Bucks’ Khris Middleton reacts to Giannis Antetokounmpo failing to advance in FIBA World Cup
Bucks forward Khris Middleton knows that his Bucks teammate, Giannis Antetokounmpo,, isn’t going to stop pursuing a gold medal in FIBA World Cup play, despite the fact that Greece has been eliminated from this year’s tournament.
Greece needed to win by 12 points against the Czech Republic on Monday to advance in this year’s FIBA World Cup. The Greek side nearly managed to pull this feat off, but Antetokounmpo fouled out on an egregious charge call with five and a half minutes remaining in the fourth quarter.
Though they carried the day, 84-77, Greece was unable to obtain the margin it needed. Despite this fact, Middleton believes Antetokounmpo will continue striving for gold at the event in the future:
“It was tough,” Middleton said of Antetokounmpo in an interview with eurohoops.net. “They still got the win, but they didn’t get the point differential they needed. (Giannis) is gonna keep going, he’s not going to stop.”
Khris Middleton talks to @Eurohoopsnet about Team USA's undefeated run, quarter-finals clash against France, Olympic berth, as well as @Giannis_An34's Greece failing to qualify to the QT: pic.twitter.com/05JRfLwNWz
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Antetokounmpo logged 23 minutes for Greece in Monday’s game against the Czech Republic, scoring 13 points on 4-of-9 shooting from the field, nine rebounds, four assists and three steals.
Nick Calathes led the Greek side, racking up 27 points on 11-of-17 shooting (5-of-9 from beyond the arc), six assists, six rebounds and three steals in 37 minutes of action.