Late Threes Help Greece To Victory

31.08.2011

EUROBASKET 2011

Turning Point: Bosnia and Herzegovina wouldn't lie down early in the fourth quarter but back-to-back triples with just over six minutes remaining proved vital as Greece built up a double digit cushion at 66-56.

Game Hero: Nick Calathes showed he is willing to do the dirty work by adding 7 rebounds to his 13 points but center Kostas Koufos just pipped him with an efficient double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Stats Don't Lie: The usually reliable outside game of Mirza Teletovic was missing for Bosnia and Herzegovina as the forward finished with a stone cold 0 of 9 from downtown.



Greece grabbed an opening day win in Group C thanks to a strong finish which denied a gutsy Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Buoyed by a confident start, the underdogs made life difficult for Greece as they established an early 15-10 advantage, thanks mainly to some impressive work by Elmedin Kikanovic who went on to harvest nine first quarter points.

Greece responded with five of the last seven points in the period to seemingly gather some much needed momentum but a score from downtown by Nemanja Gordic at the beginning of the second quarter settled the nerves of Bosnia and Herzegovina.

As hard as the Greeks tried, they just couldn't seize the initiative and by the interval, still found themselves trailing at 34-31 after a Kenan Bajramovic score with 11 seconds remaining on the clock.

It was a similar story for the first four minutes of the third quarter until a triple by Nikos Zisis tied the scores and provided the spark for Greece to come alive and slowly take control.

A measure of their newly found superiority came in the form of a nice alley-oop finish by Michail Bramos as Greece moved 51-44 ahead.

They didn't have it all their own way as Bosnia and Herzegovina rallied early in the final quarter to get within one point at 57-56.

However successive three-pointers by Zisis and Kostas Papanikolaou effectively killed off any hopes of a shock as Greece eased to a first win.


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