Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 26 points to lead Greece past Belgium 85-68

Credit: FIBA
Credit FIBA

In the sold-out OAKA arena where more than 19,000 fans have gathered to see the biggest basketball star of their country, Giannis Antetokounmpo delivered a dominant performance as Greece (4-2) eased past Belgium (3-3) 85-68 (30-15, 19-18, 15-11, 21-24) in the Second Round of the 2023 FIBA World Cup Qualifiers.

Player of the Game
Giannis  Antetokounmpo
EFF
22
Giannis Antetokounmpo
Points 26
Accuracy 11-17
Rebounds 7
Assists 1

The Greek Freek scored 26 points on 11-for-17 shooting, grabbed 7 rebounds, and stole 2 balls for a combined 22 PIR. Tyler Dorsey added 22 points on efficient 7-for-11 shooting for 24 PIR.

The initiative belonged to the home team from the very beginning with Greece starting the match with a 9-2 run. Following a Kostas Papanikolaou layup, the lead increased to 19 (28-9), and the favorites never looked back.

Although Belgium tried to mount a comeback several times during the game, all efforts were ultimately denied.

All 12 players on the Greek roster appeared on the court. Interestingly though, only 7 of them scored. Almost half of Greece's points (42) came in the paint.

Greece: Giannis Antetokounmpo 26 (10/14 2PT, 1/3 3PT, 3/9 FT, 7 REB), Tyler Dorsey 22 (4/5 2PT, 3/6 3PT, 5/6 FT, 4 REB), Nick Calathes 12 (4/5 2PT, 5 AST).

Belgium: Retin Obasohan 14 (2/5 2PT, 7/9 FT), Ismael Bako 12 (5/10 2PT, 9 REB), Emmanuel Lecomte 11 (2/5 2PT, 6 REB, 5 AST), Pierre-Antoine Gillet 10 (2/8 3PT, 5 REB).

Giannis Antetokounmpo's performance:

Full game highlights:

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Gogiannis
great stuff. bravo yiavvi. na nikisete sto evro basket.
2022-08-30
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Greece
Belgium
52%
32/61
Field goals
35%
21/60
34
Rebounds
42
18
Assists
15
13
Steals
3
10
Turnovers
23
63%
24/38
2-pointers
43%
13/30

Best players

Giannis  Antetokounmpo
26 PTS
11/17 FG
3/9 FT
Retin  Obasohan
14 PTS
3/7 FG
7/9 FT
Giannis  Antetokounmpo
7 REB
5 DREB
2 OREB
Ismael  Bako
9 REB
5 DREB
4 OREB
Nick  Calathes
5 As
4 TO
22 MIN
Manu  Lecomte
5 As
4 TO
23 MIN
Giannis  Antetokounmpo
22 EFF
71% 2P%
33% 3P%
Ismael  Bako
16 EFF
50% 2P%
- 3P%