Greece Eases Past Montenegro in FIBA World Cup Opener (video)



Greece led by Giannis Antetokounmpo opened it’s FIBA World Cup Campaign on Sunday with a comfortable 85-60 win over Montenegro.

The NBA MVP had 10 points and 7 rebounds in just 16 minutes of action avoiding all the drama in Nanjing.

Georgios Printezis scored 16 points in 19 minutes, Georgios Papagiannis went up for 15 points and 9 rebounds in 18 minutes, and Ioannis Bourousis had 12 points of his own while playing less than 21 minutes.

Nick Calathes played for just 22 minutes and scored 5 points with a team-high of 7 assists. Coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos managed to rest his starters and gave Kostas Sloukas 14 minutes to feel the rhythm – the point guard responded with 4 points and 2 assists.

Greece will play against Brazil in the second game of Group F, which also includes New Zealand.

“We started the tournament with a great win and I think that this score is too much, Montenegro is a really good team”, said Greece’s coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos. “After the first minutes, we relaxed and we started playing our game. We are already thinking about the next game against Brazil”.