Greece67-61

14-6, 11-8, 24-27, 18-20

Israel

 

Date: 20.09.2005, 20:30hVenue:   Beograd (SCG) Spectators: 5500
Referees:  Luigi Lamonica (ITA), Dubravko Muhvic (CRO), Virginijus Dovidavicius (LTU)
TEAM LEADERS
Greece Israel
Nikos Zisis (23)PtsYaniv Green (11)
Lazaros Papadopoulos (10)RebTal Burstein (6)
Nikos Zisis (6)ASMeir Tapiro (6)
Dimitrios Diamantidis (6)STMeir Tapiro (4)
Antonis Fotsis (1)BSErez Marckovich (2)

GAME REPORT

20.09.2005
Greece Hold Off Israel, Reach Quarters

Greece survived a furious second-half fightback by Israel on Tuesday night at the Pionir in Belgrade to win 67-61 and advance to a quarter-final showdown with Russia.

Panagiotis Yannakis' Greeks led by as many as 15 points in the second half but saw their lead dwindle to just three late in the fourth quarter before holding on for the triumph.

Nikos Zisis came off the bench to lead Greece with 23 points and centre Lazaros Papadopoulos weighed in with 19, while also pulling down 10 rebounds.

Dimitrios Diamantidis (Greece)
Dimitrios Diamantidis had 6 steals for Greece
The Greeks are best known for their tenacious defence, however, and the leader in that department was point guard Dimitrios Diamantidis who had six steals, the biggest coming with 24 seconds in the game and Greece clinging to a 66-60 advantage.

Tal Burstein had just crossed mid-court and was looking to cut the deficit in half with a three-pointer but Diamantidis stole the ball and passed ahead to Michail Kakiouzis for a lay-up to seal victory.

"Israel showed a big heart after a disappointing first half," Papadopoulos said to PA Sport.

"But we were very smart because having struggled throughout the game at the free throw line, we made sure to make them at the right time."

They finished 18 of  30 (60%) for the game, with Papadopoulos a disappointing five of 12 from the line.

Russia should find it very difficult against the Greeks because of their commitment to defence.

"We are going to take it one step at a time," Papadopoulos said.

"Our priority is to play the basketball that we know against Russia."

Israel dug themselves an early hole in the game, going five minutes without a basket after tying the game at 4-4 with 7:40 to play.

Greece scored six points in that stretch to lead 10-4, and after Dror Hagag stopped the rot with a lay-up, Greece reeled off seven more points in a row for a 17-6 advantage.

Israel were completely out of sync on offence in the first half, turning the ball over 15 times.

Much of that carelessness had to do with Greece's attention to detail on defence, however.

Greece got 12 points in the first 20 minutes off those Israel turnovers.

The Greeks went to the changing rooms at half-time leading 25-14.

They extended the lead to 38-23 with 5:39 to play in the third quarter after a Kakiouzis jumpshot in the lane and looked ready to blow out the Israelis.

But their opponents came to life.

Sharon Shason made two three-pointers in a run which saw Israel close to 45-38 with 48 seconds to play in the third quarter.

Greece stretched the advantage back to 49-41, getting a pair of made free throws from Papadopoulos and a Vasileios Spanoulis lay-up after Hagag had missed the easiest of shots on a drive down the lane for Israel.

Zvi Sherf's Israeli team, who had to win the additional qualifying tournament and then beat both Spain and Latvia in the group stages to reach this game, refused to go away.

They chipped away and finally closed to within three (59-56) with Yotam Halperin contributing a pair of three-pointers in the surge.

Kakiouzis buried a three-pointer for Greece with 1:16 to play, though, to take the lead back to 62-56.

Erez Marckovich cut the lead to four (62-58) with a strong move inside with 1:07 remaining, but Greece's offensive rebounding killed Sherf's team.

After Zisis missed a three-pointer, Diamantidis grabbed the board with 37 seconds to play to keep possession for the Greeks.

Diamantidis made an amazing save to keep the ball from going out of bounds and hit Nikos Chatzivrettas who was wide open under the basket, but the guard missed the lay-up.

Again, Greece gained possession to leave Israel fuming.

