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Group:  A | 03.09.2007, 20:30h
Group:  A | 03.09.2007, 20:30h
66-76
16 - 1915 - 1217 - 2118 - 24
16 - 1915 - 1217 - 2118 - 24
Venue: Granada (ESP) |
Spectators: 4000 |
Referees: Sasa Pukl (SLO), Virginijus Dovidavicius (LTU), Borys Ryzhyk (UKR)

GAME REPORT


Israel-Greece Postgame Quotes

Israel

Yotam Halperin: “All in all I think we did a great job, but against Greece you must be concentrated for 40 minutes. Nothing we can do about it. Tomorrow is a new game and we must be ready. I think we gave a big fight against the best team in Europe. We showed character, and too bad it finished this way because it could have been the other way.”

Ido Kozikaro: “I’m very disappointed on one side but very proud of us on the other. We played well against a very strong team. We gave a lot of effort, but we came up too short. We look to the future now. Tomorrow we have a new game, that we must be focused and ready for, play like we did today and hopefully win. I think it was a balanced game against a team that is much stronger than us on paper. All the players deserve good words. Greece is the strongest team in the group. I hope we’ll play like that against Russia tomorrow.”

Coach Zvika Sherf: “Congratulations to the Greek team for the win. We played against a very good team, the champions of Europe, and we tried to fight and make our best. Unfortunately we made some mistakes in the last quarter, and they hit three-point shots. They didn’t give us a chance to come back into the game. I’m not happy that we lost, but satisfied with the way we play. In 20 hours we already have a very good Russian team and we have to organise ourselves mentality, physically and tactically and we hope to win like in every game. I hope this game won’t break our team spirit.”

Jeron Roberts: “As a team we knew it’s going to be a tough fight against the champs. We knew we have to give everything we had and to make as few mistakes as possible. For 33 minutes we were strong in the game, but then we made mistakes that you can’t afford to make against such a team because they make you pay for it. We’ll continue to fight hard and as coach said we have to be ready for the game tomorrow.”

Greece

Coach Panagioits Yannakis: “As we expected the first game is always nervous. I think we expected to play one very smart and strong team, because always in the history we have some problems against Israel. We have a lot of respect for them. Our point was to be very patience. This was the key for the win today. During preparation, most teams have ups and downs. We came from the camp and went to a strong tournament. They always have a quality team and when you don’t concentrate you can lose to them. Tomorrow is a different game. If you want to go far you must have respect for your opponents. We expect a very hard game, but my team in the last three years has always played hard games. “

Konstantinos Tsartsaris: “We knew from the start Israel are a team of fighters and this is what happened. For 30 minutes it was a close game, but in the last quarter we created a gap and kept it until the end. Serbia is very talented. Maybe they lost today but tomorrow the game is going to be different for them. It’s a key game for us for the future of the championship.”

Nikos Zisis: “We usually pick up our rhythm during the championship, so taking this into account the game against Israel was a good start. We don’t care about what happened in the pre-tournament games. Tomorrow is the official game and we’ll try to win it as always.”

Vasillis Spanoulis: “The first game is always the hardest. We knew it wasn't going to be easy so we came out ready to fight for 40 minutes. We had to play with patience in order to win this game and I’m happy we managed to do it. We want to go all the way in this championship, so making it to the next round won’t satisfy us, but we take it one game at a time, and tomorrow we have an important game against Serbia.”

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

45.6%

26/57
FG
M/A

49.2%

29/59

58.3%

21/36
FG2P
M/A

52.8%

19/36

23.8%

5/21
FG3P
M/A

43.5%

10/23

75.0%

9/12
FT
M/A

61.5%

8/13

38

13/25
RT
RO/RD

28

7/21

13

AS

10

16

TO

7

6

ST

12

2

BS

4

18

PF

15

66

Pts

76

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