The Czechs dominated Greece, leading wire to wire and winning 97-72 to clinch their berth at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.
It’s the national team’s first trip to the Olympics since the separation of Czechoslovakia.
The Czech Republic will be in Group A at the Tokyo Games, facing Iran on July 25, France on July 28 and the U.S. on July 31.
Giorgios Papagiannis scored 14 for Greece, which got 12 points from Konstantinos Mitoglou and Giannoulis Larentzakis, and 11 from Kostas Sloukas.
“They’re a veteran team that took advantage of us in a lot of different areas. They dominated us on the glass 35-23, their assists were 25-12. The effort was there, but the game wasn’t. But that’s due to the brilliance of the Czech Republic. They were just much better than us.” – Greece coach Rick Pitino
It was a fabulous run coaching the players of Greece. They have great passion and I’ll always be rooting for them from afar. Principles and style were learned and the future is bright!
— Rick Pitino (@RealPitino) July 5, 2021