Antetokounmpo leads Greece to victory in the Olympic Qualifiers

Antetokounmpo leads Greece to victory in the Olympic Qualifiers
Antetokounmpo leads Greece to victory in the Olympic Qualifiers

NBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo, in his first official game with his national team since Eurobasket 2022, led hosts Greece to a 109-82 victory over the Dominican Republic in front of 11,648 spectators on Wednesday in the second round of the Pre-Olympic Games in Piraeus.

The Milwaukee Bucks player, who had not played an official match for almost three months, scored 32 points and recorded 34 PIR credits in the 18:10 minutes he was on the court at the Peace and Friendship Pavilion to clearly defeat Néstor García’s team.

Among the Dominicans, Chris Duarte stood out with 26 points and 26 efficiency, while the new signing for Real Madrid, Andrés Feliz, finished with 9 points and 4 assists. Víctor Liz and Jean Montero added 12 points each.

With this win, Greece is one step away from securing first place in Group B, for which it needs a victory over Egypt on Thursday. That victory will also put the Dominican Republic, who beat the Egyptians 90-77 on Tuesday, in the same phase.

Greece took complete control of the match from the start, building a double-digit lead in the first quarter and never let go until the end.

Croatia secures qualification for the semi-finals

The Croatian team secured a place in the semi-finals of the Greek Olympic pre-match in Piraeus, despite losing 90-86 to New Zealand on Wednesday.

With this defeat, the European team remains first in the Group A standings and will advance to the semi-finals, regardless of what happens in the last group match between New Zealand and Slovenia, thanks to its difference of +12 points.

In a close game that was decided in the fourth quarter, Shea Ili, named MVP of the game, with 18 points, scored the 86-88 with 37 seconds left and, together with the composure of Izayah Le’afa at the free throw line, who did not miss, certified the victory for New Zealand.

In addition to the historic opportunity to be crowned champion of Group A if they defeat Luka Don?i?’s Slovenia, who need to win by a difference of ten points or more to qualify.

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