The summer of the Greek Freak continued today. Another game, another highlight reel moment. This time it was Kostas Sloukas setting up Giannis Antetokounmpo for the alley-oop dunk as Greece beat Slovenia 79-71 in the Huawai Cup, a 2014 FIBA World Cup of Basketball warm-up tournament.
The Greek Freak continues to bring his exciting style of play to the FIBA World Cup warm-up games. The Milwaukee Bucks man made this jams during today’s international between his native Greece and Lithuania. We’ll have more on this game later on BiE.
Qualified: Third place at the 2013 FIBA Americas championship. No Manu Ginobili in this team and while still a threat to make the knockout stages, there are a long shot for medal contention.
Qualified: Fourth place at EuroBasket 2013, a good, organised outfit, likely to run into trouble at least once in group play but certainly in with a shot at a medal if they get the right draw.
Qualified: Wild card recipients after a disappointing 11th place finish in EuroBasket, they travel to Spain weakened by the absence of Vassilis Spanoulis and Kosta Koufos.
Qualified: Making their first appearance at the big one since hosting in 1978, the basketball mad nation qualified as silver medal winners at the 2013 FIBA Asia championship.
Qualified: Silver medal winners at 2013 FIBA Americas championship, a capable outfit and one that will see anything less than the second round a failure.
Qualified: After taking third place in 2013 FIBA Africa championship, Senegal was suspended by FIBA over fabricating the ages of players in the World Under 19 championships. That suspension was later lifted and they’re heading to Spain.
It’s the knockout stages of the 2014 Basketball World Cup of Beer. If you are super late to the party, each of the 24 nations in the FIBA World Cup of Basketball is represented by a beer, we round them down using a format like the big one in Spain to decide the best. We had a rough Group A, a so-so Group B, an elite Group C, and a perfectly fine Group D. Now we’ve reached the business end of proceedings.
Yesterday Ozusjko, Admiral Benson, 8 Wired Superconductor DIPA, and Sierra Nevada Torpedo IPA booked their places in the quarter finals. Today we find out who will join them in the elite eight. Here are the match-ups:
Al-Ahram Stella (Egypt) vs FIX (Greece)
Alhambra Reserva 1925 (Spain) vs Old Harbor Kofresi Stout (Puerto Rico)
Sinebrychoff Porter (Finland) vs Lasko Dark (Slovenia)
Efes Malt (Turkey) vs Little Creatures Pale Ale (Australia)
Time to turn 8 into 4…
Charles de Gaulle, Francois Mitterand, Gerard Depardieu, you call all feel this right? This was nascent anger from the Greek Freak tonight. Giannis Antetokounmpo, of the Milwaukee Bucks, did this for the Greek national team against France tonight in a FIBA World Cup warm-up game.
The Greek Freak didn’t beat the buzzer on this play but Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks showed a touch of brilliance with this nice move in his national team debut for Greece in a World Cup warm-up game against Serbia.
We continue the first round of the 2014 Basketball World Cup of Beer with Group B today. After France cantered to top spot in Group A yesterday, here’s hoping for a higher standard of competition.
On second thoughts, don’t get your hopes up too high. Today we’re going through Group B and, ummm, well at least there are no non-alcoholic beers this time. Here are the six beers vying for four spots in the knockout stages…
Croatia won the bronze medal match at the 2014 FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s championship with a 75-71 win over Greece. Much like their semi-final with Serbia, the Greeks didn’t lack grit but Croatia had too much quality in the end. Marko Arapovic had 24 points and 16 rebounds and Dragan Bender had 14 points and 10 assists for the victors.
Serbia outlasted a gritty Greek team in the first of Saturday’s FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s semi finals. Neither team did well from beyond the arc but Radovan Djokovic’s pair of treys gave Serbia some breathing room in the fourth before Greece rallied. The victory secured Serbia’s place in the final for the first time since 2011.
Greece survived a Federico Mussini inspired rally from Italy to comfortably progress to the semi-finals of the FIBA Europe Under 18 men’s championships. Greece were in control for most of the game before the Muss in #Mussadori exploded in the second half. Mussini finished with 24 points and 5 boards, while his cohort Diego Flaccadori had 11 and 4. As ever, it was Italy’s lack of depth that was their undoing and the Greeks found an answer to Mussini’s charge:
Answer to Mussini? Well, Greece is finally getting the ball to Papagiannis who is a head taller and 40lbs bigger than anyone #FIBAEuropeU18
— David Hein (@heinnews) August 1, 2014
Giorgios Papagiannis finished with 14 points and 8 boards, one of five Greeks to score in double-digits. The most outstanding display came from Vasileios Charalampopoulos who had 20 points and 13 rebounds.