Giannis impresses in comfortable win against Hungary
In the first match of the Aegean Tournament, the senior Greek national team comfortably defeated Hungary 83-59 in Heraklion, as preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup approach their concluding stages.
With the World Cup set to begin in just a matter of weeks, the training process is speeding up, and the first friendly tournament got started on Friday evening in Heraklion. Overwhelming favourites to beat Hungary, the Greeks duly breezed past their opponents 83-59, with the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Nick Calathes and Kostas Sloukas all taking to the floor.
Giannis, who was named the Most Valuable Player (MVP) of the 2018/2019 NBA season, predictably took a leading role with 19 points. Ioannis Bourousis also reached double figures with 10 points to his name.
Incidentally, Greece had taken part in a separate friendly game yesterday, beating Iran 82-69.
The second game at the Aegean Tournament will be played on Sunday against the Iranians.
Eager to give the home fans something to cheer about, Greece immediately came flying out of the blocks in Crete, scoring 22 points in the opening frame to gain a confident 22-6 lead.
To their credit, Hungary kept plugging away, and they won the second stanza 22-21 to prevent Greece from completely thrashing them.
Nevertheless, the Greeks improved in the final two periods, winning them 23-16 and 17-15 respectively to ease to a morale-boosting victory.
HIGHLIGHTS: GREECE - HUNGARY