|Dimitrios Agravanis had 16 points and 7 rebounds as Greece comfortably beat Montenegro|
Greece overcame disappointment from their quarter-final loss to Spain rapidly and cruised to a 67-52 win over Montenegro on Saturday to play for 5th place at the Sportland U20 European Championship.
The Greeks commenced the game with a starting five of well over two meters average height which however, despite their big size, were also energetic and mobile and made life difficult for Montenegro right from tip-off.
They grabbed a double-digit advantage, 14-4, midway through the opening quarter and kept pushing to lead 26-10 at the end of the first period.
Montenegro balanced the encounter somewhat in the second frame but they were out-rebounded 25-12 by the Greeks during the first twenty minutes and only managed to reduce to 37-26 at the half-time interval.
Greece were in cruise control whilst they dominated the glass with such ease, but Montenegro switched to a somewhat bigger line-up after the interval to take control in the paint.
It produced some results as they cut the deficit to just five points, 43-38, on a Marko Mugosa lay-up with 4:46 left to play in the third quarter, but Dimitris Agravanis drilled a triple immediately to restore an eight-point lead for the Greeks and spark a 13-0 run that would see them enter the final stanza 56-38.
Greece also scored the first four points in the fourth quarter to extend the gap to 60-38 and from the, with about eight minutes remaining, both sides knew that there was no turning back.
Ioannis Papatetrou led the winners with 18 points and six rebounds and Agravanis finished with 16 points, seven rebounds and two assists.
Danilo Nikolic and Vasilije Vusovic each had 10 points for Montenegro in defeat.