Kymis make history with first road Greek Basket League win
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 7
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|2-Dec-17||Promitheas||70 - 40||Aris|
|2-Dec-17||Larissas Faros||70 - 89||Rethymno|
|2-Dec-17||Panionios||91 - 92
(80 - 80)
|2-Dec-17||PAOK||70 - 56||Kolossos|
Kymis recorded their first ever road win in the Greek top flight, while it was a night to forget for Aris in Patra.
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Kymis ended their winless start to the Greek Basket League season with a historic win over fellow winless side Panionios, while Aris also made history but for all the wrong reasons in their loss to Promitheas.
With the FIBA Basketball Champions League on hiatus due to the recent international break, Aris were expected to return to action energized when the Thessaloniki outfit visited Promitheas in Patra. It was much the opposite, however, as Aris recorded their lowest offensive output in club history in a 70-40 loss to a Promitheas side who continue to hover near the top of the league standings. Keith Benson’s double-double for Aris was not enough to inspire his team, who only trailed by three (32-29) at halftime. Aris would only score a combined total of 11 points in the second half, while Promitheas’ offense showed no signs of slowing down with Sean Evans’ 12 points leading the charge.
Aris’ crosstown rivals, PAOK, returned from the international break with a visit from Kolossos Rhodes and the Thessaloniki outfit made the most of home court advantage. Phil Goss scored 12 points to lead PAOK scorers, while Ousman Krubally scooped up 16 rebounds to dominate the boards as PAOK extended their win streak to three games. At 4-3, PAOK will now look to edge closer to a first round bye in the play-offs. Kolossos, however, tasted defeat for the third consecutive game and have fallen out of the play-off picture through seven rounds. Malcolm Griffin tallied 20 points for Kolossos in the losing effort.
In Nea Smyrni, the battle between the two winless sides in the league saw Kymis earn their first ever road win in the Greek top flight with a 92-91 overtime win over Panionios. In a game that was back and forth, Panionios erased a four-point halftime deficit as the two sides took part in the first overtime game of the season. Kymis would take the initiative in the first overtime frame as the Euboean club made the most of the extra period to claim a historic first win in the top flight since clinching their first ever promotion last season. Thad McFadden scored a record-high 35 points for Kymis, while Vangelis Sakellariou led the charge for Panionios with 24 points as the Panthers are now the only winless team in the league.
There was no late drama in Larissa as Gymnastikos were thumped 89-70 by a visiting Rethymno side that ended a four-game losing streak. The visitors built an eight-point lead by halftime, only to pad their lead in the second half as Gymnastikos’ defense conceded 70 points or more for the sixth straight game. Stefan Moody and Malcolm Armstead led the Cretan Kings with 19 points each, while teammate Shaquille Goodwin wasn’t too far behind with 18 points and 10 rebounds for an emphatic double-double. Manos Papamakarios scored a team-high 13 points for Gymanstikos, who have now slipped to 3-4 on the season.