Greece78-62

19-12, 20-20, 25-16, 14-14

Germany

 

Date: 25.09.2005, 21:00hVenue:   Belgrade (SRB) Spectators: 18900
Referees:  Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Dubravko Muhvic (CRO), Raul Chaves (ARG)
TEAM LEADERS
Greece Germany
Theodoros Papaloukas (22)PtsDirk Nowitzki (23)
Dimitrios Diamantidis (5)RebDirk Nowitzki (9)
Theodoros Papaloukas (6)ASMithat Demirel (3)
Dimitrios Diamantidis (4)STMithat Demirel (1)
BSDirk Nowitzki (2)

GAME REPORT

25.09.2005
Greece Shocks Europe and Win 2005 EuroBasket Gold

Greece concluded their improbable EuroBasket run with a convincing 78-62 victory over Germany to win the gold medal for the first time since 1987.

In front of a raucous pro-Greece, sold out crowd of 19,000 at the Belgrade Arena, the Greeks used their trademark of teamwork and solid defence to roll to victory over a Dirk Nowitzki led German team.

As the final buzzer sounded, players ran on to the court in celebration and the thousands of Greek fans in attendance rose to their feet singing songs from their homeland. Head coach Panagiotis Yannakis was thrown in the air by his players.

Theodoros Papaloukas (Greece)
Theodoros Papaloukas was not tournament MVP, but he was the best player during the final
Theodoros Papaloukas scored 22 points to lead Greece, including a pair of three-pointers that started the second half and ignited Greece´s break-out quarter when they extended their lead to double digits and took control of the game.

“It´s a big honour to see your country´s flag raised and to sing the national anthem,” said Theodorus Popouloukas. “I know everyone back home is on the streets celebrating.”

EuroBasket 2005 tournament Most Valuable Player Nowitzki was once again brilliant, this time in defeat. He scored 23, including a perfect 10-of-10 from the free throw line. He got little help from his team-mates, with only Patrick Femerling finishing in double figures scoring with 11.

In one of the many emotional moments at the Belgrade Arena, Nowitzki was pulled with 3:22 to go in the fourth and the outcome of the game no longer in doubt. Nowitzki received a thunderous standing ovation, many of were Greek fans. Nowitzki hugged everyone - team-mates, coaches and physios and waved to the crowd.

The fact that they gave him an ovation even though he was the opposition was great,” said German head coach Dirk Bauermann. “It´s well deserved.”

Said Nowitzki: “Greece played phenomenal and deserved to win.”

For Yannakis, it is deja vu all over again. Eighteen years ago, Yannakis was the point guard for Greece´s team that unexpectedly won the 1987 EuroBasket title, similar to the 2005 team which was not considered a tournament favourite.

“I'm dreaming,” said the victorious coach. “I'm not on earth. This is unbelievable.”

In a competition that featured Nowitzki and a host of other marquee NBA names, it was the team without a single NBA player that took home the gold, demonstrating the importance of team basketball.

Greece led 39-32 at half-time, and pressed home their advantage in third quarter when they opened quickly. The men in blue and white hit three-pointers on their first three possessions at the start of the quarter, two from Paploukas and the other by Nikolaos Chatzivrettas to open a 48-36 lead. Papaloukas added another bucket, putting Greece up 50-36.

After the teams exchanged baskets over the next minutes, Papaloukas delivered another dagger with a three from the corner extending Greece´s lead to 61-44 with 1:53 remaining in the third.

Greece, who took a 64-48 lead into the fourth quarter, started sloppy with a pair of turnovers, but Germany came up empty on two of three possessions.

Papaloukas, who was selected to the 2005 EuroBasket All-Tournament Team, was again the man of the night, connecting on a driving lay-up to put Greece up 68-50 with 6:57 to go in the fourth and all that remained in doubt from that point on was how loud the celebration would be.

“We dreamed of this,” said Papaloukas. “I was 10 years old when coach´s team won. Now we realize we can do the same for Greeks kids. This is one of the greatest moments of our career.”