Forced to foul to stop the clock, Israel put the Greeks on the line and they made enough down the stretch to seal victory.

Tal Burstein, Israel's captain, had a miserable first half when he failed to score.

In the second half, he did play better and hit a couple of three-pointers to finish with six points.

"First of all, we have to congratulate the Greek side and wish them the best of luck," Burstein said.

"They played very good defence.

"We didn't have a very good start and only managed to score 14 points in the opening half.

"We could have taken the lead, but unfortunately we weren't able to stop Zisis. It's too bad that we are going home."

Top performers

Greece Israel

Nikos Zisis

 

Meir Tapiro

23Pts8
1Reb3
6AS6
2ST4
0BS0

Accumulated statistics

Greece Israel
23/57FG M/A22/50
20/44 (45.5%) FG2P M/A12/27 (44.4%)
3/13 (23.1%) FG3P M/A10/23 (43.5%)
18/30 (60.0%) FT M/A7/12 (58.3%)
38 (13-25) Reb (O-D) 28 (5-23)
14AS17
25TO20
13ST11
1BS4
20PF27
67Pts61

PHOTO GALLERY

GREECE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Papaloukas, T. 200/60.00/40.00/20.01/250.0022002021
5Spanoulis, V. 171/520.01/425.00/10.00/00.0101010012
6Zisis, N. 267/1070.05/683.32/450.07/887.50116320323
7Bourousis, Y. DNP
8Vasilopoulos, P. DNP
*9Fotsis, A. 292/540.02/450.00/10.02/2100.0213231126
*10Chatzivrettas, N. 70/40.00/30.00/10.00/00.0000000040
11Ntikoudis, D. 31/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0000030012
12Tsartsaris, K. 90/20.00/20.00/00.00/00.0033110010
*13Diamantidis, D. 371/425.01/333.30/10.00/00.0448446032
*14Papadopoulos, L. 297/1258.37/1258.30/00.05/1241.746101700219
*15Kakiouzis, M. 254/757.13/475.01/333.33/650.00440120112
TEAM/COACH24620
TOTAL23/ 5740.420/ 4445.53/ 1323.118/3060.013253814251312067
ISRAEL
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Hagag, D. 111/333.31/250.00/10.00/00.0000030012
5Nissim, A. 71/1100.00/00.01/1100.00/00.0000020003
6Shason, S. 182/366.71/1100.01/250.00/00.0022220155
7Watson, C. 100/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0011101120
8Marckovich, E. 163/560.03/560.00/00.03/475.0145010259
*9Shelef, G. 130/20.00/10.00/10.00/00.0011102010
*10Burstein, T. 362/1020.00/20.02/825.00/00.0066582016
*11Tapiro, M. 333/933.32/728.61/250.01/1100.0213624058
*12Mizrahi, M. 223/837.51/333.32/540.00/00.0112012018
13Kozikaro, I. 80/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0022000010
*14Green, Y. 164/580.04/580.00/00.03/742.91120100411
15Halperin, Y. 113/3100.00/00.03/3100.00/00.0000200019
TEAM/COACH04400
TOTAL22/ 5044.012/ 2744.410/ 2343.57/1258.35232817201142761
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 Israel

Nikos Zisis

 

Meir Tapiro

23Pts8
1Reb3
6AS6
2ST4
0BS0
26Min33

TEAM STATS

Greece Israel
23/57FG M/A22/50
20/44 (45.5%) FG2P M/A12/27 (44.4%)
3/13 (23.1%) FG3P M/A10/23 (43.5%)
18/30 (60.0%) FT M/A7/12 (58.3%)
38 (13-25) Reb (O-D) 28 (5-23)
14AS17
25TO20
13ST11
1BS4
20PF27
67Pts61

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeGREECEScoreISRAEL
09:4410 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:44   12 M. Mizrahi Def. Rebound
09:2910 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
09:29 0 - 1 14 Y. Green Free throw MADE(1/2)
09:29 0 - 2 14 Y. Green Free throw MADE(2/2)
09:13   14 Y. Green Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
08:5713 D. Diamantidis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 L. Papadopoulos 
  
08:5014 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   11 M. Tapiro Def. Rebound
08:4610 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)   
08:46Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
6 N. Zisis in 
  
