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Semi-Final first-timers Belgium knock out Lithuania, Zougris helps Greece set date with France

HERAKLION (Greece) - Belgium rallied from 17 points to surprise Lithuania and reach the Semi-Finals of the FIBA U20 European Championships 2023 - the first time they advanced to the top four - and will meet two time champions Israel while France and hosts Greece will hook horns on the other side of the bracket.

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Key Storylines

- With leader Thijs De Ridder fouled out, Belgium come back from 17 points down at halftime to beat Lithuania for first-ever Semi-Finals appearance
- Vangelis Zougris spearheads Greece rally over Turkey, into Semis
- Daniel Wolf, Noam Yaacov next in line, as 2018 and 2019 champs Israel reach Semis for fifth straight edition
- Adama-Alpha Bal leads balanced French past resilient Serbia
 

Top Performers

Promoted Iceland have secured their spot in the Division A for next summer with a Classification 9-16 win over Montenegro. And Orri Gunnarsson was a major reason for that as he poured in 30 points to go with 10 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals for a day's best efficiency of 33. 

The only performance coming from a Semi-Finals team was Vangelis Zougris of Greece with his efficiency of 28 against Turkey. The  forward collected 14  points, 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 steals and 1 block in helping Greece fight back from 13 points down for the win.

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Montenegro's Djordije Jovanovic could not lead his team to a win over Iceland despite an efficiency of 27 with 26 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

The Iceland win produced another top performance with Tomas Thrastarson tallying an efficiency of 26. The 17-year-old guard picked up 22 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 2 steals against Montenegro.

Spain were dropped to the Classification 9-16 after losing to Israel in the Round of 16 but the reigning champs bounced back with a comfortable victory over Croatia. Michael Caicedo helped the cause greatly with 18 points, 3 rebounds 4 assists and 2 steals for an efficiency of 25.


Results of the Day

Quarter-Finals

Israel 75-64 Germany
Belgium 77-71 Lithuania
Serbia 73-82 France
Turkey 61-87 Greece

Classification Games 9-16

Estonia 62-83 Slovenia
Spain 84-60 Croatia
Montenegro 73-99 Iceland
Italy 72-60 Poland

Semi-Finals Pairings

Belgium v Israel
Greece v France

Classification 5-8 Pairings

Turkey v Serbia
Lithuania v Germany

Classification 9-12 Pairings

Iceland v Italy
Slovenia v Spain

Classification 13-16 Pairings

Montenegro v Poland
Estonia v Croatia

 FIBA