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LeDay leads Olympiacos in rout of Kymis

LeDay leads Olympiacos in rout of Kymis

GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 15

Date Home Team Score Away Team
26-Jan-19 Lavrio 93 - 94 (OT) Rethymno
26-Jan-19 PAOK 88 - 79 AEK
26-Jan-19 Panionios 76 - 93 Ifaistos Limnou
26-Jan-19 Kolossos Rodou 75 - 81 (OT) Holargos
27-Jan-19 Olympiacos 92 - 69 Kymis
27-Jan-19 Peristeri 79 - 86 Prometheus

Zach LeDay’s impressive performance steered Olympiacos to a 92-69 rout of Kymis in Sunday’s Basket League action…

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Olympiacos continue to sit atop the Basket League standings following Sunday’s blowout 92-69 win over Kymis.

Following a tough loss against Fenerbahce in the EuroLeague midweek, Olympiacos returned to winning ways as the Piraeus giants improved to 14-1 on the domestic scene.

Zach LeDay tallied 20 points and added 7 rebounds to lead all scorers while Vassilis Spanoulis poured in 16 points in the win.

Georgios Printezis, who continues to make a dent in all-time Basket League records, notched 12 points to surpass Makis Nikolaidis for 12th all-time.

A sluggish first quarter saw Olympiacos managed just a two-point lead after both sides struggles to score in the opening ten minutes.

Olympiacos picked up the intensity on offense in the second frame as the Piraeus giants soon found themselves ahead by double digits (42-32) heading into halftime.

Kymis, who have been embroiled in the relegation battle all season, fell further beind in the second half as the visitors looked overwhelmed en route to their third defeat in their last four outings.

Peristeri continue slide with loss to Promitheas

Peristeri’s season-high losing skid reached three games after the promoted outfit slipped to their third straight defeat with an 86-79 defeat at home against Promitheas.

Oleksandr Lypovyy’s stellar three-point shooting helped Promitheas surge to a 46-34 lead by halftime.

Peristeri closed the gap to just one-point in the third quarter with a dominant 28-17 stretch in the third quarter, but the home side’s hope of a complete comeback would fall apart in the final frame.

Peristeri’s Steven Gray led all scorers with 31 points while it was Lypovyy’s 16 points that finished tops for Promitheas.

LAVRIO 93-94 RETHYMNO CRETAN KINGS

Two sides with very different ambitions met in Lavrio as Rethymno survived an overtime thriller to pick up their first away win of the season.

It almost wasn’t to be for Rethymno after the Cretan side conceded their nine-point lead in the fourth quarter as Lavrio forced overtime.

Rethymno would edge their way to the win in the extra period as Steven Burtt Jr. posted 21 points on the night to help seal the win.

AJ English led the way for Lavrio with 18 points but it wasn’t enough to prevent the home side from suffering their third straight loss – effectively ruling the Metallorichoi out of the playoff race.

PANIONIOS 76-93 IFAISTOS LIMNOU

A sluggish start came costly for Panionios after the Kyanerythri were thrashed by Ifaistos in Nea Smyrni.

Ifaistos surged to a 34-21 lead in the first frame as Panionios struggled to cope with Ifaistos’ relentless pressure at both ends of the court.

Jerry Smith played a huge role in Ifaistos’ success with a 19-point showing as the Limnou outfit rebounded with a win following last week’s loss at the hands of Panathinaikos.

Panionios’ Davion Berry led all scorers with 32 points, but with only one other scorer to reach double figures the Kyanerythri couldn’t keep up with Ifaistos’ ability to find the basket.

KOLOSSOS 75-81 HOLARGOS

Kolossos remain at the foot of the table after a narrow overtime loss to Holargos at the Ventokleio Indoor Hall.

Despite taking a 29-15 lead in the first quarter, Kolossos crumbled in the second half as the home side’s double-digit disappeared with Holargos fighting all the way back to force overtime.

Holargos had all the momentum in the extra frame and the promoted side made the most of it in overtime thanks to a 6-0 run to clinch the win.

The loss sees Kolossos’ losing streak slip to five games as the Rhodes-based outfit remain stuck in the relegation zone, while Holargos’ playoff hopes received a boost thanks to their third win in their last five outings.

 

by Peter Katsiris

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