08:37   11 M. Tapiro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 Y. Green
08:23   10 T. Burstein Turnover (Bad Pass)
08:2313 D. Diamantidis Steal   
08:176 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
2 - 2 
08:03   10 T. Burstein Turnover (Bad Pass)
08:0313 D. Diamantidis Steal   
07:589 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 6 N. Zisis 
4 - 2 
07:40 4 - 4 11 M. Tapiro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
07:26   11 M. Tapiro Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
07:119 A. Fotsis Turnover (Ball Handling)   9 G. Shelef Steal
06:48   14 Y. Green Turnover (Out of bounds)
06:419 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 Y. Green Def. Rebound
06:3213 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
06:14   10 T. Burstein 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:1413 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound   
05:5314 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 A. Fotsis 
  
05:489 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE 6 - 4 
05:48   11 M. Tapiro Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:34   14 Y. Green Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
05:34   Substitution: 14 Y. Green out,
13 I. Kozikaro in
05:3215 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 G. Shelef Def. Rebound
05:11   11 M. Tapiro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:1114 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound   
04:4714 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 6 N. Zisis 
8 - 4 
04:23   12 M. Mizrahi Turnover (Ball Handling)
04:23 Def. Rebound   
04:04   13 I. Kozikaro Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
03:49   Substitution: 12 M. Mizrahi out,
4 D. Hagag in
03:4314 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
10 - 4 
03:20   10 T. Burstein 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:2015 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound   
03:1414 L. Papadopoulos Offensive Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
14 L. Papadopoulos Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
03:14Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
4 T. Papaloukas in 
  
02:57   9 G. Shelef 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:5714 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound   
02:339 A. Fotsis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:33   13 I. Kozikaro Def. Rebound
02:21 10 - 6 4 D. Hagag 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 9 G. Shelef
02:0114 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 L. Papadopoulos 
  
01:5614 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Tip-in) missed   
01:56   10 T. Burstein Def. Rebound
01:37   13 I. Kozikaro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:376 N. Zisis Def. Rebound   
01:319 A. Fotsis Turnover (Bad Pass)   11 M. Tapiro Steal
01:16   10 T. Burstein Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:1613 D. Diamantidis Steal   
01:106 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 12 - 6 
00:529 A. Fotsis Steal   
00:51   4 D. Hagag Turnover (Bad Pass)
00:496 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 14 - 6 
00:49Timeout   
00:49   Substitution: 10 T. Burstein out,
6 S. Shason in
00:49Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in 
  
00:49Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in 
  
00:49Substitution: 6 N. Zisis out,
5 V. Spanoulis in 
  
00:26   9 G. Shelef 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
00:2612 K. Tsartsaris Def. Rebound   
00:0812 K. Tsartsaris Turnover (Bad Pass)   
00:08   11 M. Tapiro Steal
00:0112 K. Tsartsaris Def. Rebound   
00:0013 I. Kozikaro Def. Rebound   4 D. Hagag 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
TimeGREECEScoreISRAEL
09:48   4 D. Hagag Turnover (Bad Pass)
09:484 T. Papaloukas Steal   
09:2812 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:2015 M. Kakiouzis Steal   6 S. Shason Turnover (Travelling)
08:595 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 V. Spanoulis 
  
08:575 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:57 Off. Rebound   
08:43   6 S. Shason Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
08:434 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(1/2) 15 - 6 
08:434 T. Papaloukas Free throw missed(2/2)   7 C. Watson Def. Rebound
08:26   6 S. Shason 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:2615 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound   
08:0215 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 12 K. Tsartsaris 
17 - 6 
07:48   4 D. Hagag Turnover (Ball Handling)
07:45   4 D. Hagag Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
07:45   Substitution: 13 I. Kozikaro out,
8 E. Marckovich in
07:45   Substitution: 4 D. Hagag out,
5 A. Nissim in
07:4515 M. Kakiouzis Free throw missed(1/2)   
07:4515 M. Kakiouzis Free throw missed(2/2)   10 T. Burstein Def. Rebound
07:254 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
07:25   8 E. Marckovich Free throw missed(1/2)
07:25 17 - 7 8 E. Marckovich Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:074 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)   7 C. Watson Block
6 S. Shason Def. Rebound
06:56 17 - 9 6 S. Shason 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
06:48   8 E. Marckovich Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
06:2812 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
06:28   10 T. Burstein Def. Rebound
06:20   10 T. Burstein 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:2015 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound   
06:035 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
06:03   8 E. Marckovich block
05:59   7 C. Watson Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
05:59Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in 
  
