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Greeks Squeak Past Dutch, 68-65


first_imgZAGREB, Croatia – Having already qualified to advance in the European basketball tourney, Greece barely got by the Netherlands, 68-65 to move into the round of 16.The win gave Greece a perfect 5-0 record in its group but now the hard part starts against other top-flight teams in the Eurobasket games.Coach Fotis Katsikaris rested his front-line players much of the game as Greece went through the motions to get the game over with and Captain Vassilis Spanoulis sat the entire match.Led by the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks star Yiannis Antetokounmpo, Greece came back from a first-half deficit to march out to a 61-50 lead in the third. He had a double-double, 11 points and 11 rebounds.A spirited Dutch team, needing a man to advance, played hard and cut the lead to two points but poor free throw shooting deprived them of a big upsetIf Greece beats Belgium on Sept. 12 in Lille, France, it will face the winner of the Spain-Poland game in the quarterfinal. Spain has proved to be unbeatable for the Greeks.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more




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