Greek National Basketball Team Arrives in China For 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup



Credit: Hellenic Basketball Federation

The Greek National Basketball team arrived in Shanghai, China on Thursday to begin its pursuit for the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup.

The team was greeted by many fans, many of which were wearing Giannis Antetokounmpo Milwaukee Bucks jerseys, to request autographs and take pictures with the “The Greek Freak”.

The team will first compete in a brief eight-team tournament as a final lead up to the FIBA World Cup that begins on August 31st.

From Shanghai, the team heads to the neighboring city of Suzhou, where it will participate in the 2019 Suzhou International Basketball Challenge. The eight teams competing include China, Dominican Republic, Greece, Jordan, Puerto Rico, Senegal, Turkey, and Venezuela.

The team’s first opponent during the challenge is Jordan on August 24. Its opponents in the subsequent matches on August 26 and August 27 will depend on the outcomes of other games.

Greece will play on August 26 either for a spot in the semifinal (depending on its outcome against Jordan) against China or the Dominican Republic. On August 27, the group will compete for either its final classification or the final match — i.e. #1 vs. #2 — of the challenge.

On August 28 the team will depart for Nanjing, where it will face Montenegro on September 1, Brazil on September 3 and New Zealand on September 5 — the first round of the World Cup.

The team’s 12-man roster includes Nick Kalathis, Antonis Koniaris, Evangelos Mantzaris, Giannoulis Larentzakis, Costas Papanikolaou, Thanassis Antetokounmpo, Ioannis Papapetrou, Panagiotis Vassilopoulos, George Printezis, Yannis Antetokounmpo, Ioannis Bourousis, and George Papagiannis.

Point guard Kostas Sloukas remains in Athens to continues recovering from a recent injury. His progress is being monitored daily and his return is possible.

Giannis Antetokounmpo during Friday’s game against Italy. Photo found: https://twitter.com/HellenicBF

The full game schedule is as follows in local time:

2019 Suzhou International Basketball Challenge

August 23, 2019
Senegal vs. Venezuela (19:30 GMT+8)
Turkey vs. Puerto Rico (19:00 GMT+8)

August 24, 2019
Greece vs. Jordan (20:00 GMT+8)
China vs. Dominican Republic (19:30 GMT+8)

August 25, 2019 
Semi Final (15:00 GMT+8)
Classification Game (19:30 GMT+8)

August 26, 2019 
Classification Game (19:30 GMT+8)
Semi Final (19:30 GMT+8)

August 27, 2019
Classification Game (13:30 GMT+8)
Classification Game (15:30 GMT+8)
Classification Game (16:30 GMT+8)
Final (19:30 GMT+8)

The above games will be streamed for free on FIBA’s YouTube channel, the FIBA Facebook channel and the FIBA World Cup Weibo account.

2019 FIBA World Championship (First Round)

September 1
Greece vs. Montenegro (20:00 GMT+8)

September 3
Greece vs. Brazil (20:00 GMT+8)

September 5
Greece vs. New Zealand (20:00 GMT+8)