Montenegro Finish On Winning Note


In their debut performance in the U20 European Championship Men team of Montenegro finished fifth after a 79-63 triumph over Italy.

The losing side will settle for the sixth place in the competition after a roller coaster performance.

Italy was seconds from playing the 13-16 classification games, but later recovered to be seconds from the semi-finals.

A big run by Montenegro in the second quarter, in which they scored 29 points, opened an 18 point gap, that was more than enough to use the second half for a cruise win.

Vladimir Dasic led the winning side with 26 points and nine rebounds and Nemanja Vranjes added 17.

Pietro Aradori led Italy with 19 points.

Italy was the first to take control of the game leading 11-6 but Dasic was everywhere as usual.

He collected 14 first quarter points on the way to an 18-16 lead for his team.

When the rest of Montenegro started contributing the gap extended to ten, 33-23, and Vranjes with five quick points set the half time score on 47-29.

Italy found themselves down by more than 20 already in the third, as Montenegro made the most of their last minutes in the competition.

Dasic continued to collect points, trying to secure his #1 spot in the scorer standings here, and Italy only cut some of the lead in the closing minutes.   

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