Playoff seedings continue to take shape in Basket League
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 19
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|16-Mar-19||Peristeri||81 - 61||Aris|
|16-Mar-19||AEK||96 - 92||Kymis|
|16-Mar-19||PAOK||73 - 75||Ifaistos Limnou|
|16-Mar-19||Rethymno||65 - 72||Panionios|
|16-Mar-19||Kolossos||76 - 80||Lavrio|
|17-Mar-19||Promitheas||86 - 61||Holargos|
|FF||Olympiacos||0 - 20||Panathinaikos|
The playoff picture in the Greek Basket League continues to take shape following a dramatic Matchday 19 in the Greek top flight…
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While Sunday’s Eternal Derby, or lack thereof, stole headlines in the Greek Basket League but there were actual basketball games that took place across the nation this past weekend.
Promitheas bounced back from their Basketball Champions League exit with a routine win at home while Peristeri thrashed Aris on the court while fans clashed in the stands.
KOLOSSOS 76-80 LAVRIO
Kolossos failed to build on last week’s surprise win as the Rhodes outfit slipped to a narrow defeat against visiting Lavrio on Saturday.
Doron Lamb posted 21 points to lead Lavrio to their first win since early January as the Metallorichoi gave themselves some breathing room from the relegation race.
The same can’t be said for Kolossos who remain deadlocked at the foot of the table with a dreadful 3-16 record.
RETHYMNO CRETAN KINGS 65-72 PANIONIOS
In Crete, Panionios used a 14-6 run in the fourth quarter to complete a comeback win over Rethymno.
Davion Berry was immense with a 30-point showing to guide Panionios back to the win column after last week’s tough loss against Panathinaikos.
While Panionios padded their hopes of avoid the drop to the second tier, Rethymno remain trapped in the relegation zone following the Cretan Kings’ fourth-straight loss.
PAOK 73-75 IFAISTOS LIMNOU
Following a midweek exit in the Champions League, PAOK suffered a further setback with their loss to Ifaistos Limnou on home court.
A sluggish start to either half was ultimately costly for the Dikefalos tou Vorra despite a 17-point effort from Phil Goss.
Rolands Freimanis led Ifaistos with 16 points as Ta Sfyra gained ground on PAOK for sixth-place in the league table.
AEK 96-92 KYMIS
After surviving somewhat of a scare against PAOK in the Champions League, AEK were pushed all the way to the limit in their narrow win over Kymis.
Vince Hunter’s 16 points and 8 rebounds ultimately steered AEK to their fourth straight-win on the domestic scene, but Kymis made the contest more interesting than perhaps the Athenians would have wanted.
JeQuan Lewis led all Kymis scorers with 26 points and Chris Horton managed a double-double (18 points, 15 rebounds) yet it wasn’t enough to prevent Kymis from ultimately falling to their third-straight defeat.
PERISTERI 81-61 ARIS
Peristeri cruised to a comfortable win over Aris on Saturday evening but the win was marred by crowd trouble in the stands at the Andreas Papandreou Indoor Hall.
Peristeri started comfortable with a 9-point lead at the end of the first quarter before surging to a 16-point advantage by halftime. Stevn Gray’s 17 points led the way for Peristeri, who rebounded from last week’s loss against Ifaistos.
Aris, who remain outside of the playoff picture, slipped to their third straight defeat as Giannis Kastritis men continued their struggles despite Lefteris Bochoridis’ 18 points.
PROMITHEAS 86-61 HOLARGOS
In what ended up being Sunday’s lone game following Olympiacos’ decision to forfeit the Eternal Derby, Promitheas thrashed Holargos in Patras.
A dominant 24-11 run in the second quarter set Promitheas well on their way with Octavius Ellis’ 14 points leading the way for the Patras outfit.
Holargos, who were led by Vladimir Jankovic’s 22-point effort, slipped to their fourth-straight defeat yet somehow continue to hold onto the final playoff spot.