AEK, Panathinaikos cruise to landslide wins
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 17
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|3-Mar-18||Faros||80 - 91||Kymi|
|3-Mar-18||PAOK||58 - 54||Trikala|
|3-Mar-18||AEK||95 - 79||Kolossos|
|3-Mar-18||Lavrio||78 - 77||Rethymno|
|3-Mar-18||Panionios||70 - 59||Koroivos|
|4-Mar-18||Prometheus||91 - 108||Panathinaikos|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris checks in to review the weekend’s action in the Greek Basket League…
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After a deeply disappointing loss to Olympiacos in the EuroLeague on Friday, Panathinaikos return to domestic action with a big win over Promitheas. Meanwhile, AEK return to Greek Basket League duties as Cup Champions; however, the Enosi didn’t show any lulls in their game as they cruised to a comfortable win over Kolossos.
Matchday 17 in the Greek top flight tipped-off on Saturday with three matinee fixtures, including Kymis’ to Larissa to take on Gymnastikos. Despite struggling to start the season, Kymis proved yet again they’ve come a long way from their 0-6 start to the season as they moved into a playoff spot for the time being with a 91-80 win over their hosts. Gymnastikos couldn’t recover from an early deficit as the Larissa-based club slumped to their fourth-straight defeat. Thad McFadden led Kymis with 18 points, while Nondas Papantoniou notched 13 points to lead all Gymnastikos scorers.
At the PAOK Sports Arena, it was PAOK who snuck out a narrow 58-54 win against a visiting Trikala side that slumped to their fourth-straight defeat with the loss. Three PAOK players struck for 11 points, including Vangelis Margaritis who also came close to a double-double with 9 rebounds. Xavier Thames led Trikala with 10 points, but it wasn’t enough to prevent his side from falling to last place in the league standings.
The last of the three early tip-offs on Saturday saw Lavrio pull-off a fourth-quarter comeback to edge Rethymno 78-77 at home. McKenzie Moore put on yet another brilliant displayed as he tallied 22 points to steer Lavrio back from a double-digit deficit. Malcolm Armstead was the protagonist for Rethymno as he tallied 22 points, but he couldn’t quite push his side past the finish line in the final frame.
In the early evening on Saturday, AEK returned to action for the first time since capturing the Greek Cup over Olympiacos two weeks ago and the Enosi didn’t disappoint in a blowout 95-79 win over Kolossos. Kevin Pader led AEK with 16 points as the Athenian outfit extended their domestic win streak to five games and seven in all competitions. Brandon Young tallied 16 points for Kolossos, as did Ramon Harris in addition to 10 rebounds for a double-double.
In Saturday’ primetime fixture, Panionios moved off the foot of the table with a 70-59 win over Koroivos at Nea Smyrni. A dominant 18-7 run by the Panthers in the third quarter paved the way for Panionios’ first win in three domestic outings, with Tyrone Brazelton leading the way with 23 points. Jahii Carson led the way for Koroivos with 14 points, but his side couldn’t rebound from a dreadful third quarter.
In the lone fixture on Sunday, Panathinaikos rebounded from Friday night’s Eternal Derby defeat in the EuroLeague with a convincing 108-91 win over Promitheas at the Dimitris Tofalos Arena in Patras. Marcus Denmon put on a brilliant performance with 25 points, including 7/8 shooting from three-point range. Langston Hall notched 18 points for Promitheas, but the Patras-based side couldn’t pull-off any fourth-quarter heroics as they fell to their first defeat since January.