In the first and last friendly game in front of an Athenian crowd, Greece bashed Turkey 70-56 giving an impressive show in front of 7.000 happy fans who rushed to the Olympic Stadium to cheer for their national team before taking off to compete in the 2014 FIBA Basketball World Cup in Spain.
Nick Kalathes, who lead the Memphis Grizzlies to the NBA playoffs before being banned for four months for using illegal substances, made his first appearance since the incident, adding speed and creativity to the team. With 12 points, 3 rebounds and 4 assists, he shared the leaderboard with Giannis Antetokounmpo and Giannis Printezis who also scored 12.
Greece took charge from the first second of the game, disallowing the Turks to ever lead the score. Besides a Turkish 8-0 run in the beginning of the second quarter that resulted to them brushing down the difference to just three points (24-21), Greece never really felt being threatened. Coming back right away with a 7-0 run, they lifted the score to 31-21, ending the first half at 41-33.
In the second half, the Greek national team showed off, and with some of Giannis Antetokounmpo’s acrobatics, they skyrocketed the difference to +15 points (56-41).
Fotis Katsikaris managed to use all of his players in the game, making some interesting conclusions and definitely walking off joyful of Greece’s defensive function, keeping the Turkish side to just 54 points.
Turkey will now try to wash away this heavy defeat by renewing their rendezvous in two days (8/22) in their home country.