Game Hero: Yannis Bourousis not only tallied 12 points, six rebounds and a blocked shot, but he also scored eight points in the early going of the second quarter to help Greece take control of the contest.
Stats Don't Lie: Greece shot 57.4% for the game from the field and out-rebounded Sweden 41-19. Sweden was held to just 36% from the field and low post players Jonas Jerebko and Joakim Kjellbom combined for four of Sweden's seven assists.
After watching Finland upset Turkey in the Group D opener, Greece took care of business against Sweden with a comfortable 79-51 victory in Koper.
|Vassilis Spanoulis was not to be weighed down by his impressive facial growth, scoring 18 points in a straighforward Greek win|
Vassilis Spanoulis collected 13 points while Yannis Bourousis had a big all-around game with 12 points and five more Greeks scored at least seven points.
"We looked horrible for the first three minutes. What we did good was that we had a serious approach to the game. We had a stable consistent defence for the whole game," stated Greek coach Andrea Trinchiei.
"You can read this game from this point of view: We did our job. They were the underdogs and we were the favourites. But we did our job."
Jeffery Taylor was one of Sweden's few bright spots with 16 points.
"The Greek team is good and you have to play good for 40 minutes and not just the first quarter. They were better today. We gotta have everybody playing at the top of their game to beat a team like Greece," said Sweden's other NBA player Jonas Jerebko, who had eight points and four rebounds in the game.
Taylor pushed the Swedes ahead 8-2 with eight points. Greece then picked up their defence and began to find more offensive rhythm, out-scoring Sweden 13-3 including three-pointers by Spanoulis and Stratos Perperoglu for a 15-11 lead. Greece were up 15-13 after one quarter.
Bourousis proved unstoppable for about four minutes, scoring eight of his 12 first-half points as Greece built a 14-point lead at 29-15. A Spanoulis triple made it 34-18 and the gap was 39-28 at the break.
Jerebko and Taylor tried to keep Sweden in the game, but Greece showed their class with a 14-3 run to pull ahead 59-35 after three quarters.
Sweden would not get closer than 24 points the rest of the way while Greece pushed the lead to as many as 35 points.