Aris keep playoff hopes alive as Rethymno clinch safety
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 25
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|8-May-18||Faros||83 - 95||Olympiacos|
|8-May-18||Panionios||67 - 81||PAOK|
|8-May-18||Prometheus||98 - 87||Lavrio|
|8-May-18||Kymi||62 - 60||Koroivos|
|8-May-18||Aris||70 - 52||Rethymno|
|8-May-18||Trikala||59 - 86||Kolossos|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris checks in to review the early action from the penultimate round of action in the Greek Basket League…
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Aris are now one win away from turning a disastrous start to the season into a playoff berth as the Thessaloniki outfit notched a season-best third straight win. Meanwhile, the relegation picture is no clearer after the three frontrunners for the drop zone failed to secure wins in their Matchday 25 tilts across Greece on Wednesday.
The most notable fixture of the round took place in Thessaloniki with Aris hosting Rethymno at Alexandreio. Although both sides had something to play for heading into the contest, it was Aris who demonstrated on the scoreboard with a 70-52 win over the visiting Cretans. Eleftherios Bochoridis notched 12 points to lead Aris as the home side overturned a 19-11 first quarter to romp to a third straight win and keep their playoff hopes alive. It wasn’t all bad news for Rethymno, however, as the Cretan Kings still managed to clinch safety in the Greek top flight despite the loss thanks to fortunate results elsewhere.
One of the results that helped forge Rethymno’s future in the Basket League took place at Nea Smyrni as PAOK surged to an 81-67 win over Panionios to condemn Panthers’ fans to another week of agony. Despite a strong start, Panionios collapsed in the second and third quarters to succumb to their third straight loss despite Markeith Cummings’ 25-point effort. Theodoros Zaras notched 16 points to lead the Dikefale tou Vorra, who with the win clinched at least fourth place in the league standings.
Koroivos remains among the clubs entangled in the relegation zone after the Amaliada-based side lost in heartbreaking fashion to Kymis. Despite a 19-9 run by Koroivos in the fourth quarter, the visitors couldn’t topple Kymis as the visitors suffered a brutal 62-60 loss to remain planted in the relgation zone. Kymis, meanwhile, pulled into a tie for fifth place with Lavrio heading into the final round of fixtures on Sunday.
A 95-83 defeat against Olympiacos ensures that Gymnastikos also remain in the relegation picture heading into Sunday’s slate of games. Despite a strong showing from the Larissa-based outfit, a 19-ooint effort from Bobby Brow spearheaded Olympiacos to an eventually comfortable win. Steve Burtt Jr. did his best to fuel Larissa’s attack as the Ukrainian international notched 22 points in the defeat.
In a battle that featured two sides in the top five, Promitheas got the last laugh over Lavrio with a 98-87 win over the visiting Metallorichoi. Nikos Gikas posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 assists as he helped facilitate Promitheas fifth successive win. Tony Meier led Lavrio scorers with a16 points, but the visitors were hindered by a slow start that saw Lavrio trail 50-37 by halftime.
Lastly, Kolossos dominated already-relegated Trikala in an 86-59 win in Trikala. Ramon Harris and Keith Wright each came within a rebound of securing a double-double as the Rhodes-based club secured its first win since February.