Greece has beaten 2022 Eurobasket beating group host Italy 85-81 in Milan on Saturday increasing the probability that it will win their group too.
'True, the Greeks played a more consistent game compared to their opener against Croatia, and outplayed the Italians with their spirited defending and resourceful offense. They did let a 15-point lead (75-60) slip through their fingers though, when Italy got within striking distance, but braved the hosts’ comeback to win in the end.
'Another positive out of this game for Greece was the return to action by center Giorgos Papagiannis, who appeared ready for the crunch games come the second round of the tournament.
'Tyler Dorsey (23 points) was once again a key element for the Greek team, providing a decent alternative to Giannis Antetokounmpo for the offense, when the Bucks superstar was troubled by two or three opponents. Even so Giannis registered a double double on the night, with 25 points and 11 rebounds.' reported Kathimerini newspaper on the game.
Antetokounmpo dropped 25 points in the 85-81 victory:
“We have an extraordinarily motivated and high-level player. Not only high-level, the best in the world. He can do many things,” national team boss Dimitris Itoudis commented on Milwaukee Bucks superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo , “The fact that he is a great teammate makes him unique. He leads by example in many areas.”
Greece’s next game is on Monday against Great Britain.