PAOK notch first win, Promitheas stay perfect

PAOK notch first win, Promitheas stay perfect
 

GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 3

Date Home Team Score Away Team
21-Oct-17 Promitheas 87 - 80 Panionios
21-Oct-17 Koroivos 79 - 76 Kolossos
21-Oct-17 PAOK 94 - 83 Kymi
21-Oct-17 AEK 81 - 74 Rethymno
21-Oct-17 Lavrio 70 - 71 Aris

Promitheas are the early front-runners in the Greek Basket League after improving to 3-0, while PAOK are finally up-and-running thanks to their first win…

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Matchday 3 in the Greek Basket League tipped-off on Saturday with Promitheas staying unbeaten with a road win in Nea Smyrni, while Aris needed late heroics to edge past Lavrio.
 
Promitheas tipped-off Saturday’s action with an 87-80 away win over Panionios. Stavros Toutziarakis scored 18 points as Promitheas improved to 3-0 on the season, while Panionios remain winless despite a near double-double performance from Slaven Cupkovic. Panionios kept Promitheas in check for most of the game, but a strong third quarter from the visitors would see Promitheas build an 11-point lead prior to the start of the fourth quarter – a feat that would be insurmountable for a newly-promoted Panionios side struggling to cope with life in the top flight.
 
In Amaliada, Koroivos returned to winning ways with a thrilling 79-76 win over visiting Kolossos. Marcus Posley scored 26 points for the home side to hand Kolossos their first defeat of the season. Marvin Jones notched a double-double for Kolossos, but the Koroivos’ first quarter advantage was something the visiting Rhodes outfit was unable to undo.
 
After a heartbreaking loss in the FIBA Basketball Champions League midweek, PAOK rebounded at home against Kymis with a 94-83 win at the PAOK Sports Arena. Lucky Jones tallied 17 points and Ousman Krubally (9 points, 10 rebounds) finished one point shy of a double-double for the Dikefale tou Vorra. A tough start to the season which saw PAOK string together five losses in a row finally ended as PAOK improved to 1-2. Kymis, however, are 0-3 to start the season despite 20-point performances from Cameron Jones and Sotiris Manolopoulos.
 
After last weekend’s narrow loss to Aris in Thessaloniki, AEK returned to form with an 81-74 defeat of Rethymno at OAKA. AEK’s Dusan Sakota led all scorers with 23 points, as AEK’s dominant fourth quarter settled what was a back-and-forth game in the Greek capital. AEK built a seven-point lead by half-time, but Rethymno stormed back with a 31-point third quarter as the Cretan Kings took a five-point lead to the fourth quarter. AEK would respond in the final frame, however, as the Enosip pulled off a 25-13 run to the final buzzer. Stefan Moody led all Rethymno scorers yet again with 17 points, while Hugh Robertson finished just shy of a double-double (11 points, 9 rebounds).
 
In Saturday’s late contest, Aris used fourth quarter heroics to edge Lavrio 71-70 at the Lavrio Indoor Hall. Panagiotis Giannakis’ men responded well to a humbling defeat in the Champions League in what proved to be a tight contest with a Lavrio side that held the lead for the first three quarters. A 22-15 run in the final frame would put Aris over the edge, but the Autokratoras would have Panagiotis Vasilopoulos’ late dagger to thank for the victory as the Greek guard nailed a dagger from distance with just three seconds left on the clock. Kwame Vaughn led Aris with 16 points, while Dimitris Kaklamanakis led all Lavrio scorers with 13 points and 8 rebounds.
 
Matchday 3 action continues on Sunday with the final two games of the round taking center stage. Sunday’s matinee features Panathinaikos in action against Gymnastikos in Larissa before Olympiacos host Trikala in the round’s finale.

 
by Peter Katsiris
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