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Lavrio relegated despite victory, AEK finish first

Lavrio relegated despite victory, AEK finish first

GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 26

Date Home Team Score Away Team
8-May-19 Aris 81 - 87 Rethnymno
8-May-19 Kolossos 69 -106 AEK
8-May-19 Lavrio 96 - 76 Ifaistos Limnou
8-May-19 Olympiacos 86 - 59 Prometheus
FF Panathinaikos 0 - 20 Kymis
8-May-19 Peristeri 83 - 65 PAOK

Lavrio were relegated to the A2 Basket League despite defeating Ifaistos Limnou while both Rethymno and Kymi secured their safety. AEK defeated relegated Kolossos Rodou as Olympiacos took down Promitheas in Piraeus.

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It was a dramatic finale in the Basket League as the regular season came to an end on Wednesday. The ‘drama’ started before tip-off as Panathinaikos announced that they will withdraw from the league and as a result, forfeited their match against Kymi. The team from Evia were awarded a 0:20 win over the Prasini and mathematically secured safety.

This development had a direct affect on the fight to avoid the drop. Lavrio, who did their part by defeating Ifaistos Limnou 96:76, were relegated after Kymi’s win over Panathinaikos and Rethymno’s 81:87 win over Aris in Thessaloniki. With a Kymi loss to Panathinaikos, which was the expected result if the teams played, Lavrio’s win would have secured their top flight status and Kymi would have been relegated.

Lavrio president announced that his club will be taking the case to court in hopes of keeping his side in the top flight.

With Panathinaikos set to lose six points for forfeiting their match, they dropped to third in the standings while AEK claimed first place in the regular season after they defeated relegated Kolossos Rodou 69:101. Now second placed Peristeri defeated PAOK 83:65 while Olympiacos decided to partake in their match against Promitheas and cruised to a 86:59 victory.

LAVRIO 96:76 IFAISTOS LIMNOU

Lavrio knew that only a win against Ifaistos Limnou would keep their hopes alive to avoid the drop and they did just that with ease as they cruised to victory with a 20-point margin (96:76). However, the win was not enough as Rethymno defeated Aris in Thessaloniki and Lavrio were mathematically relegated to the second division.

Milojevic led the hosts with 21 points, Buford followed with 12 points, while both Withey and Nixon eached scored 12 points. Ifaistos, who claimed seventh place, were led in scoring by Evans with 15 points.

ARIS 81:87 RETHYMNO

By recording their eighth win of the season (fourth on the road) Rethymno secured top flight status their 81:87 victory over Aris in Thessaloniki. In what was a well-balanced game overall, Rethymno pulled away in the third quarter and held their advantage until the end.

The Cretans were led by Steve Burtt Jr, who scored an impressive 32 points, while Hickey added 20 points. Toliopoulos put up 24 points for the hosts as Aris ended the season in 10th place.

OLYMPIACOS 86:59 PROMITHEAS

It was unsure if this match was going to take place after Panagiotis Anastopoulos was assigned to officiate this game. The Erythrolefki refused to play any games under this official after controversial the Greek Cup semi-final against Panathinaikos in February, when Olympiacos abandoned the match at half-time.

On Tuesday evening, nearly a hundred hooligans gathered outside Anastopoulos’ house while chanting swears against him. As a result, Anastopoulos informed the Referees Union and the Greek Basketball Federation (EOK) that he will be unable to referee the game, for fears of his and his family’s life, and a replacement official (Alexandros Psarianos) took his place.

Olympiacos came to play on Wednesday and had no problem defeating Promitheas by a comfortable 86:59 scoreline. Cherry led Olympiacos with 17 points while LeDay followed with 13 points.

There was more interest in the stands as 5000 fans attended the match and praised owners Panagiotis and Georgios Angelopoulos while comdeming Panagiotis Anastopoulos, Dimitris Giannakopoulos, Georgios Vasilakopoukos, and Giorgos Vasiliadis.

Olympiacos claimed sixth place while Promitheas finished in fourth.

KOLOSSOS RODOU 69:106 AEK

AEK claimed first place in the standings for the first time in 17 years and will enter the playoffs as the number one seed after defeating relegated Kolossos Rodou 69:106. Five AEK players finished with double-digit points including Larentzakis (19 points), Theodore (17 points, 9 assists), York (15 points), James (13 points), and Hunter (11 points, 9 rebounds).

Rodos were led in scoring by Pinkston as the islanders ended the season with a 5-21 record and will bid farewell to the first division for the first time in 12 years.

PERISTERI 83:65 PAOK

Peristeri’s very successful season continued on Wednesday as they cruised past PAOK with a 83:65 victory. The newly promoted side finished the season in second place with a 17-9 record. Peristeri took an early lead and were never really threatened by the Thessalonikis, who are experiencing difficult times in the basketball department.

Five players from the host recorded double digit points including Karabelas (13 points), Skordilis (12 points), Vasilopoulos (12 points), Bentil (11 points), and Gray (10 points), while Zaras led PAOK with 13 points. PAOK claimed fifth place in the standings and will matchup against Promitheas in the first round of the playoffs.

 

by Peter Katsiris

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