Greece Step It Up, Hand Serbia First Loss

14 July 2014

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14. Georgios Diamantakos (Greece)
Georgios Diamantakos had his best game of the tournament so far, scoring 17 points and grabbing seven rebounds

Tournament hosts Greece recovered from a slow start on Monday to edge out previously unbeaten Serbia 70-69 in thrilling Group E action in the Second Round of the U20 European Championship.

Turning Point: After Georgios Diamantakos had split two free throws to pull Greece ahead 70-69 with 19 seconds remaining, Mihajlo Andric took the lane and released a hook-shot that rimmed out and Michail Kamperidis grabbed the defensive rebound. The Greek big man was fouled immediately and sent to the free-throw line. He missed both his shots but all Nikola Rebic had time for was a desperation from well within the Serbian half, that fell short.

Game Heroes: Lefteris Bochoridis was superb for Greece throughout and Dimitris Agravanis drilled two back-to-back triples at the start of the fourth frame for his team to claim a 64-54 cushion that enabled them to withstand the late Serbian assault. But Greece might not had been in that position at all were it not for Diamantakos, who grabbed five vital offensive rebounds and scored 12 first-half point for Greece to go on an 11-0 run at the end of the second quarter and balance out Serbia's good start.

Stats Don't Lie: When Serbia enjoyed their biggest lead in the game, 27-16, they had already dished out eight assists to Greece's none. Up until that point in the game Greece were holding on thanks to their 11 second-chance points but in the remaining 25 minutes, they dished out the exact same number of assists as Serbia, ten apiece.

The Bottom Line: Greece are in effect entering the race for a quarter-final berth as they now have improved to 1-2 in Group E. Serbia have dropped to 2-1.

 


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