AEK return to winning ways, Kymis continue to struggle
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 5
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|11-Nov-17||Larissas Faros||77 - 70||Trikala|
|11-Nov-17||Lavrio||80 - 62||Kolossos|
|11-Nov-17||Prometheus||93 - 82||Kymi|
|11-Nov-17||AEK||86 - 60||Koroivos|
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Promitheas returned to winning ways on Saturday, while AEK also got a big bounce-back win at OAKA following an up-and-down week that saw the Enosi celebrate reaching the Greek Cup Final before losing in heartbreaking fashion in the FIBA Basketball Champions League.
Lavrio featured in the early tip-off on Saturday as Kolossos visited the Lavrio Indoor Hall in a battle of two 3-1 sides. Kolossos got off to a good start in the first frame with an early lead, but an impressive 29-8 run by Lavrio in the second quarter put the game well out of reach even by halftime. Lavrio would go on to build on that lead to eventually run out 80-62 winners. McKenzie Moore led Lavrio with 19 points, while Kolossos were led by TJ Bray’s 18 points.
In the Thessalian derby, it was Gymnastikos who came on top as the Larissa-based club defeated visiting Trikala 77-70. A strong second quarter from Gymnastikos build the foundation for the derby win, only for Trikala to test the home side in the fourth quarter. Gymnastikos would resist the Trikala comeback with Roeland Schaftenaar leading the way in every category with 25 points, 6 rebounds, and 5 assists. Lamond Murray Jr. led all Trikala scorers with 14 points.
Promitheas returned to winning ways after losing to league leaders Panathinaikos on Matchday 4. Returning to the comforts of their home arena, Promitheas had little problems dispatching bottom side Kymis 93-82. Langston Hall notched 17 points for Promitheas, who did most of their scoring in the first three quarters. Kymis did dominate the final frame with 30-15 run, but even with that dominant streak the club couldn’t avoid their fifth successive loss. Lenzelle Smith Jr. finished just shy of a double-double, with the American scoring 24 points to go along with 9 rebounds.
AEK erased the disappointment of midweek loss in the FIBA Champions League with an 86-60 demolition of Koroivos. Kelsey Barlow led AEK scorers with 14 points, as the Enosi surged to a 51-35 lead by halftime. Koroivos showed their most resistance in the third frame, limiting AEK to just 14 points yet struggling to find their offensive form with just 16 points at the other end. Jahii Carson led all Koroivos scorers with 12 points, but his side’s scoring woes continued in the final frame as AEK padded their lead with a 21-9 run.