Thanasis Antetokounmpo leads Greek Stars to All-Star Game triumph

Thanasis Antetokounmpo leads Greek Stars to All-Star Game triumph

An MVP performance from Thanasis Antetokounmpo helped the Greek Stars edge the World Stars 149-146 in the 2019 Basket League All-Star Game in Thessaloniki on Sunday night…

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A second straight MVP performance from Panathinaikos’ Thanasis Antetokounmpo helped the Greek Stars narrowly edge the World Stars (149-146) in the Basket League All-Star Game at the Nick Galis Hall on Sunday night.

Antetokounmpo notched 39 points on 18/19 shooting from the field while also adding 6 rebounds and 5 assists as the Greek Stars claimed their first All-Star Game win since the 2013/2014 season.

Panathinaikos’ Georgios Papagiannis and Ioannis Papapetrou tallied 22 and 15 points for the Greek Stars respectively, while Olympiacos’ Kostas Papanikolaou managed 17 points.

Aris’ Lefteris Bochoridis, whose side hosted the event, received a friendly roar upon his introduction and each time he scored as he finished with 16 points on the night.

AEK playmaker, Giannoulis Larentzakis, finished as the lone player to notch a double-double for the Greek stars as he added 10 assists to his 10-point performance.

Olympiacos’ Zach LeDay led the way for the World Stars with a 33-point showing while Phil Goss followed-up his Three-Point Shootout win with a 23-point effort in the weekend’s spectacle.

Panathinaikos’ Sean Kilpatrick, who was named to the All-Star Game after signing for the Trifylli a little less than a month ago, tallied 17 points in his first All-Star game appearance.

The Olympiacos duo of Axel Toupane and Nigel Williams-Goss played large role for the World Stars as Toupane notched 16 points, while Williams-Goss secured a double-double with 10-points and 11 rebounds.

The main talking point prior to tip-off in Alexandreio was the “trade” between the two teams. Panathinaikos head coach, Rick Pitino, revealed that he would be coaching the Greek Stars despite initially as co-coach for the World Stars alongside Olympiacos’ David Blatt. Pitino joined Peristeri’s Argyris Pedoulakis on the Greek Stars bench, while AEK’s Luca Banchi took up the vacant spot on the World Stars bench.

In a game that featured very little effort on the defensive end, the Greek Stars claimed a narrow 43-41 lead in the first quarter before extending their lead to six points (81-75) by halftime.

The Greek Stars continued to lead the way in the second half, though the World Stars threatened to pull level in the third quarter as the Greek Stars lead was trimmed to 112-108.

Despite taking a 10-point lead late in the fourth quarter, the World Stars would ultimately concede their late advantage as the Greek Stars closed the gap quickly before a late dagger from Larentzakis secured the win.

 

by Peter Katsiris

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