Aggelou off to a winning start with Aris while PAO stay perfect
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 20
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|24-Mar-18||Rethymno||91 - 84||Faros|
|24-Mar-18||Kolossos||76 - 79||PAOK|
|24-Mar-18||AEK||96 - 86||Lavrio|
|24-Mar-18||Aris||68 - 64||Prometheus|
|24-Mar-18||Trikala||66 - 96||Panathinaikos|
|24-Mar-18||Kymi||95 - 83||Panionios|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris checks in with a review of the weekend action from Matchday 20 in the Greek Basket League…
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The Greek Basket League resumed with its regular slate of fixtures this weekend as the season in the Greek top flight reached its three-quarter mark with plenty of differing headlines across the country.
Saturday’s action tipped-off with a matinee clash in Rhodes. Kolossos hosted PAOK with two very different streaks on the line. It was PAOK, however, that extended their streak of wins to four with a 79-76 win at the Venetokleio. On the flip side, Kolossos slipped to their fourth straight defeat despite best effort from TJ Bray, who notched 18 points. Phil Goss also notched 18 points as PAOK kept their grip on fifth place.
In Crete, Rethymno’s Shaquille Goodwin notched a 15-point, 12-rebound double-double as the Cretan Kings took down Gymnastikos 91-84. Steve Burtt Jr. notched a game-high 29 points for Gymnastikos, but the Larissa-based club couldn’t find an answer for Rethymno’s offense.
In Athens, AEK warmed up for their FIBA Basketball Champions League quarterfinal with a hard-fought 96-86 win over Lavrio. Manny Harris not only notched a double-double but also led AEK in all major scoring categories with 19 points, 15 rebounds, and 5 assists as AEK pulled level with Lavrio for third place in the league standings. McKenzie Moore was equally impressive for Lavrio with a 23-point, 13-round, 8-assist night; however, AEK’s depth scoring was the difference on this night.
Saturday’s action wrapped up in Thessaloniki with Vangelis Angelou making his debut as Aris bench-boss against his former employers, Promitheas. Angelou, who replaced Panagiotis Giannakis at the Aris helm shortly after the derby loss to PAOK midweek, started his second tenure in charge of the club with a 68-64 win. Giannis Athinaiou notched 16 points to lead Aris scorers on a night the Thessaloniki outfit ended a three-game losing streak.
On Sunday, Panathinaikos took the court and extended their unbeaten start to the season with a 20th straight win with a 96-66 demolition of Trikala. Thanasis Antetokounmpo notched 25 points to lead the Trifylli, while John Fields nearly scored half of Trikala’s points as he posted a 32-point, 13-rebound double-double. While Panathinaikos continue their cruise atop the standings, the loss for Trikala goes down as another critical blow to the side’s hopes for avoiding relegation this season.
Perhaps the only saving grace for Trikala is that Panionios fell to a 95-83 defeat to Kymis in Sunday’s late tip-off. Thad McFadden led Kymis scorers with 26 points as the home side overturned a 45-38 deficit by outscoring Panionios 57-38 in the second half.