For the first time ever the women's deaf Greek basketball team has won gold at the Deaf Olympics!
After winning the European Championship last year in Thessaloniki, the women's deaf national team added another gold medal to their collection after beating Lithuania 67-50 in the final of the Deaflympics.
The match was quite tense until the end of the third period when the score was just 39-38 for Greece. At that point, however, the athletes of coach Zerva made the biggest push of the game and outscored the Lithuanian team 28-12 to win the historic match.
Stefania Patera starred for the Greek team scoring 20 points, with Alexandra Kotsiafti and Lamprini Agagiotou contributing 11 points each.
Score by quarter: 8-12, 21-21, 39-38, 67-50
Greece (Zerva): Chaina 5 (1 3pt, 6 ast), Sarakatsani 9, Agagiotou 11 (3), Kotsirea, Spinou, Mellini, Verani, Voudouri 5, Kotsiafti, Patera 20 (2 3pt, 4 ast), Balkoglou 6 (2)
Lithuania (Dambrauskaite): Jocyte 13 (3), Jankute-Meskine, Naruseviciute 7, Zegyte, Burbaite-Maciuliene 9 (1), Milasauskaite 2, Bareikiene, Valaityte 7 (3 3pt, 12 reb), Segzdaite 6, Eskertaite 6, Serelyte, Dobilaite
Sources: LiFO (translated and with edits); Deaflympics 2017