|Giannis Antetokounmpo displayed his full array of weapons again, scoring 12 points, pulling down 12 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists|
Greece dominated Montenegro 70-47 on Monday to claim their sixth consecutive win at the Sportland U20 European Championship and secure a top-two finish in Second Round Group E.
There is in fact only one possible scenario that could knock the Greeks off first place in the group, and that would require Turkey to win their Thursday late game against Lithuania and then proceed with inflicting a first loss on Greece on Wednesday.
Montenegro on the other hand now stand at 1-3 and face a do-or-die clash with Germany on Friday to advance to the quarter-finals.
On Wednesday, Greece took a 7-6 lead after three minutes of action and never looked back, as they tightened the screws on defence after that point and suffocated Montenegro to such extend that they only gave up 16 points in the remaining 17 minutes of the first half.
Greece even afforded to rest their leading scorer Giannoulis Larentzakis, who completed his rehabilitation from knee surgery just before the start of the tournament, and still led comfortably 30-19 at the half-time interval.
Their big push however came in the third quarter, as they stormed out of the locker rooms to kick off proceedings with a 21-4 run, take a 59-26 lead just before the third buzzer and effectively seal the victory with plenty of time to spare.
Ioannis Papapetrou led all scorers with 17 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo picked up a 12-point, 12-rebound double-double and added seven assists and Dimitris Agravanis chipped in with 11 points and four rebounds for the winners.
Vukota Pavic had 12 points and six rebounds for Montenegro in a losing effort.