Heavyweights cruise as Trikala’s & Aris’ troubles continue
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 22
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|11-Apr-18||Koroivos||73 - 55||Faros|
|11-Apr-18||AEK||72 - 81||PAOK|
|11-Apr-18||Lavrio||68 - 84||Olympiacos|
|11-Apr-18||Trikala||76 - 81||Panionios|
|11-Apr-18||Kolossos||70 - 89||Prometheus|
|11-Apr-18||Rethymno||69 - 103||Panathinaikos|
|11-Apr-18||Aris||60 - 73||Kymi|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris reviews the midweek action from Matchday 22 in the Greek Basket League…
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Matchday 22 in the Basket League featured many important fixtures including the Dikefale derby between AEK and PAOK, but perhaps none more important than the “Relegation derby” between Trikala and Panionios. Meanwhile, EuroLeague Final Four hopefuls, Panathinaikos and Olympiacos, continued to take their domestic obligations in stride as both clubs cruised to victory in their respective clashes.
The midweek action began with Koroivos hosting Gymnastikos in Amaliada. Quenton DeCosey dazzling 18-point, 9-rebound, 4-assist performance led the home side to a massive 73-55 defeat – effectively ending Koroivos’ six-game losing streak.
With Trikala’s future in the top flight growing bleaker by the matchday, the Thessalian side hoped to inject some life back in their campaign when Panionios made the trip north on Tuesday night. Instead it was Panionios who received the boost as the Panthers overturned a fourth quarter deficit to secure an 81-76 win. Tyrone Barzelton led Panionios scorers with 25 points as the Nea Smyrni side all but confirmed Trikala’s relegation with just four games remaining.
In Crete on Wednesday night, the focus shifted to the other end of the table as Panathinaikos’ visit to face Rethymno ended with the Trifylli notched a 103-69 win to improve to an outstanding 22-0 on the season. Stefan Moody notched 32 points for the Cretan Kings, but Panathinaikos’ depth scoring was on showcase with Ian Vougioukas the surprise leading scorer with 17 points on the night.
Later in the night, Aris stumbled to their second straight defeat and fourth in their last five games as Kymis secured a 73-60 win at the Nick Galis Hall in Thessaloniki. Kymis surged to a 41-28 lead by halftime with Thad McFadden leading the way courtesy of his 14-point performance on the night. Aris’ inability to find a way back in the second half kept the Thessaloniki giants in the danger zone in the league standings as relegation continues to linger for the Autokratoras.
In Rhodes, Promitheas climbed to third place in the league standings thanks to their 89-70 demolition of Kolossos. Octavius Ellis notched a double-double with 21 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Patras-based club to their fourth win in their last five league outings. Ramon Harris notched 16 points for Kolossos, but the islanders couldn’t get past Promitheas’ stingy defense en route to their sixth straight loss.
In the finale to Matchday 22 action, Olympiacos curised to an 84-68 defeat of Lavrio as Ioannis Papapetrou’s 19 points propelled the Piraeus giants to their eighth straight win in the Basket League. Olympiacos captain Vassilis Spanoulis moved within nine-points of Nikos Chatzis for the all-time scoring title in the Greek top flight following his 10-point performance against Lavrio. Mackenzie Moore led Lavrio with 13 points, but that wasn’t enough to prevent his side from suffering a third straight loss.