Greece clinched a spot in the quarter-finals with a 79-65 win over Turkey in Group F of the OMNITEL U18 European Championship held at Siemens Arena in Vilnius, Lithuania on a Tuesday evening.
The outcome of this win is a 3-1 record in favor of Greece while Turkey dropped to 1-3 but still hold a chance to stay in the race for the medals.
Greece rallied to a great comeback after trailing already by 11 early in the 2nd half, before taking over the game, especially thanks to Linos Chrysikopoulos in another outstanding performance.
The Greek prodigy was on fire with 30 points, 13 rebounds and 8 blocks while Sokratis Psaropoulos added 16 with 5 assists and Anastasios Antonakis finished with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Turkey saw Can Korkmaz collect 15 points, Muhammed Baygul added 13 and Ugur Dokuyan finished with 10.
Chrysikopoulos showed his style already from the tip off and led Greece to a 19-15 after 10 minutes.
He hurt Turkey from distance but also put the ball on the floor and made things happen for himself and his team-mates as his pass to Spyridon Motsenigos wrote a 28-21 Greek lead after 14 minutes.
Korkmaz was the go-to-guy of Turkey and collected 10 points by the break with just a single miss, but still saw his team leave the floor down 40-37 at the end of the 1st half.
Turkey returned more alert to the 2nd half, while Greece, other than a dunk by Chrysikopoulos, didn't score in the first 7 minutes of the 3rd period.
By then Turkey scored 12 unanswered points and took a 42-53 lead.
With just 13 minutes to play it was time for the Greek magic to step up.
Until the buzzer he added no less than 16 points, 4 rebounds and 3 blocks to picture a whole different game.
Greece went on a 13-0 spurt to delete the Turkish lead, and held on to the momentum to finish the game with a 14 point lead and a secure spot in the top 8.
"It was a very important win for us, because we knew the meaning of it in the standings," said the boss of the Greek bench George Vlassopoulos.
"We had some problems against their zone defense, but we moved to a short line-up and that's what made the difference eventually and allowed us to write a big and very important win."
The last day of the Qualifying Round will feature a game between Greece and Russia while Turkey will have a crucial game against Croatia.