05:4015 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 D. Diamantidis 
  
05:264 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   6 S. Shason Block
8 E. Marckovich Def. Rebound
05:13   8 E. Marckovich 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:1315 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound   
05:0113 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
05:01   7 C. Watson Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
05:0115 M. Kakiouzis Free throw missed(1/2)   
05:0115 M. Kakiouzis Free throw MADE(2/2) 18 - 9 
04:44   10 T. Burstein Turnover (Bad Pass)
04:4413 D. Diamantidis Steal   
04:3913 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 20 - 9 
04:224 T. Papaloukas Steal   8 E. Marckovich Turnover (Travelling)
04:22Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in 
  
04:22Substitution: 5 V. Spanoulis out,
9 A. Fotsis in 
  
04:1014 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
04:10    Def. Rebound
04:10   Substitution: 10 T. Burstein out,
11 M. Tapiro in
03:47 20 - 12 5 A. Nissim 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 7 C. Watson
03:3114 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 22 - 12 
03:08   5 A. Nissim Turnover (Bad Pass)
03:0210 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 D. Diamantidis 
  
02:52   8 E. Marckovich Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
02:52Timeout   
02:52Substitution: 13 D. Diamantidis out,
6 N. Zisis in 
  
02:5214 L. Papadopoulos Free throw MADE(1/2) 23 - 12 
02:5214 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(2/2)   8 E. Marckovich Def. Rebound
02:36   11 M. Tapiro 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:3610 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
02:36Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in 
  
02:36Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
5 V. Spanoulis in 
  
02:29   8 E. Marckovich 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 8 E. Marckovich
02:299 A. Fotsis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
02:29   Substitution: 6 S. Shason out,
10 T. Burstein in
02:29 23 - 13 8 E. Marckovich Free throw MADE(1/2)
02:29 23 - 14 8 E. Marckovich Free throw MADE(2/2)
02:129 A. Fotsis Turnover (Ball Handling)   
02:12   7 C. Watson Steal
02:02   10 T. Burstein 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:02 Def. Rebound   
01:466 N. Zisis Turnover (Bad Pass)   
01:46   11 M. Tapiro Steal
01:30   5 A. Nissim Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:306 N. Zisis Steal   
01:2511 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 6 N. Zisis 
25 - 14 
01:2511 D. Ntikoudis Offensive Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
11 D. Ntikoudis Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
01:23Substitution: 5 V. Spanoulis out,
13 D. Diamantidis in 
  
01:03   11 M. Tapiro Turnover (Out of bounds)
01:03Timeout   
01:03   Substitution: 5 A. Nissim out,
12 M. Mizrahi in
00:414 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:41   10 T. Burstein Def. Rebound
00:27   10 T. Burstein 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:274 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound   
00:0311 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   8 E. Marckovich Def. Rebound
TimeGREECEScoreISRAEL
09:4614 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 A. Fotsis 
27 - 14 
09:29 27 - 16 14 Y. Green 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 T. Burstein
09:15   11 M. Tapiro Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)
09:13   10 T. Burstein Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
09:1314 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(1/2)   
09:1314 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(2/2)
Off. Rebound: 14 L. Papadopoulos 
  
09:0014 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
29 - 16 
08:40   12 M. Mizrahi 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:4014 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound   
08:2313 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Bad Pass)   9 G. Shelef Steal
08:1813 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound   12 M. Mizrahi 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:08   12 M. Mizrahi 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:576 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 A. Fotsis 
32 - 16 
07:42 32 - 19 12 M. Mizrahi 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 T. Burstein
07:196 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 M. Mizrahi 
  
