There will be only one (last) round of the Regular Season in A2. The round was exceptionally exciting as four games ended with a tiny margin. The fans could enjoy quite many interesting games in the last round. The round ended with defeat of the leader, extra overtimes, derby games, favorites losing the games and games ending by tiny margin.
The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Panelefsiniakos (22-7) in Eleusina on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fifteenth ranked Panerythraikos (11-18) 103-100. Panerythraikos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Perama Ermis. Panelefsiniakos at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Panerythraikos is looking forward to face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play on the road against Pagrati in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
There were no big surprises in other games of round 29: Periko/Arhelaos was beaten by Nea Kifisia on the road 65-62. Apollon Patras lost to Pagrati on its own court 81-95. Perama Ermis unfortunately lost to Ikaroi Serron in Serres 84-89. Doxa Lefkadas rolled over AEK/Argous at home 94-66. Lavrio was defeated by Ermis Lagkada on the opponent's court 84-81. Amyntas Dafnis was beaten by AEK in a home game 74-75. The most impressive performance of 29th round was 17 points, 11 rebounds and 6 assists by Anastasios Antonakis of Pagrati.
Nea Kifisia - Periko/Arhelaos 65-62 No shocking result in a game when fifth ranked Nea Kifisia (17-12) edged 13th ranked Periko/Arhelaos (12-17) in Athens 65-62 on Saturday. However just three-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Periko/Arhelaos won third quarter 17-14. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Nea Kifisia forced 22 Periko/Arhelaos turnovers. Periko/Arhelaos was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. The former international guard Filippos Moschovitis (190-G-78) (190-78) orchestrated the victory by scoring 13 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Forward Thodoris Sioutis (200-80) contributed with 10 points and 5 rebounds for the winners. Center Dimitrios Marmarinos (205-76, college: Nevada) answered with 17 points and 7 rebounds and guard Kostas Bechlivanis (180-74) added 14 points in the effort for Periko/Arhelaos. Both coaches used bench players in such tough game. Newly promoted Nea Kifisia maintains fifth place with 17-12 record. Loser Periko/Arhelaos keeps the thirteenth position with 17 games lost. Nea Kifisia's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will travel locally in Athens to the arena AEK. Top scorers: Periko/Arhelaos: D.Marmarinos 17+7reb+2ast, K.Bechlivanis 14+3reb+2ast, S.Ioakimidis 7+6reb+1ast, G.Maltesios 6+1reb+1ast, T.Panaras 4+5reb+4ast, N.Bochoridis 4 Nea Kifisia: F.Moschovitis 13+5reb+5ast, T.Sioutis 10+5reb+3ast, D.Menoudakos 9, C.Petrodimopoulos 6+5reb+1ast, S.Diamantopoulos 6+1reb, M.Kolokas 5+8reb+2ast
Apollon Patras - Pagrati 81-95 There was an upset when second-ranked Apollon Patras (20-9) lost at home to twelfth ranked Pagrati (13-16) 95-81 on Saturday. The game was mostly controlled by Pagrati. Apollon Patras was better in second period 23-22. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They made 21-of-25 free shots (84.0 percent) during the game. Apollon Patras was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Guard Giannis Dimakos (194-94) orchestrated the victory by scoring 33 points (!!!). Center Apostolos Koutroulias (206-76) contributed with 24 points and 7 rebounds for the winners. Naturalized Serbian swingman Vladimir Petrovic-Stergiou (198-77, agency: BeoExcell) answered with 19 points, 8 rebounds, 4 assists and 4 steals (on 8-of-10 shooting from the field) and forward Ioannis Lianos (201-85) added 23 points in the effort for Apollon Patras. Four Apollon Patras players scored in double figures. Apollon Patras' coach rotated twelve players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Pagrati have a solid series of four victories in a row. They moved-up to eleventh place, which they share with Amyntas Dafnis. Loser Apollon Patras keeps the second position with nine games lost. Pagrati will face league's leader Panelefsiniakos in Eleusina in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Apollon Patras will play on the road against OFI in Heraklion. Top scorers: Apollon Patras: I.Lianos 23+2reb+3ast, N.Argyropoylos 21+2reb+4ast, V.Petrovic-Stergiou 19+8reb+4ast, I.Krolo 11+6reb, S.Daniil 3+2reb, G.Petropoulos 2+1ast Pagrati: G.Dimakos 33+2reb, A.Koutroulias 24+7reb+3ast, A.Antonakis 17+11reb+6ast, S.Veskoukis 9+3reb+4ast, A.Raptis 7+9reb+2ast, T.Vasilopoulos 5+2reb
Panelefsiniakos - Panerythraikos 100-103 The most surprising game was a loss of top-ranked Panelefsiniakos (22-7) in Eleusina on Saturday night. Hosts were edged by fifteenth ranked Panerythraikos (11-18) 103-100. Panerythraikos moved-up to fourteenth place, which they share with Perama Ermis. Panelefsiniakos at the other side still keeps top position with seven games lost. Panerythraikos is looking forward to face higher ranked Ikaroi Serron (#4) in Serres in the next round and it will be quite challenging to get another victory. Panelefsiniakos will play on the road against Pagrati in Athens and is hoping to win this game.
