Greek Fans Celebrate Milwaukee Bucks Star Giannis Antetokounmpo

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    With less than a minute left in the game, Yiannis Tzikas was already setting out plastic cups to fill with champagne.

    Tzikas runs the Kivotos Cafe in Greece, where Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo used to grab a sandwich and juice box on his way to basketball practice as a teenager in Sepolia, an old factory town that’s long been part of greater Athens.

    In the dark of early Wednesday, Tzikas opened up to catch Game 6 of the NBA Finals and watch the star, nicknamed the Greek Freak, lead the Bucks to their first title in 50 years, beating the Phoenix Suns 105-98.

    Antetokounmpo finished with 50 points, 14 rebounds and five blocked shots and was named the series MVP.

    Game 6 started at 4 a.m. local time in Greece.

    It was watched by night owl basketball fans, along with his supporters, friends and old acquaintances in Sepolia.

    Fans sat glumly through the first half as Phoenix led, before coming to life as the sun rose.

    Kyriacos Hager, who was wearing Giannis’ 34 jersey, said Antetokounmpo grown from a son of Sepolia to an “inspiration” to the world.

    Named after Noah’s Ark, Tzikas’ Cafe looks as if it has stood still for decades, with beige tiles, dark wood and laminate counters and panels, with an assortment of liquor bottles next to a coffee machine — and a wall of framed memorabilia from the Antetokounmpo family, autographed jerseys and basketballs from the Bucks and the Greek national team.

    It’s a few blocks from where Antetokounmpo and his basketball co-star brothers, Thanasis, Kostas and Alex grew up with their parents from Nigeria, who gave their four boys Greek names.

    Tzikas said Giannis always stops by the cafe when he visits Greece, adding that had not changed with fame.

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