Greek national team is eliminated from the Eurobasket after losing by Spain desite the fact that was considered to be one of the most complete teams in the tournament. Greek coach Katsikaris did not rely on Mantzaris since Olympiacos guard played the fewest minutes among the team in the tournament. In the quarter final against Spain, Mantzaris did not play at all.
The reason is that Katsikaris did not have the 24-year-old guard in his plans and did not count on him. He even didn't want to call him in the preseason since he was suposed to be cut. Eventually, Katsikaris called Mantzaris and Olympiaco guard made the squad and participated in the Eurobasket. Of course, there no problems between the two men but the criteria had only to do with the game.