Ikaroi Serron - Perama Ermis 89-84 Very predictable result when fourth ranked Ikaroi Serron (19-10) won against 14th ranked Perama Ermis (11-18) in Serres 89-84 on Saturday. However just five-point win is not that big difference and the fans of host team counted on more convincing victory. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Perama Ermis won third quarter 23-20. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Ikaroi Serron made 19-of-24 free shots (79.2 percent) during the game. They looked well-organized offensively handing out 21 assists. Perama Ermis was plagued by 24 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Kostas Pehlivanis (192-79) orchestrated the victory by scoring 29 points. Forward Filipp Simeonidis (204-80, agency: Court Side) contributed with 14 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 5 steals for the winners. Five Ikaroi Serron players scored in double figures. Ikaroi Serron's coach Stathis Kamarakis used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. Guard Dionisios Kapiniaris (185-91) answered with 19 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists and Serbian-Slovenian forward Marko Milicevic (204-82) added 10 points and 7 rebounds in the effort for Perama Ermis. Ikaroi Serron have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They moved-up to third place, which they share with AEK. Perama Ermis lost third consecutive game. Newly promoted team keeps the fourteenth position with 18 games lost. Ikaroi Serron will face Panerythraikos (#15) in New Eritrea in the next round which should be an easy win for them. Perama Ermis will play at home against Ermis Lagkada in Lagadas. Top scorers: Perama Ermis: D.Kapiniaris 19+6reb+8ast, V.Delis 11+5reb+1ast, M.Milicevic 10+7reb+1ast, D.Tsarouchas 10, D.Karabatsos 9+2ast, L.Skoutaris 9+3reb+2ast Ikaroi Serron: K.Pehlivanis 29+3reb+2ast, K.Totsios 15+3reb+2ast, F.Simeonidis 14+7reb+4ast, E.Margaritis 11+3reb+1ast, S.Kaberidis 11+4reb+8ast, H.Voivatopoulos 7+5reb
Doxa Lefkadas - AEK/Argous 94-66 Not a big story in a game when bottom-ranked AEK/Argous (0-29) was outscored on the road by ninth ranked Doxa Lefkadas (15-14) 94-66 on Saturday. The game without a history. Doxa Lefkadas led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 62 of its points in the paint compared to AEK/Argous' 36. They outrebounded AEK/Argous 45-33 including 31 on the defensive glass. Forward Vasilis Vagenas (202-80) orchestrated the victory with a double-double by scoring 12 points and 13 rebounds. Center Nikos Libaris-Psomas (210-84) contributed with 13 points and 9 rebounds for the winners. Five Doxa Lefkadas players scored in double figures. Doxa Lefkadas' coach felt very confident that he used 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Naturalized Serbian guard Alex Stevovic (191-90) answered with a double-double by scoring 24 points and 12 rebounds and forward Gianni Vavatsikos (201-90) added 17 points and 8 rebounds in the effort for AEK/Argous. Doxa Lefkadas moved-up to seventh place, which they share with OFI and Lavrio. Loser AEK/Argous still closes the standings. Doxa Lefkadas will face Lavrio (#9) on the road in the next round. AEK/Argous will play against Amyntas Dafnis (#12) in Athens and hopes to get finally their first victory. Top scorers: AEK/Argous: A.Stevovic 24+12reb+3ast, G.Vavatsikos 17+8reb+1ast, G.Vourdoulas 10+7reb+2ast, G.Flevaris 8+2reb, V.Stateras 4+1reb, A.Mitropappas 3+3reb Doxa Lefkadas: N.Marousits 14+2reb+2ast, M.Pekovic 14+4reb+1ast, N.Libaris-Psomas 13+9reb+1ast, V.Vagenas 12+13reb+1ast, A.Vournas 12+5reb+5ast, O.Matenidis 8+2reb+3ast
