Russia61-66

13-6, 20-20, 7-18, 21-22

Greece

 

Date: 22.09.2005, 17:30hVenue:   Belgrade (SRB) Spectators: 15900
Referees:  Eduardo Sancha (ESP), Stelian Banica (ROU), Zoran Sutulovic (MNE)
TEAM LEADERS
Russia Greece
Andrei Kirilenko (20)PtsTheodoros Papaloukas (23)
Andrei Kirilenko (16), Victor Khryapa (11)RebMichail Kakiouzis (11)
3 players tied with 2ASDimitrios Diamantidis (3)
Andrei Kirilenko (2), Jon Robert Holden (2)ST4 players tied with 2
Andrei Kirilenko (3), Nikita Morgunov (3)BSTheodoros Papaloukas (1), Dimosthenis Ntikoudis (1)

GAME REPORT

22.09.2005
Greece Reach First EuroBasket Semis Since 1997

Greece shook off a 13-2 start to defeat Russia 66-61 on Thursday and book their first ticket to the EuroBasket semi-finals since 1997.

Theodoros Papaloukas came off the bench to lead all scorers with 23 points for Greece, including five free throws in the final 46 seconds, while Dimosthenis Ntikoudis added 11 for the Greeks.

Russian superstar Andrei Kirilenko notched a double-double of 20 points and 16 rebounds, but his team-mates shot themselves in the foot by turning to three-point shot too often in the second half.

The Russians, who had dominated game with their play inside during the first half, were awful from the arc, making just four of 27 for the game.

In the second half, Sergey Babkov´s men were three of 20 from long range.

Papaloukas, regarded by many as the best sixth men in European basketball, could hardly believe the final outcome.

"This success was down to the team work," Papaloukas said. "Even if I had scored 30 points, and the team lost, it would be Greece as a whole who loses. So it´s all about team work."

The victory means Greece have secured a place at FIBA World Championship 2006 in Japan.

"It´s a great feeling," he said, "although I am slightly nervous because I am scared of flying."

Russia´s adopted American, point guard JR Holden, had 15 points while Victor Khryapa finished with eight. That pair combined to hit just two of 16 of their three-point attempts.

After giving up the first basket of the game, the Russians went on a 13-0 run over nine minutes thanks to their strong defence and shot-blocking.

Russia couldn't take care of the ball in the first half, however, as turnovers, poor shot selection and missed free throws allowed the Greeks to get back into the game. The Greeks closed to within 28-26 on Nikolaos Chatzivrettas' three-pointer with 2:11 remaining.

With the score 29-26, the referee nailed Greek coach Panagiotis Yannakis with a technical following a questionable non-foul call on a block by Kirilenko. On the play before, the Greeks thought they had a clean block on Holden's drive to the basket.

Russia closed the half on a 5-0 run - all on Holden five free thows - to lead 33-26.

The Russians missed seven of 17 free throws and committed nine turnovers in the first 20 minutes.

Russia's struggles continued in the third, especially as the fouls began to mount. Centre Aleksey Savrasenko fouled out in the third while Sergey Monya and Nikita Morgunov both finished the period with four.

Greece kept chipping away at the Russians and finally took the lead at 1:53 remaining in the third quarter on Papaloukas' three-pointer from the left side. That shot started a 9-0 run, pushing the lead to 48-40 on Nikolaos Zisis' layup over Kirilenko.

With just over three minutes gone in the fourth quarter, Holden hit two straight free throws - their first points in over six minutes.

Russia continued to struggle in the fourth quarter but Victor Khryapa's three-pointer and Holden's layup gave them a chance, trimming the lead to one, 50-49.

Papaloukas three times broke down the Russian defence and scored layups - the last giving the Greeks a 58-53 advantage.

Vasileios Spanoulis made just one of two for a 61-55 lead.

Vitaly Fridzon closed the gap to 61-58 with a three-pointer before Papaloukas hit five free throws down the stretch.

Greece will now try to emulate the success of the team that captured gold in 1987.

"There are two games to go," Papaloukas said. "You never know, this is what is great about sport."

