Greece ended Italy's hopes at the ACI Trading Ltd U20 European Championship Men on Thursday in dramatic fashion.
A Thrasyvoulos Sfeikos three-pointer with just 23 seconds remaining capped a Greece victory after a furious finish in which either side could have claimed the win.
Israel have one foot in the semi-finals of the ACI Trading Ltd U20 European Championship Men in Chekhov after a 60-51 triumph over previously unbeaten Greece.
The Eliyahu show - forwards Lior and Elad - combined to score 35 points as the Israelis got their noses in front midway through the second quarter and then turned away several comeback attempts by the Greeks to record victory on the opening day of quarter-final action.
Greece are beginning to look like championship material after brushing aside Ukraine in the fourth quarter for their second convincing victory in as many days at the U20 European Championships in Russia.
Having blown out Germany in their opener, the Greeks and their inspirational Ntousan Sakota did encounter more resistance against the eastern Europeans but they outscored Ukraine 26-9 over the final 10 minutes for an 87-60 triumph.
When your father is one of Europe's most experienced coaches and you've been towering above your peers since kindergarten, a future in basketball seems more a case of a natural calling than a career of choice.
But Ntousan Sakota of Panathinaikos is a young man who believes a head start in life counts for nothing unless you love what you do.
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