Italy Prevail In Greco-Roman Thriller

19.07.2011

U20 European Championship

15. Alessandro Gentile (Italy)
Alessandro Gentile was once again Italy's first choice on offense, finishing the game with 23 points on 47.4 percent shooting from the field

Italy finished Day 5 of the games with another win, this time a 64-59 victory over Greece in Group F of the championship to keep the winning streak going.

Following the win Italy now hold a 4-0 record in the group and will fight tomorrow for the top spot against Spain who share the same record.

Greece feel to 1-3, tied with Turkey for the fourth spot at the moment but still in the race for the Quarter-Finals.

Alessandro Gentile led Italy with 23 points while Achille Polonara added 14 points and six rebounds.

Dimitrios Katsivelis topped Greece's scoresheet with 12 points and Emmanouil Koukoulas had 10 points while pulling six balls from the boards.

Greece lost one of their key players, Linos Chrysikopoulos, to a bad injury early in the fourth quarter and down by seven points.

The young prospect was sent to the hospital for further checks while his teammates fought for him on the court and managed to put Italy's win in danger, yet failed to score in the last 2:34 minutes of the game.

Greece were on top of the game at the end of the first quarter with a minor lead, but Gentile and Polonara collected points that kept the score close and by the end of the first half Greece held a 30-32 lead.

Gentile connected triplet of three pointers after the break and Italy climbed to a 48-41 lead after 26 minutes, but the young scorer wasn't done yet and a lay-up next to the bonus from the line pushed him to 19 points and Italy to an eight point lead.

Polonara dunked right before the third buzzer and Chrysikopoulos scored in a fast break but had to leave the court due to an injury with the scoreboard showing 55-48 against his team.

The classical Greek spirit came into effect and a lay up by Katsivelis set the score on 60-59 yet that was the last time Greek scored tonight.

Italy answered right away at the other side until a series of missed shots on both ends finished after almost two minutes, and now it was already the last 30 seconds of the night.

Two more points from the foul line pushed the gap to five, and signaled the end of hopes for the Greeks.

Tomorrow Italy will take on Spain in a battle for the first spot in the group, while Greece and Ukraine will go head to head.


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