Defending champions Greece suffered defeat in the final of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Croatia on Sunday, but coach Konstantinos Missas is still hailing the tournament as a fantastic success.
Greece went down 73-62 to France in the final to lose their title, but Missas was nevertheless proud of what they had done.
France were crowned champions of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Croatia thanks to a 73-62 victory against Greece and amidst scenes of high emotion after the final buzzer, the tears flowed freely as they immediately dedicated their gold medal success to former team-mate Jonathan Bourhis who died tragically in a car accident last year.
In a repeat of last year's U20 European Championship Men 2010 final, Greece will once again lock horns with France as the pair battle it out to finish top of the podium. Two players who will be fundamental to their respective teams are the versatile Kostas Papanikolaou, who was crowned MVP last year, and Paul Lacombe who exploded in the semi-final against Spain to enable France to have another shot of trying to finish as champions.
Reigning champions Greece will defend their title in the showpiece game of the U20 European Championship Men 2010 after they punched their ticket for the Final of the tournament with a comfortable 71-56 win over hosts Croatia.
While it left something of an anti-climatic feel inside the Kresimir Cosic Hall as the disappointed home fans reflected on what might have been, Greece thoroughly deserved their win with Nikos Pappas pouring in another 23 points as well as grabbing eight rebounds.
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