The fans at the beginning of the game had witnessed a nervous start.

Both teams opened tentatively through the first seven minutes as Germany committed seven turnovers and as a result took only four field goal attempts.  Greece were two of their first nine but then made five of their last six shot attempts in the quarter to jump out to a 19-12 lead.

Sven Schultze came off the bench to score four points and the Germans were fortunate to only be down seven after finishing the quarter with more turnovers (seven) than field goals attempts (six).

Greece went on a 9-2 second quarter run to open up a 10-point lead with 5:47 to go in the half. Captain Michail Kakiouzis scored five during the spurt with a three-pointer and put-back.

The teams exchanged baskets for the rest of the second quarter. Nowitzki´s three-pointer as the second quarter buzzer sounded allowed Germany to go into their halftime locker room with a bounce in their step.

When it was over, Niko Zisis had scored 13 points and Kakiouzis 11 in a dominant team performance.

Germany, who used hot three-point shooting to advance to the medal round, shot just three-of-16 from downtown and committed 21 crucial turnovers for the game.

Demonstrating the improbability of Greece´s gold medal run, even Yannakis said prior to the tournament that a top-six finish and berth to the FIBA World Championship was the goal, anything higher being a significant feat.

Well, Greece did more than just a significant feat, considering that they took out Russia, France and Germany in the quarters, semis and final to claim the gold. Each of those teams was led by top NBA players in Andrei Kirilenko, Tony Parker and Nowitzki respectively.

For Germany, a silver medal was beyond the expectations of many, and even themselves. Coach Dirk Bauermann said it would be difficult to finish in the top six, so clearly the Germans can take away many positives from their second medal ever in EuroBasket.

“No one expected us to get this far, so it´s an accomplishment we got this far,” said Nowitzki.

They had won gold in 1993.

The Greeks have now won four medals overall.

Top performers

Greece Germany

Theodoros Papaloukas

 

Dirk Nowitzki

22Pts23
4Reb9
6AS0
3ST0
0BS2

Accumulated statistics

Greece Germany
27/60FG M/A20/42
20/39 (51.3%) FG2P M/A17/26 (65.4%)
7/21 (33.3%) FG3P M/A3/16 (18.8%)
17/24 (70.8%) FT M/A19/20 (95.0%)
29 (10-19) Reb (O-D) 28 (3-25)
15AS6
8TO21
14ST1
0BS3
21PF23
78Pts62

PHOTO GALLERY

GREECE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Papaloukas, T. 349/1464.36/1060.03/475.01/250.01346130422
5Spanoulis, V. 90/20.00/10.00/10.01/250.0011000011
*6Zisis, N. 343/1225.03/650.00/60.07/887.50441120113
7Bourousis, Y. 22/2100.02/2100.00/00.00/00.0202001004
8Vasilopoulos, P. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000010
9Fotsis, A. 30/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0101100000
*10Chatzivrettas, N. 232/728.60/30.02/450.02/2100.0022022028
11Ntikoudis, D. 92/450.02/450.00/00.04/4100.0101001018
*12Tsartsaris, K. 164/580.04/580.00/00.01/250.0033011039
*13Diamantidis, D. 271/250.01/1100.00/10.00/00.0235314042
*14Papadopoulos, L. 190/40.00/40.00/00.00/20.0123200030
15Kakiouzis, M. 234/850.02/366.72/540.01/250.02132100111
TEAM/COACH00010
TOTAL27/ 6045.020/ 3951.37/ 2133.317/2470.81019291581402178
GERMANY
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Demirel, M. 241/333.31/250.00/10.01/250.0101311043
5Garrett, R. 191/333.31/250.00/10.00/00.0134020042
*6Greene, D. 221/425.01/250.00/20.00/00.0156010102
*7Pesic, M. 230/00.00/00.00/00.02/2100.0022130032
8Wucherer, D. 122/366.71/250.01/1100.01/1100.0000020006
*9Roller, P. 222/450.02/2100.00/20.00/00.0011020034
10Nikagbatse, M. 70/00.00/00.00/00.02/2100.0000100002
11Schultze, S. 72/2100.01/1100.01/1100.00/00.0000010025
12Arigbabu, S. 50/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0011010020
*13Femerling, P. 204/4100.04/4100.00/00.03/3100.00220300211
*14Nowitzki, D. 356/1735.35/955.61/812.510/10100.00990402223
15Maras, R. 31/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0011110012
TEAM/COACH01100
TOTAL20/ 4247.617/ 2665.43/ 1618.819/2095.032528621132362
Legend
MinMinutes playedTotTotal reboundsBSBlocked shots
M/AMade/AttemptsASAssistsPtsPoints
%Shooting percentagePFPersonal fouls*Starters
OOffensive reboundsTOTurnoversDNPDid Not Play
DDefensive reboundsSTStealsFGField Goals
+/-Team's net points while on courtCCommitted foulsDDrawn fouls

