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Group:  E | 16.06.2012, 19:00h
Group:  E | 16.06.2012, 19:00h
72-49
20 - 720 - 1119 - 1613 - 15
20 - 720 - 1119 - 1613 - 15
Venue: Maroussi (GRE) |
Spectators: 600 |
Referees: Damir Javor (SLO), Miroslav Tomov (BUL), Antonis Demetriou (CYP)

GAME REPORT


Greece Open Campaign With Easy Win

Greece won their first game of the EuroBasket Women Qualification Round with ease on Saturday.

With a cast of veterans and under the leadership of new coach Alekos Daglas, the Greeks romped to a 72-49 home victory against Finland.

Zoi Dimitrakou led a balanced Greek scoring attack with 15 points.

The hosts took a firm grip on proceedings from the off.

After the Finns opened the scoring, Olga Chatzinikolaou knotted the game at 2-2 and Dimitra Kalentzou followed with a three-ball.

Lay-ups by Pelagia Papamichail and Dimitrakou made it 9-2 for the home side.

When Chatzinikolaou raced in for a lay-up, the lead grew to 15-2 and Finland were in trouble.

By the end of the first quarter, the lead had ballooned to 20-7 and it only got worse in the second as the Greeks built a 40-18 lead by half-time.

Finland, who began their campaign with a 113-54 drubbing of Luxembourg, never seriously threatened in the second half as they fell to 1-1.

Taru Tuukkanen had 15 points for the Finns.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Greece vs. Finland

Alekos Daglas, Greece coach:
"I am very pleased with our performance. We had an amazing performance with the exception of a small period when our opponent turned to zone defense and we couldn't score. It was a difficult game because Finland is a very good team. The girls were focused on defense and on the game. This victory does not mean anything. Now we have to pay attention to the next game and achieve our goal."

Zoi Dimitrakou, Greece:
"We worked really hard throughout the period of our preparation. We had some absentees and we tried to cover for the missing players as best as we could. Today we played with our heads and we performed really well in defense. We wanted a victory to start the campaign but now we have to forget that and focus on the next game against Latvia."

Anton Mirolybov, Finland coach:
"Today we had a very bad game. I don't believe that the performance we had in today's game reflects the abilities of the team. Congratulations to the Greek team which is more experienced and stronger than ours. What we are missing is experience and we need time because we have a very young team."

Taru Tuukkanen, Finland:
"Today we didn't repeat our performance for the previous game. Definitely Greece is a very tough opponent and we couldn't respond to the difficulties of the game. We will try to be better from now on and have a better performance in order to achieve the best in the following games."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

39.2%

29/74
FG
M/A

32.1%

17/53

47.9%

23/48
FG2P
M/A

36.4%

16/44

23.1%

6/26
FG3P
M/A

11.1%

1/9

61.5%

8/13
FT
M/A

60.9%

14/23

47

16/31
RT
RO/RD

41

9/32

17

AS

10

15

TO

24

18

ST

4

2

BS

1

26

PF

20

72

Pts

49

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