Greece67-66

16-14, 13-16, 15-15, 23-21

France

 

Date: 24.09.2005, 18:00hVenue:   Belgrade (SRB) Spectators: 17900
Referees:  Milivoje Jovcic (SRB), Borys Ryzhyk (UKR), Dubravko Muhvic (CRO)
TEAM LEADERS
Greece France
Lazaros Papadopoulos (15)PtsTony Parker (20)
Dimosthenis Ntikoudis (11)RebFrédéric Weis (9), Florent Pietrus (9)
Dimitrios Diamantidis (3)ASTony Parker (3), Boris Diaw (3)
Antonis Fotsis (2), Dimitrios Diamantidis (2)ST3 players tied with 1
BSMickael Pietrus (2)

GAME REPORT

24.09.2005
Greece Wins Thriller on Diamantidis Three-Pointer in Final Seconds

A three-pointer by Dimitrios Diamantidis three seconds from the end set off a thunderous celebration in the Belgrade Arena on Saturday night as the Greeks fought back from a seven-point deficit in the final minute to stun France 67-66 and advance to the gold medal game.

France, closing in on appearance in the title game for the first time in six decades, self-destructed as both Tony Parker and captain Antoine Rigaudeau missed important free throws to leave the door open for a Greek comeback.

After Rigaudeau made just one of two from the line with 11 seconds remaining, Greece inbounded the ball to Nikos Zisis who raced up the floor and towards the basket before kicking the ball out to Diamantidis who never hesitated when releasing his left-handed shot which hit the bottom of the net.

France gave the ball to Rigaudeau who dribbled to midcourt and attempted to launch a desperation shot but guarded by Greece players, he was called for traveling as time expired setting off a joyous celebration from Greek players and thousands of their fans in attendance.

Antoine Rigaudeau (France)
Antoine Rigaudeau made some costly errors down the stretch
“Thank God,” said Diamantidis after his heroics. “I wasn't thinking about anything when I shot it. Nothing.”

“There are no words to describe what Dimitrios did – he is amazing,” said Nikolaos Zisis, who scored 11 points, including three big free throws with 40 seconds remaining that allowed Greece to stay close and cut the French lead to 62-58.

Greece, who famously won gold in 1987 and then silver in 1989, are back in the title game and will face the winner of Spain´s semi-final with Germany.

“This is basketball,” said Greece´s team captain Michail Kakiouzis. “We never stopped fighting and always believed in oursleves and then got a little luck in the end.”

Parker was brilliant in the first half and led all scorers with 20 points, while center Lazaros Papadopolous had 15 for Greece and Dimosthenis Ntikoudis finished with 14.

France seemed to be cruising towards their first EuroBasket medal game appearance since 1935 after Parker drained a three-pointer with 1:12 reamining to give the French a 58-51 advantage in a game that was neck-and neck throughout. But Parker clanked a pair of free throws with 38 seconds to go and commited a turnover eight seconds later.

Papadopoulos´ dunk with 26 seconds to go cut the deficit to two at 62-60. Parker was fouled a second later and this time the San Antonio Spurs point guard hit both. Papaloukas scored again down low and Rigadeau connected on one of two as the French still maintained a 65-62 lead.

Papaloukas was fouled with 13 seconds to go and hit both and then fouled Rigadeau with 11 seconds, setting the stage Diamantidis to be an unlikely Greek hero.

The three for Diamantidis was his seventh point of the game and the 25-year old entered play averaging six a game.

For the third consecutive game, French coach Claude Bergeaud elected to keep Tony Parker on the bench and Greece jumped out to a 7-2 lead to start the game and led 16-14 after one.

Parker entered the game with 3:39 to go in the first and played solidly, scoring  13 in the opening half.

The first half was a defenensive struggle as the teams exchanged leads with no team having an advantage of more than five points.

Parker's three-pointer as time expired in the second quarter gave France a 30-29 halftime lead. France led despite 2-of-10 shooting from three-point range and 12 turnovers.

The trend continued in the third as France and Greede stayed neck-and-neck with no team leading by more than three for the entire quarter and France clinging to a 45-44 advantage.

With Parker taking a fourth quarter breather, Greece took a 47-46 lead on a three by Nikolaos Chatzivrettas in the opening minutes of the quarter. Parker returned and France went on a 9-2 run to open a 55-49 lead with 2:26 remaining before the final dramatic minutes unfolded.

France will try to win their first bronze since 1959 when they take on the loser of the Germany-Spain match-up.

