Aris claim vital win in Crete

Aris claim vital win in Crete

GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 13

Date Home Team Score Away Team
12-Jan-19 Holargos 74 - 73 Panionios
12-Jan-19 Ifaistos Limnou 80 - 76 Lavrio
12-Jan-19 Rethymno 74 - 76 Aris
12-Jan-19 AEK 94 - 79 Kolossos Rodou
12-Jan-19 PAOK 87 - 73 Peristeri

Aris won back-to-back games for the first time this season while local rivals PAOK thrashed Peristeri in Saturday’s action in the Greek Basket League…

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Matchday 13 in the Greek Basket League started with a bang as Saturday’s slate of early games featured a little bit of everything for Greek basketball fans. From blowout wins to tight nail-biting finishes, the Greek top tier reached the midway point of the season with no shortage of drama across the land.

RETHYMNO CRETAN KINGS 74-76 ARIS

In Rethymno, Aris clinched back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a fourth quarter comeback against the Cretan Kings.

Lefteris Bochoridis’ 17 points led all Aris scorers while Gary Bell (14 points) and Gary McGhee (13 points) enjoyed strong scoring nights.

A sluggish first half threatened to derail Aris’ push for consecutive wins for the first time this season, but a second half comeback put Aris back on track with Rethymno struggling to hold onto their lead.

Andreas Christodoulou led the way with 23 points for the Cretan Kings, who have now lost four straight games.

HOLARGOS 74-73 PANIONIOS

Jermaine Love’s clutch shot in the dying moments helped Holargos steal a crucial victory over Panionios and tighten their grip on the final playoff spot at the midway mark of the season.

Love’s 23 points led Holargos on the night as the promoted side extended an impressive streak that has seen the club win five of their last six league fixtures.

The fashion of the defeat was extremely cruel on Panionios, who are now under further relegation threat following their fifth straight loss.

IFAISTOS LIMNOU 80-76 LAVRIO

Ifaistos continued their impressive home form to improve to 6-0 in Limnou as Ta Sfyra rallied behind a dominant double-double from Sean Evans.

Evans’ 28 points and 15 rebounds helped Ifaistos overturn a halftime deficit as the home side went on a 42-34 run in the second half to claim the win and keep pace with Holargos for seventh place.

While Ifaistos and Evans claimed the win, Lavrio’s Devin Thomas put in an impressive performance with 24 points and 12 rebounds but the American’s efforts weren’t enough to prevent Lavrio from falling further off the pace from the playoff race.

AEK 94-79 KOLOSSOS

In Athens, AEK rebounded from their midweek defeat in the Basketball Champions League with a dominant display against minnows Kolossos.

A relentless attack in the first half put AEK ahead by double digits at halftime as the Dikefale soared out of the gate before holding-off Kolossos’ late push in the second half.

Georgios Tsalmpouris steered AEK to victory with a team-high 15 points while a quartet of players, including new signing Jordan Theodore, added 11 points in the win.

Stevie Browning led the way for Kolossos with 23 points while Dimitris Mavroeidis came close to a double-double with 14 points and 9 rebounds as Kolossos slipped to a third straight loss.

PAOK 87-73 PERISTERI

Peristeri suffered just their third loss of the season as PAOK cruised to a comfortable win over the promoted side at the PAOK Sports Arena in Thessaloniki.

A 31-15 run in the third quarter put PAOK back on track after Peristeri had grabbed a seven-point lead by halftime.

Phil Goss led PAOK’s offensive efforts with 24 points as the Dikefale tou Vorra extended their win streak to two games and keep the pressure on AEK for fourth place in the league standings.

Ryan Harrow notched 18 points for Peristeri but the Kyanoktrini were undone by a catastrophic start to the second half.

Olympiacos face stern test in Patras

Action in the Greek top flight continues on Sunday with Olympiacos travelling to Patras for a showdown with Promitheas at the Dimitris Tofalos Arena.

Panathinaikos’ trip to Kymis on Monday afternoon concludes the Matchday 13 schedule as the Greek top flight will reach its midway point, with the exception of Panathinaikos’ Matchday 7 clash with Kolossos – which has since been rescheduled for 24 February.

 

by Peter Katsiris

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