SPORTS

Comfortable win in final friendly

European champion Greece defeated Italy 73-52 in Rome yesterday in its final warm-up game ahead of the upcoming Eurobasket tournament in Spain. Playing before an estimated 12,000 Italian fans, the Greek team began convincingly for a 13-0 lead by the 8th minute of play. The home team was never able to recover. Greece led 17-5 at quarter time, 39-18 at half time, and 56-38 before winning by a comfortable 21-point margin. «We were effective when we were focused. There were moments when we slackened,» said coach Panayiotis Yiannakis. «We’re on the right track ahead of the tournament.» Eurobasket begins on September 3.