After a great game by Lazaros Papadopoulos (210-C-80) and Donnie McGrath (193-G-84, college: Providence), PAOK succeed a heroic victory over Olympiakos, the first defeat for the European Champions in the Greek league since last May (the 4th game of the play-offs, against Panathinaikos) and gave a new interest in the competition. In a derby game PAOK who played without the American Hatcher who got injured and separated from the Thessaloniki team, was aggressive from the beginning since the first five personal points by the veteran Kostas Haralampidis (189-PG-76) gave a 7-2 lead to the Thessaloniki team in the first 2 minutes while Olympiakos reacted and with three 3pointers on the row, from Vassilis Spanoulis (193-G-82, agency: Beo Basket), Mantzaris and Papanikolaou gave a lead to the reds with less than 6 minutes to go, with 7-11. PAOK reacted and showed to the Euro champions that their solid performance against Panathinaikos a week ago and the defeat in the details was not just a coincidence. With Lazaros Papadopoulos dominating in both edges of the court and actually sending to the red bench very early (less than 2 minutes) the young and not so experienced Giorgi Shermadini (216-C-89), he created an early problem in the front line of Coach Bartzokas since the repalcement of the Georgian giant, Kyle Hines (198-F-86) was not exactly a problem for Lazaros. The first period ended with Olympiakos leading by one point but the reds lost their best defender since Manzaris added his name in the long list of the red injuries together with Law, Mavroidis and Powel to add another headache for Bartzokas after the early fouls of Shermadini.
On the other hand, Coach Markopoulos in a role that knows very well all these years, make the best of his roster and used most of his players in a great rotation since his nearly 100% Greek team (the only exception was the Irish Donnie McGrath who remain in the game all 40 minutes due to lack of another point guard), played on an average of 20 minutes and each and every one of them had a specific role. The second period started with PAOK being more aggressive once more and with Haritopoulos in a great momentum, together with Dedas three behind the arc shots gave a lead to the home team at the end of the game with Lazaros Papadopoulos cherry on the pie receiving the third foul of Hynes and scoring the close lay-up. Half time score 39-37 and Lazos already gaining six fouls by from the two red centers (Shermadini and Hines)
the thrid period was quite balance even though PAOK initially increasing his difference to +5 (46-41) the two teams remain pointless for two minutes before a Printezis cut the deficit and Lazos answering back. Sloukas and Hines made a small series of 6-0 to balance the game to 48-48 before Dedas long shot gives a new +3 to the home team. A minute before the end, Sloukas again cuts the deficit to its minimum before a crucial three pointer by Haritopoulos and a dunk by Shermadini (his only basket in the game) ends up the great third period with PAOK leading by one point and showing to his funs that he will be there until the end.
The fourth and most crucial period started with Haritopoulos another basket to be answered by Perperoglou almost in no-time. A behind the arc three pointer by the veteran Kostas Haralampidis was followed by two free throws by Antic, while a new three pointer by Perperoglou (with the 7th assist by Vassilis Spanoulis) gave a lead for a first time after the second period, to Olympiakos by one initially and a three pointer by Vassilis Spanoulis made the score 60-64 and seem to changed the momentum of the game, six minutes to the end. Printezis and Kostas Haralampidis scored and the deficit remained the same five minutes to the end. While Vassilis Spanoulis missed the one of two free throws and the deficit now was 64-47, with less than three minutes to go. Lazaros was there once more and with his "special hook" cut the deficit to just one, 66-67 while Antic missed three pointer gave the chance to Haritopoulos to dashed down another rebound and Donnie McGrath's 5th assist, gave the chance to the MVP of the game and ex player of Olympiakos, Lazaros Papadopoulos to bring his team in the leading position with 68-67 while the momentum in PAOK's Palace was totally changed. Sloukas succeeded both his shots from the charity line to give to his team a new lead (which was the last in the game) with 68-69 but Haritopoulos was there and with an amazing goal foul reshaped the score to 71-69. Vassilis Spanoulis turnover and missed three pointer and a new turnover by Printezis in the next two offenses on the row for the reds were more than crucial since Papadopoulos scored the ready-made basket served by Kostas Haralampidis and the score became 73-69, 30 seconds to the end of the game. Sloukas missed the three pointer but Shermadini's offensive rebound gave him the chance to score two easy points from the charity line, at the same time Bartzokas received a technical foul and Donnie McGrath with the one of two free throws gave the victory to his team with the final score being 76-71 with the two free throws by Kostas Haralampidis.
The MVP title of the game could easily split in two as both Donnie McGrath and Lazaros Papadopoulos were awesome, but Eurobasket believes that the Greek international center with his total performance, his double-double 13 points, 10 rebounds, 7 winning fouls, 2 steals and three assists was a bit better than his Irish team-mate even though he was in the court for 30 minutes and not 40. Donnie McGrath scored 10 points with bad statistics but his 40 minutes in the court and his 6 assists can also characterize him as the co-man of the game.
It is worth mentioned that the front line of Olympiakos (Shermadini, Hines and Giorgakis) scored only 8 points against PAOK's defense, while and at the same time the front line for PAOK was the most productive one since Lazaros Papadopoulos, Dimitris Haritopoulos and Michalis Tsairelis scored the 36 out of 76 points for their team!!