GALLERY

TOP PERFORMERS

Greece Germany

Theodoros Papaloukas

 

Dirk Nowitzki

22Pts23
4Reb9
6AS0
3ST0
0BS2
34Min35

TEAM STATS

Greece Germany
27/60FG M/A20/42
20/39 (51.3%) FG2P M/A17/26 (65.4%)
7/21 (33.3%) FG3P M/A3/16 (18.8%)
17/24 (70.8%) FT M/A19/20 (95.0%)
29 (10-19) Reb (O-D) 28 (3-25)
15AS6
8TO21
14ST1
0BS3
21PF23
78Pts62

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeGREECEScoreGERMANY
09:336 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:33   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
09:106 N. Zisis Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:036 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
09:03   13 P. Femerling Def. Rebound
08:4510 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
08:45 0 - 1 7 M. Pesic Free throw MADE(1/2)
08:45 0 - 2 7 M. Pesic Free throw MADE(2/2)
08:2710 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   6 D. Greene Def. Rebound
08:1314 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound   6 D. Greene 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:5510 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 P. Roller Def. Rebound
07:486 N. Zisis Steal   14 D. Nowitzki Turnover (Ball Handling)
07:39   13 P. Femerling Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
07:2512 K. Tsartsaris Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
12 K. Tsartsaris Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
07:02   13 P. Femerling Turnover (Ball Handling)
06:4110 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 14 L. Papadopoulos 
3 - 2 
06:18 3 - 4 14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:5914 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   6 D. Greene Def. Rebound
05:376 N. Zisis Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:31   13 P. Femerling Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
05:31   Substitution: 9 P. Roller out,
4 M. Demirel in
05:316 N. Zisis Free throw missed(1/2)   
05:316 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(2/2) 4 - 4 
05:16   13 P. Femerling Turnover (Travelling)
05:16   Substitution: 6 D. Greene out,
8 D. Wucherer in
05:0210 N. Chatzivrettas Turnover (Out of bounds)   
04:366 N. Zisis Steal   14 D. Nowitzki Turnover (Bad Pass)
04:1714 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 M. Pesic Def. Rebound
04:0712 K. Tsartsaris Steal   7 M. Pesic Turnover (Bad Pass)
04:0312 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 6 - 4 
03:58   Substitution: 7 M. Pesic out,
5 R. Garrett in
03:58Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in 
  
03:58Substitution: 6 N. Zisis out,
4 T. Papaloukas in 
  
03:514 T. Papaloukas Steal   13 P. Femerling Turnover (Bad Pass)
03:4614 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
03:3313 D. Diamantidis Steal   8 D. Wucherer Turnover (Ball Handling)
03:25   4 M. Demirel Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
03:25Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in 
  
03:25   Substitution: 13 P. Femerling out,
11 S. Schultze in
03:0912 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
8 - 4 
02:5413 D. Diamantidis Steal   14 D. Nowitzki Turnover (Ball Handling)
02:4810 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 D. Diamantidis 
  
02:4813 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 10 - 4 
02:48Timeout   
02:48Substitution: 13 D. Diamantidis out,
6 N. Zisis in 
  
