Thursday, September 15, 2022 11:31 AM | CBN
Giannis Antetokounmpo was ejected from Greece’s quarterfinal matchup against Germany following a foul call, marking the official end of Greece’s Eurobasket run.
On the other hand, Germany, finishing 107-96 over Greece on Tuesday, is basking in its home-court advantage. The undefeated team will go on to play Spain in Friday’s semifinals.
Dennis Schroder had 26 points, with Daniel Theis adding 13 points and 16 rebounds.
Antetokounmpo performed remarkably for Greece, contributing 31 points, 8 assists and 7 rebounds in 30 minutes of play.
However, his two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls were his crux - leading to an unfortunate ejection with 4:56 remaining.
Greece had been down by 14 points when Antetokounmpo executed his second downfall of a foul, with Germany taking the upper hand for the remainder of the game.
"We really enjoyed the ride," said Greece coach Dimitrios Itoudis.
"We really enjoyed the journey. I think that we made a lot of people proud with the way that this team performs. We wanted to go more, but it didn't happen this time."
Germany is now in the running for obtaining its second medal in its past 13 EuroBasket appearances. The team’s last victory was back in 1993.
"I think this is unbelievable for German basketball, the way this team, the way these players have performed on their home soil up to now," said Germany coach Gordie Herbert.
"I think the way they've played, the way we've played, people can relate to. They see an identity."
Franz Wagner and Andreas Obst each had 19 points for Germany in Tuesday’s game.
"It was a really physical game," said Wagner.
"A lot of points. We found our rhythm really early and I think we did a way better job collectively guarding them in the second half."