Gritty Greece triumph on home soil
CRETE (FIBA U20 European Championship 2017) - In front of their adoring home fans, Greece celebrated their first FIBA U20 European Championship in eight years with a 65-56 victory over Israel in the Final.
Turning Point: After trailing by 12 points in the third quarter, Israel engineered a brave fightback to get within 4 points moments before the end of the third. However, an astonishing long three from Nikolaos Diplaros on the buzzer stretched Greece's lead to 7 and gave them the momentum. Israel never threatened again.
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Game Hero: Vasileios Charalampopoulos faced double teams almost every time he entered the post but his all-round influence was still pronounced. He finished with 10 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists, 3 blocks and 2 steals to cap a brilliant tournament.
Stats Don't Lie: Greece was superb defensively, especially displaying active hands. They had 11 steals to Israel's 4.
In their Words: "It is amazing to win and I am so happy. We played great defense and we really played aggressively. I was happy to hit a few threes and help us win the title." - Antonios Koniaris
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