Athens, September 16, 2015/ Independent Balkan News Agency
By Spiros Sideris
The Greek basketball team once again failed to qualify to the semi-finals of a major tournament after losing 73-71 to Spain in Lille at the quarter-final of Eurobasket 2015.
The Greek team’s performance in the third period gave signs of hope, but a slow start in the final period proved disastrous. Greece was seven points (68-61) behind two minutes before the end. Kalathis led the final push for the win and Sloukas’ three pointer brought the game to one point (at 4 ”), but it was too late…
Now Greece will fight for places 5-7 that will ensure participation in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament and claim from there one of the last three tickets for the Olympics in Rio.
The Greek team had a good performance in the third period, took the lead with 46-42, 55-51 and 57-53, but failed to build a bigger difference. From Spain, Gasol and Mirotits did the biggest damage (45 out of 73 points of Spain).
The quarters: 14-14, 39-32, 55-57, 73-71