Thessaloniki giants continue strong Basket League form
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 14
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|19-Jan-19||Kymis||92 - 82||Panionios|
|19-Jan-19||Prometheus||101 - 95||Kolossos|
|19-Jan-19||Rethymno||88 - 98||PAOK|
|19-Jan-19||Aris||84 - 70||Lavrio|
PAOK and Aris extended their winning streaks to three games after the Thessaloniki giants both picked up important victories in Saturday’s Greek Basket League action…
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Thessaloniki enjoyed a winning start to Matchday 14 in the Basket League after both of the city’s clubs, PAOK and Aris, picked up vital wins on Saturday night.
PAOK’s win over Rethymno Cretan Kings mounted pressure on their playoff rivals in the league standings, while Aris’ biggest win of the season has the Autokratoras knocking on the door for the final playoff spot.
Elsewhere, Promitheas rebounded after a tough week in the Basketball Champions League while Kymis’ push to avoid relegation got a boost at the expense of Panionios.
PROMITHEAS 101-95 KOLOSSOS
Following a tough loss to Besiktas in the Champions League, Promitheas rebounded with a win over Kolossos at the Dimitris Tofalos Arena.
A dominant 35-25 stretch in the first quarter put the Patras outfit in good shape for the win, though the contest was tight all the way to the final buzzer.
Langston Hall led the way for Promitheas with a 20-point, 11-rebound double-double while Stevie Browning also managed 20 points to lead all Kolossos scorers.
KYMIS 92-82 PANIONIOS
Kymis ended a two-game losing skid with a much-needed win over Panionios in a relegation-themed showdown at the Tassos Kambouris Indoor Hall.
Scott Suggs notched 26 points to lead Kymis to the win while teammate JeQuan Lewis notched 14 assists as Kymis put on one of their best offensive performances of the season.
While Kymis ended their losing skid, Panionios’ losing run reached six games despite best efforts from the Kyanerythri’s Davion Berry – who also mustered 26 points on the night – and Nondas Papantoniou who managed a 20-point, 10-rebound double-double.
RETHYMNO CRETAN KINGS 78-88 PAOK
PAOK’s winning run reached three games after the Dikefale tou Vorra bounced back from a midweek loss in the Champions League with a solid performance in Crete.
After falling behind in the first half, PAOK rebounded in the second half as Ilias Papatheodorou’s men used a 23-11 run in the third quarter to take the lead before adding some insurance in the fourth quarter.
William Hatcher’s 37 points was a big factor for PAOK on the night as the American’s season-high tally ensures his side keep the pressure on rivals AEK and Peristeri for home court advantage in the playoffs.
For Rethymno, Andreas Christodolou led the way with 25 points as the Cretan Kings suffered their fifth straight loss.
ARIS 84-70 LAVRIO
Aris matched PAOK’s run with a third straight win of their own as the Thessaloniki outfit thrashed Lavrio at Alexandreio.
Vassilis Toliopoulos, who recently made the move to Aris from Olympiacos, led the way for the Thessaloniki outfit with 17 points in just his third appearance in an Aris shirt. Gary McGhee, meanwhile, was also influential in the win for Aris as he tallied a 13-point, 13-rebound double-double.
Aris used a dominant second half performance to turn the tide on the scoreboard thanks to a 48-33 run in the second half.
Jamal Nixon tallied 15 points to lead all Lavrio scorers but it wasn’t enough for the Metallorichoi to aovid their fifth straight loss.
What’s on tap: Matchday 14
The rest of the Matchday 14 slate takes place over the next two days with AEK and Peristeri’s clash at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall now schedule to take place on Sunday.
Olympiacos are also in action on Sunday when the Piraeus giants visit newly-promoted Holargos, while Panathinaikos will hope to extended their unbeaten start to the season when they pay a visit to Ifaistos Limnou on Monday.