With a win against Egypt and a loss against the United States the Greek U19s mens basketball team must defeat France tomorrow (Wednesday) to be able to advance to the quarter finals of the under 19 World Championships in Auckland.
Greece bounced back from their loss to the USA on Monday to made light work of Egypt, 100-59.
The European champions led 37-17 at quarter time, 59-22 at half time and 76-36 at the last break before winning by 41 points, record their third win of the tournament and move within striking distance of the quarter finals.
Nikolaos Pappas with 18 points, Leonidas Kaselakis with 12 points and Ioannis Angelopoulos with11 points and 4 rebounds enjoyed the day out, as their team handed out 24 assists to 7, and scored 44 points inside to 26.
The Greek side was comprehensively beaten by the USA 85-69 after a tense and enthralling first half.
The first two quarters saw both teams repeatedly made tough shots to overcome the aggressive defence.
Greece in particular were outstanding from the perimeter, nailing 8/19 from long range in the first half. After half time they could not get free and managed just 3/6.
However the USA put its foot to the floor to overcome an undisciplined Greek team. It enjoyed a 22-17 third quarter to extend their narrow half time lead to double figures at the last change, with Greece taking their focus off their excellent execution that had troubled the US and turning it to the referees.
In the final quarter the USA locked down the defence, were steady from the free throw line and never gave the European champions the chance to challenge.