Top performers

Russia Greece

Andrei Kirilenko

 

Theodoros Papaloukas

20Pts23
16Reb4
2AS1
2ST2
3BS1

Accumulated statistics

Russia Greece
20/60FG M/A23/59
16/33 (48.5%) FG2P M/A20/40 (50.0%)
4/27 (14.8%) FG3P M/A3/19 (15.8%)
17/26 (65.4%) FT M/A17/26 (65.4%)
46 (10-36) Reb (O-D) 46 (8-38)
8AS6
20TO15
7ST9
7BS2
28PF25
61Pts66

PHOTO GALLERY

RUSSIA
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Ponkrashov, A. DNP
*5Holden, J. 364/1921.14/1136.40/80.07/977.80111220115
6Likholitov, F. DNP
7Fridzon, V. 81/333.30/10.01/250.00/00.0011021033
8Morgunov, N. 152/366.72/366.70/00.01/250.0101030345
9Samoylenko, P. 161/250.01/1100.00/10.02/366.7101110014
*10Khryapa, V. 373/1127.31/333.32/825.00/00.02911251058
11Pashutin, Z. 110/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0033211010
*12Monya, S. 231/333.31/1100.00/20.00/10.0011010042
*13Kirilenko, A. 386/1540.05/955.61/616.77/1163.6412162523420
14Ivanov, A. DNP
*15Savrasenko, A. 162/450.02/450.00/00.00/00.0145000154
TEAM/COACH15600
TOTAL20/ 6033.316/ 3348.54/ 2714.817/2665.4103646820772861
GREECE
NameMinFG2P FG3P FGFTRebASTOSTBSPFPts
M/A%M/A%M/A%M/A%ODTot
4Papaloukas, T. 328/1080.06/785.72/366.75/1050.00441121223
5Spanoulis, V. 41/1100.01/1100.00/00.01/250.0000011013
6Zisis, N. 153/742.93/475.00/30.00/20.0011102056
7Bourousis, Y. 10/00.00/00.00/00.00/00.0000000000
8Vasilopoulos, P. DNP
9Fotsis, A. 81/425.01/333.30/10.02/2100.0112000014
*10Chatzivrettas, N. 263/837.52/366.71/520.02/2100.0011110059
11Ntikoudis, D. 303/837.53/560.00/30.05/683.31450121311
*12Tsartsaris, K. 91/250.01/250.00/00.00/00.0224030012
*13Diamantidis, D. 350/90.00/80.00/10.02/2100.0055322012
*14Papadopoulos, L. 130/10.00/10.00/00.00/00.0011020030
*15Kakiouzis, M. 293/933.33/650.00/30.00/00.04711020026
TEAM/COACH0121221
TOTAL23/ 5939.020/ 4050.03/ 1915.817/2665.483846615922566
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

Russia Greece

Andrei Kirilenko

 

Theodoros Papaloukas

20Pts23
16Reb4
2AS1
2ST2
3BS1
38Min32

TEAM STATS

Russia Greece
20/60FG M/A23/59
16/33 (48.5%) FG2P M/A20/40 (50.0%)
4/27 (14.8%) FG3P M/A3/19 (15.8%)
17/26 (65.4%) FT M/A17/26 (65.4%)
46 (10-36) Reb (O-D) 46 (8-38)
8AS6
20TO15
7ST9
7BS2
28PF25
61Pts66

