Greece lost a thriller of a game to Brazil 79-78 on Tuesday in its second tie of the FIBA World Cup held in China.
Greece had a strong start in this game as the led by as many as 17 points in the first half, thanks mainly to great play from the backcourt of Kostas Sloukas and Nick Calathes.
Their biggest star, Giannis Antetokounmpo, was hampered by foul trouble throughout the game, making only one field goal in the entire first half and finishing with a total of 13 points when he fouled out late in the fourth quarter.
“The Greek Freak” found the going tough against the defense of pesky Brazilian guard Alex Garcia and the long-limbed Bruno Caboclo
Greece will now have to win its last game against New Zealand in order to progress to the last 16 of the tournament.
“It was a bad game for us. We believe that we have the strength to go to the second round, but we lost our focus in the defense. We allowed too many points to their big men,” Greece head coach Thanasis Skourtopoulos said after the game.