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Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads Greece Spectacular Win Ahead Of Eurobasket

The Greek National Basketball team poses for an official photo.
Giannis Antetokounmpo Leads Bold Win With Greece Ahead of Eurobasket. Credit: Twitter / Hellenic Basketball @HellenicBF

NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo scored thirty-one points and led the win against Spain in his debut game with the Greek national team this season on Tuesday evening at OAKA stadium in Athens.

This was the first of two friendly games between Greece and Spain ahead of the Eurobasket tournament from September 1st to September 18th.

Greece defeated the Spaniards with 86-70 and is looking ahead to the rematch in Madrid on Thursday.

The game marked the “Greek Freak’s” fiftieth appearance with the national team and also his highest points performance with them, topping his previous 26-point score.

Tyler Dorsey and Dimitris Agravanis were Greece’s next best scorers at the game, with eleven and nine points, respectively.

The team was warmly cheered on by the 17,000-audience of the nearly sold-out game.

Antetokounmpo brothers on the court

Giannis Antetokounmpo was the star of the evening, scoring thirty-one points in only twenty minutes of action. He also had ten rebounds, three assists, and one steal.

On its official Twitter account, Eurobasket 2022 posted a video of the NBA star scoring for Greece, captioned “Who can stop him?”

Brothers Kostas and Thanasis also played, scoring seven and three points, respectively. The youngest Antetokounmpo brother, Alex, had been expected to play but was eventually cut from the team last week.

Team’s busy schedule for August

The Greek team kicked off its training on August 1st and has a full month of preparation and friendly games ahead before their Eurobasket premiere on September 2nd.

They will compete in Group C alongside Estonia, Ukraine, Britain, Italy, and Croatia.

In the meantime, Greece will host the Acropolis Tournament at OAKA from August 17th through August 19th at which time the team will face Georgia, Poland, and Turkey.

Before they head to Milan for Eurobasket, the Greek squad will also play two important official games for the 2023 FIBA World Cup qualifiers—on August 25th against Serbia in Belgrade and three days later against Belgium in Athens.


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