PLAY BY PLAY

TimeRUSSIAScoreGREECE
09:51 0 - 2 12 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis
09:3515 A. Savrasenko 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 5 J. Holden 
2 - 2 
09:06   15 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 12 K. Tsartsaris
09:04   12 K. Tsartsaris Offensive Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
12 K. Tsartsaris Turnover (Offensive foul)
08:4715 A. Savrasenko 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 A. Kirilenko 
4 - 2 
08:2413 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
08:2415 A. Savrasenko block   
08:195 J. Holden Turnover (Other)   
08:11    Def. Rebound
08:0215 A. Savrasenko Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)   
07:46   13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:4615 A. Savrasenko Def. Rebound   
07:3113 A. Kirilenko 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 10 V. Khryapa 
6 - 2 
07:0913 A. Kirilenko Block
12 S. Monya Def. Rebound 
  14 L. Papadopoulos 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
07:07   15 M. Kakiouzis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
06:5113 A. Kirilenko Turnover (Ball Handling)   13 D. Diamantidis Steal
06:51    Def. Rebound
06:51   Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
6 N. Zisis in
06:2810 V. Khryapa Def. Rebound   15 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:15   14 L. Papadopoulos Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)
06:035 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 8 - 2 
05:37   13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:3713 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   
05:20   6 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
05:20Timeout   
05:20   Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
9 A. Fotsis in
05:025 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
05:02   15 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound
04:43   15 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
04:4315 A. Savrasenko Def. Rebound   
04:4012 S. Monya 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 10 - 2 
04:40   6 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
04:4012 S. Monya Free throw missed(1/1)   15 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound
04:16   6 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
04:1613 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   
03:5713 A. Kirilenko Turnover (Bad Pass)   
03:5214 L. Papadopoulos Def. Rebound   13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
03:5213 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   
03:4615 A. Savrasenko 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   10 V. Khryapa Def. Rebound
03:38   6 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:215 J. Holden Turnover (Ball Handling)   
03:21    Def. Rebound
03:18Substitution: 5 J. Holden out,
9 P. Samoylenko in 
  
03:0413 A. Kirilenko Steal   14 L. Papadopoulos Turnover (Bad Pass)
03:04   14 L. Papadopoulos Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)
03:04   Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in
03:04Substitution: 15 A. Savrasenko out,
8 N. Morgunov in 
  
03:0413 A. Kirilenko Free throw missed(1/2)   
03:0413 A. Kirilenko Free throw MADE(2/2) 11 - 2 
02:44   11 D. Ntikoudis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
02:4410 V. Khryapa Def. Rebound   
02:3013 A. Kirilenko 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 13 - 2 
02:30   11 D. Ntikoudis Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)
02:30   Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
4 T. Papaloukas in
02:3013 A. Kirilenko Free throw missed(1/1)   9 A. Fotsis Def. Rebound
02:1212 S. Monya Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)   
01:51   11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 11 D. Ntikoudis
01:43   6 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:4310 V. Khryapa Def. Rebound   
01:3213 A. Kirilenko Turnover (Ball Handling)   6 N. Zisis Steal
01:32    Def. Rebound
01:18   9 A. Fotsis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:1813 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   
01:0610 V. Khryapa Turnover (Travelling)   
00:53 13 - 4 6 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
00:3113 A. Kirilenko 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:31   11 D. Ntikoudis Def. Rebound
00:2212 S. Monya Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)   
00:22Substitution: 10 V. Khryapa out,
11 Z. Pashutin in 
  
00:22Timeout   
00:108 N. Morgunov Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
00:01 13 - 6 4 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
TimeRUSSIAScoreGREECE
09:47   6 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)
09:4713 A. Kirilenko Free throw MADE(1/2) 14 - 6 
09:4713 A. Kirilenko Free throw missed(2/2)   11 D. Ntikoudis Def. Rebound
09:34   13 D. Diamantidis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
09:3411 Z. Pashutin Def. Rebound   
09:27   9 A. Fotsis Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 1st)
09:27   Substitution: 6 N. Zisis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in
09:2713 A. Kirilenko Free throw missed(1/2)   
09:2713 A. Kirilenko Free throw MADE(2/2) 15 - 6 
09:07 15 - 8 9 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:4813 A. Kirilenko Turnover (Travelling)   
08:48    Def. Rebound
08:48Substitution: 12 S. Monya out,
10 V. Khryapa in 
  
