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USA get past Greece, must overcome Croatia to retain U19 crown
HERAKLION (2015 FIBA U19 World Championship) - The United States will have to beat Croatia again at the 2015 FIBA U19 World Championship if they want to repeat their title after both teams advanced to the title game.
The USA got 30 points from Jalen Brunson while Harry Giles collected his fourth straight double-double with 13 points and 11 rebounds as the Americans beat hosts Greece, 82-76, in a hotly contested battle.
Greece gave the Americans all they could handle, getting to within 69-66 but that was the closest they would come. Tyler Dorsey and Vasilis Charalampopoulos combined for 44 points for the Greeks, who missed 14-of-32 free throws while the Americans hit 20-of-32 foul shots.
The Greeks move into the Third-Place Game against Turkey.
Croatia moved into their first U19 Worlds Final with an emphatic 91-56 victory over the Turks as they exacted revenge for their loss to the Turks in 2014 U18 European Championship Semis.
Ivica Zubac collected 20 points and nine rebounds for the Croatians, who only had six players play more than six minutes.
Turkey, who got 12 points from Egemen Guven, will face Greece in the Third-Place Game.
Luca Severini had 18 points, 10 rebounds and eight steals while also tipping in Flaccadori's missed layup with 11.2 seconds left in regulation to force overtime. Andrea Picarelli chipped in 12 points, including a three-pointer from the corner with 15 seconds left in overtime to push the lead to 81-77.
Serbia needed overtime to beat Korea, 113-109, as Milos Glisic had 17 points and 13 rebounds - one of seven Serbs to score in double figures. Korea, who got 40 points from Song Kyo Chang, will face off against Egypt for 11th place.
China and Tunisia will open play on the final game day in the game for 15th place.