Iowa State men’s basketball: Georgios Tsalmpouris dominates from downtown in FIBA tournament


Iowa State’s incoming international sensation, Georgios Tsalmpouris, made it rain from beyond the perimeter and was the highest scorer on Greece in his latest outing at a Euro tournament.

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Tsalmpouris hit 4-of-5 3-pointers and finished with 16 points, 3 rebounds, and 2 assists of the bench in Greece’s 72-57 victory over Montenegro at the FIBA U18 European Tournament. He also went 2-of-5 inside the arc and didn’t get to the free throw line. He played for a total of 24:51.

Montenegro dominated in fast break points (17-4) but Greece shot much better from the field, firing at a 44.6 percent clip compared to Montenegro’s 33.9 percent. Greece also had a positive assist ratio and had 17 assists to 29 field goals.

These names are a complete train wreck but I’ll give it the old college try. Petar Popovic led the way for Montenegro with 17 points off the bench, but went just 6-of-16 from the field. Starter Vasilije Bacovic went a more efficient 5-of-9 and had 14 points. As a team, they went 5-for-17 from downtown.

The starters for Greece were a lot better. While Tsalmpouris did have a team-high 16 points, Dimitrios Stamatis and Vasileios Charalampopoulos had 15 points each. Similar to Tsalmpouris, Charalampopoulos did most of his action outside the arc with 3 3-pointers and made all four free throws. He also netted 15 of the team’s 39 total rebounds.

Greece is currently in Group F of the U18 European tournament and is currently 3-2 with 8 points. They’re currently 3rd in the rankings and need to finish in the top four to make it to the quarterfinals to take on somebody from Group E.