08:298 N. Morgunov Block
10 V. Khryapa Def. Rebound 
  9 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
08:1410 V. Khryapa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 11 Z. Pashutin 
18 - 8 
08:028 N. Morgunov Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
08:02 18 - 9 11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(1/2)
08:02 18 - 10 11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:488 N. Morgunov 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 11 Z. Pashutin 
20 - 10 
07:37   9 A. Fotsis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
Off. Rebound: 9 A. Fotsis
07:378 N. Morgunov block   
07:378 N. Morgunov Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
07:37Substitution: 8 N. Morgunov out,
15 A. Savrasenko in 
  
07:37 20 - 11 9 A. Fotsis Free throw MADE(1/2)
07:37 20 - 12 9 A. Fotsis Free throw MADE(2/2)
07:37   Substitution: 9 A. Fotsis out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in
07:235 J. Holden 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:23   4 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound
07:12   14 L. Papadopoulos Turnover (Ball Handling)
07:125 J. Holden Steal   
07:065 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 10 V. Khryapa 
22 - 12 
06:54 22 - 15 4 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
06:2315 A. Savrasenko 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 A. Kirilenko 
  
06:1313 A. Kirilenko 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 24 - 15 
06:0515 A. Savrasenko Def. Rebound
15 A. Savrasenko Def. Rebound 
  4 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:4810 V. Khryapa Turnover (Bad Pass)   
05:48   11 D. Ntikoudis Steal
05:4511 Z. Pashutin Steal   11 D. Ntikoudis Turnover (Bad Pass)
05:43   14 L. Papadopoulos Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)
05:43   Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in
05:43   Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in
05:4313 A. Kirilenko Free throw MADE(1/2) 25 - 15 
05:4313 A. Kirilenko Free throw MADE(2/2) 26 - 15 
05:43Substitution: 13 A. Kirilenko out,
12 S. Monya in 
  
05:3710 V. Khryapa Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
05:3511 Z. Pashutin Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)   
05:2815 A. Savrasenko Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)   
05:28Substitution: 15 A. Savrasenko out,
8 N. Morgunov in 
  
05:28 26 - 16 11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(1/2)
05:28 26 - 17 11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(2/2)
05:1410 V. Khryapa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
05:14   4 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound
05:10Timeout   
05:10 26 - 19 15 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 4 T. Papaloukas
03:36   13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
03:36   13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
05:08Substitution: 11 Z. Pashutin out,
13 A. Kirilenko in 
  
04:595 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
04:59   11 D. Ntikoudis Def. Rebound
04:37   10 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 M. Kakiouzis
04:23 26 - 21 11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis
03:5613 A. Kirilenko 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   10 V. Khryapa Def. Rebound
03:56   11 D. Ntikoudis Def. Rebound
03:41Substitution: 8 N. Morgunov out,
9 P. Samoylenko in 
  
03:1613 A. Kirilenko Steal   15 M. Kakiouzis Turnover (Bad Pass)
03:1613 A. Kirilenko 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:0010 V. Khryapa 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 A. Kirilenko 
  
02:5013 A. Kirilenko 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 28 - 21 
02:46 28 - 23 10 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 13 D. Diamantidis
02:2812 S. Monya Turnover (Ball Handling)   
02:28    Def. Rebound
02:11 28 - 26 10 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
01:5212 S. Monya 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:52   13 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound
01:37   13 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Ball Handling)
01:37 Def. Rebound   
01:26   13 D. Diamantidis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
01:265 J. Holden Free throw MADE(1/2) 29 - 26 
01:265 J. Holden Free throw missed(2/2)   13 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound
01:0910 V. Khryapa Def. Rebound   10 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
01:0913 A. Kirilenko block   
01:02 Foul drawn    Personal Foul
01:025 J. Holden Free throw MADE(1/2) 30 - 26 
01:025 J. Holden Free throw MADE(2/2) 31 - 26 
00:49   15 M. Kakiouzis Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 2nd)
00:49Substitution: 12 S. Monya out,
11 Z. Pashutin in 
  