02:3312 K. Tsartsaris Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
02:18 10 - 6 11 S. Schultze 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:016 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 12 - 6 
01:5010 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
01:50   Substitution: 8 D. Wucherer out,
6 D. Greene in
01:50Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in 
  
01:50Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
5 V. Spanoulis in 
  
01:50   4 M. Demirel Free throw missed(1/2)
01:50 12 - 7 4 M. Demirel Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:394 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 14 - 7 
01:1915 M. Kakiouzis Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
01:19 14 - 8 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:19 14 - 9 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:5511 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 16 - 9 
00:42 16 - 12 11 S. Schultze 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 M. Demirel
00:246 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 D. Ntikoudis 
  
00:24   5 R. Garrett Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
00:24   Substitution: 14 D. Nowitzki out,
12 S. Arigbabu in
00:0315 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 T. Papaloukas 
19 - 12 
00:00   4 M. Demirel Turnover (Travelling)
TimeGREECEScoreGERMANY
09:355 V. Spanoulis Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:154 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   12 S. Arigbabu Def. Rebound
09:105 V. Spanoulis Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:10   Substitution: 4 M. Demirel out,
9 P. Roller in
09:02   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 6 D. Greene
08:56 19 - 14 6 D. Greene 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:3411 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
08:24 19 - 16 5 R. Garrett 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
08:065 V. Spanoulis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:06   Team Def. Rebound
08:06Substitution: 5 V. Spanoulis out,
13 D. Diamantidis in 
  
07:4515 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound   12 S. Arigbabu 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:35Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in 
  
07:284 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 21 - 16 
07:1013 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:0115 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
24 - 16 
06:4814 L. Papadopoulos Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
06:48   Substitution: 12 S. Arigbabu out,
13 P. Femerling in
06:48 24 - 17 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(1/2)
06:48 24 - 18 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(2/2)
06:286 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 M. Kakiouzis 
  
06:2115 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   
06:21   6 D. Greene block
06:1115 M. Kakiouzis Off. Rebound   
06:1115 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 26 - 18 
06:084 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound   6 D. Greene 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:474 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
28 - 18 
05:47Timeout   
05:47   Substitution: 5 R. Garrett out,
7 M. Pesic in
05:356 N. Zisis Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:166 N. Zisis Turnover (Travelling)   
04:59 28 - 20 13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
04:324 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 D. Diamantidis 
  
04:2615 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
04:26   13 P. Femerling Def. Rebound
04:1613 D. Diamantidis Steal   9 P. Roller Turnover (Bad Pass)
03:586 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 T. Papaloukas 
  
03:396 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 14 L. Papadopoulos 
30 - 20 
03:20 30 - 22 14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:03   7 M. Pesic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
03:03   Substitution: 6 D. Greene out,
4 M. Demirel in
03:034 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(1/2) 31 - 22 
03:034 T. Papaloukas Free throw missed(2/2)   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
02:40 31 - 24 13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 M. Demirel
02:1715 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 4 T. Papaloukas 
33 - 24 
01:56 33 - 26 9 P. Roller 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
01:356 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 T. Papaloukas 
35 - 26 
01:164 T. Papaloukas Steal   7 M. Pesic Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:114 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 37 - 26 
00:51 37 - 28 13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:5114 L. Papadopoulos Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
00:51Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in 
  
00:51Substitution: 6 N. Zisis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in 
  
00:51Timeout   
00:51Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
5 V. Spanoulis in 
  
00:51 37 - 29 13 P. Femerling Free throw MADE(1/1)
00:46   9 P. Roller Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
00:2212 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 4 T. Papaloukas 
39 - 29 
00:0313 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
00:03Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in 
  
