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Tomas Satoransky reacts to Giannis Antetokounmpo fouling out

FIBA World Cup, Tomas Satoransky, Giannis Antetokounmpo

Tomas Satoransky had an interesting reaction to the call that fouled Giannis Antetokounmpo out of Monday’s victory over the Czech Republic at the 2019 FIBA World Cup.

Though they managed to defeat the Czech side on Monday (84-77), Antetokounmpo and the Greek National Team were ultimately eliminated from the 2019 FIBA World Cup. Greece needed a 12-point win to advance, but they were unable to obtain it without their star player for the final five and a half minutes of the game.

Antetokounmpo was whistled for a charge with five and a half minutes remaining in the game, fouling out in the process. Satoransky felt that it would be an understandable call to make in European play. However, if it were an NBA matchup, he thinks the charge wouldn’t have been called at all:

“In Europe, they’d probably call it,” Satoransky told Tim Reynolds of the Associated Press. “In the NBA, they wouldn’t call it, obviously, because they protect stars.”

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. Satoransky played 37 minutes for the Czech Republic, racking up 13 points on 5-of-12 shooting, nine assists, eight rebounds and one steal.

Satoransky and the Czech side will be back for more FIBA World Cup action on Wednesday, when they’ll take on Australia in the quarterfinal round.

Tip-off is set for 9:00 a.m. ET inside the Shanghai Oriental Sports Center.