Greece In Full Prep For EuroBasket
Greece is on fire heading into the FIBA EuroBasket championships. The side played a series of friendlies earlier this month and established their dominance ahead of the upcoming tournament.
On the 19th Greece had a rematch against Great Britain after they lost their previous friendly match against Greece. The British side soon felt the sting of the Greeks as they lost the match 88 -84. Despite the best efforts of scorers Luke Nelson and Gabe Olaseni, the British team did not have what it takes to beat the Greek side.
The game ended on an 84 -83 cliff hanger with 24 seconds to spare. The British side snatched the ball away but could not sink a basket or their free throws. Greece ended the game when they managed to sink all their free throws.
In their previous matchup all 12 Greek players managed to score at least a single point. Gabriel Olaseni, George Printezis and Dimitrios Agrevanis were the point leaders with 13, 12 and 10 points earned respectively.
Great Britain FIBA Chances Looking Dim
This match was the 5th defeat suffered by the British side in their scheduled warm up games before the EuroBasket. The match against Greece would have seemed quite evenly balanced if it wasn’t for the fact that 4 of Greece’s best players were not taking part on the night.
In the first quarter the match was evenly balanced, ending in a score of 22-22. It was George Papagiannis assisted by Kostas Sloukas who established dominance in the 2nd quarter when they had a 10 point scoring streak before the Greek side was brought back down to earth by a concerted effort from Luke Nelson and Gabe Olaseni who managed to equalise the British side’s score as soon as Greece took too much of a lead.
Key Player Out With Knee Injury
The Greek side entered the matchup in quite low spirits after it was announced that one of their key players, Giannis Antetokounmpo, would not be able to make the EuroBasket this year as he is out with a knee injury. The side was looking forward to his return, as any additional edge the squad can get ahead of the FIBA tournament will be most welcome.
Antetokounmpo has stated that not making the 2017 EuroBasket event is the biggest disappointment in his career so far. The player is currently in America playing for the NBA ‘s Milwaukee Bucks.
The exact details of his knee injury was not revealed, leading to the Greek basketball federation calling the injury a plot organised by the Milwaukee Bucks. The EuroBasket kicks off the 31st of August and will continue until the 17th of September.
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