AEK, Promitheas secure narrow wins
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 18
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|10-Mar-18||Trikala||65 - 74||Faros|
|10-Mar-18||Kymi||68 - 73||Prometheus|
|10-Mar-18||Kolossos||71 - 77||Lavrio|
|10-Mar-18||Koroivos||75 - 77||AEK|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris reviews the early action from Matchday 18 in the Greek Basket League…
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After a midweek loss in the FIBA Basketball Champions League, AEK scraped past Koroivos in a key match to build some momentum ahead of the Enosi’s midweek trip to the Czech Republic. Meanwhile, Promitheas kept tabs on fifth place with an important win in Kymi.
In a shortened slate of games on Saturday due to the postponement of the Thessaloniki derby between Aris and PAOK, a key relegation battle was part of the early tip-offs as Gymnastikos visited Trikala in an important showdown for both sides. Gymnastikos emerged victorious to further compound Trikala’s problems with a 74-65 win for the Larissa outfit. Roeland Schaftenaar nearly notched a double with 19 points and 9 rebounds as he powered Gymnastikos to their first win in five games. Gary Talton led Trikala with 15 points, who slipped to their fifth straight loss.
In Rhodes, it was Lavrio who emerged victorious as the visitors edged Kolossos 77-71 to pull-level with Olympiacos for second place in the league standings – though the Piraeus giants do have a game in hand. McKenzie Moore was again inspirational with a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double to steer Lavrio to their third win in their last four outings. A disappointing effort from Kolossos’ offense in the fourth quarter was the club’s ultimate undoing, this coming even with Marvin Jones’ 15-point, 12-rebound double-double.
AEK joined Lavrio on 30 points in the league standings after their narrow defeat against Koroivos in Amaliada. Manny Harris led the Enosi with 18 points, though the Athenian side would’ve preferred to rest some of its regulars ahead of the upcoming second leg meeting with Nymburk. Shaquille Hines finished as Koroivos’ top scorer on the night with 14 points but couldn’t prevent his side from tasting defeat for the third consecutive matchday.
In the late tip-off on Saturday, Promitheas snuck past Kymis away from home despite a 23-10 run from Kymis in the fourth quarter. Thad McFadden was the main force in Kymis’ resistance, but the American’s 20-point effort wasn’t enough to derail a Promitheas side that benefited from plenty of depth scoring. The Patras-based side were in fact led by Octavius Ellis’ 19 points, while Christos Saloustros (16 points) and Langston Hall (11 points) each also notched double-digits in points.