Top performers

Greece France

Dimosthenis Ntikoudis

 

Florent Pietrus

14Pts8
11Reb9
1AS1
0ST0
0BS1

Accumulated statistics

Greece France
25/64FG M/A23/53
22/49 (44.9%) FG2P M/A16/31 (51.6%)
3/15 (20.0%) FG3P M/A7/22 (31.8%)
14/26 (53.8%) FT M/A13/19 (68.4%)
37 (12-25) Reb (O-D) 40 (9-31)
8AS10
10TO21
5ST3
0BS4
25PF25
67Pts66

PHOTO GALLERY

GREECE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Papaloukas, T. 114/666.74/666.70/00.02/366.70111310510
5Spanoulis, V. 90/30.00/10.00/20.00/00.0011100020
6Zisis, N. 284/850.04/850.00/00.03/3100.00221100411
7Bourousis, Y. DNP
8Vasilopoulos, P. DNP
*9Fotsis, A. 231/250.01/1100.00/10.02/2100.0156012014
*10Chatzivrettas, N. 331/1010.00/20.01/812.50/20.0112000033
11Ntikoudis, D. 246/1060.06/1060.00/00.02/728.674111200314
12Tsartsaris, K. 20/00.00/00.00/00.00/20.0000000000
*13Diamantidis, D. 262/540.01/333.31/250.02/366.7112322047
*14Papadopoulos, L. 216/1637.56/1637.50/00.03/475.00110100215
*15Kakiouzis, M. 221/425.00/20.01/250.00/00.0134100013
TEAM/COACH16700
TOTAL25/ 6439.122/ 4944.93/ 1520.014/2653.8122537810502567
FRANCE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Fauthoux, F. DNP
*5Gelabale, M. 203/3100.02/2100.01/1100.00/00.0134111057
*6Rigaudeau, A. 231/616.71/333.30/30.04/666.7000220046
7Julian, C. 81/1100.01/1100.00/00.00/00.0011001032
8Pietrus, M. 302/825.00/10.02/728.60/00.0044030226
9Parker, T. 307/1643.85/1050.02/633.34/757.10333200220
10Diarra, M. DNP
*11Pietrus, F. 312/366.72/2100.00/10.04/4100.0189130108
12Schmitt, J. 91/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0303010032
*13Diaw, B. 346/1346.24/944.42/450.00/00.01343501114
*14Weis, F. 160/10.00/10.00/00.01/250.0279041051
15Giffa, S. DNP
TEAM/COACH12300
TOTAL23/ 5343.416/ 3151.67/ 2231.813/1968.4931401021342566
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 France

Dimosthenis Ntikoudis

 

Florent Pietrus

14Pts8
11Reb9
1AS1
0ST0
0BS1
24Min31

TEAM STATS

Greece France
25/64FG M/A23/53
22/49 (44.9%) FG2P M/A16/31 (51.6%)
3/15 (20.0%) FG3P M/A7/22 (31.8%)
14/26 (53.8%) FT M/A13/19 (68.4%)
37 (12-25) Reb (O-D) 40 (9-31)
8AS10
10TO21
5ST3
0BS4
25PF25
67Pts66

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeGREECEScoreFRANCE
09:53   6 A. Rigaudeau Turnover (Bad Pass)
09:5313 D. Diamantidis Steal   
09:329 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 2 - 0 
09:10   6 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
09:1015 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound   
08:56   5 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
08:4814 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
4 - 0 
08:23 4 - 2 5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 F. Pietrus
08:0413 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Bad Pass)   14 F. Weis Steal
08:0010 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
07:529 A. Fotsis Steal   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Bad Pass)
07:36   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
07:3614 L. Papadopoulos Free throw missed(1/2)   
07:3614 L. Papadopoulos Free throw MADE(2/2) 5 - 2 
07:16   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 F. Weis
07:02   14 F. Weis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
07:029 A. Fotsis Def. Rebound   
06:4914 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
06:49   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
06:32   14 F. Weis Turnover (3 secs)
06:32 Def. Rebound   
06:1714 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   13 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound
06:179 A. Fotsis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
05:57   11 F. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:4514 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 7 - 2 
05:39 7 - 4 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
05:1813 D. Diamantidis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   13 B. Diaw Def. Rebound
04:5813 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
04:58   Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
8 M. Pietrus in
04:53 7 - 6 6 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
04:3014 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
9 - 6 
04:12 9 - 8 11 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
03:4914 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
03:49   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
03:3913 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
03:39   Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
9 T. Parker in
03:39Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in 
  
