Day 4 review: Iceland's fairytale continues in the Round of 16
CRETE (FIBA U20 European Championship) - Iceland's fairytale FIBA U20 European Championship continued with a stunning 73-39 thrashing of Sweden to start Round of 16 action.
After a slow start, Iceland took control of the game with dominant center Tryggvi Hlinason starring with 13 points and 12 rebounds, while playing tough defense on counterpart Simon Birgander who struggled with his shooting but grabbed 21 rebounds.
In the most entertaining contest in the Round of 16, Germany overcame Turkey 80-77 in thrilling fashion after almost blowing the lead. Germany was led by Moritz Wagner's 23 points, while Egehan Arna was heroic for Turkey with 21 points.
Israel was pushed by a gallant Italy but made the plays down the stretch to win 79-71. Star Tamir Blatt struggled with his shot scoring just 9 points but had 16 assists, while teammate Netanel Artzi top-scored with 22 points. Leonardo Tote had a sensational game for Italy with 27 points.
Lithuania overcame a gritty Slovenia 76-61 and were led by Martynas Varnas, who scored 22 points and 9 rebounds, while Nejc Baric scored 13 points and 6 rebounds for Slovenia.
Hosts Greece overcame last-quarter nerves to defeat Montenegro 56-49. They didn't score in the opening 7 minutes of the final quarter but held on much to the relief of the home crowd.
Serbia are rounding into top form with a convincing 98-63 victory over Ukraine with star Vanja Marinkovic leading the way with 17 points despite struggling from deep. Counterpart Sviatoslav Mykhailiuk played a lone hand for Ukraine with 18 points and 9 rebounds.
Spain and France were never pushed in their respective games against Latvia and the Czech Republic.
The Quarter-Finals on Day 6 will be:
Iceland v Israel
Germany v Spain
Serbia v France
Greece v Lithuania
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