By Yarone Arbel
Israel and Greece made their first step towards remaining in Division A after winning the debut game in the 13-16 Classification Round.
Greece wrote a big 82-46 point win over the Czech Republic that could turn out crucial in their favor in case the goal differences will decide the fate of the teams.
Five players scored for Greece in double-digits led by Apollon Deligeorgis with 17 points. Kyprianos Maragkos added 14 with eight rebounds, Theodoros Tsiloulis wrote a double-double of 13 points with ten rebounds, Ioannis Papapetrou had 12 points while Georgios Papadeas scored ten.
Jan Svandrlk led the losing side with ten points.
Greece stormed the court and finished the first quarter with a 23-10 lead.
The same score repeated in the following quarter on the way to a 26 point game at the
Enough to decide the game yet Greece kept their pressure on to reach a maximum gap.
Israel is back on the winning track with an 82-74 victory of Ukraine.
Ram Elias-Pour excelled for Israel with 19 points and 17 rebounds, Omer Cohen added 15 with seven assists while Ran Cohen had 13.
Ukraine saw 20 points from big guy Olexiy Len and point guard Klym Artamonov added 19 with five steals.
Israel finished the break up by 11, 46-35 and held to the margin throughout the entire second half.
Len connected several big plays early in the fourth quarter, and cut the margin to minimum but Israel recovered in time and didn't slip the key game.
"We were under pressure and didn't play as well as we should, but we play here to survive and what matters now is to win and not the style," said Israel's coach Robbi Balinko.
"I hope we'll keep on winning in the next games."