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
Canterbury Rams (NBL) landed 25-year old American guard McKenzie Moore (198-86kg-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points). It is actually his comeback to Rams as he has played here before. Moore He played recently at Promitheas in Greek A2 league. In 26 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Moore played at Rams where in 13 NBL games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 22.4ppg and recorded 6.2rpg, 8.0apg (leader !!!) and 3.4spg (leader !!!). H... [read more]
Canterbury Rams (NBL) landed 25-year old American guard McKenzie Moore (198-86kg-92, college: UTEP, agency: Two Points). It is actually his comeback to Rams as he has played here before. Moore He played recently at Promitheas in Greek A2 league. In 26 games he averaged 11.0ppg, 5.3rpg, 2.5apg and 1.4spg this season. The last summer Moore played at Rams where in 13 NBL games he was fifth best scorer with impressive 22.4ppg and recorded 6.2rpg, 8.0apg (leader !!!) and 3.4spg (leader !!!). He helped them to win the regular season and make it to the semifinals. It was a very successful season in his career as he was awarded Australiabasket.com All-New Zealand NBL Player of the Year, Import Player of the Year and Guard of the Year. Moore has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2016. He has played previously professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears) and New Zealand (Giants). Moore attended Univ.of Texas at El Paso until 2014 and it is his third season in pro basketball.
A1 Round 3 of Play-Offs. AGOR overcome Kolossos to advance - 2 days ago
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AGOR - Kolossos HH 69-55 AGOR advanced into quarterfinal stage. They overcame Kolossos in the decider. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Kolossos HH managed to win second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Haralampos Giannopoulos (200-89) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. American guard Walter Lemon-Jr (190-92, college: Bradley) contributed with 20 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line)... [read more]
AGOR advanced into quarterfinal stage. They overcame Kolossos in the decider. The game was mostly controlled by AGOR. Kolossos HH managed to win second period 23-15. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. It was a good game for forward Haralampos Giannopoulos (200-89) who led his team to a victory with 20 points. American guard Walter Lemon-Jr (190-92, college: Bradley) contributed with 20 points (went 8 for 8 at the free throw line) for the winners. Four AGOR players scored in double figures. The former international forward Panagiotis Vasilopoulos (202-84) answered with 15 points and American forward Juvonte Reddic (206-92, college: VCU) added 10 points in the effort for Kolossos HH. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: AGOR: W.Lemon Jr. 20+1reb+2ast, H.Giannopoulos 20+4reb+1ast, R.Arnold 14+6reb+1ast, G.Talton 10+2reb+4ast, T.Fitzpatrick 3+14reb+1ast, G.Panaretakis 2 Kolossos HH: P.Vasilopoulos 15+4reb+3ast, J.Reddic 10+4reb, R.Ahonen 10+4reb, E.Watson 9+5reb, C.Saloustros 5+6reb+1ast, T.Releford 4+4reb+3ast
Giannis Antetokounmpo's 30 points make him top Greek player abroad of the week - 2 days ago
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We bring you last week's top performances from Greeks who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) were crushed 118-93 on the road by the Toronto Raptors.
We bring you last week's top performances from Greeks who are playing abroad and who all have had prior experience of national team duties at youth or senior level.
#1. This week's number one is an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). He could not help the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) in their last game. Despite Antetokounmpo's very good performance the Milwaukee Bucks (42-40) were crushed 118-93 on the road by the Toronto Raptors.
He was the top scorer with 30 points. Antetokounmpo also added 9 rebounds, passed 3 assists and added 3 blocks in 41 minutes on the court.
It's Antetokounmpo's fourth season with the team.
He has individually a very good year with high stats. Antetokounmpo averages: 22.9ppg, 8.8rpg, 5.4apg, 1.8bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.2%(651-1159), 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 75.8% in 85 games he played so far.
He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.
Antetokounmpo is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international guard Konstantinos Sloukas (197-90, currently plays in Euroleague). He contributed to an easy victory against the closely-ranked Panathinaikos (19-11) 79-61 in the Euroleague last Tuesday.
Sloukas scored 6 points and added 4 assists.
Fenerbahce Istanbul (18-12) is placed fifth in the Euroleague.
They ended the series of three consecutive loses.
Sloukas' overall stats this season are: 9.5ppg, 2.1rpg, 4.6apg, 2FGP: 45.5%, 3FGP: 43.3% and FT: 88.1%.
He is in the roster of the Greek senior national team.
#3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was former international power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in VTB United League). Vougioukas led his Russian team Lokomotiv to a victory against the bottom-ranked Parma (1-23) 84-71 in the VTB United League on Wednesday night.
He scored 12 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 3 assists in a mere 19 minutes.
Lokomotiv Kuban (19-5) is placed fourth in group A.
It was his team's sixth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only three games left until the end of the VTB United League Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
It's Vougioukas' first season with the team.
Vougioukas has relatively good stats this year: 10.1ppg, 4.1rpg, 1.6apg, 2FGP: 59.0%(85-144) and FT: 78.3% in 24 games.
Former Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus starter played for the Greek national team three years ago.
#4. An experienced power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) was the major contributor in an Boca Juniors' victory against the ninth-ranked Atenas (18-30) 114-103 in the Argentinian LigaA in Tuesday night's game.
He recorded 27 points (!!!) and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (17-33) is placed tenth in Sur group.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This season Lampropoulos has very high stats. He averages: 16.5ppg, 8.8rpg and 1.8apg.
Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team
back in 2003.
