Greece shuts down Serbia, stays undefeated in WC Qualifiers

2018-09-13T21:47:27+00:00 2018-09-13T21:58:19+00:00.

Antonis Stroggylakis

13/Sep/18 21:47

With the quartet of Giorgos Printezis, Giannis Bourousis, Nick Calathes and Kostas Sloukas doing work plus a tight defensive effort, Greece has come one win away from the 2019 World Cup.

By Eurohoops team/

Greece remained perfect in the World Cup Qualifiers and improved their Group L record to 7 – 0 by beating Serbia 70 – 63 at Heraklion, Crete.

The Greek national team is now tied with Germany at the top spot of the Group and have a chance to punch a World Cup ticket in Friday’s (16/9) game vs. Georgia, the “Orlovi” fell to 4-3. They remain in the third place and will look to improve their record on Friday (16/9) against Estonia.

Apart from some excellent team defense, Greece relied on its stars to produce on offense. Nick Calathes (15 points,  five rebounds, five assists) had an all-around contribution, Giorgos Printezis (15 points, five rebounds) delivered some key baskets down the stretch as did Giannis Bourousis who came close to a triple-double (nine points, 10 rebounds, eight assists for a game-high 19 PIR). Kostas Sloukas also added 11 points, five rebounds, and four assists.

Bogdan Bogdanovic dropped a game-high 19 points but struggled with his shooting, especially from beyond the arc (3/12). Stefan Jovic had 11 points, while Nemanja Bjelica added nine points, 12 rebounds and five assists for Serbia.