Russia beat Croatia 74-73 on Vladimir Chichaykin’s lay up at the buzzer but it wasn’t enough for last year’s runners-up to avoid being dumped out of the competition at Ierapetra tonight.
Alexei Vadeev’s men, who finished second in this tournament in 2004 and 2006, crashed out in the preliminary round because, even though they shared the same win-loss record as both Croatia and Latvia in Group C.
Greece used a 17-0 run in the second quarter to put the game beyond Russia’s reach and run away with a 72-56 win at Ierapetra.
The result means that Greece remain undefeated in Group D while Russia are without a win and must beat Croatia tomorrow to stand any chance of reaching the next stage of the competition.
Giannis Aggelopoulos wanted to make sure the home fans would see Greece start in the best possible way in its opening Group D game at Ierapetra and he made good on his promise, leading the hosts to a 79-66 win over Croatia.
Aggelopoulos led all scorers with a game-high 25 points, including 13 in the final period as he ended the visitors’ hopes of making a late comeback.
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