Sportswriting, August 28 (EFE). – With a great team performance, the US team crushed Greece 109-81 on Monday in Manila, on the second day of Group C for the 2023 World Cup, and added its second victory in two matches. After his victory last Saturday against New Zealand, which gave him a ticket to the second stage.
There was no party at the Mall of Asia. Against Greece without Giannis Antetokounmpo, who is out for a physical at the World Cup, the USA shot a success rate of 57% (35-of-61) and earned sixty points off the bench, with Austin Reeves leading by fifteen points in 17 minutes.
Jalen Bronson, with thirteen points and five of five shooting, Anthony Edwards with thirteen, and Bobby Portis, with ten, completed a set of four All-American players in double figures. They are joined by the nine Michal Bridges and Jaren Jackson and the eight by Paolo Panchero and Cameron Johnson.
Josh Hart also shone with a great defensive contribution. He contributed six points, eleven rebounds and five assists.
Greece, who won their first match against Jordan, will have to play for second on Wednesday against New Zealand, as the United States has already entered the second group stage.
Greece retained fourth place, led by the brilliant Papagiannis, who scored 11 of Dimitrios Itoudis’ 19 points in the first ten minutes, against the United States, who won the group match.
Branson, irrepressible to the Greek defense, and Bridges and Jackson, powerful with two powerful shots, held back the United States, which led 23-19 at halftime and picked up pace in the second half.
Papapetrou’s three-pointer prevented the first breakaway for the United States and kept Greece at three points (22-25), but with Halliburton’s pace, Kerr’s team managed to advance 15-3, pushing them to within fifteen points (40-40). 25 with five minutes to play).
The difference was 13 points in the first half (50-37), with discrepancies noticeable by the US bench (plus 11 compared to Greece).
And in the second half, Kerr’s men completely outplayed Greece. Turnovers continued to affect the Greeks and the USA benefited as many as 32 points from counterattacks by their six opponents.
The advantage reached 23 points at 73-50, and in the fourth game, Greece dropped the showdown and the United States took advantage of a long series of counter-attack points, culminating in a steal and dunk from Portis with a score of 107-76.
Kerr also got an excellent response from Walker Kessler, who defended the paint with his physical strength and finished the race with two blocks and four points in just over five minutes on the track.
In Greece, Papagiannis finished with 17 points, although he only scored six in the second half, while Nikos Rojkvavopoulos scored fourteen.
The Greeks will play the first leg against New Zealand, while the USA will conclude the group stage against Jordan.
– data sheet:
81 – Greece: Antitokounmpo (2), Chatzikadis (0), Papagiannis (17), Papanikola (8), Wocap (9) – starting with five – Bukhuridis (8), Larentzakis (7), Lontzis (4), Mitoglu ( -)), Moraitis (3), Papapetrou (9), Rojkvavopoulos (14).
109- United States: Bridges (9), Bronson (13), Edwards (13), Ingram (5), Jackson Jr. (9) – starting from five – Panchero (8), Halliburton (9), Johnson (8), Kessler (4), Portis Jr. (10), Reeves (15), Hart (6).
Referees: Antonio Conde (Spain), Manuel Mazoni (Italy), Daniel Garcia (Venezuela).
Events: A match within the framework of the second day of Group C competitions, which was held at the Mall of Asia Arena in Manila (Philippines). Evie