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July 2023
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Israel shock Spain to reach Quarters; Greece, Serbia and Turkey survive scares

HERAKLION (Greece) - Israel pulled off the upset of the tournament as they dethroned reigning champions Spain to reach the Quarter-Finals of the FIBA U20 European Championship 2023, where they were joined by among others  hosts Greece and still undefeated France and Lithuania.

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Key Storylines

- The 2018 and 2019 winners Israel shocked Spain, eliminating defending champs. Spain's last non-top eight finish dates back to 2006.
- Hosts Greece survive Iceland fight for first U20 European Quarter-Final since winning title in 2017
- Serbia, Turkey avoid scares; Lithuania, France are the only remaining undefeated teams

Top Performers

Thijs De Ridder makes this list for the third time as he led Belgium into the Quarter-Finals for the second straight summer with an outstanding showing against Estonia. He scored 30 points on 8-of-17 shots and 14-of-14 free throws to go with 12 rebounds - 9 from the offensive glass, 3 assists and 1 block for an efficiency of 35.

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Lithuania are through to the Final Eight thanks to a big performance from Motiejus Krivas, who had 14 points of 7-of-13 shots, 15 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal and 2 blocks for an efficiency of 29.

Just one point of efficiency behind was Daniel Wolf with 28 as the big man helped Israel shock Spain with 21 points on 8-of-17 shots and 5-of-6 foul shots, 13 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks.

Sananda Fru of Germany also had a 28 efficiency as the center scored 20 points on 9-of-10 shots and 1-of-3 free throws while also chipping in 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 3 steals and 2 blocks against Croatia.

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Another player to stand out was Vangelis Zougris of Greece, who helped the hosts just get past Iceland. The forward scored 17 points on 6-of-10 shooting and 5-of-8 free throws to go with 12 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals and 1 block for an efficiency of 25.

Results of the Day

Lithuania 70-51 Slovenia
Germany 87-67 Croatia
Belgium 80-65 Estonia
Spain 52-59 Israel
Serbia 75-72 Italy
Greece 83-75 Iceland
Turkey 73-58 Montenegro
France 89-55 Poland

Quarter-Finals  Pairings

Israel v Germany
Belgium v Lithuania
Serbia v France
Turkey v Greece