Georgia send Greece a warning before Eurobasket
An extremely poor display from Greece in their opening match at the Acropolis International Tournament resulted in a worrisome 72-71 defeat to Georgia.
Greece were struck with a warning on Wednesday as they fell to Georgia 72-71 in their opening match at the Acropolis International Tournament, their final pre-Eurobasket competition. The Greek team was “tragic” on both ends of the court finishing the game 3/25 from behind the arch (12%) and allowed their opponents to grab 15 offensive rebounds.
Tsintsadze scored the winning basket by draining a three point attempt with 16 seconds to play, giving Georgia the 72-71 lead. Printezis failed to score on Greece’s final offensive play of the match with his “Petachtari” failing to to find the mark in a poorly drawn up final attack.
The Greek team will have much to improve before they tip-otf at Eurobasket at the end of the month and will need to adapt quickly after losing Giannis Antetokounmpo to an injury. The Greek Freak was in the stands to support the Galanolefki before he departs for the United States to begin his recovery process.
Papanikolaou finished as Greece’s leading scoring with 15 points while Printezis added 14 points. Sloukas and Calathes each scored 14 points.
Greece will face Italy on Thursday in their second of three games at the Acropolis International Basketball tournament in Athens.