Serbia & Montenegro turned on the defensive clamps to beat France 60 58 in the quarter-final round and remain undefeated at the Ostchem U 20 European Championships.
Ivan Paunic made just one of two free throws with nine seconds left but France's Benoit Gillet missed a game-winning three-pointer attempt at the buzzer.
Serbia & Montenegro held France to 28.6% shooting and are now 2-0 in Group E and will play Slovenia on Thursday for first place in the standings.
France have played two tough quarter-final games but only have two losses to show as they face Lithuania for third place.
|Nikola Pekovic led Serbia & Montenegro's balanced scoring attack.|
Sourata Cisse led all scorers with 21 points, while Michael Mokongo added 12 points and four assists, and Michel Ipouck contributed eight points and nine rebounds.
Serbia & Montenegro opened a 22-12 lead after one quarter.
They led 30-19 midway through the second frame. But France went on a 20-0 tear to pull ahead 39-30 in the opening seconds of the second half.
Miroslav Nikolic's team responded with a 16-0 run of their own, taking a 46-39 advantage with four minutes left in the third period, which ended 53-47 for the Balkan side.
Paunic's lay-up gave Serbia & Montenegro a 59-51 lead with 6:17 remaining.
Cisse hit a three-pointer with 4:35 remaining, but neither team could score for the next four minutes.
After Cisse's two free throws with 24 seconds made it 59-56, Thibaut Blanque stole the ball from Branko Jereminov and Cisse made it 59-58 with two free throws with 11 seconds left.