Panathinaikos keep up unbeaten start
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 12
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|5-Jan-19||Kolossos Rodou||60 - 75||PAOK|
|5-Jan-19||Lavrio||86 - 68||Kymis|
|5-Jan-19||Panionios||60 - 74||Promitheas|
|5-Jan-19||Peristeri||80 - 64||Rethymno|
|6-Jan-19||Panathinaikos||86 - 64||Holargos|
|6-Jan-19||Aris||65 - 54||Ifaistos Limnou|
AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris reviews the weekend action from Matchday 12 in the Greek Basket League, which saw Panathinaikos extend their unbeaten start…
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While the marquee matchup in the Greek Basket League saw Olympiacos triumph quite comfortable over AEK, the rest of Matchday 12 slate in the Greek top tier had some intriguing results.
In Athens, Panathinaikos extended their perfect start to the season to 11 games with a triumph over Holargos. Meanwhile, Aris finally got off the mark under new head coach Giannis Kastritis with a vital home win over Ifaistos Limnou.
KOLOSSOS 60-75 PAOK
On Saturday, PAOK cruised to a comfortable win in Rhodes as William Hatcher’s 16 points helped the Dikefale tou Vorra bounce back from last week’s loss to Olympiacos.
A 26-15 run in the first quarter put PAOK in total control, though Kolossos closed the gap slightly before halftime.
PAOK showed their class after halftime as they held Kolossos to just 24 points in the second half, despite best efforts from Kolossos’ Dimitris Mavroeidis, who finished the night with a 13-point, 12-rebound double-double.
LAVRIO 86-68 KYMIS
Lavrio used a dominant third quarter to power their way past Kymis as Dimitris Kaklamanakis’ impressive performance steered Lavrio to their first win since 17 November.
Kaklamanakis’ 17 points and 9 rebounds were much needed as the Metallorichoi gave themselves some breathing room in the bottom half of the standings as they now sit two points clear of the relegation zone.
Kymis’ Scott Suggs notched 22 points to lead all scorers, but the American’s efforts were not enough as his side slipped to their tenth defeat of the season in just 12 outings.
PERISTERI 80-64 RETHYMNO CRETAN KINGS
Peristeri’s strong start to the season continued in their first outing of 2019 as the promoted side surged to a convincing win over strugglers Rethymno.
A dominant 23-11 run in the first quarter set Peristeri well on their way, but the game was seemingly over by halftime after Peristeri increased their lead to 27 points in the second quarter.
Ryan Harrow led Peristeri with 15 points while Rethymno’s Steve Burtt Jr. led all scorers with 19 points in the loss.
PANIONIOS 60-74 PROMITHEAS
Promitheas used a dominant performance in both the first and fourth quarter as the Patras outfit surged to a comfortable win over Panionios in Nea Smyrni.
Langston Hall notched 17 points to lead Promitheas in scoring as the Patras outfit improved to 8-4 on the season courtesy of a win after last week’s heavy defeat against Panathinaikos.
Panionios’ problems were compounded with the defeat as the Kyanerythri slipped to their fourth straight defeat, though there was some relief for the Nea Smyrni outfit as several of their relegation rivals also lost.
ARIS 65-54 IFAISTOS LIMNOU
Aris collected their first win under recently appointed head coach Giannis Kastritis, ending a losing start to the Greek coach’s tenure at the club.
Gary Bell led the way for Aris for 16 points as the Thessaloniki outfit surged to a 42-26 lead by halftime.
Despite showing their scoring woes in the second half, Aris weren’t at all threatened by an equally lackluster Ifaistos as the visitors failed to take advantage in Aris’ offensive struggles.
Toddrick Gotcher led the way for Ifaistos with 16 points as the Limnou outfit continued their winless run away from home.
PANATHINAIKOS 86-64 HOLARGOS
Panathinaikos extended their unbeaten start to the Basket League season to an unmatched 11 games as the Trifylli bounced back from their EuroLeague defeat to Olympiacos with a triumph over promoted side Holargos.
After racing out to a 15-point lead by halftime, Panathinaikos cruised to the finish line with a solid second half performance that should give the Athenians a much-needed confidence boost heading into a crucial week in the EuroLeague.
Deshaun Thomas led the way for Panathinaikos with 12 points while four players notched 10 points apiece in the win, including Dinos Mitoglou who managed a 10-point, 10-rebound double-double.
The clash at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall was also a special one for the Kalaitzakis family as twin brothers, Panagiotis and Georgios, faced each other for the second time in their career.