Serbia End Greece's Run To Reach Final

17 August 2013

U16 MEN

7. Milos Glisic (Serbia)
Milos Glisic had good reason to be excited after guiding Serbia into the gold medal game with an inspiring performance

Serbia will play for gold at the U16 European Championship Men after ending Greece's unbeaten run in the tournament at the penultimate hurdle.

Milos Glisic had 17 points and seven rebounds while Vojislav Stojanovic added 13 points as Serbia beat Greece at their own game, going inside and challenging big men Vasileios Charalampopoulos and Georgios Papagiannis, and winning the battle.

Stefan Peno has led Serbia in scoring so far in this tournament but while he suffered a drought, scoring only six on three-of-12 shooting from the field, he kept the assists and rebounds coming - six of each - in another solid performance.

Serbia led from start to finish, scoring the first eight points of the game and then slowly pulling away after Greece got back to within touching distance midway through the first half.

They led 30-17 when Stefan Kenic sank two free throws with 3:26 left in the first half, and enjoyed a 36-23 lead at the break.

When Glisic accepted Peno's assist for a lay-up with 6:24 to go in the third quarter the lead had grown to 45-26.

Greece replied with seven straight to prevent the scoreline from getting out of hand, but they had no answer for Serbia's all-round play.

Greece have leaned heavily on the considerable frame of Charalampopoulos in this tournament, but Serbia restricted the 2.03m forward to just two points and one rebound, while Papagiannis needed 11 shots to register his nine points.

With no Greek player reaching double figures, he led the scoring alongside Vasileios Mouratas and Ioannis Michaloutos, while Dimitrios Flionis had eight and five rebounds.

 


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