#5. Former international guard Dimitrios Katsivelis (196-91, currently plays in Kazakhstan) contributed to an easy victory against the league outsider Tobol crushing them 99-70 in the Kazakhstan National League last Friday.
He recorded 10 points and added 4 assists.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. BK Astana (16-0) is placed first in the National League.
So far his team won all sixteen games in the Semi-Finals.
Katsivelis' overall stats this season are: 9.9ppg, 4.6rpg, 6.4apg and 2.6spg.
He used to play for the Greek national team
four years ago.
#6. Small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain) managed to help FC Barcelona Lassa in a victory against the closely-ranked Unicaja Malaga (18-10) 89-70 in the Spanish Liga Endesa on Sunday night.
Perperoglou scored only 2 points in 10 minutes.
FC Barcelona Lassa (19-9) is placed fifth in the Liga Endesa.
There are only four games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be important.
This year Perperoglou's overall stats are: 8.0ppg and 2.5rpg in 22 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.
#7. Former U20 international swingman Anastasios Traianos (197-87, currently plays in United Kingdom) was not able to help Manchester Giants in their game against Bristol Acadamy Flyers (16-17) in the British BBL.
Traianos recorded only 4 points and grabbed 4 rebounds.
The bottom-ranked Manchester Giants was defeated 89-81 in Bristol by the higher-ranked Acadamy Flyers (#7).
The Regular Season already ended.
Traianos' total stats this season are: 5.4ppg and 2.8rpg.
He used to play for the Greek U20 national team
eleven years ago.
The list of other players, who all have Greek passport but never been selected to any of Greek national teams:
#1.Zach Auguste (208-C-93, agency: Pensack Sports, college: Notre Dame, currently plays in Turkey). He could not help Usak Sportlif (8-19) to beat Tofas (12-15).
Auguste scored 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds in 20 minutes.
But Usak Sportlif lost 69-82 on the road to the higher-ranked (#9) Tofas.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Auguste has relatively solid stats: 11.7ppg and 7.5rpg in 23 games he played so far.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Auguste has never played in Greece.
#2.Nikolaos Stylianou (198-F-88, college: W.Texas A&M, currently plays in Cyprus) led Keravnos to a 1-point victory against the closely-ranked AEK (16-4) 80-79 in the Cypriot Division A on Tuesday night.
He recorded 11 points.
It was the game of the round between two top 4 ranked teams. Keravnos Strovolou (14-1) is placed first in the Division A.
It was his team's tenth consecutive victory in a row.
This season Stylianou has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg.
He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Cypriot.
#3.Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) led Wanneroo to a victory over the ninth-ranked Lightning (3-5) crushing them 98-78 in the Australian State League (second division) in Friday night's game.
Iliadis was MVP of the game. He scored 19 points in 24 minutes.
Joondalup City Wanneroo Wolves (5-1) are placed third in SBL group.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Iliadis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Wanneroo's roster.
Iliadis has individually a very good season with high stats. He averages: 19.6ppg, 3.8rpg, 4.2apg and 2.6spg in five games.
Iliadis is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Australian.
Despite his Greek nationality, Iliadis previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.
#4. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus) was not able to help one of league's weakest teams Apoel (11-9) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Kounas' good performance Apoel was defeated 73-64 at home by the second-ranked AEK.
He was the second best scorer with 13 points. Kounas also added 5 rebounds.
Kounas is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fourth year in Apoel's roster.
His total stats this season are: 7.6ppg, 2.4rpg and 2.6apg.
Kounas has both Greek and Cypriot nationalities.
#5.Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) contributed to a Real Madrid II's victory against the seventh-ranked Villarrobledo (15-13) 79-71 in the Spanish EBA (fourth division) last Saturday.
He recorded 16 points and grabbed 6 rebounds in 38 minutes.
Real Madrid II (22-6) is placed first in Group B.
It was his team's fourth consecutive victory in a row.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season.
This year Sole has relatively solid stats: 11.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.4apg and 1.6spg in 28 games.
He also holds two passports: Uruguayan and Greek.
#6.Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) was not able to secure a victory for AV Cantu in their game against Vanoli Cremona in the Italian Serie A. Calathes cannot count Sunday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 2 points.
His team was defeated 93-82.
Calathes' total stats this season are: 7.0ppg and 4.7rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.
#7.Max Calligeros (197-F/C-92, currently plays in Australia) helped Sturt Sabres win their game against the leader North Adelaide Rockets 77-64 in the Australian State League (second division) in Saturday night's game.
He scored 8 points in 15 minutes.
This year Calligeros' total stats are: 4.8ppg and 2.3rpg in four games.
He has dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.
#8.Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) couldn't help Hawks (1-6) in their last game on Tuesday. Despite Fiorentinos' good performance the bottom-ranked Hawks were badly defeated 106-89 in Christchurch by the higher-ranked Rams (#3).
He recorded 12 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
This season Fiorentinos has very high stats. He averages: 15.3ppg, 6.4rpg and 1.3apg.
Fiorentinos holds both British and Greek passports.
Despite his Greek nationality, Fiorentinos previously played for the British U20 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.
#9.Emils Duselis (192-G/F, currently plays in Australia) helped Hills Hornets win their game against the sixth-ranked Manly Warringah Sea Eagles 74-71 in the Australian State League (second division) on Saturday night.
He scored 11 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes.
This year Duselis has relatively solid stats: 12.6ppg, 5.3rpg and 4.9apg in eight games.
He has Greek and Australian nationalities.
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