Basket League season proving to be most-exciting yet

Basket League season proving to be most-exciting yet
 

AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris takes a look back at the standout results from the first half of the Greek Basket League season…

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As the Greek Basket League moves into the second half of the 2017/2018 season, it’s time to reflect on the most-memorable moments from the first half of the campaign.

From buzzer-beaters to overtime thrillers, let’s take a look back at which games made headlines in the top flight of Greek basketball.

MATCHDAY 1

PAOK 73-79 Promitheas

Mouhammad Faye scored 18 points as Promitheas shocked PAOK in the Thessaloniki side’s home-opener.

Koroivos 71-55 Aris

Quenton DeCosey’s 17 points led Koroivos to a blowout win to spoil Panagiotis Giannakis first Basket League game in charge of Aris.

MATCHDAY 3

Lavrio 70-71 Aris

Aris claimed a vital come-from-behind victory with a dominant fourth quarter sealing a narrow win at the buzzer.

MATCHDAY 4

Kolossos 82-78 AEK

AEK’s trip to Rhodes didn’t go to plan as Kolossos withstood a fourth quarter comeback with Malcom Griffin’s 22 points leading the way.

Trikala 87-78 PAOK

PAOK’s early season struggles continued as the Dikefalos tou Vorra stumbled to yet another defeat, this time at the hands of Trikala.

MATCHDAY 7

Promitheas 70-40 Aris

Promitheas strong start to the season continued as the Patras-based club thrashed Aris on Matchday 7, with the Thessaloniki side suffering one of their heaviest losses in recent seasons – as well as a historically bad scoring night for Aris.

Lavrio 80-72 AEK

AEK’s early-season struggles away-from-home continued on Matchday 7 with Lavrio proving they’re no pushovers, with McKenzie Moore enjoying a strong scoring night.

MATCHDAY 8

Koroivos 87-91 PAOK

In one of the most-thrilling games of the season, PAOK needed overtime to knock-off Koroivos with Phil Goss the inspiration for the Dikefale tou Vorra.

AEK 66-62 Olympiacos

In the first Athens derby of the season, AEK took derby honours against rivals Olympiacos just days after sacking Sotiris Manolopoulos and replacing the Greek manager with Dragan Sakota.

MATCHDAY 9

PAOK 86-65 AEK

AEK’s derby luck wore out on Matchday 9 in the Dikefale Derby as PAOK, led again by Phil Goss, steered PAOK to a comfortable win in Thessaloniki.

Kymis 94-69 Aris

In just their second season in the Greek top flight, Kymis enjoyed another historical night by topping Aris in landslide fashion to stretch their win streak to three games – an all-time high for the club.

MATCHDAY 10

Lavrio 90-72 PAOK

Lavrio continued their trend of taking-out the Basket League traditional clubs with a blowout win over PAOK.

Kolossos 71-72 Panathinaikos

Defending Champions, Panathinaikos, faced their stiffest test in the Basket League since Matchday 1 as Kolossos took the Trifylli the distance; however, Malcolm Griffin couldn’t connect on a layup or a three-pointer in the dying seconds.

MATCHDAY 11

PAOK 78-71 Olympiacos

Olympiacos continued their derby struggles in Thessaloniki on Matchday 11 as a Phil Goss-led PAOK got the better of the Olympiacos, despite a fourth quarter surge from the Erythrolefki.

Promitheas 69-66 AEK

Patras-based Promitheas continued their impressive form with a narrow, but impressive, defeat of AEK in a tightly-fought encounter at the Dimitris Tofalos Arena.

MATCHDAY 12

Rethymno 80-73 Aris

Aris’ slide down the standings continued with the Thessaloniki outfit’s visit to Crete, as Shaquille Goodwin led Retymno to a monumental win on the island.

MATCHDAY 13

Aris 72-86 Kolossos

The first half of the season would end with Aris hitting rock-bottom as Kolossos left the Autokratoras stunned at the Nick Galis Hall.

Gymnastikos 101-89 PAOK

Despite struggling to find their feet for most of the season, Gymnastikos eclipsed a century of points against an in-form PAOK side for a monumental win to reach the halfway mark of the season in style.

Kymis 77-79 AEK

Manny Harris proved to be the difference for AEK, who escaped their visit to Kymis despite a sluggish start by the Athenians.

Panathinaikos 120-118 Lavrio

The highest scoring game of the season and in recent years needed two overtime periods before Panathinaikos emerged victorious, as both sides combined for the second-highest points scored in a game in the Greek top flight – the record still held by the 1990/1991 showdown between Peristeri and Aris.

 
by Peter Katsiris
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