After the results of the 19th round, the team of Panelefsinaikos is all alone in the top seat of the table as with the new road win over AEK Argos and with the parallel defeat of Apollon Patras in Lavrio (82-68) is now leading with one point in the table. In the other games we had the first victory after five weeks for AEK against Ikaroi Serron (69-56), the difficult win of Doxa Lefkadas over Arkadikos (71-65), the succesfull home victory of Pierikos Arhelaos over Ermis Perama (89-79), the easy win of OFI over Panerythraikos (64-51), the derby game between Ermis Lagkada over Pagrati (81-79) and finally the victory of Amyntas Dafnis over Nea Kifisia (81-75). The amazing fact now in the league of A2 is that the positions between the 3rd place and the 10th place have only 2 points difference so any team within 2 weeks could end up from the 3rd to the 10th position of the league. The results in more details were as follows: OFI - Panerythraikos 64-51 Quarters: 15-14, 33-35, 49-41, 64-51 The American lewis had a car problem so he arrived in the court only at the half time, his presentation though was very crucial as he was the main reason of the come-back of his team in the second half as during the first 2 periods the home team of Coach Hugaz was facing some serious ptoblems from Sotiris Katoufas (206-F-79) and his team-mates. The ex player of Ikaros Kallitheas was super in the first half and he was the leading figure for the visitors. Lewis's organisationals skills together with his scoring abilities changed the momentum of the game and Ofi took an easy victory at the end of the game Top scorers: OFI: Lewis 10, Nikos Orfanos (190-G-82) 13, Panagakis 10 and 9 assists Panerythraikos: Sotiris Katoufas 20 points and 7 rebounds, Kallaniotis 12
AEK - Ikaroi Serron 69-56 Quarters:24-15, 41-27, 57-38, 69-56 No problem for AEK in Coach Karagiannis second game, the players of the newcomer head Coach lead the way from the beggining to the end with differences reaching the 23 points up to a level in the second half. Vaggelis Sklavos (202-F-77) who is wanted from the Italian league was the MVP of the game with his 18 points and his domination in both edges of the court. Top scorers: AEK: Kourtis 10, Vaggelis Sklavos 18 and 7 rebounds, Falekas 10 Ikaroi: Kamberidis 12, Simeonidis and Giorgos Theodorakos (197-F-88) 17 per head
Ermis Lagkada - Pagrati 81-79 Quarters:17-25, 40-47, 59-64, 81-79 A great come-back for the home team of Coach Baxevanis who turn around the game at the very end as Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) and his team-mates were close to a surprising road win but at the end they couldn't defend the prospective victory and they lost the game. Pagrati started the game quite aggressively and with the trio of Dimakos, Apostolos Koutroulias and Sigkounas was leading even with 13 points the game with control basketball and tough defence. The dramatic last minutes though changed the momentum mainly due to the great game by Savvas Iliadis (192-G-79) who was a real leader in the court using his A1 experience all these years, while on a very close distance was Anagnostopoulos. Top scorers: Ermis: Kekelis 10, Savvas Iliadis 21, Anagnostopoulos 15, Nisiotis 11 Pagrati: Dimakos 16, Apostolos Koutroulias 22 and Sigkounas 13
AEK Argous - Panelefsinaikos 52-85 Quarters:10-28, 18-40, 35-59 52-85 Not many words needed to a game of 33 points difference besides the two teams have at least two divisions difference as the top seated team of Coach Skarafingas will play eventually in the A1 after 4 months while on the same period the team of Coach Vourdoulas will play in the second division (if not the third one due to financial issues) Top scorers: AEK Argous: Tsambis 11, Stevovic 18. Panelefsiniakos: Kiriakopoulos 11, Konstantakopoulos 11, Voulgaris 12, Manavopoulos 10
Doxa Lefkadas - Arkadikos 71-65 Quarters: 13-10, 29-24, 51-36, 71-65 A great derby took place in Lefkada where the home team succeded to perform a great third period which was actually the period to win the game as in the particular period the players of Coach Vournas overscored their opponents by 22-12! The game was balanced for the first two periods with the home team having a small control, the situation changed in the 3rd period when Nikos Pettas (195-G-81) dominated in both edges and with the assistance of Pekovic took the biggest deficit. The 4th period was a typical story Top scorers: Doxa Lefkadas: Matenidis 12, Vagenas 12, Nikos Pettas 15, Pekovic 14 Arkadikos: Papadakis 11, Tsiotras 12, An Gizogiannis 21 and 9 rebounds.
Lavrio - Apollon PAtras 82-68 Quarters: 24-16, 44-35, 60-55, 82-68 The passionated home team of Head Coach Serellis succeeded a great home win and didn't let the up until this morning top seated team of Coach Vetoulas to win the game for a third concecutive season in Lavrio. With many financial discrepancies the team of Lavrio found the strength to play a very solid defence and decent basketball and finally to succeed a great win with 14 points difference. Lavrio had the total control of the game from the beggining and never face any real problem by Apollon Players. Coach Vetouals saw both his Bosman players to remain in the total zero as both Krolo and Virijevic remain pointless as they played only 7 and 11 minutes in the game. The perfomance of the Cyprus international Vassilis Kounas (195-G-84) was amazing as he scored 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds in his first triple double figure in his career the last decade that playes basketball in the Greek courts. Lavrio: Giannis Kakiouzis (205-F-78) 16 points and 9 rebounds, Vassilis Kounas 10 points, 10 assists and 10 rebounds, Perrakis 12, Nikos Psileas (200-F-80) 21. Apollon Patras: Petrovic 13, Argropoulos 20, Giannis Lianos (194-G-88) 25.
