Dallas Mavericks wing Tyler Dorsey was quiet on Sunday as Greece survived a scare to defeat the Czech Republic 94-88 in the EuroBasket 2022 round of 16. Dorsey has become a key scorer and floor spacer for his country, but he made just one of his five 3-pointers on Sept. 11 and finished with six points.
The Czech Republic made it a back and forth game, despite Greece being massive favorites coming in. Tomas Satoransky was running their offense and keeping them in the game, but a strong close by Giannis Antetokounmpo and Greece secured the victory and their spot in the quarterfinals.
It was not the best game from Dorsey, but the Greek Freak made sure his country would not be eliminated. Here is a closer look at Sunday’s game and what is next for Greece.
Greece survives scare to advance to EuroBasket 2022 quarterfinals as Tyler Dorsey struggles
Dorsey will continue to get open shots, but he failed to make them against the Czech Republic. Giannis had a 27-point double-double with Nick Calathes and Ioannis Papapetrou filling those ancillary scoring roles in the round of 16.
Calathes is Greece’s lead ball-handler, but it was his scoring and outside shooting that helped Greece advance. He had 14 points and six assists with three 3-pointers made on Sunday.
Greece advanced to the quarterfinals where they will face Germany on Tuesday. The Germans defeated Slovenia in World Cup qualifying, and they gave them all they could handle in the group stage. It will be the marquee matchup of the quarter with the winner being the favorite to reach the finals.
Tyler Dorsey will be looking to bounce back, and fans won’t want to miss it. Germany will sell out to stop Giannis, so the Dallas Mavericks' two-way guard figures to get plenty of open looks. Will he knock them down? Tune in to find out.