Croatia – Greece 85-89: Legendary Antetokounmpo

Croatia – Greece 85-89: Legendary Antetokounmpo
Croatia – Greece 85-89: Legendary Antetokounmpo

He made the easy difficult, but in the end Greece prevailed with 89-85 against Croatia in the premiere of EuroBasket 2022. Great match from Dorsey and Giannis, excellent teamwork from the National Team that wants to find duration in its performance.

Every beginning is difficult, they say, but this premiere turned out to be tailor-made for Greece. A good opponent, with excellent units, in a setting, however, that had an intense blue and white color from thousands of Greeks.

The Nationals defeated Croatia 89-85 in the first of nine games they look to play at EuroBasket 2022, with Tyler Dorsey setting a career high with an epic scoring performance and Giannis Antetokounmpo reading everything the opposing defense gave him. , to fill his statistics, to make the big phases in defense and attack and to excite the audience at the Mediolanum Forum.

In the finale of the night, toughness and determination in defense had made the difference in favor of Greece. Giannis (27 points, 9/20 2-pointers, 9/11 shots, 11 rebounds, 6 assists) was magical, so was Dorsey (27 points, 4/8 2-pointers, 5/9 3-pointers, 4/4 shots), whoever stepped on the floor and threw a rock against Bojan Bogdanovic (19 points, 7 rebounds), Jalin Smith (23 points, 5 rebounds, 4 assists), Ivica Zubac (11 points) and Kruno Simon (18 points).

Greece closed the first half with just one mistake, having nine in total in the forty minute, against twice as many (18) of Croatia who made an incredible, great effort to face Giannis Antetokounmpo.

The first five and the first outbreak

With Kalathis, Dorsey, Papanikolaou, Thanasis and Giannis, Itoudis opened the match, who put Thanasis on Zubacs and saw him start with a block on Sarits. The Croatians came into the game strongly, however, with Bogdanovic making a three-pointer for 7-0, and Dorsey answering with two long shots for 8-5.

Giannis scored his first points with a goal foul for 10-9, Thanasis broke through with five straight points for 10-13 in the fifth minute and everything started to work well for Greece. Dorsey made it 12-20 with another shot, while Croatia stuck to their original formation, stopped posting, had lost control of the match, made easy mistakes and saw at the end of the period 16-24 looked like maybe small.

A small 4-0 Croatia run didn’t faze Greece early in the second, with Dorsey scoring again to make it 20-29, making another 3-pointer to make it 21-32 and finishing with a 21-34 upset. The Mavericks guard had reached 18 points from seven shots (!) when Slukas finished another pass from Giannis for 21-36 at 14′. Antetokounmpo was incredible, he made it 21-40 at 15′, but a questionable (offensive) second foul sent him to the bench early.

The Croatians were disappointing, their easy mistakes continued, they reduced to 14 (30-44 at 19′) with a three-pointer by Smith, but he couldn’t do anything more. At halftime, Greece had 5/20 three-pointers, but had only one mistake, Antetokounmpo’s offensive foul. He did not sell balls, while Croatia counted 12 mistakes.

The Croatian belt and the recovery effort

At the start of the second half, Mulaomerovic turned his defense into a space defense. Greece didn’t get scared this time either, the zone was broken by Papanikolaou’s three-pointer, Kalathis made it 36-53 and Dorsey and Giannis kept the difference very high until Croatia’s breakout came.

Bogdanovic, Smith and Zubac cut it to four (58-62 at 27′) with an impressive stretch that they hadn’t had until that time, before Kruno Simon cut to the basket to answer Dorsey who was playing as if he was feeling Steph Curry . Giannis passed perfectly, Agravanis provided the solution for 62-68 and then the Greek Freak crossed the entire field for 62-70 which was also the score of the third quarter. Greece had survived and had done so convincingly.

With 6:31 left, with the score tied at 68-75, Agravanis grabbed the offensive rebound and drew a foul from Zubac. The Clippers center and his team’s bench were furious, charged with a technical penalty, Slukas made the shot and Agravanis had 1/2 for 68-77 as Giannis had just returned to the game. A goal-foul by Bogdanovic (78-84 at 37′) put Greece under pressure again, before Smith reduced the score to four and gave the match a thriller.

The ending

Itoudis called a timeout at 2:15, with Giannis receiving a block from Zubats, Simon scoring with a hook for 82-84 and Dorsey – Giannis not working together as they wanted resulting in the error at 79″. Papanikolaou and Giannis played great defense on Zubacs and immediately after, Giannis nailed Kalathis’ alley-up pass for 82-86 at 46.2″. It was an incredible stretch, from defense to offense, with Mulaomerovic calling a timeout, Simon missing a 3-pointer and Giannis cutting up Smith’s 3-pointer before running into the open court and making a foul shot to make it 82-89. match.

THE REFEREES: Rosso, Castillo, Horozov

THE DECADES: 16-24, 30-46, 62-70, 85-89

CROATIAN (Mulaomerovic): Bogdanovic 19 (7/12 2-pointers, 1/3 3-pointers, 2/3 shots, 7 rebounds, 2 assists), Hezonia 10 (2/3 2-pointers, 2/7 3-pointers, 8 rebounds, 2 assists), Matkovic 2, Mavra 2, Ramliak, Saric (0/6 shooting), Simon 18 (5/7 2-pointers, 2/4 3-pointers, 2/2 shots), Smith 23 (3/6 2-pointers, 5/7 3-pointers, 2/2 shots, 5 rebounds, 4 assists), Zubac 11 (3/5 2-pointers, 5/6 shots, 5 rebounds)

HELLAS (Itoudis): Agravanis 11 (1/1 two-pointer, 2/4 three-pointers, 3/6 shots, 4 rebounds, 2 steals), Giannis Antetokounmpo 27 (9/20 two-pointers, 9/11 shots, 11 rebounds, 6 assists), Thanasis Antetokounmpo 5 (1), Kalathis 4 (2/7 shots, 4 rebounds, 6 assists), Dorsey 27 (4/8 2-pointers, 5/9 3-pointers, 4/4 shots, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals), Larentzakis, Lountzis, Papanikolaou 6 (2 three-pointers, 7 rebounds), Papapetrou 3, Sloukas 6 (2/8 shots, 2 assists)

Croatia’s team statistics: 22/36 2-pointers, 10/27 3-pointers, 11/13 shots, 39 rebounds (34 defensive – 5 offensive), 15 assists, 5 steals, 2 blocks, 18 fouls

The team statistics of Greece: 20/44 2-pointers, 10/33 3-pointers, 19/25 shots, 51 rebounds (31 defensive – 20 offensive), 17 assists, 11 steals, 5 blocks, 9 fouls

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