After Spain’s victory in the European Championship for U18 Men in Zaragoza, there was little doubt that team captain and point guard Sergio Rodriguez was the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.
7th-8th Place Game: Greece 89 Israel 82
In the preliminary round Israel managed to surprise Greece and forced them to fight until the very last second of the group B games to earn the top 8 spot. Today Greece got its revenge, although Israel wasn’t far from another surprise.
The Greeks missed the semi-finals by one point, while Russia's ambitions were hit in the head by Spain, but both teams arrived today with big plans to participate in the 5-6 game.
Two teams from each preliminary round group will play tomorrow night in the Semi-finals of the U18 European Championship. Spain – Italy, France – Turkey. Three of the teams had a pretty easy job and won their games by 20 points or more. France put an end to the cinderela story of Israel with a 23 point win, Turkey eliminated Serbia & Montenegro with a 20 point win while Spain jumped over Russia with a 20 point win of its own. Italy was the only team that had to fight for its place in the Semi-finals, and it was one hell of a fight. It took an overtime and a last second missed shot by Greece to give the Italians a ride to the Semi-finals.
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