Referees: Dubravko Muhvic (CRO), Vladimir Tsekov (BUL), Aleksandar Milojevic (MKD)
Late Surge Propels Greece To Win Over Israel
Kostas Sloukas scored 12 of his 23 points in the fourth quarter as hosts Greece pulled away from Israel for an 89-67 victory to remain undefeated at the U18 European Championship for Men.
Sloukas knocked down back-to-back three-pointers as well as two free throws during Greece's decisive 11-0 surge to take control of the game late after trailing Israel late in the third quarter.
Nikos Pappas tallied 16 points for George Vlassopoulos's team, which improved to 2-0 in Group A. Vlantimir Giankovits added 15 points and Zisis Sakrikopoulos had 13 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks for the host nation.
Israel dropped to 1-1 in the group despite 19 points by Nadav Heyman while Yotam Shiran had 13 points and Ben Reis added 11.
Greece converted three three-point plays in opening a 14-2 lead en route to a 20-4 advantage in the first six minutes. Israel answered with an 8-0 run and trailed 21-14 after one period. The second quarter saw Greece manage the game well and lead 41-32 at the break.
Heyman stepped up his game in the third quarter and hit a series of baskets including a three-pointer to put Israel ahead 54-51 with three minutes left in the third.
Sloukas, who also had six assists, hit four foul shots and Sakrikopoulos made two baskets and blocked a shot as Greece used a 10-2 run to lead 61-56 after three periods. Dan Franko's Israelis refused to go away and Reis's back-to-back baskets cut the deficit to 70-64 with five minutes to play.
But Sloukas took over in leading the 11-0 spurt to decide the game.