Ermis Lagkada - Lavrio 84-81 There was a small surprise when tenth ranked Ermis Lagkada (14-15) edged 8th ranked Lavrio (15-14) in Lagadas 84-81 on Saturday. The hosts trailed by 1 point after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 11-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 84-81. Lavrio was plagued by 25 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Nikos Gamouras (202-86) orchestrated the victory by scoring 16 points, 8 rebounds and 4 assists. Center Giorgos Anagnostopoulos (207-80) contributed with a double-double by scoring 14 points and 10 rebounds for the winners. Forward Giannis Kakiouzis (205-78) answered with 14 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists and forward Nikos Psileas (200-80) added 16 points in the effort for Lavrio. Five Ermis Lagkada and four Lavrio players scored in double figures. Ermis Lagkada maintains tenth place with 14-15 record. Loser Lavrio dropped to the seventh position with 14 games lost. Ermis Lagkada will face Perama Ermis (#14) on the road in the next round. Top scorers: Lavrio: N.Psileas 16+4reb+1ast, G.Kakiouzis 14+8reb+5ast, M.Perakis 14+4reb+1ast, G.Tirlas 13+5reb+1ast, G.Psomaderis 11+3reb+1ast, V.Kounas 9+6reb+3ast Ermis Lagkada: S.Kekelis 21+3ast, N.Gamouras 16+8reb+4ast, H.Plioukas 15+4reb+1ast, G.Anagnostopoulos 14+10reb+3ast, S.Iliadis 13+3reb+5ast, G.Kaiklis 3+1reb+1ast
Amyntas Dafnis - AEK 74-75 There was no surprise when 11th ranked Amyntas Dafnis (13-16) was edged by third ranked AEK (19-10) in Athens 75-74 on Saturday. The guests trailed by 4 points after first quarter, but they rallied back to get the 5-point lead at the halftime and eventually won the game 75-74. Amyntas Dafnis was plagued by 26 personal fouls down the stretch. Forward Vaggelis Sklavos (202-77) saved the victory by scoring 22 points and 9 rebounds. Guard Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-86) contributed with 15 points and 7 assists for the winners. Guard Leonidas Zoupas (182-82) answered with 19 points and 4 assists and guard Kostas Vardavas (193-81) added 18 points and 5 rebounds in the effort for Amyntas Dafnis. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. AEK have an impressive series of five victories in a row. They maintain third place with 19-10 record having just three points less than leader Panelefsiniakos, which they share with Ikaroi Serron. Loser Amyntas Dafnis keeps the eleventh position with 16 games lost. AEK's supporters look forward to an exciting derby game next round, where their team will face at home their local rival from Athens Nea Kifisia. Top scorers: Amyntas Dafnis: L.Zoupas 19+1reb+4ast, K.Vardavas 18+5reb, D.Chilaris 13+9reb, B.Samothrakis 11+5reb+1ast, T.Vardianos 4+5reb+3ast, F.Pagonis 4+1reb+2ast AEK: V.Sklavos 22+9reb+1ast, A.Mantzaris 16+2reb+3ast, F.Vasilopoulos 15+2reb+7ast, N.Kourtis 10+10reb, A.Falekas 6+4reb+1ast, D.Despos 4+2reb+1ast
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) is about to agree terms with 24-year old American forward Okaro White (206-93kg-92, college: Florida State) who played last time at Aris Thessaloniki. In 36 A1 games he had 13.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season White played at Virtus Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna (Serie A) in Italian league. In 33 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg in 2014-15 season. Quit... [read more]
Olympiacos S.F.P. Pireus (A1) is about to agree terms with 24-year old American forward Okaro White (206-93kg-92, college: Florida State) who played last time at Aris Thessaloniki. In 36 A1 games he had 13.9ppg, 7.3rpg, 1.6apg and 1.6spg last season. He helped them to make it to the Greek Cup Semifinals. The previous (14-15) season White played at Virtus Obiettivo Lavoro Bologna (Serie A) in Italian league. In 33 games he recorded 12.1ppg, 6.8rpg, 1.1apg and 1.0bpg in 2014-15 season. Quite impressive year as he was named to Eurobasket.com All-Italian SerieA Honorable Mention and to the All-Star Game. He won NBA Pro Summer League in Orlando championship title in 2015. White graduated from Florida State in 2014 and it is his third season as a professional player. On White:
A not so techical skilled but very athletic PF, who should improve his perimetral skills and ball handling to make a succesful transition to the 3 position. Has great running abilities and leaping skills, can play almost everytime above the rim offensively, can make his job done defensively.
