Playoff Semifinals: Keravnos and AEL are 2-0 up - Mar 15, 2012
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Second games of the Playoff Semifinals were played last night. There were no surprises as Keravnos and AEL managed to beat their rivals once again. Keravnos cruised past University of Cyprus as a guest 47-67, while AEL handed 47-54 home loss to Olympos. It means that Keravnos and AEL are 2-0 up in the series. The format is best-of-five, so Keravnos and AEL need just one more win for the finals. First chance to do that they will have on Sunday. In the first game, Keravnos was better than University of Cyprus 68-44. AEL outplayed Olympos 60-29. In the QFinals, Keravnos eliminated Akademia with perfect 2-0. AEL was the regular season champ and advanced directly to the Semis.
About the final game of Panathinaikos now, which showed its mood from the last season (was knocked off in the finals by Athinaikos) top scorer int he tonight's succesfull game was the american MVP of the league Panathinaikos AthensDiana Delva (188-F/C-88, college: Hartford) who ended the game with 19 points, 11 rebounds and 2 block shots followed by the veteran Greek international Kaletzou who finished the game with 17 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. On behalf of Elliniko who performed great (especially in the second half of the competition) top scorer was Evina Stamati (181-F-84) with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 6 assists, followed by Anthoula Balta (177-G-87) and Tania Chalivera (178-G-85) with 9 points each.
In regards to the game now, the team of Elliniko was much better for the most of the game as the players of Coach Eleni Kapogianni tried to surprice the players of Coach Samadoura with their strong defence and their solid game, so the home team of Panathinaikos Athens was not able to score at all and finshed the first period with just 8 points while Elliniko scored 14.
The second period was a bit better for Panathinaikos Athens as Coach Giasemi Samandoura saw Elena Vlani (174-G-86) and Anastasia Slouka (182-SG-93) performing very good and together with the solid game of Dimitra Kalentzou (174-G-78) and Diana Delva, the Greens cut the deficit to 23-28 by the end of the first half.
In the third period though, Evina Stamati was unstoppable and together with Tania Chalivera and with Maria Roza Boni (179-G-86) being the dominant in the paint increase their deficit to 40-47 by the end of the third period.
Everybody in the court thought that Elliniko was redy to surprise the domination of the regular season of Panathinaikos Athens as the momentum was clearly pro Elliniko but Panathinaikos Athens, Diana Delva and Dimitra Kalentzou had a different oppinion and they didn't want to spoil waht they build up with a lot of pain and sweat in the regular season so with an amazing fourht period where they over scored their opponents with 27-14, they succeed to reach their third victory over the team of Coach Eleni Kapogianni and finally win their fourh title.
Player of the Year: Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) of AEL Limassol
Guard of the Year: Kalia Papadopoulou (166-G-80) of AEL Limassol
Shooting Guard of the Year: Marija Boskovic (173-G-81) of AEL Limassol
Small Forward of the Year: Biljana Pavicevic (191-F-80) of Keravnos
Power Forward of the Year: Monica Gavriloska (190-F/C-76) of AEL Limassol
Center of the Year: Nevena Saponjic (186 [read more]
AEL - Keravnos 68:53
AEL earned the third straight win over Keravnos and swept the A1 Final series. AEL claimed a decisive third win in the series tonight. Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85) accounted for 16 points to lead the winners.
AEL led by a single points 13:12. The hosts stretched the lea in the second quarter. AEL arrived halftime up by 8 points 35:27. The margin just kept on growing throughout the third frame. AEL piled up an 18-point advantage at the final intermission [read more]
AEL - Keravnos 68:53
AEL earned the third straight win over Keravnos and swept the A1 Final series. AEL claimed a decisive third win in the series tonight. Nevena Saponjic (186-C-85) accounted for 16 points to lead the winners. AEL led by a single points 13:12. The hosts stretched the lea in the second quarter. AEL arrived halftime up by 8 points 35:27. The margin just kept on growing throughout the third frame. AEL piled up an 18-point advantage at the final intermission. They never looked back afterwards coasting to the victory at the end. Papadopoulou had 14 points for the winners. Pitsilidou answered with 19 points.
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