03:39Substitution: 13 D. Diamantidis out,
4 T. Papaloukas in 
  
03:39   Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
7 C. Julian in
03:374 T. Papaloukas Steal   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Travelling)
03:2110 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   8 M. Pietrus Def. Rebound
03:1610 N. Chatzivrettas Off. Rebound   
03:1410 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:13   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 F. Pietrus
03:124 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
03:12Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
6 N. Zisis in 
  
03:12 9 - 9 11 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:12 9 - 10 11 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2)
02:484 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   7 C. Julian Def. Rebound
02:34 9 - 12 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:2011 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 11 - 12 
02:07   8 M. Pietrus Turnover (Ball Handling)
01:534 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 13 - 12 
01:2611 D. Ntikoudis Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:1815 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 4 T. Papaloukas 
16 - 12 
01:04   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Travelling)
01:04Timeout   
00:486 N. Zisis Turnover (Bad Pass)   7 C. Julian Steal
00:32 16 - 14 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
00:116 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
00:11   11 F. Pietrus block
00:0815 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:00   9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 M. Kakiouzis
TimeGREECEScoreFRANCE
09:4815 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
09:48   8 M. Pietrus block
09:484 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 11 D. Ntikoudis 
  
09:48   8 M. Pietrus block
09:29   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
09:2911 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(1/2) 17 - 14 
09:2911 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(2/2)   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
09:224 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
09:22   9 T. Parker Free throw missed(1/2)
09:22 17 - 15 9 T. Parker Free throw MADE(2/2)
09:0411 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 15 M. Kakiouzis 
19 - 15 
08:42 19 - 18 8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw
08:41Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in 
  
08:41   Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
14 F. Weis in
08:41   Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in
08:256 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   13 B. Diaw Def. Rebound
08:12 19 - 20 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
07:54   8 M. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
07:4611 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   8 M. Pietrus Def. Rebound
07:324 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
07:32Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in 
  
07:32Substitution: 4 T. Papaloukas out,
5 V. Spanoulis in 
  
07:235 V. Spanoulis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
07:15   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:15   14 F. Weis Offensive Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
14 F. Weis Turnover (Offensive foul)
06:576 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 21 - 20 
06:35   9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:3510 N. Chatzivrettas Def. Rebound   
06:35   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
06:1214 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   8 M. Pietrus Def. Rebound
05:59   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 14 F. Weis
05:505 V. Spanoulis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
05:43   8 M. Pietrus Turnover (Travelling)
05:245 V. Spanoulis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
05:17   9 T. Parker Turnover (Ball Handling)
05:17 Def. Rebound   
05:016 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 23 - 20 
04:45   14 F. Weis Offensive Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)
14 F. Weis Turnover (Offensive foul)
04:45   Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
12 J. Schmitt in
04:336 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 D. Ntikoudis 
  
04:2311 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Tip-in) MADE 25 - 20 
04:1411 D. Ntikoudis Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
04:14 25 - 21 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(1/2)
04:14 25 - 22 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(2/2)
03:5314 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
03:53   9 T. Parker Def. Rebound
03:48 25 - 24 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
03:2811 D. Ntikoudis Offensive Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
11 D. Ntikoudis Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
03:28   Substitution: 13 B. Diaw out,
11 F. Pietrus in
03:28Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in 
  
03:05   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 J. Schmitt
02:4215 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:2314 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 5 V. Spanoulis 
27 - 24 
02:07   11 F. Pietrus Turnover (3 secs)
02:07Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in 
  
02:07Timeout   
01:515 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
01:51   9 T. Parker Def. Rebound
01:46 27 - 26 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
01:466 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)   
01:46 27 - 27 9 T. Parker Free throw MADE(1/1)
01:27   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
01:27   Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
5 M. Gelabale in
01:2712 K. Tsartsaris Free throw missed(1/2)   
01:2712 K. Tsartsaris Free throw missed(2/2)   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
01:13   5 M. Gelabale Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:13 Def. Rebound   
00:536 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 29 - 27 
00:53Timeout   
00:44   Substitution: 12 J. Schmitt out,
13 B. Diaw in
00:335 V. Spanoulis Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:065 V. Spanoulis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:06   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
00:00 29 - 30 9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
TimeGREECEScoreFRANCE
09:39   13 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:399 A. Fotsis Def. Rebound   
09:23   9 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
09:15   13 B. Diaw block
09:1113 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
09:11   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
08:57 29 - 32 7 C. Julian 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 A. Rigaudeau
08:2810 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:28    Def. Rebound
08:14   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Out of bounds)
08:14 Def. Rebound   
07:5114 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   9 T. Parker Def. Rebound
07:419 A. Fotsis Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
07:41 Def. Rebound   
07:4113 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Ball Handling)   
07:41    Off. Rebound
07:27   6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:19   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
07:19Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
4 T. Papaloukas in 
  
