5 Sep 2010

Spain ease past Greece to set up date with Serbia

10:17 am on 5 September 2010

Defending champions Spain have beaten Greece 80-72 in their second-round clash to move into the quarter-finals at the basketball world championships in Istanbul.

In a replay of the world championship final held four years ago in Japan, Spain produced some suffocating defence down the stretch to ensure their dreams of a second straight title remain alive.

Spain's Juan Carlos Navarro led the way with 22 points, while Nikolaos Zisis' 16-point haul paced Greece.

The Spaniards now progress to a quarter-final match-up with Serbia in a repeat of the 2009 European final.