07:18   9 G. Shelef Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
07:18   Substitution: 9 G. Shelef out,
6 S. Shason in
07:10   11 M. Tapiro Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)
07:106 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/2) 33 - 19 
07:106 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(2/2) 34 - 19 
07:01 34 - 21 14 Y. Green 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 T. Burstein
07:016 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
07:0114 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound   14 Y. Green Free throw missed(1/1)
06:399 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 A. Fotsis 
  
06:39   6 S. Shason Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
06:399 A. Fotsis Free throw MADE(1/2) 35 - 21 
06:399 A. Fotsis Free throw MADE(2/2) 36 - 21 
06:27   10 T. Burstein 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:27 Def. Rebound   
06:08   6 S. Shason Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)
06:0814 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(1/2)   
06:0814 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(2/2)   6 S. Shason Def. Rebound
05:58 36 - 23 14 Y. Green 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 10 T. Burstein
05:3915 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 N. Zisis 
38 - 23 
05:15 38 - 26 10 T. Burstein 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 S. Shason
04:516 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 14 L. Papadopoulos 
41 - 26 
04:32 41 - 29 10 T. Burstein 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 M. Tapiro
04:146 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 43 - 29 
03:59 43 - 32 11 M. Tapiro 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:4914 L. Papadopoulos Turnover (Bad Pass)   12 M. Mizrahi Steal
03:40   12 M. Mizrahi 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:409 A. Fotsis Def. Rebound   
03:236 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
03:23   12 M. Mizrahi Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)
03:23   Substitution: 12 M. Mizrahi out,
4 D. Hagag in
03:2315 M. Kakiouzis Free throw MADE(1/2) 44 - 32 
03:2315 M. Kakiouzis Free throw MADE(2/2) 45 - 32 
03:23Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
4 T. Papaloukas in 
  
03:06   6 S. Shason Turnover (Travelling)
03:06 Def. Rebound   
03:06Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in 
  
02:586 N. Zisis Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
6 N. Zisis Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
02:58Substitution: 6 N. Zisis out,
5 V. Spanoulis in 
  
02:4112 K. Tsartsaris Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
02:41   14 Y. Green Free throw missed(1/2)
02:41 45 - 33 14 Y. Green Free throw MADE(2/2)
02:2313 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Bad Pass)   10 T. Burstein Steal
02:23    Def. Rebound
02:04 45 - 35 14 Y. Green 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 11 M. Tapiro
01:374 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:37 Turnover (24 secs)   
01:37    Def. Rebound
01:369 A. Fotsis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
01:12 45 - 38 6 S. Shason 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 M. Tapiro
01:0713 D. Diamantidis Offensive Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
13 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
01:07Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in 
  
00:52   Substitution: 11 M. Tapiro out,
15 Y. Halperin in
00:48 45 - 41 6 S. Shason 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 S. Shason
00:35   14 Y. Green Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 3rd)
00:35   Substitution: 10 T. Burstein out,
12 M. Mizrahi in
00:3514 L. Papadopoulos Free throw MADE(1/2) 46 - 41 
00:3514 L. Papadopoulos Free throw MADE(2/2) 47 - 41 
00:35Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in 
  
00:12   4 D. Hagag 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
00:1212 K. Tsartsaris Def. Rebound   
00:005 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 49 - 41 
TimeGREECEScoreISRAEL
09:39   11 M. Tapiro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
09:399 A. Fotsis block   
09:35   11 M. Tapiro Off. Rebound
09:35   14 Y. Green 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:3514 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound   
09:1014 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 51 - 41 
08:544 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
08:54   Substitution: 4 D. Hagag out,
10 T. Burstein in
08:54   14 Y. Green Free throw missed(1/2)
08:5414 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound   14 Y. Green Free throw missed(2/2)
08:34   14 Y. Green Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 4th)
08:34   Substitution: 14 Y. Green out,
8 E. Marckovich in
08:234 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   4 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound
08:23   6 S. Shason Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)
08:1914 L. Papadopoulos Turnover (Bad Pass)   
08:1713 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
08:17Substitution: 13 D. Diamantidis out,
6 N. Zisis in 
  
08:07   11 M. Tapiro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:465 V. Spanoulis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 L. Papadopoulos 
  
