International Round-Up

Giannis was in action in France this weekend playing with the Greek National Team. On Saturday he made his first start with the Men’s team and delivered 11 points (5/9 FGs) to go with seven rebounds and a steal in 29 minutes of action. There also was this dunk:

Here are complete highlights from Saturday:

On Sunday Giannis came off the bench to play 20 minutes in Greece’s narrow 68-66 loss to Croatia. He tallied eight points, seven rebounds and two steals as Greece finished 1-2 in the tournament in Pau, France. Here are the highlights:

With the FIBA World Cup tipping off on Aug. 30, Giannis is encouraged by the progress thus far.

Miroslav Raduljica was also in action for Serbia in the warmup tournament in France this weekend. On Saturday the big man finished with 13 points, five rebounds and a steal in the 84-83 victory over Croatia, while on Sunday he led Serbia to a 79-69 win over France with 14 points, two rebounds, three assists and a steal.

In Tbilisi, Georgia veteran Zaza Pachulia led his national team to a 73-62 win over the Czech Republic as 2nd-round qualifying for EuroBasket 2015 got under way. Zaza scored 17 of his game-high 19 points in the first half and added eight rebounds, two assists, two steals and two blocks in the process. Georgia is back in action on Wednesday against Hungary.

The Georgia team thanks their fans following Sunday’s win

Zaza on the game:

It was a tense game as we expected it to be. They made a 10-0 scoring run in the third period, but our right timeouts and changes showed good results, we didn't lose mobilisation and got back our lead. We were ready to fight for 40 minutes and we did it. What is the most important thing, we started well and finished well. Everybody played well and we all did our best to reach our goal. Today we proved, that our team always fights till the last seconds. And that's real Georgian Basketball. We may not have superstars but we know how to fight, we never give up and that's important. I am proud that I am a part of this team.

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