Greece cruise against Iceland to set-up Sweden decider
2018 FIBA U20 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP - PLACEMENT ROUNDS
|Iceland U20||86 - 104||Greece U20|
|(18 - 23)
(36 - 54)
(56 - 78)
(86 - 104)
A dominant win over Iceland saw Greece advance to an all-important matchup with Sweden on Sunday as the Ethniki Neon look to avoid being relegated from Division A at the 2018 FIBA U20 European Championship in Chemnitz, Germany…
Greece cruised to a 104-86 win over Iceland to set-up a decisive encounter against Sweden on Sunday at the 2018 FIBA U20 European Championship in Chemnitz, Germany.
Greece, who started the day against the ropes after Thursday’s shock loss to Great Britain, managed to stave-off relegation on Saturday as the Ethniki Neon won the first of two must-win games in order to preserve their spot in Division A ahead of next summer’s tournament in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Panagiotis Kalaitzakis led Greece’s scoring efforts with 20 points, while Konstantinos Papadakis notched a double-double as he added 11assists to his 19-point performance.
After carving out a five-point lead in the first quarter, Greece blew the game wide-open in the second frame thanks to a 31-18 run that saw the Greek lead stretch to 54-36 by halftime.
Although Iceland gave a better account of themselves in the second half – particularly in the fourth quarter with a 30-point showing – Greece’s lead was insurmountable as Iceland joined Romania as the first two sides to be relegated from Division A this summer.
The win means Greece will now face Sweden in an all-important showdown to decide which side will finish 13th at this summer’s tournament and in turn remain in Division A ahead of next summer.