07:199 A. Fotsis Free throw MADE(1/2) 30 - 32 
07:199 A. Fotsis Free throw MADE(2/2) 31 - 32 
07:059 A. Fotsis Def. Rebound   6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:53   7 C. Julian Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)
06:4914 L. Papadopoulos Offensive Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
14 L. Papadopoulos Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
06:49   Substitution: 7 C. Julian out,
12 J. Schmitt in
06:33 31 - 34 12 J. Schmitt 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 6 A. Rigaudeau
06:1214 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis 
33 - 34 
05:469 A. Fotsis Def. Rebound   6 A. Rigaudeau 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:36   12 J. Schmitt Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
05:27   12 J. Schmitt Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
05:2714 L. Papadopoulos Free throw MADE(1/2) 34 - 34 
05:2714 L. Papadopoulos Free throw MADE(2/2) 35 - 34 
05:27Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in 
  
05:06 35 - 36 9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:56   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)
04:56   Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
8 M. Pietrus in
04:5611 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(1/2)   
04:5611 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(2/2) 36 - 36 
04:3611 D. Ntikoudis Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:2510 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 D. Diamantidis 
  
04:184 T. Papaloukas Offensive Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)
4 T. Papaloukas Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
04:18Substitution: 4 T. Papaloukas out,
6 N. Zisis in 
  
04:00   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 J. Schmitt
03:57   12 J. Schmitt 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 J. Schmitt
03:5710 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
03:56   Substitution: 12 J. Schmitt out,
5 M. Gelabale in
03:39   8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:396 N. Zisis Def. Rebound   
03:266 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 38 - 36 
02:59 38 - 39 8 M. Pietrus 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker
02:45   5 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 2nd)
02:4510 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw missed(1/2)   
02:4510 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw missed(2/2)
Off. Rebound: 9 A. Fotsis 
  
02:2711 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
02:18   11 F. Pietrus Turnover (Travelling)
02:18 Def. Rebound   
02:0213 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 40 - 39 
02:02   5 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 3rd)
02:0213 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(1/1) 41 - 39 
01:51 41 - 42 13 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker
01:296 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 D. Ntikoudis 
  
01:1911 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 43 - 42 
01:10 43 - 45 5 M. Gelabale 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw
00:4210 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
00:3311 D. Ntikoudis Off. Rebound   
00:2911 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Tip-in) missed   
00:296 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
00:29   Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
12 J. Schmitt in
00:09   13 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
00:09   12 J. Schmitt Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 3rd)
00:09Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in 
  
00:0913 D. Diamantidis Free throw missed(1/2)   
00:0913 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(2/2) 44 - 45 
00:0111 D. Ntikoudis Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
TimeGREECEScoreFRANCE
09:4215 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:42   5 M. Gelabale Def. Rebound
09:3010 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   
09:23   9 T. Parker 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
09:2315 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound   
09:1010 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
08:48   Substitution: 12 J. Schmitt out,
13 B. Diaw in
08:48   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 B. Diaw
08:4815 M. Kakiouzis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
08:48   Substitution: 9 T. Parker out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in
08:30Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in 
  
09:08   8 M. Pietrus Def. Rebound
08:30   Substitution: 13 B. Diaw out,
14 F. Weis in
08:2511 D. Ntikoudis Def. Rebound   6 A. Rigaudeau 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:0514 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   5 M. Gelabale Def. Rebound
07:5914 L. Papadopoulos Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
07:59   14 F. Weis Free throw missed(1/2)
07:59 44 - 46 14 F. Weis Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:45   6 A. Rigaudeau Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 4th)
07:3410 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 D. Ntikoudis 
47 - 46 
07:106 N. Zisis Def. Rebound   8 M. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:02   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)
06:3813 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
06:38   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
06:38   14 F. Weis Turnover (Ball Handling)
06:38 Off. Rebound   
06:2114 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 D. Ntikoudis 
  
