The game was mostly controlled by PAOK. Kronos AD managed to win second period 13-8. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. They dominated on the defensive end, holding Kronos AD to just 5 points in first quarter. PAOK dominated down low during the game scoring 44 of its points in the paint compared to Kronos AD's 24. PAOK forced 20 Kronos AD turnovers. Forward Maria Avtzi (173) orchestrated the victory by scoring 12 points, 5 rebounds and 7 assists. point guard Anna Stamolamprou (171-95) contributed with 17 points for the winners. Five PAOK players scored in double figures. PAOK's coach felt very confident using 10 players which allowed the starters a little rest for the next games. American guard Whitney Hanley (172, college: Austin Peay St.) replied with 17 points and Anastasia Gotzi added 13 points and 4 assists in the effort for Kronos AD.
Terpsithea led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They made 22-of-27 charity shots (81.5 percent) during the game. Terpsithea forced 31 Panionios turnovers and outrebounded them 43-22 including a 16-3 advantage in offensive rebounds. Their players were unselfish on offense dishing 21 assists comparing to just 8 passes made by Panionios' players. American guard Brittany Johnson (180-89, college: Ohio St.) scored 23 points (on 9-of-11 shooting from the field) to lead the charge for the winners and guard Alexia Botsari (175-83) chipped in 4 points, 6 rebounds, 6 assists and 4 steals during the contest. Forward Zafiria Giabani (185-92) responded with 23 points and 6 rebounds and forward Pashalia Tziata (184-82) scored 5 points and 5 rebounds.
Panathinaikos led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated on the defensive end, holding GAC Eunikos to just 6 points in third quarter. Panathinaikos dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to GAC Eunikos' 22. Panathinaikos forced 29 GAC Eunikos turnovers and outrebounded them 37-26 including a 22-4 advantage in offensive rebounds. International forward Ioanna Diela (175-90) notched 17 points to lead the effort and guard Aristea Maglara (168-83) supported her with 13 points and 4 assists. Four Panathinaikos players scored in double figures. Even 18 points by guard Stefania Sideri (178-94) did not help to save the game for GAC Eunikos. Guard Aikaterini Kontali (165-91) added 6 points for the guests.
AO Ellinikou led from the first minutes and controlled entire game increasing their lead in each quarter. They dominated down low during the game scoring 52 of its points in the paint compared to Olympiakos' 28. They outrebounded Olympiakos 32-20 including 23 on the defensive glass. American forward Breanna Brock (187-90, college: Missouri) notched 24 points and 7 rebounds (on 10-of-12 shooting from the field) to lead the effort and the former international guard Tania Chalivera (178-85) supported her with 6 points. AO Ellinikou's coach Eleni Kapogianni felt very confident using entire bench and allowed the starting five to rest. Even 19 points and 5 rebounds by the former international forward Niki Zerva (183-79) did not help to save the game for Olympiakos. Guard Rafaela Soultani (172-91) added 11 points and 4 assists for the hosts. Newly promoted AO Ellinikou maintains first position with 2-0 record, which they share with 4 other teams.
The guests were tied at the half but managed to speed up in last two quarters eventually winning the game. The former international guard Lolita Lymoura (180-85, agency: LBM Management) notched 19 points, 9 rebounds, 9 assists and 4 steals to lead the effort and the former international power forward Afroditi Kosma (187-83) supported her with 21 points and 12 rebounds. Four Athinaikos players scored in double figures. Even a double-double of 26 points and 12 rebounds (was perfect 9-for-9 from the free throw line !!!) by American center Jasmine Erving (187-90, college: CS Northridge) did not help to save the game for Ikaros Kalitheas. The former international guard Theoni Tzegianaki (162-85) added 17 points and 8 assists for the hosts. Ikaros Kalitheas' coach Giorgos Leivadis rotated eleven players seeing no chance for a win.
The game was mostly controlled by Asteras. Aris managed to win third quarter 17-16. But it was not enough to take a lead and get a victory that evening. Asteras forced 21 Aris turnovers and outrebounded them 34-21 including 22 on the defensive glass. American forward Katerina Deli (168, college: Scranton) notched 24 points and 5 rebounds to lead the effort and center Katerina Glyniadaki (196-86, college: Cal-Riverside) supported her with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Even 19 points (was perfect 10-for-10 from the free throw line !!!) by guard Niki Hatzakou (175-82) did not help to save the game for Aris. Guard Roula Mouli (177-85) added 10 points and 8 rebounds for the guests. Aris' coach Miltiadis Miliotis rotated ten players in this game, but that didn't help.
