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July 2018
11 Joshua Tyron Tomaic Tomaic (ESP)
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Spain knock out top-seeded Lithuania, as Quarter-Finals take shape

CHEMNITZ (FIBA U20 European Championship 2018) – The undefeated Lithuanian run at the FIBA U20 European Championship 2018 came crashing down, with the lower-ranked Spain knocking out the Group A winners in the Round of 16.

Aleix Font and Josep Puerto led the Spanish effort to overturn a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter that ended in a dramatic 75-70 victory for the Luis Guil-coached team and subsequently a ticket to the Quarter-Finals.

Font collected a game-high 23 points and drained a go-ahead three-pointer with 21 seconds on the clock to put Spain in a winning position, while Puerto collected 12 of his overall 14 points in the final frame.

"We know that we have what it takes. We didn't show it in the Group Phase, but we did today. It was a great team effort, the whole team played amazing, especially lock-down defense," Font shared the laurels with the rest of the team in the post-game interview.

"I've been at U16, U18 and now at U20 and the European Championships, they're all really tight. But this year, this is absolutely crazy, I feel like this year not only the top six teams can win, but it could be 8-10 teams."

Spain will play Israel in the Quarter-Finals after Deni Avdija and company registered a 72-63 win over Sweden, with the 17-year-old forward leading the way with 22 points and 8 rebounds.

Tommaso Oxilia lived at the free-throw line, going 10-of-12

The only other close Round of 16 tie saw Italy squeeze past Greece 76-70, as Tommaso Oxilia and Davide Moretti buried the Greeks from the charity stripe, converting 10 free-throws each. The Italian one-two punch of Oxilia and Moretti collected 16 and 15 points, respectively. For Greece, Michail Lountzis had a team-high 14 points, while Dimitris Moraitis added 12 points and 5 assists.

"We showed great energy right until the end, and that made the difference. Our group is very close, that’s our biggest strength. There are many teams who fight for a medal, and we want to win too. First, we will have to be ready for a tough battle against Croatia tomorrow," Italy's top scorer Oxilia stressed.

Next in Italy's way is Croatia, who brushed aside Great Britain with a 93-62 scoreline, as Mate Kaljzic and Toni Perkovic shared a game-high 15-point mark.


Meanwhile, Turkey and Germany booked a Quarter-Final date after defeating Ukraine and Iceland, respectively. The Serkan Erdogan-coached Turkey picked apart the Ukrainian team 104-46, while Germany cruised to a 77-63 win over their Icelandic opposition.

Serbia steamrolled  a short-handed Romania 105-58 in a one-sided contest,  while France stayed on track for the triple crown  with a 70-37 victory over Montenegro behind a stellar defensive effort.