00:495 J. Holden Free throw missed(1/3)   
00:495 J. Holden Free throw MADE(2/3) 32 - 26 
00:495 J. Holden Free throw MADE(3/3) 33 - 26 
00:3613 A. Kirilenko Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 1st)   
00:36   4 T. Papaloukas Free throw missed(1/2)
00:3613 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   4 T. Papaloukas Free throw missed(2/2)
00:195 J. Holden 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:19   15 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound
00:03   13 D. Diamantidis Turnover (Ball Handling)
00:03 Def. Rebound   
00:0013 A. Kirilenko 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   10 V. Khryapa Def. Rebound
TimeRUSSIAScoreGREECE
09:34    Turnover (24 secs)
09:34 Def. Rebound   
09:1310 V. Khryapa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:13   15 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound
09:06   11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
09:0611 Z. Pashutin Def. Rebound   
08:585 J. Holden 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 A. Savrasenko 
  
08:56   10 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 1st)
08:4013 A. Kirilenko Turnover (Bad Pass)   13 D. Diamantidis Steal
08:37    Def. Rebound
08:18   10 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:1813 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   
08:1410 V. Khryapa Turnover (Other)   
08:09 33 - 28 4 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
07:505 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:50   4 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound
07:4713 A. Kirilenko Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 2nd)   
07:3513 A. Kirilenko Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 3rd)   
07:2815 A. Savrasenko Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 3rd)   
07:17   15 M. Kakiouzis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
07:175 J. Holden Def. Rebound   
06:5311 Z. Pashutin Turnover (Bad Pass)   
06:53   4 T. Papaloukas Steal
06:50 33 - 30 4 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE
06:50Timeout   
06:255 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 A. Kirilenko 
  
06:2013 A. Kirilenko 2PtsFG (Dunk) MADE 35 - 30 
06:12   10 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
06:12 Def. Rebound   
05:5310 V. Khryapa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
05:53    Def. Rebound
05:32   11 D. Ntikoudis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 M. Kakiouzis
05:29   15 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)
05:2913 A. Kirilenko block   
05:2911 Z. Pashutin Def. Rebound   
05:2710 V. Khryapa Turnover (Ball Handling)   
05:27   11 D. Ntikoudis Steal
05:2710 V. Khryapa Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 2nd)   
05:27Substitution: 11 Z. Pashutin out,
12 S. Monya in 
  
05:27Substitution: 10 V. Khryapa out,
9 P. Samoylenko in 
  
05:03 35 - 32 11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
Assist: 10 N. Chatzivrettas
04:399 P. Samoylenko 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 37 - 32 
04:39   10 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
04:39Substitution: 15 A. Savrasenko out,
8 N. Morgunov in 
  
04:399 P. Samoylenko Free throw missed(1/1)   15 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound
04:2212 S. Monya Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)   
04:22   11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw missed(1/2)
04:22 37 - 33 11 D. Ntikoudis Free throw MADE(2/2)
04:04   11 D. Ntikoudis Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 2nd)
04:04   Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
6 N. Zisis in
04:04Substitution: 13 A. Kirilenko out,
10 V. Khryapa in 
  
04:048 N. Morgunov Free throw missed(1/2)   
04:048 N. Morgunov Free throw MADE(2/2) 38 - 33 
03:42 38 - 35 6 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
03:2412 S. Monya 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
03:24   13 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound
03:1412 S. Monya Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 4th)   
03:14   Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in
03:14 38 - 36 13 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(1/2)
03:14 38 - 37 13 D. Diamantidis Free throw MADE(2/2)
02:578 N. Morgunov 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 40 - 37 
02:33 40 - 39 15 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
02:148 N. Morgunov Offensive Foul (Team 7th, Player 4th)
8 N. Morgunov Turnover (Offensive foul) 
  
02:14   Substitution: 13 D. Diamantidis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in
02:14Substitution: 12 S. Monya out,
15 A. Savrasenko in 
  
02:14Substitution: 8 N. Morgunov out,
13 A. Kirilenko in 
  
01:58 40 - 42 4 T. Papaloukas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 6 N. Zisis
01:515 J. Holden 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   10 N. Chatzivrettas Def. Rebound
01:5115 A. Savrasenko Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 4th)   
01:51 40 - 43 10 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw MADE(1/2)
01:51 40 - 44 10 N. Chatzivrettas Free throw MADE(2/2)
01:3413 A. Kirilenko 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:34   4 T. Papaloukas Def. Rebound
01:15   6 N. Zisis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
01:1513 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   
00:579 P. Samoylenko 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 9 P. Samoylenko 
  
