The Greek National Basketball team dominated Montenegro 85-60 for their first Group F victory in the 2019 FIBA World Cup.
Star forward Giannis Antetokounmpo played merely 16 minutes but nearly managed to achieve a double-double, posting 10 points, eight rebounds two steals and a block.
Greece took control of the game early on, boasting a 17-9 lead after the first quarter of play. They subsequently held Montenegro to only seven points in the second quarter, increasing their lead to 26 points by halftime.
The Greeks’ victory comes days after they comfortably defeated Venezuela 74-51 on August 27 in the final game of the 2019 Suzhou International Basketball Challenge — the brief eight-team tournament preluding the 2019 World Cup.
They notably achieved that victory despite Antetokounmpo’s absence on the court.
Greece will play two more games in the first round of the FIBA Cup — one against Brazil on September 3 at 8 PM (local China time) and the other against New Zealand on September 5 at 8 PM (local China time).
The team’s 12-man roster includes: Nick Kalathis, Antonis Koniaris, Evangelos Mantzaris, Giannoulis Larentzakis, Costas Papanikolaou, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Ioannis Papapetrou, Panagiotis Vassilopoulos, George Printezis, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Ioannis Bourousis and George Papagiannis.
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