Aris pull off comeback, Panionios stay winless
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 6
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|18-Nov-17||Rethymno||73 - 79||PAOK|
|18-Nov-17||AEK||83 - 73||Panionios|
|18-Nov-17||Aris||71 - 60||Faros Larissa|
|18-Nov-17||Koroivos||67 - 91||Lavrio|
|18-Nov-17||Trikala||68 - 87||Prometheus|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris checks in to review the early action from Matchday 6 in the Greek Basket League…
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Aris pulled off a come-from-behind victory to win comfortably at home against Gymnastikos, while arguably Panionios’ best effort of the season wasn’t enough to secure the Panthers’ first win of the season.
In Saturday’s matinee action, PAOK edged Retyhmno 79-73 in Crete to improve to .500 for the first time this season. Ousman Krubally and Antonis Koniaris led PAOK with a double-double each, as the Thessaloniki side rebounded from a disappointing loss in the FIBA Basketball Champions League. Rethymno’s struggles continued thanks to a brutal stretch of play in the second quarter which saw PAOK outscore the Cretan Kings 25-15. Malcolm Armstead notched 19 points for Rethymno, who have now lost four straight games.
At OAKA, AEK ensured Panionios’ winless start to the season continued as the Enosi notched an 83-73 win. Panionios looked in control early on and even had a four-point lead at halftime (50-46), but scoring woes in the second half saw the Panthers score just 23 points in the entire second half. Dejan Kravic led all scorers with 20 points for Panionios, while it was Manny Harris who led AEK scorers yet again with 19 points on the night.
In Amaliada, Lavrio dominated the first and third quarter to cruise past Koroivos 91-67 for the Metallorichoi’s third straight win. Tony Meier scored 20 points on the night to lead Lavrio, but perhaps the main protagonist was his side’s defense in the third frame as Koroivos were held to just 8 points. Quenton DeCosey led Koroivos’ offense with 21 points, but a weak defensive effort made for a second consecutive blowout loss for Dinos Kalampakos’ men.
It was also a blowout result for Promitheas who crushed Trikala 87-68 away from home. The Patra-based club continued their fine start to the season, which sees Promitheas temporarily climb to first in the table with a 5-1 record. Shawn Evans and Nikos Gkikas led the way with a double-double each for Promitheas, who have rebounded nicely since losing their unbeaten start to the season against Panathinaikos. Lamond Murray Jr. scored a game-high 24 points for Trikala, but the Sakafliades continue to struggle in the second half of games and have since slumped to 2-4 on the season.
In Thessaloniki, Aris turned the tables of Gymnastikos to collect 71-60 win at the Nikos Galis Hall. Panagiotis Vasilopoulos led Aris in every category (11 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds) to help his side end a two-game losing streak following derby losses to Olympiacos and PAOK. Gymnastikos, who were led by Vasilis Mouratos’ 15 points, will rue an awful second quarter that saw the Thessalian side get outscored 23-9.
League action continues on Sunday with Panathinaikos putting their unbeaten record on the line against winless Kymis, before Olympiacos travel to Rhodes to take on Kolossos on Monday.