By Giannis Antetokounmpo to take matters into his own hands in the final Greece prevailed in Milan with 89-85 of Croatia in its premiere Eurobasket.
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The NBA champion in the finale of the game with the blocks and baskets gave him the victory. He finished with 27 points, 11 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 blocks.
Tyler Dorsey, who scored 20 in the half, also stopped at 27!
There was no more ideal development of the premiere for the Greek national team than the victory over Croatia with 85-89. Our representative group had very good periods, but also had bad ones in which they lost a difference of 19 points and made the match a derby. In the last seconds with the result undecided, Giannis Antetokounmpo gave the victory with two cuts and 5 points.
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The individual talent of Croatia, together with the advantage it had in the racket due to the absence of a Greek center (Papagiannis, K. Antetokounmpo injured), went for a walk thanks to the impressive defense of all the players.
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Tyler Dorsey in the best “blue and white” night of his career destroyed the opposing defense while Giannis Antetokounmpo did everything on the floor and did it successfully.
Croatia started the match better and wanted to take advantage of the man-marking post by Kalathis and Greece’s poor long-range shooting (minus Dorsey).
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Bogdanovic and Hezonia put their team ahead with 10-5 (4′). Giannis and Thanasis Antetokounmpo starred in an 8-0 run that put Greece ahead 10-13 (6′). The tempo had changed, the people in the stands entered the equation and our representative group found themselves +10 (12-22, 9′) with points from Dorsey (10pt. in the dec.).
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The Croatians tried to react (20-26, 12′), but a crescendo by Tyler Dorsey gave Greece wings, which was also reflected on the scoreboard (21-40, 16′). Mulaomerovic’s players with 3-pointers by Hezonia and Smith managed to cut it to 30-44 by the end of the half.
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The beginning of the third period was the epitome of the attack with both teams not missing anything, which did not change the difference in the score that much (43-57, 24′). Smith and Zubac had found a rhythm on the one hand and on the other there was a plurality of solutions. At that point the national team suffered a blowout. Croatia found help from Simon (11 points in a few minutes), the Greek attack worked selfishly in several cases and thus the match out of nowhere and with a 15-0 run, became a derby (60-62, 28′). three-pointers from Dorsey and Agravani along with a basket and foul by G. Antetokounmpo offered valuable “breath” (62-70, 30′).
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The last quarter required attention and concentration. Simon’s three-pointer (73-77, 35′) quickly found an answer from Greece (73-81, 36′), but the opponent came back. With the score 82-84 and having entered the last minute and the ball in the hands of the Croatians, Giannis blocked two opposing shots and scored 5 points to give away the victory.
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WHERE THE MATCH WAS JUDGED: Where everything looked easy, it wasn’t. Croatia came back from -19, down 60-62, but in a span of 80 seconds, Greece scored 8 points and pulled away.
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In the last quarter, the Croatians were down 73-77, but Agravanis and Dorsey scored crucial baskets. Simon reduced the difference again to 82-84, but Giannis Antetokounmpo decided the result with a tap on Zubacs, a reverse nail, another tap and a “goal foul”.
MVP: Tyler Dorsey played 29:10 and had 27 points (4/8bp, 5/9tp, 4/4b), 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 3 steals and 2 turnovers.
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Giannis Antetokounmpo offered 27 points (9/20dp., 0/4tp., 9/11b.), 11 rebounds, 6 assists and 2 blocks.
THE UNSUNG HERO: Thanasis Antetokounmpo and Kostas Papanikolaou for the great defense. Dimitris Agravanis for the 12 points in the second half.
THE “WEAKEST LINK”: Dario Saric stayed at zero with 0/6 shots in 20 minutes!
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THE FACT OF THE MATCH: The absence of K. Antetokounmpo and Papagianni left Greece without five. Th. Antetokounmpo and Agravanis competed successfully in position “5”. In several possessions, Itoudis played with Papanikolaou, Papapetrou and T. Antetokounmpo in positions “3”, “4” and “5”.
THE STATISTICS OF THE MATCH: Mistakes at halftime were 12-1, at the final horn 18-9. Greece collected 16 offensive rebounds.
GAZZETTA’S COMMENT: Greece confirmed that they are one of the best teams in Eurobasket. The Itudis players adapted to every data presented to them by the match itself or by the Croatians. Even five with three guards and two forwards threw on the floor.
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The main thing was that he didn’t “blur” in the good time of the Croatians and reacted famously. Very good basketball over a long period of time, a great atmosphere from thousands of Greeks in the stands and there is continuity.
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DECADES: 16-24, 30-46, 62-70, 85-89
GREECE (Itoudis): Agravanis 11 (1/1 two-pointers, 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 (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)
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