Vassilis Spanoulis carries Olympiacos to A1 title - May 30, 2016
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FINAL Panathinaikos - Olympiacos 81-82 Olympiacos are crowned A1 champions. They survived a double-overtime drama against Panathinaikos to post the decisive victory. It all came down to the final seconds in the second overtime. Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with late heroics for the visitors. He drained a massive three-pointer and carried the Reds to the trophy. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to level thi... [read more]
Olympiacos are crowned A1 champions. They survived a double-overtime drama against Panathinaikos to post the decisive victory. It all came down to the final seconds in the second overtime. Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with late heroics for the visitors. He drained a massive three-pointer and carried the Reds to the trophy. The guests trailed by 4 points at the halftime before their 21-15 charge in the third quarter, which allowed them to level things up. Worth to mention a great performance of the former international Vassilis Spanoulis (193-82, agency: BeoBasket) who helped to win the game recording 25 points and 6 assists and Liberian-American power forward Othello Hunter (203-86, college: Ohio St., agency: David Lee Services) who added 14 points and 7 rebounds during the contest. Olympiacos' coach Giannis Sfairopoulos used a ten-player rotation in such tough game. At the losing side the former international point guard Dimitris Diamantidis (196-80) responded with 15 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists and the former international Nikos Pappas (194-90) scored 16 points and 9 rebounds. Both teams had four players each who scored in double figures. Top scorers: Olympiacos: V.Spanoulis 25+6ast, O.Hunter 14+7reb+1ast, K.Papanikolaou 13+6reb+2ast, E.Mantzaris 13+2reb, D.Agravanis 8+9reb, D.Hackett 4+1reb+2ast Panathinaikos: N.Pappas 16+9reb, D.Diamantidis 15+6reb+6ast, J.Gist 15+7reb+2ast, N.Calathes 12+8reb+4ast, G.Papagiannis 7+4reb, A.Fotsis 6+8reb+1ast
AEK Athens earned the Bronze medals. They defeated Aris to win the consolation final series 3-1. The hosts took control from the first minutes by winning first half. But Aris won fourth quarter 17-16. However it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Aris was plagued by 28 personal fouls down the stretch. Americans were the main players on the court. The winners were led by swingman Malik Hairston (198-87, college: Oregon) who scored that evening 24 points and 5 assists (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) and point guard J'Covan Brown (188-90, college: Texas) supported him with 22 points. Even 16 points and 7 rebounds by forward Okaro White (206-92, college: Florida St.) did not help to save the game for Aris. Point guard Dominic Waters (185-86, college: Portland St., agency: Pensack Sports) added 17 points for lost side. Four Aris players scored in double figures. Both coaches used bench players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. Top scorers: AEK Athens: M.Hairston 24+4reb+5ast, J.Brown 22+2reb+3ast, D.Sakota 14+3reb+4ast, M.Antonio Carter 7+3reb+1ast, M.Milosevic 7+8reb, G.Kalambokis 6 Aris: D.Waters 17+1ast, O.White 16+7reb+3ast, J.McNeal 13+2reb+2ast, J.Cohen 10+5reb, T.Zaras 6+3reb, V.Xanthopoulos 6+4reb+4ast
Yesterday night (30.05.2016) was one of the worst nights for the European basketball as one of the top players of the last decade, decided to retire. Dimitris Diamantidis or else 3D or else triple D, the most altruist player in the European courts EVER, the player who won three Euroleague titles, nine Greek league and ten Greek cup titles, two Euroleague final four MVP Awards, four all-Euroleague first team selections, as well as a record of six Euroleague Best Defender Awards and being t... [read more]
Yesterday night (30.05.2016) was one of the worst nights for the European basketball as one of the top players of the last decade, decided to retire. Dimitris Diamantidis or else 3D or else triple D, the most altruist player in the European courts EVER, the player who won three Euroleague titles, nine Greek league and ten Greek cup titles, two Euroleague final four MVP Awards, four all-Euroleague first team selections, as well as a record of six Euroleague Best Defender Awards and being the only player to have earned all four pre-mentioned Euroleague end of season distinctions, even more so in a single year (2006-20017) will no longer wear his uniform as a player.. The 36 years old ex international guard decided to retire and without him European basketball will not be the same..
