dimanche 4 septembre 2011

Basket : la télévision grecque a nié le nom de la Macédoine mais l'équipe macédonienne a humilié la Grèce par sa victoire

Eurobasket: Macedonia Defeats Greece 72-58     
Saturday, 03 September 2011

Greek National TV removed the name "Macedonia" from their TV screens, but the Macedonan national team removed Greece from the basketball arena.

Interesting to note both French and Serbian broadcasters cheered for Macedonia.

A terrific second-half performance propelled Macedonia to a memorable victory against neighbours Greece.

In a scrappy first quarter, neither team were able to find any real offensive rhythm or range. As Greece managed to move 18-16 in front thanks mainly to the referees who kept putting Greek players on the foul line.

After increasing their lead to 21-16, Macedonia had to respond and did so in fine style to turn the tables with a 14-5 run heading into the final minute before the break.

Their accurate perimeter game was complimented by some solid defence with Greece not getting anything easy although they did close the margin to a solitary point with a tip-in at the buzzer.

Both teams slugged it out in similar fashion when they emerged from the locker rooms and with the game tied up at 38-38, Macedonia visibly stepped things up.

This helped them post some daylight at 50-42 and it had Greek coach Ilias Zouros calling time-out in a bid to stop the rout.

The timeout had an instant result as his team held Macedonia scoreless for almost five minutes to complete a 7-0 run either side of the quarter break.

The pressure was suddenly on, but Macedonia scored 11 unanswered points to ease their worries as Greece crumbled and eventually gave up.

Turning Point: Ahead by eight points approaching the end of the third quarter, Macedonia began to crumble but as their lead almost evaporated, they held their nerve to post a terrific 11-0 run and give Greece a mountain to climb.

Game Heroes: Bo McCalebb finished with a game-high 27 points and Pero Antic played a real captain's role. However, the excellent cameo of center Gjorgij Chekovski, who made three triples and played great defence, can't be overlooked.

Stats Don't Lie: Greece had no real outside threat shooting 21% and also had almost twice as many turnovers.
Source : http://macedoniaonline.eu/content/view/19033/56/