Kolossos, Promitheas stay perfect in Greek Basket League
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 2
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|14-Oct-17||Promitheas||91 - 80||Gymnastikos|
|14-Oct-17||Kolossos||90 - 70||Panionios|
|14-Oct-17||Rethymno||95 - 90||Koroivos|
|14-Oct-17||Trikala||91 - 79||Lavrio|
AGONAsport.com’s Peter Katsiris reviews Saturday’s early action from the Greek Basketball League…
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Kolossos and Promitheas are the early table-toppers in the Greek Basketball League following wins on Matchday 2, while Panionios find themselves in early trouble with back-to-back losses to start the season.
Promitheas featured in the early tip-off on Saturday as the Patra-based club opened their home schedule with a 91-80 defeat of Gymnastikos at the Dimitris Tofalos Arena. Sean Evans led all scorers with 20 points, while team-mate Mouhammad Faye tallied 19. Perhaps, the MVP for Promitheas was Nikos Gikas who scored 13 points but added 10 assists for an unselfish double-double. Gymnastikos, who beat Panionios last weekend, tried to make a second half comeback by outscoring their hosts, but the effort ultimately came as too little, too late. Nondas Papantoniou tallied 19 points in the defeat, just two more than team-mate Kevin Ware’s 17 points.
At the Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall, Kolossos dominated Panionios from start-to-finish for a convincing 90-70 win away from home. Malcolm Griffin scored 30 points to lead all-scorers, with the American playing a big part in Kolossos’ dominant third quarter. Vangelis Sakellariou led all Panionios scorers with 20 points, proving Panionios’ woes remain on defense following back-to-back losses by 20+ points.
Following a heart-breaking loss on Matchday 1, Rethymno were on the flipside of a tight score-line as the Cretan Kings edged Koroivos 95-90 at the Melina Merkouri Indoor Hall. Down by 10 at halftime, Koroivos rebounded in the second half with a strong showing in the two final quarters to up the pressure on their Cretan hosts. Rethymno would hold on, however, with Charis Giannopoulos and Andreas Christodoulou leading scorers with 24 points apiece. Marcus Posley finished as Koroivos’ highest scorer as the Amaliada-based club falls to 1-1.
Meanwhile, Trikala notched their first win of the campaign with a 91-79 defeat of Lavrio behind ShawnDre' Jones’ 32 points. With the score tied at 49-49 at halftime, Trikala took control in the second half with a strong showing in the third quarter tipping the balance in Trikala’s favor. Marko Tejic notched a double-double for Trikala with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while McKenzie Moore led Lavrio in every category including points with 22 tallied in the contest.