Forty-eight hours later Nikola Jokic (Serbia), another two-time NBA regular season MVP will leave Berlin with his head bowed, without a Eurobasket medal. The flagship of the Greek army, Giannis Antetokounmpo fell with his teammates against Germany on Tuesday evening in Berlin (107-94) despite the support of several thousand Greek fans. Apathetic on defense, Dimitris Itoudis’ players endured long range arrows from a euphoric host country all night long.
Determined to pass under the screens, the Greeks offered avenues to the German shooters which were not required. In less than 4 minutes Wagner, Andreas Obst and Dennis Schröder had already placed 19 points! Only Giannis Antetokounmpo (31 points, 8 assists) floated to close the gap at the end of the first quarter. The “Greek Freak” gave his country the advantage for the first time, a few minutes later on free throws (44-46, 16th). And on a miraculous shot by Kostas Sloukas, from midfield and to the siren, the Greeks took the lead at half-time, the dynamics clearly on their side.
Antetokounmpo excluded at the end of the race
This shattered in a nightmarish third quarter: eight minutes without a single basket as poisons Schröder (26 points), Obst and Wagner (19 each) resumed their long range streak (72-62, 25). And the Greek night has definitely turned into a nightmare five minutes after the beep.
Penalized with a first unsportsmanlike foul in the first half – anti-game act on Johannes Thiemann – Antetokounmpo receives a second, synonymous with expulsion. Very severe decision of the trio of officials, and yet another controversy over arbitration in a Euro played without the Euroleague referees (excluded from the FIBA).
Be Germany’s incredible success behind the three-point line. Gordon Herbert’s players ended the match with 57% success in the exercise.
Back in the locker room, the “Greek Freak” didn’t even have time to see Dennis Schröder crucify his hopes for the first international medal forever, again and again in long range shooting. Germany will find a final European square on Friday against Spain. The first time since 2005. Dirk Nowitzki, present in Berlin on Tuesday evening, then led the Mannschaft, silver medalist after the defeat in the final against … Greece.