victory over Bulgaria and send them through to the next phase of the OSTCHEM U20 European Championship on Sunday.
The teams had traded blows throughout an enthralling contest but it seemed as though the Bulgarians were going to sneak it as the game drew to a close. Sakota then connected from downtown with time almost up to hand the Greeks a 78-77 triumph.
Lithuania bounced back from their opening round defeat to Greece by beating Bulgaria 98-86 in Group D.
The game was in the balance when Bulgaria trimmed their deficit to 82-79 with 7:33 remaining but the Lithuanians promptly went on a 16-7 run to level their record at 1-1.
Bulgaria edged Spain 75-73 in Group D after outscoring their opponents 23-13 in the final quarter.
Deyan Ivanov had 22 points to pace the winners, 14 of which came in the fourth quarter.