Greece returned to top form, albeit against strugglers Israel, as they captured their first triumph of
the European Championships on Sunday.
Victory was virtually assured in the first 10 minutes when the Greeks stormed out to a 28-13 advantage.
They added to that and led 49-26 at half-time and cruised to a 78-59 win.
|Greece's Anastasia Kostaki (19 points) and Israel's Lior Mizrachi (25 points)|
Greece, who stunned France in their final warm-up game, came into the tournament a confident bunch but they were torn apart by the Czech Republic and Poland in their opening games.
They have not given up on a place in the final eight.
Guard Atalanti Tasouli said: "We needed this win, especially after our hard and successful preparation.
"We did not start the tournament well. But we feel better now and we hope we can get another win and qualify for the quarter-finals."
As for Israel, going winless in this tournament in looking a very real possibility.
Their Limor Mizrachi led all scorers with 25 points.
Moshe Weinkrantz, Head Coach, Israel
"It was difficult for us to come back from 20 points down and Greece was the better team."
Giorgos Tsitskaris, Head Coach, Greece
"We played well in the first half, particularly our defense against Mizrachi and Cohen."
"We relaxed a little bit in the 3rd quarter and they came back, but we stretched our lead again in the 4th."
"We now have one win but we need another one to get to the quarter-finals."
Atalanti Tasouli, Greece
"We needed this win, especially after our hard and successful preparation. We did not start the tournament well. But we feel better now and we hope we can get another win and qualify to the quarter-finals."
"This team is much better than our team at the 2001 European Championship."