06:0514 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   14 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound
06:05   Substitution: 11 F. Pietrus out,
13 B. Diaw in
06:0511 D. Ntikoudis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 3rd)   
05:41   13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:2214 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
05:1413 D. Diamantidis Steal   13 B. Diaw Turnover (Travelling)
05:14Timeout   
05:14   Substitution: 6 A. Rigaudeau out,
9 T. Parker in
05:06Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
9 A. Fotsis in 
  
04:4811 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
04:32 47 - 48 5 M. Gelabale 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
04:119 A. Fotsis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   14 F. Weis Def. Rebound
03:48 47 - 50 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
03:48Timeout   
03:47Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in 
  
03:3411 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 6 N. Zisis 
49 - 50 
03:05   9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 5 M. Gelabale
02:58 49 - 53 13 B. Diaw 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 5 M. Gelabale
02:52   5 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 4th)
02:4110 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 D. Ntikoudis 
  
02:41   Substitution: 14 F. Weis out,
11 F. Pietrus in
02:41   14 F. Weis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 5th)
02:4111 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(1/2)   
02:4111 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(2/2)   11 F. Pietrus Def. Rebound
02:26 49 - 55 11 F. Pietrus 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:0410 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 D. Ntikoudis 
  
02:0411 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 51 - 55 
02:04   9 T. Parker Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
02:04Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
4 T. Papaloukas in 
  
02:0411 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(1/1)   13 B. Diaw Def. Rebound
01:50   11 F. Pietrus Turnover (Ball Handling)
01:2910 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:29    Def. Rebound
01:29Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
5 V. Spanoulis in 
  
01:12 51 - 58 9 T. Parker 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 B. Diaw
01:12Timeout   
01:12Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
9 A. Fotsis in 
  
01:074 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 53 - 58 
01:03   8 M. Pietrus Turnover (Bad Pass)
01:03   5 M. Gelabale Steal
01:039 A. Fotsis Turnover (Bad Pass)   
01:039 A. Fotsis Steal   
01:0313 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)   
01:03 53 - 59 11 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:03 53 - 60 11 F. Pietrus Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:574 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 55 - 60 
00:57   8 M. Pietrus Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
00:57   Substitution: 8 M. Pietrus out,
6 A. Rigaudeau in
00:574 T. Papaloukas Free throw missed(1/1)   5 M. Gelabale Def. Rebound
00:47 55 - 62 13 B. Diaw 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
Assist: 9 T. Parker
00:40   5 M. Gelabale Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 5th)
00:40   Substitution: 5 M. Gelabale out,
8 M. Pietrus in
00:406 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(1/3) 56 - 62 
00:406 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(2/3) 57 - 62 
00:406 N. Zisis Free throw MADE(3/3) 58 - 62 
00:386 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 3rd)   
00:38   9 T. Parker Free throw missed(1/2)
00:384 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound   9 T. Parker Free throw missed(2/2)
00:304 T. Papaloukas Turnover (Other)   
00:30Timeout   
00:30   9 T. Parker Turnover (Bad Pass)
00:30Timeout   
00:30Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in 
  
00:2714 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 60 - 62 
00:2613 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 4th)   
00:26 60 - 63 9 T. Parker Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:26 60 - 64 9 T. Parker Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:184 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 62 - 64 
00:146 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 4th)   
00:14Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
9 A. Fotsis in 
  
00:14   6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw missed(1/2)
00:14 62 - 65 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:13   13 B. Diaw Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 1st)
00:134 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(1/2) 63 - 65 
00:134 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(2/2) 64 - 65 
00:114 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 5th)   
00:11   6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw missed(1/2)
00:11 64 - 66 6 A. Rigaudeau Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:0313 D. Diamantidis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 67 - 66 
00:00   6 A. Rigaudeau Turnover (Travelling)

Accumulated statistics

Greece France
25/64FG M/A23/53
22/49 (44.9%) FG2P M/A16/31 (51.6%)
3/15 (20.0%) FG3P M/A7/22 (31.8%)
14/26 (53.8%) FT M/A13/19 (68.4%)
37 (12-25) Reb (O-D) 40 (9-31)
8AS10
10TO21
5ST3
0BS4
25PF25
67Pts66

top performers

Greece France

Dimosthenis Ntikoudis

 

Florent Pietrus

14Pts8
11Reb9
1AS1
0ST0
0BS1
24Min31
Greece France 2-0
France - Greece 50-64
16.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)
Greece - France 67-66
24.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)

GAME PREVIEW

24.09.2005
Preview Greece vs. France

Following impressive wins on Thursday night, France and Greece will today do battle for the right to play in the gold medal game. 

