|Giannis Antetokounmpo was all over the place for Greece, scoring 14 points, grabbing 5 rebounds and blocking this shot|
Greece came back from an 11-point deficit on Wednesday to claim a dramatic 79-73 win over Serbia in their debut game in Group A of the Sportland U20 European Championship in Tallinn.
Serbia suffered a second close defeat in as many games, after they had fallen 68-64 to Lithuania in their tournament opener on Tuesday.
The Greeks trailed by as many as 10 points during most of the first half but when Dimitris Agravanis was fouled on a three-point attempt with six minutes remaining in the second quarter and sunk all three of his free throws, he sparked an 11-0 run within just over two minutes that enabled them to take a 38-35 lead at the half-time interval.
Serbia however came back strong from the locker rooms and used an imposing 16-0 run of their own to take a 55-44 lead midway through the third quarter.
They looked firmly in control at that point but Giannis Papapetrou drilled a three-pointer with 2:09 remaining in the period that cut the deficit to eight and rekindled Greek spirits.
The Serbians were still leading by five points at the start of the final frame but the momentum was shifting and Greece regained the lead, 64-63, on a Giannis Antetokounmpo dunk with 5:57 left on the clock.
Giannoulis Larentzakis split two free throws to make it 76-73 with two seconds left on the clock, but instead of attempting a three-pointer that could tie the game, Serbia turned the ball over and Lefteris Bochoridis wrote the final score from way behind the arc.
Papapetrou led all scorers with 18 points on 3-for-6 shooting from three-point range and added five rebounds, Larentzakis finished with 17 points, four boards and four assists while Bochoridis had 16 points and dished out four assists.
Ivan Marinkovic had 15 of his team-high 17 points in the first half while Luka Mitrovic added 15 points for Serbia in losing efforts.