Spain advanced to the 5th-8th place Semi-Final Round of the U18 European Championship Men with an 83-80 victory over Italy with Daniel Perez securing the win with two foul shots with five seconds left.
Alberto Jodar paced Alejandro Martínez's side with 15 points while Toni Vicens had 14 and Ignacio Llovet and Josep Franch each scored 10 points as Spain finished the Qualifying Round Group E with a 2-3 record.
Nicolò Melli paced six players in double figures as Italy crushed Israel 93-57 at the U18 European Championship Men.
Melli poured in 22 points and grabbed 12 rebounds while Andrea De Nicolao collected 11 points, six rebounds and six assists in helping the Italians improve to 1-3 in the Qualifying Round Group E.
Zisis Sarikopoulos paced four starters in double figures as hosts Greece held on to beat Italy 68-63 and remain undefeated at the U18 European Championship Men.
Sarikopoulos collected 17 points and 11 rebounds while Leonidas Kaselakis had 16 and 11 and Kostas Sloukas added a double-double of his own (11 and 11) for the 3-0 Greeks in the Qualifying Group E.
Filip Sepa poured in 27 points as Serbia blew out Italy 83-54 to clinch second place in Group B of the U18 European Championship Men.
Sepa out-scored the entire Italian team in the first half - 24-22 - and was joined in double figures by Aleksandar Mitrovic (15 points) and Uros Petrovic (12) for Serbia - who improved to 2-1.
Via Vitorchiano 113, 00189 Rome, ITA
+39 (06) 33 48 13 01
+39 (06) 33 48 13 68
President: Giovanni Petrucci
Secretary General: Maurizio Bertea
Press contact: Mimmo Cacciuni