|Oh yes! Dimitrios Agravanis and Greece could celebrate their second round berth|
Greece trailed Georgia by as many as 10 points in the first half but came up with a big third quarter to prevail 75-61 and book a spot in the Second Round of the Sportland U20 European Championship in Tallinn.
The Greeks will battle it out with Lithuania for top spot in Group A on Saturday, while Georgia can only hope to qualify if Serbia defeat Germany later on Friday and then they beat the Serbs on the final day of action.
Less than 24 hours after suffering a heavy loss at the hands of Lithuania, Georgia put in a performance of pride and fighting spirit and rode the hot hand of Giorgi Tsirekidze, who converted four of his five shots from three-point range, to claim a 38-28 lead midway the second quarter.
Ioannis Papapetrou and Ioannis Karamalegkos however combined for 12 points in the following five minutes to bring the Greeks within one point shortly after the start of the second half.
Tsirekidze gave the lead back to his team with a lay-up, 49-47, but then the Hellenic side drilled four triples in quick succession to find themselves leading suddenly by a double-digit margin, 60-50, when there 1:40 left to play in the third quarter.
The Greeks did not manage to extend their advantage significantly in the final frame but Georgia had run out of gas and their shooting percentages dropped visibly, so they never came any closer than nine points until the final buzzer.
Papapetrou led the Greek charge with 15 points while Karamalegkos and Dimitris Agravanis contributed 13 points each, with the latter also grabbing five rebounds.
Tsirekidze finished with a game-high 21 points and Irakli Mikeladze added 12 points and four assists for Georgia.