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Greece Loses to Germany in EuroBasket Quarter Final

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Giannis Antetokounmpo scores against Germany in Tuesday’s quarter final. Credit: FIBA EuroBasket 2022

Greece lost the chance to progress to the EuroBasket 2022 semifinals after losing to co-hosts Germany 107-96.

Greece was winning 61-57 at halftime but collapsed in the second half when Germany came back with a spectacular third period and some tremendous three-point shooting (17-30).

Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected from the game after he was assessed with two unsportsmanlike fouls, the latter coming with 4:56 left in the fourth quarter and Greece trailing by 14 points.

Dennis Schröder scored a team-high 26 points and dished out five assists before he got ejected late in the fourth period with a fifth foul.

Andreas Obst added 19 points while Franz Wagner also dropped 19 points and, together with Daniel Theis (13 points, 16 rebounds), was a pivotal part of Germany’s “Wall Defense” that contained Giannis Antetokounmpo for most of the decisive second half.

The Eurobasket quarterfinal game against Germany had a special significance for Greece. The two-time Eurobasket champions and 2006 silver medalist in the FIBA World Cup have not been in a semifinal in any FIBA tournament since 2009.

Greece’s undefeated run in EuroBasket 2022 until Germany

Greece shone throughout and was the only undefeated team left in the competition until facing Germany, grabbing win number six against Czech Republic thanks to a strong fourth quarter.

Greece beat the Czech Republic with a score of 94-88 in a dramatic game at the knockout phase of Eurobasket 2022 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Berlin, Germany.

It was the sixth consecutive win for the Greek national team, which marched onto the Round of 16 undefeated, as it finished the EuroBasket group phase with five wins in five games.

In the group stage, Greece beat Estonia 90-69 in the last game of the group stage of EuroBasket 2022 on Thursday.

Earlier in the competition, Greece defeated Ukraine in Group C with a final score of 99-79. Giannis Antetokounmpo scored forty-one points, a personal best in an international match.

Greece also got the 93-77 win against Great Britain with Giannis Antetokounmpo rested while the Greek team outlasted co-hosts Italy 85–81 in a compelling encounter in Milan.

Greece started its EuroBasket campaign with a hard-fought 89-85 win over Croatia in Milan.

According to a vote of the International Basketball Federation, Greece was considered the third favorite to win the gold medal at Eurobasket behind France and Slovenia.

Greece garnered 15.2 percent of the votes while France and Slovenia were tied for first place with 30.4 percent. Serbia was fourth with 12.7 percent in the pre-game polls.

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