Olympiacos demolish Panionios for the Cup triumph - 2 days ago
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Olympiacos - Panionios 103-68 Olympiacos smashed Panionios 103-68 to win the Cup title. The undefeated team of the regular season clinched their first title of the season. Olympiacos grabbed a 20-12 lead at the end of the first period and added a 33-21 run in the second frame. Moreover they posted 25 points in the third and then last stanzas for the final result. Lynetta Kizer (193-C-90, college: Maryland) stepped up with 16 points and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Managem... [read more]
Olympiacos - Panionios 103-68
Olympiacos smashed Panionios 103-68 to win the Cup title. The undefeated team of the regular season clinched their first title of the season. Olympiacos grabbed a 20-12 lead at the end of the first period and added a 33-21 run in the second frame. Moreover they posted 25 points in the third and then last stanzas for the final result. Lynetta Kizer (193-C-90, college: Maryland) stepped up with 16 points and Styliani Kaltsidou (188-F-83, agency: ProDep Management) delivered 15. Evanthia Maltsi (180-F-78, agency: ProDep Management) scored 14, whilst Olga Chatzinikolaou (181-F/G-81) followed them with 13. Despoina Theodoromanolaki (181-G-91) replied with 15 points in a loss and Lexi Petersen (180-G, college: Oregon) scored 13. In the game for the 3rd place Niki Lefkadas beat Proteas 71-45.
Artemis Spanou selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - 5 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 forward Artemis Spanou (188-93). She was the major contributor in a Argon Uni Girona's victory against the 11th-ranked Socinsa Bembibre in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game.
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 forward Artemis Spanou (188-93, college: Robert Morris, currently plays in Spain). She was the major contributor in a Argon Uni Girona's victory against the 11th-ranked Socinsa Bembibre (9-15) crushing them 91-54 in the Spanish LFB in Saturday night's game.
Spanou scored 19 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in 27 minutes on the court; quite an impressive performance considering it's only her third season in pro basketball. Spar Citylift Girona (20-4) is placed second in the LFB.
There are only two games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
Spanou has relatively good stats this year: 11.6ppg, 5.5rpg, 2.0apg, 2FGP: 55.6%(89-160), 3FGP: 29.8% and FT: 74.6% in 24 games she played so far.
She is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to U20 international point guard Pinelopi Pavlopoulou (173-96, currently plays college basketball in the States). She led Washington St. to a 1-point victory against the University of Wyoming (8-10) 68-67 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Saturday night.
Pavlopoulou recorded 20 points, 4 assists and 3 steals in 37 minutes.
The Washington State University has not so impressive 6-12 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
This year Pavlopoulou averages: 7.8ppg, 3.5rpg, 2.9apg, 1.8spg, 2FGP: 42.6%, 3FGP: 29.3% and FT: 73.5% in 33 games.
She is in the roster of the Greek U20 national team.
#3. The Greek player who performed third best last week abroad was an experienced international forward Katerina Sotiriou (186-84, currently plays in Italy). Sotiriou could not help Battipaglia in their last game on Sunday. Despite her good performance Battipaglia was defeated 71-60 on the road by the much lower-ranked Torino (#9).
Sotiriou was the second best scorer with 13 points. She also added 6 rebounds.
This season Sotiriou has relatively solid stats: 10.6ppg, 6.5rpg, 1.2apg, 2.8spg, 2FGP: 37.4%, 3FGP: 26.9% and FT: 59.0%.
She is also a member of the Greek senior national team.
#4. Guard Anna Stamolamprou (175-95, currently studies in the States) was not able to help the Robert Morris in their game against the University of Notre Dame (12-7) in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1, despite her very good performance last Friday.
Stamolamprou scored 19 points and added 3 passes in 37 minutes.
But the Robert Morris was crushed 79-49 at home by the University of.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
It's Stamolamprou's fourth season with the team.
She has individually a very good year with high stats. Stamolamprou averages: 16.8ppg, 5.8rpg, 2.8apg and 1.8spg in 30 games.
She used to play for the Greek national team
back in 2015.
#5. U20 international forward Vasiliki Karambatsa (183-96, currently plays in Germany) was not able to secure a victory for Baskets Grunberg (10-12) in their game against Barmer TV (3-19) in the German 2.Bundesliga (second division). Despite her good performance last Sunday Karambatsa was the top scorer with 11 points.
The Regular Season already ended.
It's Karambatsa's first season with the team.
Her overall stats this year are: 9.2ppg and 4.1rpg.
Karambatsa plays currently for the Greek U20 national team.
The list of other players, who all have Greek passport but never been selected to any of Greek national teams:
#1.Jacki Gemelos (182-G-88, college: USC, currently plays in Italy) could not help Napoli (13-8) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Gemelos' good performance Napoli was defeated 67-61 on the road by the second-ranked Venezia.
She was the second best scorer with 13 points. Gemelos also added 3 assists.
Her team will play only one more game in the Regular Season. And that game will be critical.
This season Gemelos has relatively solid stats: 14.6ppg, 4.7rpg, 2.5apg and 3.3spg.
She is a naturalized American.
Despite Gemelos' Greek passport, she previously played for the USA university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.
Gemelos used to play for Panathinaikos Athens in Greek league.
#2.Vanessa Panousis (170-G-95, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Virginia Tech to a victory against the U.S. Naval Academy (14-4) 75-64 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 on Sunday night.
Panousis scored 11 points.
