Aris’ win in Trikala heats up Basket League relegation fight
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 23
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|14-Apr-18||Trikala||64 - 83||Aris|
|14-Apr-18||Kymi||82 - 76||Rethymno|
|14-Apr-18||Faros||75 - 86||AEK|
|15-Apr-18||PAOK||92 - 87||Lavrio|
|15-Apr-18||Prometheus||75 - 70||Koroivos|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris reviews the weekend action from Matchday 23 in the Greek Basket League…
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The relegation battle in the Basket League heated up this weekend after an Aris victory over the already-relegated Trikala gave the Thessaloniki side a shot at salvation this season, while losses for six of the seven bottom sides in the league added more emphasis on the battle for safety as the regular season nears its end.
Following early round action involving EuroLeague sides Panathinaikos and Olympiacos on Friday, the focus turned to Aris’ visit to Trikala in the first of a series of relegation-themed encounters over the next few weeks. Aris powered their way to an emphatic 83-64 win over the league’s cellar dwellers with Ivan Maras’ 18-point, 12-rebound double-double leading the way for the Autokratoras.
Aris’ win in Trikala revived the club’s campaign, but that bid was further aided by Rethymno’s 82-76 loss in Kymi. Kymis, who spent most of the early rounds of the season stapled to the relegation zone, padded their lead quarter-by-quarter in what was a tight game from start to finish. Angelos Tsagarakis led the way for Kymis with 22 points, while the Cretan Kings were led by another standout performance from Stefan Moody as he notched 20 points on a night his side came up just short.
In Larissa, Gymnastikos fell back into the relegation conversation thanks to their 86-75 loss to AEK as the Thessalian side couldn’t find a way back after falling behind in the first quarter. Gymnastikos’ Steven Burtt Jr. notched 28 points in the losing effort as AEK were successful in sharing the ball which led to each player to hit the court finding the scoresheet. Vince Hunter led AEK scorers with 18 points as the Enosi continue to warmup for next month’s FIBA Basketball Champions League Final Four.
On Sunday, PAOK’s home clash with Lavrio at the PAOK Sports Arena led a slate of two game to close out the Matchday 23 schedule. Terran Petteway’s 34-point effort helped PAOK extend their Basket League win streak to seven games, despite a resilient effort from Lavrio. Mackenzie Moore led Lavrio scorers once again as he tallied 22 points in reply for the Metallorichoi.
In Sunday’s finale, Promitheas narrowly edged Koroivos 75-70 in Patra as Christos Saloustros notched a 13-point, 10-rebound double-double to lead the home side to their third-straight victory. Quenton DeCosey notched 24 points in response for Koroivos, but the American’s efforts weren’t enough to keep his side out of the relegation conversation after the final buzzer.