00:03   Substitution: 13 P. Femerling out,
6 D. Greene in
00:00 39 - 32 14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 M. Pesic
TimeGREECEScoreGERMANY
09:3914 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
09:39   6 D. Greene Def. Rebound
09:264 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:26 39 - 33 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(1/2)
09:26 39 - 34 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(2/2)
09:0910 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 T. Papaloukas 
42 - 34 
09:0110 N. Chatzivrettas Def. Rebound   9 P. Roller 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:504 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 15 M. Kakiouzis 
45 - 34 
08:32 45 - 36 9 P. Roller 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:064 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 15 M. Kakiouzis 
48 - 36 
07:47   9 P. Roller Offensive Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
9 P. Roller Turnover (Offensive foul)
07:214 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 50 - 36 
07:02 50 - 38 14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
06:5815 M. Kakiouzis Turnover (Out of bounds)   
06:58   Substitution: 9 P. Roller out,
4 M. Demirel in
06:4810 N. Chatzivrettas Steal   6 D. Greene Turnover (Ball Handling)
06:454 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   
06:45   14 D. Nowitzki block
06:42   6 D. Greene Def. Rebound
06:37   7 M. Pesic Turnover (Ball Handling)
06:3710 N. Chatzivrettas Steal   
06:27   4 M. Demirel Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
06:27Timeout   
06:27Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
9 A. Fotsis in 
  
06:27Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
6 N. Zisis in 
  
06:27   Substitution: 6 D. Greene out,
5 R. Garrett in
06:104 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 L. Papadopoulos 
  
06:10   14 D. Nowitzki Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
06:1014 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(1/2)   
06:1014 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(2/2)   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
05:5014 L. Papadopoulos Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
05:50Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in 
  
05:3712 K. Tsartsaris Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   
05:2613 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
05:26Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in 
  
05:22   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 4 M. Demirel
05:10 50 - 40 14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:58   4 M. Demirel Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)
04:356 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 A. Fotsis 
  
04:3111 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 9 A. Fotsis 
52 - 40 
04:13 52 - 42 13 P. Femerling 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 4 M. Demirel
03:5211 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:52   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
03:4511 D. Ntikoudis Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
03:45   Substitution: 7 M. Pesic out,
8 D. Wucherer in
03:45 52 - 43 13 P. Femerling Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:45 52 - 44 13 P. Femerling Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:28   5 R. Garrett Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
03:28Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in 
  
03:28   Substitution: 13 P. Femerling out,
12 S. Arigbabu in
03:2811 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(1/2) 53 - 44 
03:2811 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(2/2) 54 - 44 
03:15   12 S. Arigbabu Offensive Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)
12 S. Arigbabu Turnover (Offensive foul)
03:1113 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Other)   4 M. Demirel Steal
03:0711 D. Ntikoudis Steal   14 D. Nowitzki Turnover (Ball Handling)
03:06   12 S. Arigbabu Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 2nd)
03:06   Substitution: 14 D. Nowitzki out,
11 S. Schultze in
03:06Substitution: 13 D. Diamantidis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in 
  
03:066 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/2) 55 - 44 
03:066 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(2/2) 56 - 44 
02:52   5 R. Garrett 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 R. Garrett
02:464 T. Papaloukas Steal   5 R. Garrett Turnover (Ball Handling)
02:27   5 R. Garrett Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 3rd)
02:2710 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw MADE(1/2) 57 - 44 
02:2710 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw MADE(2/2) 58 - 44 
02:11   11 S. Schultze Turnover (Bad Pass)
02:11   Substitution: 5 R. Garrett out,
6 D. Greene in
01:534 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 N. Zisis 
61 - 44 
01:53Timeout   
01:53   Substitution: 12 S. Arigbabu out,
14 D. Nowitzki in
01:434 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
01:2315 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   6 D. Greene Def. Rebound
01:156 N. Zisis Def. Rebound   4 M. Demirel 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:5110 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:51   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
00:476 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)   
00:47 61 - 45 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:47 61 - 46 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:32   11 S. Schultze Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 1st)
00:3211 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(1/2) 62 - 46 
00:3211 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(2/2) 63 - 46 
00:32Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in 
  
