Promitheas stun AEK as Lavrio keep climbing
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 11
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|6-Jan-18||Faros||80 - 87||Lavrio|
|6-Jan-18||Kymi||93 - 89 (OT)||Kolossos|
|6-Jan-18||Panionios||81 - 87||Aris|
|6-Jan-18||Trikala||76 - 86 (OT)||Rethymno|
|6-Jan-18||Prometheus||69 - 66||AEK|
AEK stumbled in their first game since the change of the calendar, while Lavrio climbed into second place following Saturday’s slate of games in the Greek Basket League…
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Promitheas ensured AEK didn’t start 2018 on a winning note, while Lavrio showed no signs of slowing down thanks to a big win in Larissa. Elsewhere, former Greek international Sofoklis Schortsianitis made his return to the Greek top flight with Trikala.
The Larissa Neapolis Indoor Arena was the venue for one of four early tip-offs in the Greek Basket League on Saturday as Lavrio overcame a pesky Gymnastikos 87-80 to continue their climb up the league standings. McKenzie Moore was the protagonist for Lavrio with 16 points, while Nondas Papantoniou did his best to halt Lavrio’s progress with 25 points and 9 rebounds; however, Lavrio overcame Gymnastikos’ resilience with a 25-16 run in the fourth quarter to climb into second place – albeit temporarily ahead of Sunday’s slate of games.
In Trikala, Schortsianitis made his season-debut for Trikala after signing a deal with the club until the end of the season; however, it was Rethymno who stole the headlines with an 86-76 overtime win. Both sides played out a stalemate in the fourth quarter to force overtime and it was Rethymno who responded best to the challenge with a 16-6 run in the extra frame. Stefan Moody led Rethymno with 28 points and 9 assists, while teammate Shaquille Goodwin notched a double-double with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Schortsianitis scored 6 points and collected 1 rebound in just over 9 minutes of action, with teammate ShawnDre’ Jones leading Trikala’s scoring effort with 16 points in the loss.
Kymis also needed overtime in their 93-89 defeat of Kolossos in front of the home crowd at the Tassos Kambouris Hall. After last weekend’s tight encounter with Panathinaikos, Kolossos found themselves in another back-and-forth battle; however, it was yet another disappointing loss for the club from Rhodes as Kymis edged the overtime period 16-12. Thad McFadden led all scorers on the night with a whopping 42 points to steer Kymis back to the win column after last week’s heartbreak in Crete, while it was Marvin Jones who led Kolossos’ offensive efforts with 22 points on the night.
In Nea Smyrni, Panionios’ struggles continued as Aris dealt the Panthers their tenth loss of the season with an 87-81 result going the way of the visiting Thessaloniki outfit. Panionios held a one-point lead heading into the final frame, but Aris would go on a 21-14 run to leave the home side heartbroken yet again. Eleftherios Bochoridis scored 24 points to lead Aris’ scorers, while it was Chris McNeally who led Panionios’ offensive efforts with 18 points.
Saturday’s headline fixture took place in Patras with home side Promitheas landing a 69-66 upset over AEK. Chris Harris led AEK with an 18-point, 11-rebound double-double, but AEK’s offense went quiet in the fourth quarter as Promitheas surged to a 20-11 run in the final frame. Nikos Gikas was Promitheas’ leading scorer with 16 points, while teammate Mohammed Faye notched a double-double with 13 points and 10 rebounds.