PAOK Jump Into Fourth, Kymi Clear of Relegation
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 25
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|8-Apr-16||Lavrio||75 - 70||Aris|
|8-Apr-16||Kymi||76 - 70||Apollon Patras|
|8-Apr-16||AEK||82 - 81||Kolossos|
|8-Apr-16||Trikala||74 - 68||Doxa Lefkadas|
|8-Apr-16||PAOK||75 - 66||Koroivos|
|10-Apr-17||Rethymno||74 - 101||Panathinaikos|
|10-Apr-17||Prometheus||53 - 72||Olympiacos|
Kymis were the big winners of Round 25 in the Greek Basket League regular season as they secured their place in the first division next season. PAOK jumped head of Aris into 4th place while Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, and AEK each recorded wins over the weekend. Highlights for each game can be found here...
The A1 Basket League newboys, Kymi, secured their place in the first division for next season after a thrilling 76-70 victory over Apollon Patras. The result leaves Apollon Patras in the final relegation spot with one game remaining knowing that they will need to defeat Lavrio and hope for Koroivos to lose at home against Prometheus to stay in next year’s A1 League.
PAOK held onto a 75-66 victory at home to Koroivos on Saturday. The Dikefalos tou Vorra gained a comfortable 15-point lead in the first half, but below-par defending in the second half allowed the visitors to get back in the game. Led by Sobey and Peiners in the fourth quarter, the Thessaloniki club earned a valuable victory which puts them in 4th place, ahead of their city rivals Aris (PAOK hold the head-to-head advantage). Koroivos will hope to get the result they need to stay in the A1 League on the final matchday, sitting only one win above 13th placed Apollon Patras.
Both Panathinaikos and Olympiacos had easy nights in Monday’s matches on the road, thumping Rethymno and Prometheus respectively. Panathinaikos have been in great form of late and they showed it in Crete as they scored over 100 points in their 74-101 win over the local side. On the other hand, Olympiacos struggled in the first half against Prometheus but a strong second half was enough for the Erythrolefki to mark a 53-72 victory. The results keep the two teams atop the standings with a 24-1 record, however Olympiacos hold the head-to-head advantage and will look to clinch first place in the regular season and home court advantage for the payoffs on the final matchday.
AEK came back to defeat Kolossos Rodou 82-81 at the OAKA Nick Galis Stadium, giving them a confidence boosting victory before the playoffs begin in a few week’s time. The Enosis were led by Sakota with 21 points. AEK have secured third place for some time now while Kolossos remain in 6th place with a 12-13 record.
Lavrio shocked Aris by defeating the Kitrinomavri 75-70, keeping their dreams alive for a playoff spot on the final matchday. The result, however, drops Aris from 4th to 5th as they are now tied with PAOK with a 14-11 record.
For the first time in the club’s history, Trikala will have a double-digit winning season (10-15) after defeating relegated Doxa Lefkadas 74-68. The scoreline is quite deceiving as Trikala had a rather easy night against the bottom of the table side.