Greek National Basketball Team a Step Closer to Tokyo Olympics



VICTORIA (Canada) - It wasn't over from the opening tip, but it got out of hand fast.


Greece came out on fire and didn't step off the gas in their 105-80 win against China on Thursday. The victory secures second place in Group A for the Greeks, who advance to the tournament Semi-Finals and face Turkey on Saturday.


China were eliminated with the loss, which snapped the country's streak of qualifying for nine straight Olympics - the third-longest active streak behind Australia (13) and the United States (10).


Turning point: The first quarter. Greece outscored China 28-14 in the opening frame and never looked back. Making 11 of 18 shots with an efficient inside-out offense, the Greeks came out organized and shared the ball well en route to the big early lead.