For 12 consecutive seasons worn the green jersey of Panathinaikos , being the epitome of how the game is suppose to be played. Diamantidis has won several individual trophies since joining Panathinaikos, such as the Euroleague Best Defender six times (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011), the Greek League MVP six times (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2014), and the Euroleague Final Four MVP twice (2007, 2011). Diamantidis was also named the 2007 Mister Europa, the 2007 Greek Athlete of the Year, and the MVP of the Greek Cup in 2009 and 2016. He was named the Euroleague MVP in 2011.
3D was born on the 6th of May, 1980 in Kastoria. At the age of fourteen, Diamantidis started his youth career with his home team in Kastoria, where he remains until the summer of 1999, at the age of 19, Diamantidis began his professional career when he transferred to Iraklis Thessaloniki (where his talent and his basketball IQ were obviously much higher than the average), he became a starting player at his second season in the team and he helped to bring Iraklis back to the top teams in the Greek league, and by 2003, he had emerged as an all-around star in the Greek League winning the Greek League MVP award in the same season.. The Giannakopoulos family saw that and they didn't lose time as in the summer of 2004 3D became a member of Panathinaikos. He immediately became the leader of the team, even though the all mighty Alvertis Fragiskos was a member of the team, 3D was not the absolute scorer like Alvertis, but he was the one to do all the jobs in the court, something that was not usual up until the time he appeared in the Greek basketball scenery.
Left-handed 3D was playing with the same ease, in three positions (point guard, small forward and shooting guard) and won 22 titles in total while he has best statistical record in Euroleague in most of the statistical divisions, being the top performer in the European courts in the 21st century! He has the all-time Euroleague leading position in total assists, steals, and performance index rating with some of them being very difficult to reach in the years to come. Diamantidis had with Coach Obradovi one of the most successful collaborations between a player and his coach in the history of European basketball. As a member of the Greek national team, 3D won a EuroBasket title in 2005; anchoring a defense that allowed 59.7 points per game and scoring a buzzer beater three-pointer that sealed the fate of the semifinal against France, he was voted as a member of the All-EuroBasket Team. In 2006, he played a pivotal role in a FIBA World Cup silver medal campaign, with Greece stunning Team USA in the semifinal and Diamantidis leading the tournament in steals. He was a key factor in Greece's historic 101-95 victory against Team USA in the semifinals, stunning the likes of Lebron James, Dwyane Wade, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Bosh, Chris Paul and Dwight Howard. The defeat suffered by the United States team is the only one during Mike Krzyzewski's era (2005-), as the latter has an undefeated record since then, in all major international competitions. On the basis of his myriad achievements, his leading role in the success of Panathinaikos and the Greek national team, he was named Mister Europa Player of the Year by Italian sports magazine Superbasket in 2007.
He has a fun club which comes all over the globe and is among the most known figures in the European Basketball, a person who's totally different in and out of the court as his superior and legendary performances in the court has nothing to do with the man, the citizen Dimitris Diamantidis, a low profile young family man On the 1st of April, 2016 he has received the Euroleague Basketball Legend award being the second Greek player after Theo Papaloukas back in 2013. As demonstrated by numerous game-changing actions in crucial situations, Diamantidis is considered to be one of the biggest decision makers and clutch players in European basketball history.
3D is the idol and the symbol of many players allover the globe, many players that want to look alike him, play like him and have the same passion and skills like him, his is and will be a total legend of the European Basketball.
The global basketball is losing in the same season two of its few legends as after Kobe Bryant, Dimitris Diamantidis has been added (as of yesterday) in the retired player's list!!
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