Basketball: Greece Closing in on World Championship Spot After Serbia Win



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.

A solid second-half performance sufficed for the players of coach Thanassis Skourtopoulos to defeat one of the group’s main challengers for a spot in the finals.

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.