Slovenia Condemn Greeks To Relegation Battle

23.07.2011

U18 MEN

Slovenia held on for their first victory at the U18 European Championship Men by beating Greece 66-64 to advance to the Qualifying Round.

Luka Rupnik led the way with 14 points and Matej Rojc added 12 points for the Slovenians who finished Group A with a 1-2 record.

Greece dropped to 0-3 despite 11 points and 10 rebounds from Emmanouil Tselentakis and will now play to stay in the Division.

Slovenia led 10-5 before the Greeks scored six straight points to take their first lead 11-10. The game was deadlocked 17-17 after one quarter.

The second period was tight throughout with Greece leading by three points at 27-24 but Slovenia up 34-33 at halftime.

The Slovenians opened the second half on an 8-2 run to open a seven-point lead, 42-35. The lead grew to 50-40 with Slovenia ahead 53-45 after three quarters.

Slovenia pushed the lead to 60-45 with six minutes but struggled to score after that point and just barely held on for the victory as Greece closed the game with a 19-6 run but it was not enough.

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