Superb Giannis fires Greece to thumping friendly win

Superb Giannis fires Greece to thumping friendly win


FRIENDLY MATCH

Greece 88 - 58 Iran
(19 - 17)
(43 - 27)
(67 - 45)
(88 - 58)

Once again, Giannis Antetokounmpo made all of the headlines, as he registered an impressive double-double in a 88-58 victory against Iran at the Aegean Tournament.

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The Most Valuable Player of the 2018/2019 NBA season is certainly enjoying himself with the Episimi Agapimeni again. Overall, Antetokounmpo picked up 19 points, 13 rebounds and four assists against Iran, inspiring Greece to a second consecutive confidence-boosting victory.

Ioannis Papapetrou (11 points), Kostas Papanikolaou (10 points) and Konstantinos Mitoglou (10 points) also reached double figures in terms of points, while Panathinaikos and EuroLeague star Nick Calathes registered 11 assists to accompany his five points.

Greece return to action next week in the Acropolis Tournament as preparations for the 2019 FIBA World Cup continue.

THE MATCH

Although Greece eventually won the match comfortably, Iran kept within touching distance in the first quarter, only losing it by two points.

Nevertheless, as time rolled on, the Greeks got into their groove and went into the half-time break with a large lead after winning the second period 24-10.

Dominating proceedings, the hosts put on a show for the Heraklion crowd, outscoring the opponents 45-31 in the concluding two frames.

HIGHLIGHTS: GREECE - IRAN

 

By: Shaun Nicolaides

Image Source: gazzetta.gr

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