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AEK, Aris emerge victorious in Basket League thrillers

AEK, Aris emerge victorious in Basket League thrillers

GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 22

Date Home Team Score Away Team
6-Apr-19 Aris 66 - 65 Promitheas
6-Apr-19 Kymis 77 - 84 Rethymno
6-Apr-19 Panionos 77 - 75 Peristeri
6-Apr-19 Lavrio 94 - 100 AEK

AEK and Aris outlasted their opponents in two overtime thrillers in Saturday’s slate of Matchday 22 action in the Greek Basket League…

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Matchday 22 in the Greek Basket League tipped-off with two overtime thrillers in Thessaloniki and Lavrio as Aris and AEK needed overtime to claim vital victories on Saturday night.

Elsewhere, Rethymno Cretan Kings kept their slim hopes of avoiding relegation alive with a crucial win over Kymis while Panionios further guaranteed their spot in next season’s championship.

ARIS 66-65 PROMITHEAS

Aris snapped a five-game losing skid with a narrow win over Promitheas at the Nick Galis Hall.

Despite falling behind early, Aris fought back with a 15-8 run in the fourth quarter to force overtime before edging their guests in a low-scoring extra period.

Lucky Jones posted 20 points to lead all Aris scorers while Michale Kyser posted 15 points in the Autokratoras’ first win since early February.

Rion Brown also posted 20 points for Promitheas while Octavius Ellis finished with a double-double (11 points, 10 rebounds) in a bitter defeat for the Patras outfit.

PANIONIOS 77-75 PERISTERI

A week after stunning Panathinaikos for the Trifylli’s first regular season defeat in 70 games, Peristeri were themselves stunned by Panionios in Nea Smyrni.

Ben Bentil’s 17-point, 10-rebound double-double wasn’t enough for Peristeri as the visitors conceded their early lead before Panionios emerged victorious following a tight fourth quarter.

Davion Berry continued his league-best scoring pace with a 20-point performance as Panionios secured back-to-back wins for the first time this season.

KYMIS 77-84 RETHYMNO CRETAN KINGS

Rethymno’s hopes of avoiding the drop to the second tier got a massive boost after the Cretan Kings managed a fourth quarter comeback to defeat Kymis.

A 30-19 run in favour of Rethymno saw the Cretans claim what could be a pivotal result between two sides battling to avoid the drop to the second tier.

Steven Burtt Jr. led the way with 29 points for Rethymno, who now sit just one point behind Kymis in the push to avoid relegation.

LAVRIO 94-100 AEK

In Lavrio, AEK survived a near scare as the Athenians emerged victorious in overtime despite conceding a lead in the fourth quarter.

A slow start to the contest saw AEK fall behind 28-20 in the first quarter before a +15 run from the Athenians put AEK ahead 49-42 by halftime. Lavrio almost completely erased AEK’s lead in the third quarter before an edgy final frame allowed the home side to force overtime.

AEK would go on to edge the overtime period with an 11-5 run as Vince Hunter’s 22-point performance went a long way in confirming a seventh-straight win for the Enosi.

 

by Peter Katsiris

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