No podium for Greece in Volos

No podium for Greece in Volos


FIBA U18 EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP - PLAY-OFFS

Greece U18 57 - 81 Slovenia U18
(14 - 12)
(27 - 26)
(43 - 46)
(57 - 81)

Greece miss out on the bronze medal in Volos, conceding a heavy 57-81 defeat to Slovenia in the concluding match of the 2019 FIBA U18 European Championship.

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Yesterday, the Greeks were left heartbroken after a disappointing loss to Spain in the semi-finals, and they failed to completely recover from that setback as the players were well beaten by the Slovenians. Until the fourth quarter, Greece had a fighting chance of winning the bronze, but a Slovenian attacking outburst put paid to any hope of finishing on the podium.

Nikos Rogkavopoulos, who enjoyed a superb competition for Greece, tallied 14 points against Slovenia. The 18-year-old AEK representative was subsequently named one of the best five players of the competition.

Spain won gold after defeating Turkey 57-53 in the final.

THE MATCH

Greece had a one-point lead at half time. However, Slovenia really got their comeback on course in the third quarter, winning the period 20-16 to take a three-point advantage with 10 minutes remaining.

10 minutes which turned into a nightmare for the hosts.

All of a sudden, Slovenia were utterly dominant on the court, scoring with ease against seemingly tired opponents. 35 points in the fourth frame were comfortably enough to run out 81-57 winners and claim the bronze medal.

 

By: Shaun Nicolaides

Image Source: gazzetta.gr

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