|Dimitrios Agravanis scored 17 points and pulled down 7 rebounds, 4 of them on the offensive end to spark Greece|
Greece shifted gears in the second quarter and pulled ahead to defeat Turkey 74-60 on Sunday, in the game for fifth place at the Sportland U20 European Championship, in Tallinn.
The encounter began as a low-tempo affair, with both teams wasting possessions either by turning the ball over (Greece had eight turnovers in the opening quarter) or shooting the ball poorly.
Greece converted only 23 percent of their shots and Turkey shot at 26 percent from the floor after the first ten minutes, enough for them to hold a testimonial 13-12 lead going into the second period.
But when Giannis Antetokounmpo re-entered the floor and Greece thought it was time to speed things up a notch, Turkey did not get the memo; the Greeks got stops on defence and their shooting percentage soared to 39.4% from the floor as now they were getting easy baskets in transition.
They led 35-24 at the half-time buzzer and quickly widened the gap to 14 points when the two teams returned from the locker rooms.
Turkey were hitting only 24% of their shots at the time and knew they had to risk and shake things around if they were to do something about their below-par offensive output.
They employed a successful half-court press that enabled them to force nine Greek turnovers in the third period, and went on a 13-0 run as they were finally capable of getting some easy baskets themselves.
Turkey edged within one point, 43-42, but could not draw level as the Greeks finally responded to the pressing zone by shooting from long range - Dimitris Agravanis and Giannoulis Larentzakis drilled consecutive three-pointers and gave Greece some breathing space, 52-45 at the end of the third frame.
Greece had overcome the crisis, and had now adapted to Turkey's last resort.
Agravanis dunked and was fouled, converting the three-point play to restore a double-digit lead for Greece, 60-50, with 6:51 remaining in the encounter.
Turkey were now out of ideas, and never came any closer than eight points until the final buzzer.
Greece's Ioannis Papapetrou led all scorers with 21 points and added six rebounds, Agravanis finished with 17 points and seven boards, while Eleftherios Bochoridis collected 12 points, 11 rebounds and six assists.
Forward Berkay Candan was Turkey's most reliable option on offence and finished with 17 points, also adding seven rebounds.