Turning Point: Ahead by eight points approaching the end of the third quarter, F.Y.R. of Macedonia began to crumble but as their lead almost evaporated, they held their nerve to post a terrific 11-0 run and give Greece a mountain to climb.
Game Heroes: Bo McCalebb finished with a game-high 27 points and Pero Antic played a real captain's role. However, the excellent cameo of center Gjorgij Chekovski, who made three triples and played great defence, can't be overlooked.
Stats Don't Lie: Greece shot an eye-watering 21% (4-for-19) from the three-point line and had almost twice as many turnovers (13 to seven).
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A terrific second-half performance propelled F.Y.R. of Macedonia to a memorable victory against neighbours Greece.
The 72-58 success will be remembered for a long time in Skopje and made up for being on the wrong end of a 32 point rout at EuroBasket 2009.
In a scrappy first quarter, neither team were able to find any real offensive rhythm or range. As Greece managed to move 18-16 in front thanks mainly to their ability get to the hoop and make foul shots.
After increasing their lead to 21-16, F.Y.R. of Macedonia had to respond and did so in fine style to turn the tables with a 14-5 run heading into the final minute before the break.
Their accurate perimeter game was complimented by some solid defence with Greece not getting anything easy although they did close the margin to a solitary point with a tip-in at the buzzer.
Both teams slugged it out in similar fashion when they emerged from the locker rooms and with the game tied up at 38-38, F.Y.R. of Macedonia visibly stepped things up.
This helped them post some daylight at 50-42 and it had Greek coach Ilias Zouros calling time-out in a bid to stop the rot.
It harvested an instant result as his team held F.Y.R. of Macedonia scoreless for almost five minutes to complete a 7-0 run either side of the quarter break.
The pressure was suddenly on, but F.Y.R. of Macedonia scored 11 unanswered points to ease their worries as Greece crumbled.