00:26 63 - 48 4 M. Demirel 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:01   11 S. Schultze Personal Foul (Team 10th, Player 2nd)
00:0115 M. Kakiouzis Free throw missed(1/2)   
00:0115 M. Kakiouzis Free throw MADE(2/2) 64 - 48 
TimeGREECEScoreGERMANY
09:484 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
09:48 64 - 49 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(1/2)
09:48 64 - 50 14 D. Nowitzki Free throw MADE(2/2)
09:404 T. Papaloukas Turnover (Bad Pass)   
09:2210 N. Chatzivrettas Def. Rebound   4 M. Demirel 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
09:01   7 M. Pesic Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
09:01Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
13 D. Diamantidis in 
  
08:4115 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 M. Pesic Def. Rebound
08:4113 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
08:3113 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound   9 P. Roller 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:19Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in 
  
08:0213 D. Diamantidis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:02Team Turnover (24 secs)   
07:54   14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:5312 K. Tsartsaris Def. Rebound   
07:3212 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 4 T. Papaloukas 
66 - 50 
07:144 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound   6 D. Greene 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:584 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 68 - 50 
06:57Timeout   
06:57   Substitution: 9 P. Roller out,
10 M. Nikagbatse in
06:57   Substitution: 6 D. Greene out,
5 R. Garrett in
06:35 68 - 52 14 D. Nowitzki 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
06:14   7 M. Pesic Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)
05:494 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   5 R. Garrett Def. Rebound
05:4213 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:3512 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   
05:35   14 D. Nowitzki block
05:32   5 R. Garrett Def. Rebound
05:30   5 R. Garrett Offensive Foul (Team 3rd, Player 4th)
5 R. Garrett Turnover (Offensive foul)
05:12   14 D. Nowitzki Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)
05:12   Substitution: 7 M. Pesic out,
8 D. Wucherer in
05:1212 K. Tsartsaris Free throw MADE(1/2) 69 - 52 
05:1212 K. Tsartsaris Free throw missed(2/2)   5 R. Garrett Def. Rebound
05:0313 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 4th)   
04:5812 K. Tsartsaris Def. Rebound   14 D. Nowitzki 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:346 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
04:2313 D. Diamantidis Steal   8 D. Wucherer Turnover (Bad Pass)
04:1710 N. Chatzivrettas Turnover (Travelling)   
04:17Substitution: 13 D. Diamantidis out,
5 V. Spanoulis in 
  
04:114 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)   
04:0412 K. Tsartsaris Def. Rebound   8 D. Wucherer 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:4010 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 D. Nowitzki Def. Rebound
03:22   Substitution: 14 D. Nowitzki out,
15 R. Maras in
03:22Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in 
  
03:12 69 - 55 8 D. Wucherer 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 M. Nikagbatse
02:51   15 R. Maras Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)
02:516 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/2) 70 - 55 
02:516 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(2/2) 71 - 55 
02:3814 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound   5 R. Garrett 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
02:26   4 M. Demirel Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 4th)
02:26   Substitution: 4 M. Demirel out,
9 P. Roller in
02:265 V. Spanoulis Free throw missed(1/2)   
02:265 V. Spanoulis Free throw MADE(2/2) 72 - 55 
02:08 72 - 57 15 R. Maras 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
01:55   9 P. Roller Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 3rd)
01:55Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
7 I. Bourousis in 
  
01:556 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/2) 73 - 57 
01:556 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(2/2) 74 - 57 
01:397 I. Bourousis Steal   15 R. Maras Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:216 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   15 R. Maras Def. Rebound
01:13 74 - 59 8 D. Wucherer 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 15 R. Maras
01:134 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 4th)   
01:12Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
8 P. Vasilopoulos in 
  
01:12 74 - 60 8 D. Wucherer Free throw MADE(1/1)
00:505 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
00:477 I. Bourousis Off. Rebound   
00:477 I. Bourousis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 76 - 60 
00:408 P. Vasilopoulos Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)   
00:40 76 - 61 10 M. Nikagbatse Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:40 76 - 62 10 M. Nikagbatse Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:136 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 7 I. Bourousis 
  