00:56   4 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 1st)
00:56   Substitution: 15 M. Kakiouzis out,
12 K. Tsartsaris in
00:475 J. Holden 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:47   6 N. Zisis Def. Rebound
00:4715 A. Savrasenko Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 5th)   
00:47Substitution: 15 A. Savrasenko out,
8 N. Morgunov in 
  
00:47   Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in
00:47   6 N. Zisis Free throw missed(1/2)
00:4713 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   6 N. Zisis Free throw missed(2/2)
00:318 N. Morgunov Turnover (5 secs)   4 T. Papaloukas Steal
00:31    Def. Rebound
00:15   4 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
00:1513 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   
00:045 J. Holden 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   12 K. Tsartsaris Def. Rebound
TimeRUSSIAScoreGREECE
09:4610 V. Khryapa Turnover (Ball Handling)   
09:355 J. Holden Steal   12 K. Tsartsaris Turnover (Ball Handling)
09:33   10 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)
09:2213 A. Kirilenko 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
09:02 40 - 46 10 N. Chatzivrettas 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
08:485 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
08:48   12 K. Tsartsaris Def. Rebound
08:2313 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   11 D. Ntikoudis 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:19   12 K. Tsartsaris 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
08:19   12 K. Tsartsaris Off. Rebound
08:15   4 T. Papaloukas Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 2nd)
08:15Substitution: 5 J. Holden out,
7 V. Fridzon in 
  
08:029 P. Samoylenko Turnover (Bad Pass)   
08:02   6 N. Zisis Steal
07:4310 V. Khryapa Personal Foul (Team 1st, Player 3rd)   
07:31 40 - 48 6 N. Zisis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
07:31Timeout   
07:31Substitution: 9 P. Samoylenko out,
5 J. Holden in 
  
07:178 N. Morgunov 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 8 N. Morgunov 
  
07:17   10 N. Chatzivrettas Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 4th)
07:17   Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
13 D. Diamantidis in
07:095 J. Holden 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 13 A. Kirilenko 
  
07:0410 V. Khryapa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
07:04   6 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)
07:0213 A. Kirilenko 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 10 V. Khryapa 
  
06:55   11 D. Ntikoudis Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 3rd)
06:55   Substitution: 6 N. Zisis out,
5 V. Spanoulis in
06:555 J. Holden Free throw MADE(1/2) 41 - 48 
06:555 J. Holden Free throw MADE(2/2) 42 - 48 
06:4015 M. Kakiouzis Def. Rebound   13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed (blocked)
06:408 N. Morgunov block   
06:40   Substitution: 12 K. Tsartsaris out,
15 M. Kakiouzis in
06:34   5 V. Spanoulis Turnover (Bad Pass)
06:3410 V. Khryapa Steal   
06:2713 A. Kirilenko 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed   
06:23   15 M. Kakiouzis Turnover (Bad Pass)
06:237 V. Fridzon Steal   
06:227 V. Fridzon Turnover (Other)   
06:22    Def. Rebound
05:59 42 - 50 5 V. Spanoulis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
05:455 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
Off. Rebound: 10 V. Khryapa 
  
05:3710 V. Khryapa 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 44 - 50 
05:16    Turnover (24 secs)
05:16 Def. Rebound   
05:16   Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
14 L. Papadopoulos in
05:16Substitution: 8 N. Morgunov out,
12 S. Monya in 
  
