Panionios handed lifeline as Trikala continue to fade

Panionios handed lifeline as Trikala continue to fade



Date Home Team Score Away Team
31-Mar-18 Faros 79 - 77 Kolossos
31-Mar-18 PAOK 92 - 63 Koroivos
31-Mar-18 Kymi 72 - 63 Trikala
31-Mar-18 Panionios 72 - 71 Lavrio

AGONAsport’s Peter Katsiris reviews the early action from Matchday 21 in the Greek Basket League…

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Relegation favourites Trikala were handed yet another crucial blow in their fight for safety, while Panionios might have saved their season with a stunning win against Lavrio as Matchday 21 in the Basket League took center stage.
In Kymi, Trikala’s hopes for safety were put in further doubt following a 72-63 loss to Kymis that was cemented by a disastrous fourth quarter from the away side. Gary Talton notched 20 points for Trikala, but his best efforts weren’t enough as Trikala struggled in the final frame. Kymis’ 23-15 run in the fourth quarter was powered by Cameron Jones’ 18 points on the night, while the home side also benefited from a double-double performance from Lenzel Smith (17 points, 12 rebounds).
In Thessaloniki, PAOK’s offense put on a masterclass in a 92-63 demolition of Koroivos at the PAOK Sports Arena. Darnell Jackson struck for 22 points for the Dikefale tou Vorra, who didn’t look back after carving an 11-point lead in the first quarter. Jahii Carson posted 21 points for Koroivos, but his efforts went to waste as his side slipped closer to potential relegation with the defeat.
In the first of two nail-biting finishes on the night, Gymnastikos used a strong fourth quarter showing to narrowly edge Kolossos 79-77 in Larissa. In what was a back-and-forth contest in Thessaly, Gymnastikos pulled-off a 22-15 run in the final frame to overturn a fourth quarter deficit for the club’s third win in their last four outings. Steve Burtt Jr. once again led Gymnastikos scorers as he notched 18 points, including a clutch three-pointer with just 4.7 seconds remaining that ultimately sealed the result for the home side.
In the late tip-off on Saturday night, Panionios withstood a late comeback from Lavrio in the fourth quarter to earn a crucial 72-71 win at Nea Smyrni. Trailing by one-point with the clock winding down, Lavrio’s Zamal Nixon took the responsibility of trying to turn the result; however, the American’s finger-roll attempt was intercepted short of the rim by Panionios’ Boris Dallo as the Panthers celebrated at the buzzer. Dejan Kravic was in great form as he tallied 25 points on the night for Panionios, while McKenzie Moore led Lavrio with 21 points. The win sees Panionios pull level with Koroivos and Aris on 27 points – though the latter face Panathinaikos on Monday.

by Peter Katsiris
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