07:45   6 S. Shason Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 5th)
07:45Timeout   
07:45   Substitution: 6 S. Shason out,
12 M. Mizrahi in
07:184 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:18   10 T. Burstein Def. Rebound
07:07 51 - 44 12 M. Mizrahi 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 10 T. Burstein
06:4114 L. Papadopoulos Turnover (Bad Pass)   
06:41   12 M. Mizrahi Steal
06:415 V. Spanoulis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
06:41Substitution: 4 T. Papaloukas out,
13 D. Diamantidis in 
  
06:29   10 T. Burstein 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 M. Tapiro
06:16   10 T. Burstein 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:1613 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound   
05:5914 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 N. Zisis 
53 - 44 
05:53   10 T. Burstein Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:536 N. Zisis Steal   
05:295 V. Spanoulis Turnover (Bad Pass)   10 T. Burstein Steal
05:256 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)   
05:15 53 - 46 8 E. Marckovich 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 M. Tapiro
04:5613 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Bad Pass)   
04:56   11 M. Tapiro Steal
04:51 53 - 48 12 M. Mizrahi 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 15 Y. Halperin
04:51Timeout   
04:51Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in 
  
04:406 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 55 - 48 
04:35   10 T. Burstein Turnover (Bad Pass)
04:3513 D. Diamantidis Steal   
04:3513 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 D. Diamantidis 
  
04:35   11 M. Tapiro Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)
04:1015 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
04:09   8 E. Marckovich block
04:09 Turnover (24 secs)   
04:09    Def. Rebound
03:53   11 M. Tapiro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:53   8 E. Marckovich Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)
03:53Substitution: 5 V. Spanoulis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in 
  
03:5314 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(1/2)   
03:5314 L. Papadopoulos Free throw MADE(2/2) 56 - 48 
03:30 56 - 51 15 Y. Halperin 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:14   15 Y. Halperin Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)
03:146 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/2) 57 - 51 
03:146 N. Zisis Free throw missed(2/2)   10 T. Burstein Def. Rebound
02:56 57 - 53 8 E. Marckovich 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 15 Y. Halperin
02:4114 L. Papadopoulos Offensive Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
14 L. Papadopoulos Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
02:25   12 M. Mizrahi 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:2513 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound   
02:0210 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:02   8 E. Marckovich Def. Rebound
01:5615 M. Kakiouzis Steal   10 T. Burstein Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:43 Foul drawn   8 E. Marckovich Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 4th)
01:436 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/2) 58 - 53 
01:436 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(2/2) 59 - 53 
01:3915 M. Kakiouzis Offensive Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)
15 M. Kakiouzis Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
01:39Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in 
  
01:30 59 - 56 15 Y. Halperin 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 M. Tapiro
01:1615 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 N. Zisis 
62 - 56 
01:07 62 - 58 8 E. Marckovich 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 M. Tapiro
00:426 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 D. Diamantidis 
  
00:3510 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
00:35 Off. Rebound   
00:35Timeout   
00:35   Substitution: 11 M. Tapiro out,
4 D. Hagag in
00:32   8 E. Marckovich Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 5th)
00:32   Substitution: 8 E. Marckovich out,
11 M. Tapiro in
00:32Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
4 T. Papaloukas in 
  
00:32   Substitution: 4 D. Hagag out,
13 I. Kozikaro in
00:326 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/2) 63 - 58 
00:326 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(2/2) 64 - 58 
00:24   10 T. Burstein Turnover (Other)
00:2413 D. Diamantidis Steal   
00:2215 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
66 - 58 
00:16 66 - 60 11 M. Tapiro 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
00:1610 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 4th)   
00:16Timeout   
00:16Timeout   
00:16Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in 
  
00:16Substitution: 4 T. Papaloukas out,
9 A. Fotsis in 
  
00:16 66 - 61 11 M. Tapiro Free throw MADE(1/1)
00:08 Foul drawn   11 M. Tapiro Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 5th)
00:08   Substitution: 11 M. Tapiro out,
4 D. Hagag in
00:0814 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(1/2)   
00:0814 L. Papadopoulos Free throw MADE(2/2) 67 - 61 

