He made the easy difficult, but prevailed
Giannis Antetokounmpo displayed defensive skills in the last seconds of the Eurobasket 2022 Group 3 opener, “locking in” Greece’s victory over Croatia and ensuring an ideal opening for the Men’s National Team.
The representative team won 89-85 against “Hrvatska”, took the first derby and now focuses on tomorrow (3/9, 22:00), against the “host” Italy, in Milan.
The small ball chosen by the federal coach, Dimitris Itoudis, in the first half, as a result of his decision to protect his “towers”, Kostas Antetokounmpo and George Papagianni, combined with the rhapsody of Tyler Dorsey, ensured a safety difference in the “blue and white ”, which kept her away from reversals in the “dead” spaces she presented in the replay.
In order to avoid the upset, however, the defensive determination of Giannis Antetokounmpo was mobilized, who with two decisive blocks in the last minutes, an impressive reverse nailing, after an assist by Nick Kalathy and another “goal-foul”, brought smiles to the final “blue and white”.
The quarters: 16-24, 30-46, 62-70, 85-89