Olympiacos, AEK notch Basket League wins ahead of Cup Final
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 16
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|13-Feb-18||Rethymno||90 - 95||AEK|
|13-Feb-18||Trikala||73 - 98||Olympiacos|
|14-Feb-18||Panathinaikos||103 - 70||Larissas Faros|
|14-Feb-18||Prometheus||69 - 58||Panionios|
|14-Feb-18||Kolossos||86 - 71||Koroivos|
|14-Feb-18||Aris||80 - 69||Lavrio|
|15-Feb-18||Kymis||88 - 85||PAOK|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris checks in with a recap of the action from Matchday 16 in the Greek Basket League…
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The finalists for Saturday’s Greek Cup Final, Olympiacos and AEK, warmed up with a win in the Greek Basket League midweek, while league leaders Panathinaikos continued their unbeaten run with a heavy defeat of Gymnastikos.
Following last weekend’s Greek Basket League All-Star Game in Patras, AEK’s trip to Crete tipped-off the midweek slate of games in the Greek top flight on Tuesday night as the Enosi warmed-up for Saturday’s Greek Cup Final tilt with a 95-90 defeat of Rethymno. Stefan Moody, who won the Dunk Contest last weekend in Patras, led Rethymno with 25 points, but the American’s efforts weren’t enough to stop an AEK side powered by Manny Harris’ 23 points and a 10-point, 13 assist night from Michael Green.
Olympiacos were also in action on Tuesday as the Piraeus giants cruised to a 98-73 road win over Trikala. Nikola Milutinov enjoyed a memorable night as he notched a 20-point, 18-rebound double-double to lead Olympiacos to their fourth straight win in all competitions. Trikala’s troubles were only compounded as the club was only able to dress seven players, and the shortened bench didn’t do the club any favours against one of the league’s best sides.
Greek Champions, Panathinaikos, led the slate of games on Wednesday night with the Trifylli making short work of Gymnastikos in a 103-70 win at OAKA. All-Star Game MVP, Thanasis Antetokounmpo, was a healthy scratch for Panathinaikos, but that didn’t slow down the league leaders as the entire lineup found the scoresheet in a blowout win. Kenny Gabriel led the Trifylli with 13 points, while Nikos Calathes added 11 assists. Gymnastikos, meanwhile, remain in serious threat of relegation this season having given up the most points this season.
Later on Wednesday, the hosts of the All-Star Game, Promitheas, returned to their home court at the Dimitris Tofalos Arena as the Patras-based club edged Panionios 69-58. Mouhammad Faye notched a double-double in the win (14 points, 12 rebounds), as Promitheas propelled to their third straight win thanks to a strong first quarter. Panionios will rue their slow start as the Panthers remain in a relegation fight with their third loss in their last five outings.
In Thessaloniki, Aris struck for a much-needed win over surprise upstarts Lavrio as Panagiotis Giannakis’ men ended a four-game losing streak in domestic play with an 80-69 win. Michalis Tsairelis notched 18 points, and Giannis Athinaiou struck for a 12-point, 12-assist double-double as Aris handed Lavrio their third loss in four games despite four Lavrio players finishing with double-digits in points.
In Rhodes, Kolossos overturned an 11-point first quarter deficit to eventually claim an 86-71 win over Koroivos in Wednesday’s late tip-off. Dustin Ware notched 25 points to lead Kolossos, who benefited from a 30-13 run in the third quarter. Koroivos, who have now slipped further out from a play-off spot, were led by Shaquille Hines’ 13 points though the Amaliada-based outfit will rue their blown early lead.
On Thursday night, Kymis broke PAOK hearts with an 88-85 win at home to hand PAOK their fourth straight domestic loss. Lenzel Smith led the way for Kymis with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while it was 3-Point Contest winner, Antonis Koniaris, led PAOK scorers with 15 points; however, it wasn’t enough to end a poor stretch of games for Ilias Papatheodorou’s men.