05:0410 V. Khryapa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 13 A. Kirilenko 
47 - 50 
05:04Timeout   
05:04   Substitution: 14 L. Papadopoulos out,
11 D. Ntikoudis in
04:53   13 D. Diamantidis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) missed
04:5310 V. Khryapa Def. Rebound   
04:445 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 49 - 50 
04:19 49 - 52 11 D. Ntikoudis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
04:085 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
04:08    Def. Rebound
04:08   Substitution: 5 V. Spanoulis out,
6 N. Zisis in
03:52 49 - 54 4 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
03:3710 V. Khryapa 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   
03:35   4 T. Papaloukas Turnover (Bad Pass)
03:24   6 N. Zisis Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 5th)
03:24   Substitution: 6 N. Zisis out,
10 N. Chatzivrettas in
03:2413 A. Kirilenko Free throw MADE(1/2) 50 - 54 
03:2413 A. Kirilenko Free throw MADE(2/2) 51 - 54 
03:09 51 - 56 4 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
03:09Timeout   
02:575 J. Holden 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE 53 - 56 
02:3513 A. Kirilenko Personal Foul (Team 2nd, Player 4th)   
02:21 53 - 58 4 T. Papaloukas 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
02:0110 V. Khryapa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
02:01    Def. Rebound
01:47   10 N. Chatzivrettas 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 M. Kakiouzis
01:46   15 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed
Off. Rebound: 15 M. Kakiouzis
01:40 53 - 60 15 M. Kakiouzis 2PtsFG (Lay-up) MADE
01:337 V. Fridzon 2PtsFG (Jump shot) missed (blocked)   13 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound
01:33   11 D. Ntikoudis block
01:33Substitution: 12 S. Monya out,
9 P. Samoylenko in 
  
01:2913 A. Kirilenko 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
01:277 V. Fridzon Personal Foul (Team 3rd, Player 1st)   
01:2210 V. Khryapa Personal Foul (Team 4th, Player 4th)   
01:05   10 N. Chatzivrettas Offensive Foul (Team 7th, Player 5th)
10 N. Chatzivrettas Turnover (Offensive foul)
01:05   Substitution: 10 N. Chatzivrettas out,
5 V. Spanoulis in
01:00   5 V. Spanoulis Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 1st)
01:00Timeout   
01:009 P. Samoylenko Free throw MADE(1/2) 54 - 60 
01:009 P. Samoylenko Free throw MADE(2/2) 55 - 60 
00:595 J. Holden Personal Foul (Team 5th, Player 1st)   
00:59   5 V. Spanoulis Free throw missed(1/2)
00:58 55 - 61 5 V. Spanoulis Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:507 V. Fridzon 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE
Assist: 9 P. Samoylenko 
58 - 61 
00:467 V. Fridzon Personal Foul (Team 6th, Player 2nd)   
00:46 58 - 62 4 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:46 58 - 63 4 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:3710 V. Khryapa 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   13 D. Diamantidis Def. Rebound
00:37 Off. Rebound   
00:315 J. Holden 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   
00:299 P. Samoylenko Personal Foul (Team 7th, Player 1st)   
00:29 58 - 64 4 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:29 58 - 65 4 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(2/2)
00:257 V. Fridzon Turnover (Out of bounds)   
00:107 V. Fridzon Personal Foul (Team 8th, Player 3rd)   
00:10 58 - 66 4 T. Papaloukas Free throw MADE(1/2)
00:1013 A. Kirilenko Def. Rebound   4 T. Papaloukas Free throw missed(2/2)
00:0413 A. Kirilenko 3PtsFG (Jump shot) MADE 61 - 66 
00:0310 V. Khryapa Personal Foul (Team 9th, Player 5th)   
00:03Substitution: 10 V. Khryapa out,
8 N. Morgunov in 
  
00:03   Substitution: 11 D. Ntikoudis out,
7 I. Bourousis in
00:03   4 T. Papaloukas Free throw missed(1/2)
00:037 V. Fridzon Def. Rebound   4 T. Papaloukas Free throw missed(2/2)
00:007 V. Fridzon 3PtsFG (Jump shot) missed   

Accumulated statistics

Russia Greece
20/60FG M/A23/59
16/33 (48.5%) FG2P M/A20/40 (50.0%)
4/27 (14.8%) FG3P M/A3/19 (15.8%)
17/26 (65.4%) FT M/A17/26 (65.4%)
46 (10-36) Reb (O-D) 46 (8-38)
8AS6
20TO15
7ST9
7BS2
28PF25
61Pts66

top performers

Russia Greece

Andrei Kirilenko

 

Theodoros Papaloukas

20Pts23
16Reb4
2AS1
2ST2
3BS1
38Min32

GAME PREVIEW

22.09.2005
Greece Ready To Battle Russia

On most calendars, July 4 is marked because it is independence day in the United States.

