Greece vs Mexico: 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament Live Stream, Where to Watch, Highlights
Mexico and Greece will collide in an all-important match on Wednesday in Day 3 of the 2016 FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Turin, Italy. Six teams trooped to Turin this year in the hope of earning one the three remaining tickets to the 2016 Rio Olympics.Advertisement
Why the Greece vs Mexico Match Crucial for Both Teams
Mexico and Greece both won in their previous matches and have already qualified to the semifinals of the 2016 FIBA OQT Turin leg. Greece cruised to a 78-53 win over Iran in Day 1, while Mexico escaped with a narrow 75-70 victory against the Asian powerhouse in Day 2.
However, both teams are expected to go all out to finish on top of Group A, which will make them avoid a semi-final showdown against the host country. The loser will be paired against Italy in the semis, while the winner will go up against either Croatia or Tunisia in the knockout final-four match.
‘Greek Freak’ A Matchup Nightmare for Mexico
NBA rising star Giannis Antetokounmpo will be the biggest challenge for Mexico on Wednesday. The Milwaukee Bucks forward played only 19 minutes during their victory over France but finished with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting from the field. The 6-foot-11 versatile forward also racked up three rebounds two assists, two steals and two blocks.
Greece team captain Iannis Bourousis, FC Barcelona guard Efstratios Perperoglou, Sacramento Kings center Kosta Koufos and veteran guard Nick Calathes can also produce at any given time. Perperoglou had 12 points against Iran, while Bourousis and Koufos added 11 and 10 markers, respectively.
Against the heftier Greeks, Mexico will surely miss the services of star center Gustavo Ayon, who skipped the tournament due to personal and business reasons. Ayon, who plays for Real Madrid in the EuroLeague, has been a tower of strength for Mexico in past international competitions.
Mexico will once again rely on their productive backcourt tandem of Francisco Cruz and Jorge Gutierrez, who combined for 33 points against Iran. On the other hand, Paul Stoll is expected to provide stability anew, similar to what he did in their victory against Iran, making crucial plays down the stretch for Mexico.
The Greece-Mexico match is scheduled to start at 12 p.m. ET. Fans can watch the crucial game through online live stream via Live Basketball TV. Match highlights will be posted on FIBA’s official YouTube channel. After the game, Croatia and Tunisia will fight for the final semis slot in the tournament.