00:137 I. Bourousis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 78 - 62 

Accumulated statistics

Greece Germany
27/60FG M/A20/42
20/39 (51.3%) FG2P M/A17/26 (65.4%)
7/21 (33.3%) FG3P M/A3/16 (18.8%)
17/24 (70.8%) FT M/A19/20 (95.0%)
29 (10-19) Reb (O-D) 28 (3-25)
15AS6
8TO21
14ST1
0BS3
21PF23
78Pts62

top performers

Greece Germany

Theodoros Papaloukas

 

Dirk Nowitzki

22Pts23
4Reb9
6AS0
3ST0
0BS2
34Min35

GAME PREVIEW

25.09.2005
Greece, Germany Go For Glorious Gold

Greece and Germany go for the 2005 EuroBasket gold on Sunday in a battle of two teams looking to etch their name in the annals of European basketball - and rewrite their own history books.

Greece have already guaranteed their best finish since the silver medal in 1989. But the Greeks would love to repeat their only EuroBasket crown of 1987 when current coach Panagiotis Yannakis was a player in the final in Greece.

"He's an excellent example for us," Greek captain Michail Kakiouzis said of Yannakis. "We grew up with this generation. We were all young and started playing basketball when they were playing. They give us a lot of passion and heart."

Guard Theodoros Papaloukas added: "He (Yannakis) helps us have a vision. Most of us started playing when the national side were winning the title. And now they keep telling us to believe in ourselves and have faith."

Panagiotis Yannakis
Panagiotis Yannakis inspired a whole generation of Greek basketball players with gold in 1987
Germany meanwhile only have one medal to their credit - the 1993 gold medal against Russia in Munich. And Dirk Bauermann's team already feel like they've matched that feat.

When asked which result is more meaningful - the 1993 title or making it to the 2005 final, Bauermann said: "It doesn't matter. That team had a great success back then. This is just as big. That was in Munich. This is on the road."

Bauermann said that he has always felt Germany could do big things in this tournament.

"From the first day I took over, it was my dream to play Serbia & Montenegro in the final and beat them in front of their own fans. I always felt we were good enough to get to the final  But still I have to pinch myself," the coach said.

Sunday's sold-out finale at the Belgrade Arena is not one very many people expected. But both teams have used stifling defense to reach the gold medal game. And the intangibles will likely decide the encounter.

"They're patient like us. They have a good combo of inside outside game," Bauermann said of the Greek team. "It will be mind over matter. Whichever team finds heart and energy to control the defensive boards will win the game."

Bauermann's team says it's still full of energy despite Sunday's game being their seventh in 10 days.

"There's not much time to relax. But we'll be ready to go," Nowitzki said. "This is the gold medal."

The Greeks are also playing their seventh game in 10 days, and Papaloukas has no concerns about being tired.

When asked if the team will be tired, he said. "We're living our dream. What do you think? Do we look tired? We're full of energy. And any energy that we lost we'll get from our fans."

Obviously, Dirk Nowitzki will be a key to the game for Bauermann. But only a team game - around Nowitzki - can bring Germany glory.

"These guys are a team. They're players who play the game right," Bauermann said. "They play team defense and care about each other and about winning.

When you do that and have a superstar like Dirk Nowitzki you can be very good."

The Greeks admit they don't have one go-to-guy like the Germans have with Nowitzki. But that doesn't concern them either.

"We're in the final, and it's one game. Maybe it will be my turn to step up," said Kakiouzis, who scored just three points in the semi-final against France and is averaging just 6.7 points in the post. "But anybody on this team can beat you."

Sunday's contest will also be a contest of teams who have gotten well acquainted this summer.

Greece beat Germany twice in the preparation for this tournament - in Germany and Greece.

Bauermann said those losses turned out to be a good thing.

"Sometimes losses pull a team apart, and sometimes they pull a team toghether - like those did for us."

The coaches also know each other.

"I've known coach (Yannakis) for a long time," Bauermann said. "We played against each other in the Euroleague."

One of those coaches will get the glory on Sunday of coaching a team to a EuroBasket title.