Greek A1 round 6 best performance: Kostas Papanikolaou - Nov 20, 2012
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International forward Kostas Papanikolaou (206-F-90) had an amazing evening in the last round for top-ranked Olympiacos, receiving a Eurobasket.com Player of the Week award for round 6. The 22-year old player was the main contributor (18 points, six rebounds and three assists) to his team's victory, helping them to outclass, the league's bottom-ranked team Kavala (#14, 0-6) with 51-point margin 113-62. It allowed Olympiacos to consolidate first place in the Greek A1. They maintain perfect record without any lost game in the league. The season is still on an early stage, but Olympiacos already had a very good start winning all 6 without losing a single one. In the team's last game Papanikolaou had a remarkable 85.7% from 2-point range. He has many years of experience at Olympiacos, through which he has constantly improved. Kostas Papanikolaou averages this season 10.8ppg.
The second best player in last round's games was 29-year old Nikos Liakopoulos (189-PG-83, agency: FCM) of Panelefsiniakos. Liakopoulos had a very good evening with 24 points and 3 assists. Of course Panelefsiniakos cruised to a 96-84 relatively comfortable win over slightly lower-ranked Ilysiakos (#13, 1-5). The game was between two teams which are definitely not main contenders for the title. But Panelefsiniakos managed to improve slightly their position in standings taking 12th place. His team is not often considered as one of the league's best with a mere 2-4 record. Liakopoulos is a newcomer at Panelefsiniakos, but is already one of team's top players. He belongs to the best scorers in the league with 18.0ppg (#4). He also recorded 3.7 assists per game.
Third on the list of top players last round was another Olympiacos' star - former international forward Georgios Printezis (206-F-85, agency: FCM). Printezis scored 14 points and grabbed seven rebounds. He was another key player of Olympiacos, helping his team with a 113-62 easy win against Kavala (#14, 0-6). Olympiacos started extremely well this year. They recorded 6 victories without losing a single game. Printezis turns to be one of the very best players in the league while he is also a leader of the top team having his eyes on the championship title. Printezis has a very solid season. In 6 games in Greece he scored 13.3ppg. He also has 4.7rpg and FGP: 65.8%.
Other top performing players last week: 4. Alexis Kiritsis (198-G-82) of Ikaros - 12 points, 3 rebounds and 7 assists 5. Kevin Palmer (198-G/F-87) of KAOD - 9 points, 11 rebounds and 3 assists 6. Georgios Tsiakos (205-F/C-82) of Panelefsiniakos - 16 points and 7 rebounds 7. Errick McCollum (185-PG-88) of Apollon Patras - 15 points, 4 rebounds and 2 assists 8. Vladimir Jankovic (202-F-90) of Panionios - 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 assists 9. Martynas Gecevicius (193-G-88) of Olympiacos - 17 points, 3 rebounds and 2 assists 10. Nikos Pappas (195-G-90) of Panionios - 22 points, 4 rebounds and 6 assists
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)
Eurobasket.com All-Greek A2 Awards 2016 - May 31, 2016
Player of the Year: Stavros Toutziarakis (210-C-87) of Kymis; Co-Guard of the Year: Giannis Dimakos (192-G-94) of Psyhiko; Co-Guard of the Year: Fotis Vasilopoulos (187-G-86) of Ethnikos; Forward of the Year: Apostolos Koutroulias (206-C-76) of Pagrati; Co-Center of the Year: Robert Gilchrist (206-F-90) of Peristeri GS; Co-Center of the Year: Dimitris Despos (209-C-76) of Iraklis; Most Improved Player of the Year: Andreas Kanonidis (198-F-91) of Doxa Lefkadas; Co- [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. 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
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