A great game took place in Katerini where the ex Coach of the team, Sorotos visited his team but left unsatisfied as Pierikos was much better in some key elements of the game and took the victory without a lot of difficulties at the end. The gamew as a derby for at least 33 minutes, the last seven minutes were typical case as teh players of Sorotos got tired and start shoting without success. With solid basketball and good and organised offenses the team of Coach Galanis added another success in their record and now with a record of 7-12 is closer to the teams of Panerythraikos and Ermis Perama who have an 8-11 record. Pierikos Arhelaos: Pehlivanis 16, Thodoris Panaras (195-F-77) 23, Martzos 13. Perama: koronidis 12, Nikos Michalos (192-G-77) 14, Pashalis 11, Tsarouhas 10
Amyntas took the lead from the beggining and with tough defence and solid offence dominated in both edges of the court in the first half with differences reaching even the 20 points. In the second half the players of Coach Zavos slow down and the visiting site of Coach Papatheodorou found the chance to lose decently as they cut the deficit to the very decent six points. Top scorers: Amyntas: Zoupas 14, Vardavas 12, Savvas Tsougarakis (207-C-86) 17 Nea Kifisia: Nikitakis 15, Moshovitis 13, Christos Petrodimopoulos (209-C/F-80) 22 points and 9 rebounds
AO Pagrati Athens (A2) inked 25-year old naturalized American swingman Nicholas Paulos (201-84kg-91, college: NC-Greensboro). He was about to sign at AEK Athens in the A1. A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Paulos' team won SoCon North Division Regular Season in 2012. He graduated from University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball. Paulos' game is described as: ( By Chris Mammides): Nick Paulos is a super... [read more]
AO Pagrati Athens (A2) inked 25-year old naturalized American swingman Nicholas Paulos (201-84kg-91, college: NC-Greensboro). He was about to sign at AEK Athens in the A1. A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Paulos' team won SoCon North Division Regular Season in 2012. He graduated from University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball. Paulos' game is described as: ( By Chris Mammides):
Nick Paulos is a super skilled forward, an absolute sniper from downtown but at the same time a very good rebounder and a man with silky moves in the paint who can block, defend and steal the ball at any given moment. He is a 'born to kill' player with 100% offensive instincts. Paulos is a dangerous from behind the three-point arc, he is a tremendously skilled six-foot-eight forward who not only shows a feathery jumper but also the versatility to handle and pass the ball, along with a tremendously high basketball I.Q. He has very long arms which can help him to play defense on much shorter and much taller players, not only does he have an effortless shooting stroke with deep range, but he handles and passes the ball with equal efficiency and without having any real problems while his style reminds the one of Pat Kalathis, another Greek American small forward who's currently playing in the Greek league. He is most definitely of a very good quality and his future is ahead for many great things. His only weakness is that he needs to add some weight in muscles and to work a bit his personal defense.
Ionikos Nikaias (B) inked 27-year old power forward Alex Vougioukas (208-106kg-89, college: UTSA). He played most recently at Ethnikos in Greek A2 league. In 28 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.4rpg last season [read more]
Ionikos Nikaias (B) inked 27-year old power forward Alex Vougioukas (208-106kg-89, college: UTSA). He played most recently at Ethnikos in Greek A2 league. In 28 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.4rpg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Vougioukas helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at A.E. Livadia (also in A2) that year. Vougioukas' college team won Southland Conference Tournament in 2011. He was a member of Greek U18 National Team back in 2006. Vougioukas has played previously for five other teams: Panionios, Ilysiakos, Kolossos, Ikaros Kallitheas and Aris Glyfada. He attended Univ.of Texas - San Antonio until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Vougioukas' game is described as: (By Chris Mammides):
Ian’s brother is a very good player but needs to improve a couple of fundamentals in his game in order to be able to compete in a higher level. He has many talents and a great basketball IQ,? he can play in three positions as his shooting abiliites are above average, so he can play both forward positions plus the center. He can shot, rebound and assist with the same accuracy. His physical power needs a bit of improvement. Like his brother Ian, Alex has all the physical characteristics needed for the game. In his weaknesses in the? need to work out, in order to make the further step and he needs to add some power and to improve? his defense plus to increase his repertoire in the paint as he have the right size to play also in the center position. In general tersm, Alex? has the talent and just needs courage, persuasion and good training.
Holargos (A2) agreed financial terms with the British power forward and ex player of Peristeri Robert Gilchrist (206-F-90, college: Florida St.). Gilchrist was the top rebounder of the A2 division last season with the awesome number of 10.5 rebounds per game while he was the second in the block shots with 2.2 per game!! while he ended the season with 12.3ppg, Reb-1 (10.5rpg), Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 59.8% [read more]
Holargos (A2) agreed financial terms with the British power forward and ex player of Peristeri Robert Gilchrist (206-F-90, college: Florida St.). Gilchrist was the top rebounder of the A2 division last season with the awesome number of 10.5 rebounds per game while he was the second in the block shots with 2.2 per game!! while he ended the season with 12.3ppg, Reb-1 (10.5rpg), Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 59.8%
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