The two teams know each other well, as they met in Group C. Greece won the game 64-50 in the team opening games. With that result, Greece leads the all-time head to head results 10-5. But past results are of no value this time. 

Boris Diaw (France)
Boris Diaw
France thumped the defending European champions Lithuania 63-47 to take the scalp of another favourite in this tournament for the second game in a row. Phoenix Suns swingman led the way for the French with 18 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists. 

Les Bleus had stunned Serbia & Montenegro in the elimination game in Novi Sad on Tuesday night to set up the quarter-final encounter. 

Revenge was the name of the game for Claude Bergeaud's men, as they were able to topple the side that prevented them from reaching the finals at the Eurobasket in Sweden two years ago with a 9-0 run to end the game. 

Now, France will want to serve the dish to Greece as well, after falling to them in the group stages. 

"It was nice to get revenge over Lithuania, even if they were missing some important players," said French point guard Tony Parker who finished with 11 points and 5 assists.  

Tony Parker (France)
Tony Parker
"Now we hope we can do the same against Greece. Our loss against them was our first game of this tournament, when we weren't the team we are now, so it will be a more evenly matched game and hopefully we'll come out on top." 

The opportunity to play in a gold medal game has been a long time coming for France. Not since 1949 - when they claimed silver - have they been to the finals.  

Like in Sweden in 2003, France are now just two games away from the country's first-ever EuroBasket gold medal. But the players aren't looking too far ahead. 

"We can't start thinking about the final yet. We need to beat Greece first and that will take our best effort yet. It won't be the most spectacular or high scoring of games, but more of a match-up of the two best defenses in the tournament." 

And France has certainly locked down on defense in the last two games. They held Lithuania to only 47 points on Thursday night, about 40 less than the Group B winner had averaged through its first three games.

Everyone on the rejuvenated French team is doing his part in the team's success. Diaw leads a balanced offense, with captain Antoine Rigaudeau and Parker splitting the point guard duties, while the Pietrus brothers and Mickael Gelabale are holding down the tight defense, and down in the paint Cyril Julian, Julien Schmitt and even 2.18m center Frederic Weis are more than holding their own. 

And Bergeaud supports this idea that France is completely different to the team it was against Greece a week ago. 

"In that first game against Greece, we failed to play with some rhythm. If we can impose our rhythm and a good tempo, it will be a very tough game for Greece. For us, the key is not to get into a slow game where we're walking the ball," said Bergeaud. 

Meanwhile Greece rallied from an early double digit deficit to earn a shocking 66-61 victory over Russia.  

With a victory in the semi-finals, Greece would be assured of their best finish in the Eurobasket since 1989, when they won silver, and would be one victory shy of their first gold medal since 1987. 

"It's a very big success for us to reach the semi-finals and everybody must respect these kids for what they've done," said Greek head coach Panagiotis Yannakis. 

Now, Greece will want to prove that the win over France was no fluke. 

"The two teams know one another very well," said Michail Kakiouzis. "The fact that France eliminated Serbia-Montenegro means something. We know that they like to play a very defensive style."

Theodoros Papaloukas (Greece)
Theodoros Papaloukas
For the second consecutive game, the Greeks will take on a team more athletic and talented on paper. But don't tell that to Yannakis' men. 

"We don't fear France," said  Dimosthenis Ntikouadis. "We respect them, but at the same time we see this game as our big chance to reach the finals for the first time in more than 15 years." 

Coach Yannakis believes Greece will need to be aware of France's extra incentive - avenging their loss earlier in the tournament - and match it. 

"I think the game against France will be very difficult, maybe even more difficult than if we had played Lithuania, because France is more motivated to beat us after we won the first game in the preliminary round," Yannakis said. 

"We need to play very good in defense and find our rhythm in shooting.  The Greek fans are very important for us. We owe them very much. They make us want to play better".  

At the other end of the court, Greece will need its balanced offense to be on display once again. No player averages more than 11 points per outing and the first game against France showed the scoring can come from various sources, as evidenced by Theodoros Papaloukas' 23-point performance off the bench last week. 

"Every player can come in and make a difference and the crucial shot, because everybody put their ego behind for the best of the team."

That 'team first' mentality is something Greece share with their France, and it will be a matter of which side can live up to that reputation the most which will determine the winner.

Greece France 2-0
France - Greece 50-64
16.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)
Greece - France 67-66
24.09.2005, Belgrade (SRB)