|08 July 2010|
Greece underlined why they are one of the favourites for the gold medal after they opened up their campaign in Croatia with a ruthless 92-67 demolition of Czech Republic.
Dominating from tip to buzzer, it was Nikos Pappas that took the plaudits with a game-high 26 points while equally impressive was Kostas Papanikolaou who racked up 14 points and 11 rebounds.
Czech Republic struggled to keep pace with the Greek side and if they didn't already have an awareness of the size of the task facing them, they certainly did when they found themselves routed inside fourteen minutes at 35-12.
They were second best in every facet of the game and maintaining some kind of respectability to the score-line was the best they could hope for. They managed to do that after rallying in the second half with a triple by Tomas Satoransky early in the fourth reducing the gap to 71-58.
While Czech Republic got to within 11 points shortly afterwards, Greece showed no mercy and back to back triples by Dimitris Katsivelis and Kostas Sloukas restored Greek dominance.
David Jelinek was the one bright note for Czech Republic with 17 points.