The Virginia Tech has 10-8 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 2 already ended in the NCAA.
Panousis is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's her fourth year in Virginia Tech's roster.
Her overall stats this season are: 8.9ppg, 2.2rpg and 1.8apg.
Panousis has a dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.
Despite her Greek passport, Panousis previously played for the Australian U22 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.
#3.Jessica Ogunnorin (185-F-92, college: VCU, currently plays in Spain) was not able to help Leganes in their game against Rivas Promete (13-10) in the Spanish LF2 (second division).
She scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 22 minutes.
The fourth-placed Leganes (17-6) lost 62-76 at home to the lower-ranked (#6) Rivas Promete in the Group B.
There are only three games left until the end of the Regular Season. So now every game is very crucial.
This year Ogunnorin's overall stats are: 4.6ppg and 5.3rpg in nine games she played so far.
She is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Nigerian.
#4.Evangelia Nikolitsis was not able to secure a victory for Cougars (1-0) in their game against Sunbury (2-0) in the Australian State League (second division).
She recorded only 4 points, 5 rebounds and 3 assists in 34 minutes. It was her first game for Cougars this season.
The fifth-placed Cougars (1-0) were crushed 96-41 by the leading Sunbury in the Big V group.
But this is still an early stage of the season and everything may happen.
Nikolitsis has both Greek and Australian nationalities.
Anna Spyridopoulou claims Greek A1 weekly honour - 7 days ago
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International Forward Anna Spyridopoulou (184-F-88) had a great game in the last round for Proteas and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. The 28-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Proteas in her team's victory, helping them to crush Kronos AD (#11, 3-16) with 19-point margin 79-60. Proteas is placed at 3rd position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earli... [read more]
International Forward Anna Spyridopoulou (184-F-88) had a great game in the last round for Proteas and that's her to receive a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 19. The 28-year old forward had the game-high 21 points adding six rebounds and six assists for Proteas in her team's victory, helping them to crush Kronos AD (#11, 3-16) with 19-point margin 79-60. Proteas is placed at 3rd position in Greek A1. They would have been even better if they hadn't lost a few games earlier this season. Proteas will need more victories to improve their 12-6 record. In the team's last game Spyridopoulou had a remarkable five three-pointers out of 6 attempts. She has many years of experience at Proteas, through which she has constantly improved. Anna Spyridopoulou averages this season 11.2ppg and 5.3rpg.
The second most remarkable performance in last round's games was 26-year old American guard Miriam McKenzie (177-G-90) of Aris Thessal.. McKenzie impressed basketball fans with 30 points, 6 rebounds and 4 assists. Bad luck as Aris Thessal. lost that game 73-82 to the higher-ranked Athinaikos (#2, 13-5). Aris Thessal. is still second from the bottom in the standings. 14 lost games are too many comparing to just five victories Aris Thessal. managed to get this year. McKenzie is a newcomer at Aris Thessal. and it seems she did not have too much trouble to become one of team's leaders. She belongs to the best scorers in the league with 20.6ppg (#2). Her other stats are also decent: 11.5rpg and 3.2apg.
The third best performed player last round was Fani Tzarou (178-F-95) of Terpsithea (#12). Tzarou showcased her all-around game by recording 23 points, seventeen rebounds (!!!) and six assists in the last round. Despite Tzarou's great performance Terpsithea lost 65-97 to the higher-ranked Niki Lefkadas (#6, 11-8). But her team cannot count on just a single player as she also needs help of the other teammates. Terpsithea can only dream about fighting for top spots in the league. They have extremely bad season and 1-18 record places them at the very bottom of the standings. Too bad for Tzarou she does not play for a better team. But maybe if she did, her season stats would not be that high. Tzarou has a very solid season. In 17 games in Greece she scored 9.6ppg.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Stephany Skrba (188-F-87) of Proteas - 22 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists 5. Adamantia Psychogyiou (175-G-89) of Niki Lefkadas - 15 points, 13 rebounds and 7 assists 6. Keani Albanez (178-G) of Athinaikos - 26 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 7. Sheila Boykin (188-F) of Panathlitikos - 14 points, 13 rebounds and 5 assists 8. Victoria-Konstantina Gounari (172-G-95) of Niki Lefkadas - 17 points, 6 rebounds and 8 assists 9. Brittni Montgomery (190-F-92) of Aris Thessal. - 14 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists 10. Lykendra Johnson (185-F-89) of Olympiacos - 14 points and 14 rebounds
The Player of the week is chosen based on efficiency calculation, but also including game result, importance of the game, if played recorded double-double/triple-double, etc. The efficiency formula is a combination of various formulas used by different basketball organizations/leagues. We got involved many basketball scouts and journalists to assure it's accuracy. The formula: 1.5*PTS + 3* (REB+AST+ST+BL-TO) - 2*BSAG - 4*PF + 3*PFRV + 4* (2FGPM+3FGPM) + 1.5*FTM - 3* (2FGPA-2FGPM) - 3* (3FGPA-3FGPM) - (FTA-FTM)
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