By Stavros Barbarousis/ firstname.lastname@example.org
Greece didn’t have Giannis Antetokounmpo available for a back-to-back prep game and as a result, Kostas Sloukas stole the show. The Greek guard finished the night with 21 points on 9/13 FG and despite a mediocre start, the hosts of the “Acropolis tournament” got the 80-67 win over Georgia.
Greece created distance in the second half despite shooting in total just 8/34 threes and losing the rebounding battle with Georgia having 41 against 36. Sloukas made it happen in his second prep game after just five days of practice with the team, while Dallas’ Tyler Dorsey and Kostas Antetokounmpo added 10 points each.
Georgia got a second straight big game by the Bucks‘ Sandro Mamukelashvili who had 21 points and eight rebounds, while Giorgi Shermandini and Toko Shengelia added 13 points each.
Bucks coach Mike Budenholzer once again was courtside for the game, joined by Cavaliers coach JB Bickerstaff who traveled to Athens and watched Cedi Osman and Turkey playing against Poland in the same tournament earlier in the day.