For this one big poster for Day Two of the EuroBasket, we head to Milan for a Group C match, between Greece and Croatia who will also enter the competition. On the one hand, there are Giannis Antetokounmpo and many of the big names in the Euroleague, and on the other hand, many NBA players such as Bojan Bogdanovic, Ivica Zubak or Dario Saric have confirmed. On paper, it’s a very nice poster.
Led by Bojan Bogdanovic and Mario Hezonga who were aggressive from the start, the Croats started well, forcing Greece into a quick time-out after a few minutes (8-3).
But this impression does not last: Demetrius Etodis’ men quickly find their directions after a false start, and in the end find no difficulty in turning Pushing force from their side. Satisfying at first, the Croats suddenly fell into a stereotypical singles game.
Arsonist Tyler Dorsey ignites the first half
After the first timeout expired, Greece held its opponent with a score of 19-4!
If “AntetokounBros” Giannis and Thanasis obviously have a lot to do with it (12 to 2 points), then it’s Tyler Dorsey above all else who holds the Greek attack. The future Dallas player, a size in the Euroleague for a few years, put 10 points in the lone first quarter and ultimately his team logically led (24-16).
After that, Greece continued to impose its grip on the game. Thus, despite the short pride of the Bogdanovic/Hizonga duo (10 points each in the first period), the “Jonah Freak” teammates activated Steam Propeller Mode: +19 in the middle of the second quarter (40-21), and finally +16 In the first half (46-30).
Tyler Dorsey, who is still running at a very good pace despite his small ankle panic after a poor reception on a shot, continues to show his impressive scoring skills, adding 10 points to his personal meter. At the break, he thus indicates 20 points, 7/10 on shots and 4/6 from behind the arc.
Croatia revolts, but Giannis watches the grain
Returning from the changing room, we feel that there are only two scenarios: either Greece will drive the point home and fly towards a “blast,” or Croatia will stick its heads above the water and possibly resume.
It’s the second option that applies: Thanks to a very large clip of its two captains, naturalized Jalin Smith and his replacement Kronoslav Simon, Croatia is back. While they were about 20 points behind in the first period, the Croats managed to get back into one possession for Greece (62-60)!
Barring that, there’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, and the Bucks star has no intention of watching his team lose ground without doing anything. While his team, collectively, has a fine lower shot, the 2019 and 2020 double MVP is hitting his fist on the table. Clumsy in the ocean, he approaches the circle and gives Greece some air before attacking the fourth and final quarter (70-62). Personally, he’s approaching the triple double (20 points, 11 rebounds, 6 assists).
The crossover between the two formations continues until “money time”. Greece again expanded its interesting margin, but Croatia, revived again by the brilliance of Glenn Smith and constant Bojan Bogdanovic in his efforts, returned to -2 before the last minute (84-82).
But again, the Bucks boss protects his team: a crucial counter in a 3-point shot from Jaleen Smith, then a dip and a fouled basket to secure victory for good (89-85). Despite some stagnation, Greece showed more consistency throughout the match, and they deserved their victory. With 27 points each, Giannis Antetokounmpo and Tyler Dorsey have taken their place as pillars of this team.