|Tomaz Bolcina and Slovenia were able to edge Greece and will now again take on Turkey for 9th place |
Turkey and Slovenia will face each other again at the Samsung U18 European Championship, after winning their ninth to 12th place classification games on Friday afternoon.
Playing in the earlier of the two games, Slovenia withstood a late comeback from Greece to prevail 78-73; whilst a superior second-half display saw Turkey go past Ukraine, 70-60.
Greece and Slovenia traded blows through the opening half and when the buzzer sounded signaling the end of the second quarter, it was Slovenia in front by one.
Slovenia then broke away in the third quarter as Gregor Hrovat led the way with six-points on a 15-0 run, turning a tied ball game into one-way traffic.
But when Eleftherios Bochoridis made good of his lay-up with just over three minutes to play, Greece were back within two points. The comeback could not be completed however, as Matic Rebec sunk Slovenia's final five points from the charity stripe to complete the win.
Rebec ended the game with 20 points whilst Andraz Rogelija and
|Turkey would surely not mind getting another 35-point output from Kenan Sipahi |
Tomaz Bolcina chipped in with 11 each.
Greece's leading scorer was Diamantis Slaftsakis with 20 points and eight rebounds.
Following a low-scoring first half, Turkey upped the tempo in the third quarter, with Burak Yildizli sinking a three before following it with a jump shot to give the Turks the lead midway through the period, a lead that they did not relinquish for the remainder of the night as Ukraine faded badly.
Yildizli finished with 10 points. Kerem Kanter led Turkish scoring with 14 points and seven rebounds, whilst Kenan Sipahi chipped in with 11.
Again, Yevgen Sakhniuk topped scoring for Ukraine with 14 points, along with six rebounds.
The previous time Turkey and Slovenia met, the former held on for a tight three point win after Kenan Sipahi recorded a tournament-high 35 points.
Greece have the upper hand over Ukraine, defeating the blue-and-yellows 66-61 in their previous meeting earlier in the week.