Greece got off to a positive start to their EuroBasket 2022 campaign in Italy, narrowly beating Croatia 89-85 on Friday.
Led by Tyler Dorsey and Giannis Antetokounmpo, Greece held off the Croats, who each scored 27 goals, and returned to the game twice, challenging the Greeks to the end.
Croatia were leading 7-0 at the start, but mainly thanks to Dorsey’s triple, Dimitris Itudis’ players took a 17-point lead and took a 16-point lead (46-30) in the first half. finished.
The complacency of the Greek side and the improved approaching method adopted by the Croatians against the Greek defense changed the face of the match with Croatia coming within 3 points of Greece (65-62).
The Greek pulled away again, but Croatia made another comeback to cut their arrears to two (84-82). It was then that Giannis made the difference both defensively and offensively, deciding the game in favor of Greece. In addition to scoring 27 points, the NBA superstar has 11 rebounds and he has six assists.
Next Greece will face Italy on Saturday. Costas Antetokounmpo and Giorgos Papagiannis are unlikely to be in the squad for that match.
https://www.ekathimerini.com/sports/1192411/giannis-and-dorsey-lead-greece-to-win-over-croatia/ Giannis and Dorsey lead Greece to victory over Croatia