Accumulated statistics

Greece Israel
23/57FG M/A22/50
20/44 (45.5%) FG2P M/A12/27 (44.4%)
3/13 (23.1%) FG3P M/A10/23 (43.5%)
18/30 (60.0%) FT M/A7/12 (58.3%)
38 (13-25) Reb (O-D) 28 (5-23)
14AS17
25TO20
13ST11
1BS4
20PF27
67Pts61

top performers

Greece Israel

Nikos Zisis

 

Meir Tapiro

23Pts8
1Reb3
6AS6
2ST4
0BS0
26Min33

GAME PREVIEW

20.09.2005
Sherf And Co. Look To Keep EuroBasket Run Alive

Greece and Israel will step on court on Tuesday in the Pionir arena in Belgrade to fight for a place in the quarter-finals of EuroBasket 2005. Greece finished in second in Group C with a 2-1 record, while Israel recorded an identical record, but finished in 3rd place in Group D.

The Greeks have won the last 7 games against Israel in official games, but that doesn't bother Israeli coach Zvika Sherf.

"The last win of Israel over Greece is registered under Adi Gordon's name (An Israeli guard who nailed 8 three-pointers in that victory), but I hope people remember who was the coach

Everybody knows I'm an expert for Greek basketball
Zvika Sherf
of Israeli team back then," said Sherf.

That coach, of course, was Sherf himself, who commands a lot of respect in Greece, where he coached for many years in three different teams and won a European title with Aris Thessaloniki.

Sherf has a love affair with Greek basketball and he will try to use it to his advantage.

"For me this is like a derby. Everybody knows I'm an expert for Greek basketball. I know each one of their players very good even without watching their games here. Nevertheless, I saw all the three games from the first group, and I'll be ready for the game in 200%. If that won't be enough then in 250%."

Israel qualified to EuroBasket 2005 through the additional qualifying tournament, and Tuesday night will be their 6th game in 9 days.

Even NBA teams don't play such a tight schedule, but so far Israel have risen to the challenge magnificently, losing just one of their 6 contests.

The players are tired and also miss their families back home, but no one wants to go back before the last day of the championship. "I want to go back home only in one month, to also have a rest after the championship" joked Dror Hagag, who is leading the tournament in steals at 4.0 spg.

Hapoel Jerusalem guard Meir Tapiro, who is averaging 8.7 ppg in EuroBasket 2005, says "When we play well we can beat any team, no matter how big they are. You have to believe, and we have big belief in ourselves".

"In order to pass Greece we'll need to reach a new peak, to climb one more step up, be very patient and concentrated in everything that happens," added Sherf.

At EuroBasket 2005, Israel played in the elimination-round against Slovenia, and produced a shock 78-76 win, after Tal Burstein sank a clutch mid-range jumper with 2 seconds on the clock. Greece on the other side has never won an elimination game.

In EuroBasket 2001 they lost to Germany 75-80 and two years ago they skipped the elimination stage by qualifying directly to the quarter-finals.

"For us that loss to Israel in 1993 and the performance of Adi Gordon is an example that if you're not concentrated you can lose to anyone" says Greek coach, Panagiotis Yannakis, who was a member of the Greek side that lost that day.

Yannakis has also had the pleasure of being coached by Sherf, his opponent on the sideline on Tuesday. "Sherf knows us very well, and that's an advantage to his team. I remember he was always a tough coach".

The Greeks see themselves as clear favorites for the game and are not shy about broadcasting that fact: "I believe we are better than Israel, and if we are patient and concentrated we'll beat them" added Yannakis. "Israel will try to mess with our brains. This is what it takes from a team without a lot of talent – to try to take you out of your game".

Benetton guard, Nikolaos Zisis however, is a little more circumspect. "Our performance against Bosnia-Herzegovina won't be enough tonight. For us the championship starts tonight".

"Israel is a tough team. It's always tough to play against Israel. Each team can beat the other and it's going to be a hard game to beat," added Greek forward Michail Kakiouzis.

Greece are the best defensive team so far in EuroBasket 2005, and have held their opponents to 56 ppg in the first three games. Israel, on the other hand, are averaging 79 ppg so will offer a new challenge for the Greek defense.

It is clear that Greece will have to rely on their defense, as offense has not been a strong point. In fact, the Greeks are averaging only 62.3 ppg, enough for the 15th place in the ranking.