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02.08.2014, 18:30h
02.08.2014, 18:30h
60-55
11 - 1417 - 1418 - 1214 - 15
11 - 1417 - 1418 - 1214 - 15
Venue: Konya (TUR) |
Spectators: 500 |
Referees: Carlos Cortes (ESP), Leandro Nicolas Lezcano (ARG), Semen Ovinov (RUS)

GAME REPORT


Serbia Fend Off Greece, Reach Final

Vasilije Vucetic (Serbia)
Vasilije Vucetic's work on the glass was a key factor for Serbia

Turning Point: Radovan Djokovic nailed back-to-back three-balls early in the fourth quarter as Serbia increased the advantage to 10 points, 52-42. Serbia held off Greece the rest of the way.

Game Hero: Vasilije Vucetic only scored two points but he collected 12 rebounds - including six on the offensive glass - while dishing out two assists, getting three steals and blocking one shot. He also grabbed the offensive rebound after Radovan Djokovic missed a free throw with 14 seconds left.

Stats Don't Lie: Serbia got 29 points from their bench players while the Greek reserves went scoreless. Greece were held to just 1-of-18 from long range (6%) and Serbia won the battle of the glass with 46 rebounds to 38 for Greece.

They Said It: "It was a very tough game without a lot of points. We got it. We worked so hard all season and we have reached the final. We are so happy. The difference was defence. We said in the locker room that we must play defence. That's the only way we can beat Greece. They're a good team with good shooters and we showed that we can beat them." - Ilija Dokovic

The Bottom Line: Serbia will take on the winner of Croatia vs. Turkey for the 2014 U18 European Championship title. Greece will play against the loser of that game for the bronze medal.

Serbia returned to the title game of the U18 European Championship for the first time since 2011 after beating Greece 60-55 in the semi-finals.

Radovan Djokovic scored 21 points, Stefan Lazarevic had 16 points and Ilija Dokovic added 13 points in the win.

Serbia held Greece leader Vasileios Charalampopoulos to nine points and seven rebounds though he did collect three assists, two steals and a block. Dimitrios Stamatis had 22 points while Georgios Papagiannis collected 10 points, seven rebounds and three blocks.

Serbia needed the first three minutes before finally getting on the scoreboard with a three-ball by Dokovic to make it 4-3. Greece were leading 9-5 when Djokovic scored six straight points for Serbia's first lead at 11-9. But Greece held the Serbs scoreless in the final two minutes of the first quarter to lead 14-11.

Serbia shut down the Greece offence at the start of the second quarter, keeping Hellas scoreless for almost five minutes in taking a 23-14 lead thanks to a 12-0 run. Stamatis' three-point play got Greece going with five points in a 14-4 surge to take the lead back 28-27. Marko Radovanovic's free throw evened the game at 28-28 at the break.

Greece battled to keep close to Serbia and the game was knotted at 36-36. But Lazarevic scored four points in a 9-2 surge for a 45-38 lead as Serbia held Greece to one basket in nearly five minutes of action. Greece were able to trim the margin to 46-40 after three quarters.

Djokovic nailed back-to-back three-balls early in the fourth quarter as Serbia pushed the lead out to 10 points, 52-42. As Serbia missed a series of good open looks, Greece chipped away at the lead and trimmed it to 56-51 with three minutes left.

Serbia were able to push the cushion to 58-52 but Stamatis nailed a three-ball to make it 58-55 with 45 seconds to play. After both teams failed to convert, Djokovic was sent to the line with 14 seconds remaining and split two free throws with Vucetic grabbing the missed second foul shot, securing the win.

 

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

34.4%

22/64
FG
M/A

31.7%

19/60

40.4%

19/47
FG2P
M/A

42.9%

18/42

17.6%

3/17
FG3P
M/A

5.6%

1/18

65.0%

13/20
FT
M/A

69.6%

16/23

46

17/29
RT
RO/RD

38

11/27

10

AS

13

19

TO

17

10

ST

7

2

BS

8

19

PF

19

60

Pts

55

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