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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Vassilis SpanoulisGreece have missed out on a chance of competing for a medal at the Beijing Olympics after losing 80-78 to Argentina in a tense quarter-final.

The two sides were neck and neck throughout the match with the Argentineans relying on accurate three-point shooting to stay in touch with Greece.

The Athens gold medallists hit the target with 14 three-pointers while Greece managed just eight.

Antonis Fotsis was top-scorer for Greece with 17 points, one assist and ten rebounds.

Emanuel Ginobili scored 24 points for Argentina with six three-pointers. Carlos Delfino hit the target five times from the three-point mark.

Panayiotis Yiannakis's men had the chance to win the match in the final seconds but Vassilis Spanoulis missed with a three-point shot and his team-mates were unable to pick up the rebound.

It was a cruel end for Greece who had been within touching distance of gaining revenge over the Argentineans, who had knocked them out of the Athens Olympics at the same stage.

Argentina play USA in the semi-finals with world champions Spain taking on Lithuania in the other.

Monday, August 18, 2008
Panayiotis YiannakisGreece have cruised into the quarter-finals of the Olympic basketball tournament after beating hosts China comfortably in their final group game.

The national side beat the Chinese 91-77 thanks largely to an impressive defensive display that made it difficult for Yao Ming and his teammates to find space.

China were forced into long-range shots but their aim was completely off in the first-half, failing to score a single three-pointer from 14 attempts, which allowed Greece to build a big lead and put the game beyond the home side.

"The guys were really concentrated. We tried to put the Chinese out of the game early on because we knew that they are a difficult side," said Greece coach Panayiotis Yiannakis

"The most important thing is that we are a side that believes and is prepared to fight right to the end."

Greece will now face Argentina, the 2004 Olympic champions, in the next round on Wednesday.

"They are a good side with five NBA players so we will have to be in good form," said Yiannakis. "We have to try and spoil they way they play so we can control the pace of the game in offence and defence"

Olympiakos centre Yiannis Bouroussis suggested that Greece would be looking for some revenge against the Argentineans.

"This is our most important game. We will prepare well because we want to get into the semis," he said. "In 2004, we were put out by the Argentineans so we owe them something.

"We need to play well in defence and be 100 percent focused on Wednesday."

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