Giannis Antetokounmpo ejected as Germany eliminates Greece from EuroBasket

BERLIN — Giannis Antetokounmpo received ejected, and Greece’s hopes of bringing residence a European championship ended not lengthy after.

Germany, in the meantime, is taking full benefit of its home-court edge.

Dennis Schroder scored 26 factors, Daniel Theis had a 13-point, 16-rebound effort and host Germany moved into the EuroBasket semifinals with a 107-96 win over Greece on Tuesday.

Antetokounmpo had an excellent sport for Greece — 31 factors, eight assists and 7 rebounds in half-hour. But he additionally picked up two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, the final of which led to his ejection with 4:56 left.

Greece was down by 14 when he dedicated his second such foul, and Germany maintained full management the remainder of the way in which.

Germany now has an opportunity at what could be simply its second medal in its previous 13 appearances at EuroBasket. The Germans gained the European title in 1993 and have been second in 2005; assured of no worse than fourth now, this match will mark their greatest EuroBasket end since that silver-medal displaying.

“I believe that is unbelievable for German basketball, the way in which this group, the way in which these gamers have carried out on their residence soil to this point,” Germany coach Gordie Herbert stated. “I believe the way in which they’ve performed, the way in which we have performed, individuals can relate to. They see an id.”

Greece and Serbia have been the one two groups that made it by way of the group stage of EuroBasket with unbeaten data, each 5-0 and led by a pair of two-time NBA MVPs — Antetokounmpo for Greece, Nikola Jokic for Serbia.

Then got here the knockout stage, and the data now not mattered. Serbia and Jokic have been eradicated within the spherical of 16 by Italy; Antetokounmpo and Greece at the moment are gone as nicely.

“We actually loved the trip,” Greece coach Dimitrios Itoudis stated. “We actually loved the journey. I believe that we made lots of people proud with the way in which that this group carried out. We needed to go extra, nevertheless it did not occur this time.”

Giannoulis Larentzakis scored 18 factors on solely 5 shot makes an attempt for Greece; he was 5 for five from the sector, 4 of these from 3-point vary, and was 4 for six from the foul line. Tyler Dorsey added 13 for Greece.

Franz Wagner and Andreas Obst had 19 factors apiece for Germany, which performs Spain in Friday’s semifinals.

“It was a extremely bodily sport,” Wagner stated. “Loads of factors. We discovered our rhythm actually early and I believe we did a approach higher job collectively guarding them within the second half.”


Most of the names on Spain’s nationwide group have modified up to now 12 months, with the roster that headed to EuroBasket considerably completely different from the one which performed within the Tokyo Olympics.

The expectations, nevertheless, stay the identical.

Willy Hernangomez scored 27 factors, Juancho Hernangomez added 15 and Spain — with simply three gamers who received any important enjoying time on the Tokyo Games final summer season — powered into the semifinals by erasing a 15-point deficit and topping Finland in Tuesday’s first quarterfinal .

Down 50-35 late within the closing half, Spain outscored Finland 65-40 over the sport’s closing 21 minutes.

“We confirmed, yet one more time, cohesiveness, toughness, generosity, we shared the ball nicely,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo stated. “At the top of the day, that is what you possibly can ask to a group which is so inexperienced and so new in this type of engagement.”

Spain reached the EuroBasket semifinals for the eleventh consecutive time and can play Germany on Friday for a spot within the closing.

Dario Brizuela scored 14 factors, Rudy Fernandez added 11 and Lorenzo Brown had 10 for Spain.

“It was a tough battle,” stated Willy Hernangomez, Juancho’s older brother. “Tough battle for us. … Our first half was actually dangerous. We began the sport not with the correct mentality. And then at halftime, [we said] we have got to be us, we have got to be us.”

Spain opened the third quarter on a 17-5 run, greater than setting the tone for its comeback.

Lauri Markkanen scored 28 factors and grabbed 11 rebounds for Finland, whereas Mikael Jantunen scored 13, Alexander Madsen had 13 and Sasu Salin added 11.

Finland was looking for its first journey to the EuroBasket semifinals.

“Well, you see why Spain is all the time so powerful,” Finland’s Shawn Huff stated. “They by no means surrender. We gave it a very good shot.”


The different two quarterfinal video games are on faucet: France performs Italy and defending champion Slovenia takes on Poland.


Leave a Comment