BERLIN — Giannis Antetokounmpo acquired ejected, and Greece’s hopes of bringing house a European championship ended not lengthy afterward.
Germany, in the meantime, is taking full benefit of its home-court edge.
Antetokounmpo had an excellent sport for Greece — 31 factors, eight assists and 7 rebounds in half-hour. However he additionally picked up two unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, the final of these resulting in his ejection with 4:56 left.
Greece was down by 14 when he dedicated his second such foul, and Germany maintained full management the remainder of the way in which.
Germany now has an opportunity at what could be simply its second medal in its previous 13 appearances at EuroBasket. The Germans received the European title in 1993 and had been second in 2005; assured of no worse than fourth now, this event will mark their finest EuroBasket end since that silver-medal exhibiting.
“I feel that is unbelievable for German basketball, the way in which this workforce, the way in which these gamers have carried out on their house soil so far,” Germany coach Gordie Herbert mentioned. “I feel the way in which they’ve performed, the way in which we have performed, individuals can relate to. They see an id.”
Greece and Serbia had been the one two groups that made it by means of the group stage of EuroBasket with unbeaten information, each 5-0 and led by a pair of two-time NBA MVPs — Antetokounmpo for Greece, Nikola Jokic for Serbia.
Then got here the knockout stage, and the information not mattered. Serbia and Jokic had been ousted within the spherical of 16 by Italy; Antetokounmpo and Greece at the moment are gone as effectively.
“We actually loved the trip,” Greece coach Dimitrios Itoudis mentioned. “We actually loved the journey. I feel that we made lots of people proud with the way in which that this workforce performs. We needed to go extra, nevertheless it did not occur this time.”
Giannoulis Larentzakis scored 18 factors on solely 5 shot makes an attempt for Greece; he was 5 for five from the sector, 4 of these from 3-point vary, and was 4 for six from the foul line. Tyler Dorsey added 13 for Greece.
Franz Wagner and Andreas Obst had 19 factors apiece for Germany, which performs Spain in Friday’s semifinals.
“It was a very bodily sport,” Wagner mentioned. “Lots of factors. We discovered our rhythm actually early and I feel we did a method higher job collectively guarding them within the second half.”
SPAIN 100, FINLAND 90
A lot of the names on Spain’s nationwide workforce have modified within the final 12 months, with the roster that headed to EuroBasket considerably totally different from the one which performed within the Tokyo Olympics.
The expectations, nevertheless, stay the identical.
Willy Hernangomez scored 27 factors, Juancho Hernangomez added 15 and Spain — with simply three gamers who acquired any vital enjoying time on the Tokyo Video games final summer season — powered into the semifinals by erasing a 15-point deficit and topping Finland in Tuesday’s first quarterfinal.
Down 50-35 late within the ultimate half, Spain outscored Finland 65-40 over the sport’s ultimate 21 minutes.
“We confirmed, yet another time, cohesiveness, toughness, generosity, we shared the ball effectively,” Spain coach Sergio Scariolo mentioned. “On the finish of the day, that is what you’ll be able to ask to a workforce which is so inexperienced and so new in this type of engagement.”
Spain reached the EuroBasket semifinals for the eleventh consecutive time and can play Germany on Friday for a spot within the ultimate.
Dario Brizuela scored 14 factors, Rudy Fernandez added 11 and Lorenzo Brown had 10 for Spain.
“It was a tough battle,” mentioned Willy Hernangomez, Juancho’s older brother. “Robust battle for us. … Our first half was actually dangerous. We began the sport not with the correct mentality. After which at halftime, (we mentioned) we have got to be us, we have got to be us.”
Spain opened the third quarter on a 17-5 run, greater than setting the tone for its comeback.
Lauri Markkanen scored 28 factors and grabbed 11 rebounds for Finland, whereas Mikael Jantunen scored 13, Alexander Madsen had 13 and Sasu Salin added 11.
Finland was in search of its first journey to the EuroBasket semifinals.
“Properly, you see why Spain is at all times so powerful,” Finland’s Shawn Huff mentioned. “They by no means surrender. We gave it an excellent shot.”
The opposite two quarterfinal video games are on faucet: France performs Italy, and defending champion Slovenia takes on Poland.