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Greece Edge Montenegro In Nail-Biter

13 July 2010

Montenegro almost pulled off a second famous win at the U20 European Championship Men 2010 in Crikvenica but they were eventually edged out 83-79 in an overtime heart-breaker against tournament front-runners Greece.

Having already celebrated a super success over Serbia in the Preliminary Round, Montenegro threw absolutely everything they had at the Greek team in pursuit of what would have been the biggest shock in the competition so far - but came up agonisingly short.

For almost the entire game, a major upset looked on the cards and it started when back-to-back triples from Loncovic and Stojanovic helped Montenegro to a19-18 first quarter lead.

Even though Greece were the team with a one point advantage at the break having scored six of the last eight points in the half, Montenegro again put their foot on the accelerator.

They really had Greece on the ropes when Petar Stojanovic drilled a big triple to take Montenegro out to a ten point lead at 51-41. However, the Greek defence came to the rescue and a 9-0 run start in the final period allowed them to haul themselves back into what was an absorbing game.

Both teams fought hard and didn't give any space and kept making their shots - especially from the foul line where Nikolaos Pappas kept his cool for Greece to force the extra period.

A big tip-in by Zisis Sarikopoulos near the end of overtime was the play that helped seal the deal for the relieved Greeks although they still had to breathe a big sigh of relief when Marko Loncovic missed a dunk in the last seconds to potentially force double overtime.

Pappas finished with 22 points for Greece while Vladimir Mihailovic led all scorers in the game with 25 points for Montenegro (watch his postgame reaction here)

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