Aris’ struggles continue while Panionios pick-up a rare win
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 13
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|20-Jan-18||Aris||72 - 86||Kolossos Rodou|
|20-Jan-18||G.S. Kymis||77 - 79||AEK|
|20-Jan-18||Faros Larissas||101 - 89||PAOK|
|20-Jan-18||Panionios||96 - 64||Rethymno|
|20-Jan-17||Trikala||71 - 59||Koroivos|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris checks in with a review of Saturday’s action from the Greek Basket League…
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Aris’ struggles continued on Saturday night in Thessaloniki, while Panionios picked up just their second win of the season in emphatic fashion against Rethymno in an eventful Saturday of basketball in the Greek top flight.
In one of four early tip-offs on Saturday, Aris welcomed Kolossos to Alexandreio with the home side looking to end a three-game losing streak across all competitions. Unfortunately for Panagiotis Giannakis’ men, Aris’ winless run would stretch to four wins as Kolossos triumphed 86-72 in Thessaloniki. TJ Bray notched 16 points and Marvin Jones came within a rebound of a double-double (14 points, 9 rebounds) as Kolossos won their second straight game. Ivan Maras had a solid outing for Aris, but the Montenegrin’s 18-point effort went unrewarded as Aris slid further in the Basket League standings.
AEK, meanwhile, snapped a two-game losing streak thanks to a narrow 79-77 win against Kymis at the Tassos Kabouris Hall in Kymi. Manny Harris had another big game for the Enosi as the American tallied 19 points in a fourth-quarter comeback win for AEK. Kymis, who had win five of their last six games heading into Sunday, had a chance to stretch their win streak to three games; however, the club from Euboea couldn’t hold onto their four-point lead in the final frame. Thad McFadden led Kymis in the loss with 19 points.
While it was a close game in Kymi, it was quite the opposite in Nea Smyrni as Panionios cruised to a 96-64 demolition of Rethymno. Notching just their second win of the season, Panionios remain bottom of the league standings; however, the Panthers did end a three-game losing streak with Slaven Cupkovic’s 21 points leading the way. Shaquille Goodwin and Charis Giannopoulos both notched 12 points each for the Cretan Kings, but a lack of focus defensively saw Rethymno’s three-game winning run come to an end.
A fourth-quarter meltdown cost PAOK their third win in a row as Gymnastikos notched a high-scoring 101-89 win in Larissa. Losers of their last three matches heading into Saturday’s clash with their northern rivals, Gymnastikos went on a 28-14 run in the final frame to put an end to their winless run. Roeland Schaftenaar had a memorable evening for Gymnastikos with 22 points, 8 rebounds, and 7 assists in the win, while PAOK were led by Phil Goss’ 17 points – including 10/11 shooting from the stripe.
In Saturday’s late tip-off, Trikala enjoyed their first win since October with a 71-59 defeat of Koroivos. Marko Tejic tallied 17 points to lead all Trikala scorers, who ran riot in the first half to lead 41-20 by halftime. Koroivos did their best to flip the script in the second half, but the slow start was just too much to overcome for the Amaliada outfit. Marcus Posley struck for 15 points for the visitors, but the American’s best efforts couldn’t prevent his side from losing their third straight game to slip just one point above relegation.