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Group:  A | 08.06.2013, 20:15h
Group:  A | 08.06.2013, 20:15h
68-80
14 - 3016 - 1018 - 2320 - 17
14 - 3016 - 1018 - 2320 - 17
Venue: Bertrange (LUX) |
Spectators: 200 |
Referees: Neil Wilkinson (ENG), Luis Lopes (POR), Alessandro Martolini (ITA)

GAME REPORT


Greece Set Up Thrilling Group A Decider

15. Artemis Spanou (Greece)
Youngster Artemis Spanou finished the game with a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds

Greece claimed an 80-68 victory against Luxembourg to confirm an exciting showdown against Group A rivals Estonia for a place in the semi-finals of the EuroBasket Women 2015 1st Qualification Round.

Following up their nail-biting win against the Netherlands 24 hours earlier, George Dikeoulakos and his team posted a scorching start by pouring in 30 points during the first quarter.

It gave them a 16-point lead which put them in command from the outset, although it was far from plain sailing against a plucky Luxembourg side who never relented.

In fact, the underdogs won the second quarter 16-10 to narrow the gap by half-time and despite falling 20 points behind in the penultimate period, they threatened an upset with a fantastic run.

An eye-opening18-5 burst across the final quarter break got them within touching distance at 63-56.

Whilst Greece failed to find the extra gear needed to significantly accelerate away again, they did at least have enough to just about keep their opponents at arm's length.

Veteran Olga Chatzinikolaou was the pick of Greek performers with an impressive 20 points, five rebounds and five assists.

Nadia Mossong was outstanding despite finishing on the losing side and registered a game-high 23 points.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes Luxembourg vs. Greece

Greece Head Coach George Dikeoulakos:
"When we were leading by more than 20 points, my players probably thought that we would win the game easily and they were not concentrated enough anymore. So we let Luxembourg come back to under 10 points in the last quarter. But at least then we made the important shots, so we were not to much in danger to lose. For tomorrow against Estonia there is only one thing that is important: to win the game."

Greece player Olga Chatzinikolaou:
"We played too easy in the second half, so we allowed them to come back. The Luxembourgish team had at this time a few lucky shots, but they also never gave up and made some smart decisions. Tomorrow it will be a hard game against Estonia but normally we should be stronger."

 

Luxembourg Head Coach Hermann Paar:
"I promised yesterday that we would play better than in the first game and we did. However the beginning of the game was not good. I think the girls are always too nervous. Fortunately they kept fighting until the end of the game, what they always do. It is only that way we can play against the teams that are basically stronger and taller."

Luxembourg player Nadia Mossong:
"The game was pretty hard for us because the Greek team was a lot taller and more physical. In such games everyone has to run for her teammates to help on defence and box out for the rebound. I think we did it pretty well during almost the whole game. That's the only way to play against teams like Greece. Tomorrow it will again be a hard game against the Netherlands because they have the tallest players in the whole tournament."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

44.4%

24/54
FG
M/A

46.0%

29/63

45.2%

14/31
FG2P
M/A

50.0%

24/48

43.5%

10/23
FG3P
M/A

33.3%

5/15

71.4%

10/14
FT
M/A

85.0%

17/20

26

5/21
RT
RO/RD

37

13/24

13

AS

22

19

TO

15

5

ST

9

0

BS

1

21

PF

17

68

Pts

80

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