Greece Surge Into Second Round

07 September 2013

EUROBASKET 2013

Turning Point: Turkey had already been battered with a barrage of Greek triples in the second quarter but Stratos Perperoglou and Antonis Fotsis nailed long balls in a 14-6 surge late in the third period to build a 59-46 advantage.

Game Hero: Yannis Bourousis was unstoppable in hitting 8-of-10 shots and scoring a game-high 21 points along with four rebounds.
Stats Don't Lie: Greece shot 61.5% from the field including a tremendous 66.7% from three-point range whilst also having 21 assists. In the mean time, Turkey was held to 42.9% from the game, buoyed by a poor 0-for-9 shooting night for Hidayet Turkoglu.

Kostas Sloukas (Greece)
Kostas Sloukas had a night to remember for Greece with one of his best-ever performances in a Greek singlet

Greece confirmed a spot in the Second Round of EuroBasket 2013 with a strong 84-61 victory over Turkey to remain perfect at 3-0 in Group D in Koper despite missing one of their best players in Vassilis Spanoulis.

Greece were playing without leader Vassilis Spanoulis, who twisted his ankle in the team's win on Thursday and did not practice with the team on Saturday and watched the game from the team hotel.

But the team picked up the slack with Yannis Bourousis scoring 21 points, Kostas Sloukas hitting for 14 points, Antonis Fotsis adding 12 and Kostas Papanikolaou chipping in 11 points.

Nikos Zisis took over the playmaking duties with six points and 11 assists.

"Nobody has a backup for Spanoulis. We had to rearrange our offence in one night. The players followed the new things. It's an important win but we still have a lot of work to do," said Greece coach Andrea Trinchieri.

Turkey remain winless at 0-3 despite Ersan Ilyasova scoring 13 points. Ender Arslan had nine points and five assists while Kerem Gönlüm added eight points and eight rebounds.

"Sorry to my players, federation, Turkish fans, the whole population who follows these games in these days. We have to find somehow an answer," said Turkey coach Bogdan Tanjevic.

"I am not the only player on the team who is deeply disappointed and embarrassed with our play here. It's been a disgrace," said Sinan Güler.

With their backs against the wall of elimination, Turkey came out with more energy than the first two games and stayed with the Greeks early on. There were seven lead changes before Bourousis scored his eighth point for an 11-10 Greece lead. The Greek advantage was 21-16 after one quarter.

Turkey moved to within 25-24 early in the second but Michael Bramos, Kostas Kaimakoglou, Bourousis and Papanikolaou all nailed triples in the quarter as Greece built up a 41-32 lead. Güler's buzzer-beater long ball sent the teams to the locker rooms with Greece up 41-35.

Turkey fought the margin back to five points but the Greeks continued their fine outside shooting with Perperoglou and Fotsis hitting from long range and Bourousis adding eight more points in building a 13-point gap, 59-46. The cushion was still 13 points after three quarters - 62-49.

Turkey were long defeated and only once got the game back within 13 points and fell behind as many as 24 points.

 

 


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