovers continued to pile up, hitting 19 by the end of the night.

Eleftherios Bochoridis supported Agravanis with 15 points and Diamantis Slaftsakis contributed 13 off the bench, seven of which came in the final frame.

Yevgen Sakhniuk topped Ukrainian scoring with 18 points.


 


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