In the offices of the Russian and Greek basketball federations, this date is marked for a different reason.

That day in 1997 was the last time Greece and Russia won quarter-final games in a EuroBasket. One will break that drought tonight as the first quarter-final of EuroBasket2005 will the two teams against each other.

Russia are a side with a lot of tradition and a team many expect to reach the podium.

Greek coach Panagiotis Yannakis isn't intimidated.

"Russia is a team with big history, but this is good for us," Yannakis said.

"My players have extra motivation against such teams."
 
Russia beat Greece in the 1997 EuroBasket bronze medal game and won 97-77.

For Greece, it was the third loss in a row in a bronze medal clash.

Russia lost in the quarter-finals at the following three EuroBaskets, falling to Italy in 1999, Spain in 2001 and France two years ago.

Russia did grab a silver medal at the FIBA World Championship 1998 in Greece.

Greece have been on a rollercoaster since 1997.

They reached the semi-finals as hosts of the FIBA World Championship 1998, but at the EuroBasket the following year they hit rock bottom and fell all the way to 16th place.

They have gradually made their way back to the top.

In 2001, Greece finished ninth and in the last EuroBasket made it all the way back to the quarter-finals before finishing fifth.

This year's event has seen a new-look Russia, spearheaded by the great Andrei Kirilenko, make it straight to the quarter-finals as winners of Group A.

Greece emerged second from Group C to Slovenia and had to play an elimination round game, which they won over Israel 67-61 after another impressive defensive performance.

Greek guard Dimitrios Diamantidis had six steals in the win over Israel, and his 6.5 assists per game are tops in the competition.

Kirilenko is ruling the competition on the defensive end, however, with averages of 3.7 steals 2.7 blocks.

JR Holden, the CSKA Moscow star who is American but now has Russian citizenship, is proving to be a valuable point guard for his adopted national team and he is optimistic about the clash with Greece.

"I'm comfortable playing against Greece because I know them very well," he said.

However Holden, who spent a season with AEK Athens before moving to the Russian capital, refuses to accept that Russia are favourites.

"The chances are 50-50," he said. "Greece is a talented team. They don't have a leading player, and maybe it's better for them."

Holden has hit double figures in scoring in every game so far in Serbia & Montenegro. There is no question who the leader of this team is, though, and that is Kirilenko.

"He's everything for the team and I'm happy to play together with him," Holden said.

"He's amazing on the fast break and a guarantee in the rebounds. Sometimes the team who have a leading player have a bigger problem, but that's not the case here, because Kirilenko isn't just a good player, he's also an excellent guy."

As for Kirilenko, he is worried about a Greek team which is flying high after their latest win.

"I think that after the game against Israel, Greece can play better and better," he said, before revealing part of Russia's game-plan.

"We want to play fast, because Greece make bad turnovers when they try to play fast."

Russian coach Sergey Babkov says both teams have their merits.

"We are a team that has a lot of forwards, while Greece is built in a more classic way with balance between the guards, forwards and centers.

"The Greeks put a lot of focus on defence. On the other hand, they have (Nikos) Zisis, who's a very important player, and (Lazaros) Papadopoulos also has an important role on offense."
 
The Greek side received just one rest day after the Israel contest.

Barcelona forward Michail Kakiouzis, who nailed a key three-pointer in the win over Israel, agrees with Holden.

"There's no clear favorite in the game," he said. "The chances are 50-50 each. We don't have any pressure or stress on us. We came here to win the medal, and we can take even the gold one. I don't want anything less."

His team-mate, Nikolaos Chatzivrettas, added: "After the game against France we didn't play well.

"We can surely play better. I hope you will see our real face against Russia."