EuroLeague: Panathinaikos upset Baskonia - 1 day ago
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Baskonia - Panathinaikos 63:72 Panathinaikos stayed in the hunt for the playoff home-court advantage as they ran over Baskonia on the road on Thursday. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) stepped up with 18 points and 8 boards for the winners. Panathinaikos got to a quick start. The Greek side jumped to a 24:6 lead ten minutes into the game. Baskonia slowed the visitors down in the second term. The hosts got within 16 points at halftime 21:37. But Panathinaikos stayed in ch... [read more]
Baskonia - Panathinaikos 63:72
Panathinaikos stayed in the hunt for the playoff home-court advantage as they ran over Baskonia on the road on Thursday. Chris Singleton (206-F-89, college: Florida St.) stepped up with 18 points and 8 boards for the winners. Panathinaikos got to a quick start. The Greek side jumped to a 24:6 lead ten minutes into the game. Baskonia slowed the visitors down in the second term. The hosts got within 16 points at halftime 21:37. But Panathinaikos stayed in charge in the third quarter. They arrived at the final intermission up by 17 points 54:37. Baskonia dropped 26 points in the fourth period but could not avert the loss. Mike James (185-PG-90, college: Lamar) and James Gist (206-PF-86) delivered 11 points each for the visitors. Adam Hanga (199-SF-89, agency: Octagon Europe) responded with 13 points for Baskonia. Johannes Voigtmann (211-C-92) tossed in 12 points in the loss.
PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) signed 27-year old Virgin Islander international forward Ivan Aska (201-104kg-90, college: Murray State). He is a dual citizen owning also U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Aska He just played at ET Land in South Korean KBL league. In 25 games he had 14.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg this season. Aska also played earlier that season for Ironi Ramat Gan (Winner League) in Israel where in 11 KBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has tried to... [read more]
PAOK Thessaloniki (A1) signed 27-year old Virgin Islander international forward Ivan Aska (201-104kg-90, college: Murray State). He is a dual citizen owning also U.S. Virgin Islands passport. Aska He just played at ET Land in South Korean KBL league. In 25 games he had 14.8ppg, 6.6rpg and 1.3apg this season. Aska also played earlier that season for Ironi Ramat Gan (Winner League) in Israel where in 11 KBL games he recorded very impressive stats: 22.5ppg, 8.3rpg and 2.2apg. He has tried to make it to the NBA and played in the NBA Pro Summer League in 2015. The list of the past achievements is quite long as among others Aska's college team won OVC Tournament in 2010 and 2012. He was also voted Latinbasket.com All-CBC Championships 1st Team in 2015. Aska represented U.S. Virgin Islands at the CBC Championships in Tortola (British Virgin Islands) two years ago. His team won Gold and his stats at that event were 6 games: 15.8ppg, 8.2rpg, 1.7apg, 1.0spg, FGP: 39.7%, 3PT: 36.8%, FT: 71.4%. Aska is quite experienced player. He has played in five different countries on three different continents (Europe, Latin America and of course North America). Aska has played previously professionally in Belgium (Leuven Bears), Germany (ALBA Berlin), Puerto Rico (Cangrejeros), Greece (AE Ikaros Kallitheas) and Israel (Maccabi Ashdod and Ironi Nes Ziona). He attended Murray State until 2012 and it is his fifth season as a professional player.
Stratos Perperoglou selected the top Greek playing abroad in last week's games - 3 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 experienced international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday 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 experienced international small forward Stratos Perperoglou (203-84, currently plays in Spain). He was the major contributor in a FC Barcelona's victory against one of league's weakest teams Joventut (7-17) crushing them 76-56 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Sunday night's game.
Perperoglou recorded 19 points in 24 minutes on the court.
FC Barcelona Lassa (16-7) is placed third in the Liga Endesa.
This year Perperoglou averages: 8.1ppg, 2.9rpg, 2FGP: 57.4%(39-68), 3FGP: 27.5% and FT: 58.1% in 17 games he played so far.
He is currently a member of the Greek senior national team.
#2. Second place goes to an international swingman Giannis Antetokounmpo (211-94, agency: Octagon Europe, currently plays in NBA). Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee Bucks to a victory against the Los Angeles Lakers (20-51) 107-103 in the NBA last Friday.
He recorded 26 points (!!!), 8 rebounds, 5 assists and made 2 blocks.
The Milwaukee Bucks have 35-35 record this season.
It's Antetokounmpo's fourth year with the team.
Antetokounmpo has individually a very good year with high stats. He averages: 22.9ppg, 8.4rpg, 5.4apg, 1.9bpg, 1.7spg, 2FGP: 56.6%(524-926), 3FGP: 27.7% and FT: 78.3%.
Antetokounmpo has a dual citizenship: Greek and Nigerian.
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 guard Nikolaos Zisis (197-83, also represented by Octagon Europe, currently plays in Euroleague). Zisis could not help Brose Baskets (9-18) in their last game. Despite his very good performance Brose Baskets lost 78-83 on the road to the much higher-ranked (#4) Fenerbahce.
Zisis was the second best scorer with 15 points. He also added 3 passes (was perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line) in 22 minutes.
There are only three games left until the end of the Euroleague Regular Season. So now every game will be critical.
This year Zisis' overall stats are: 7.6ppg, 1.9rpg, 4.2apg, 2FGP: 44.8%, 3FGP: 27.0% and FT: 94.5%(69-73) in 27 games.
He played for the Greek national team two years ago.
#4. Swingman Michael Bramos (196-87, college: Miami, OH, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an easy victory against the ninth-ranked Auxilium TO (11-12) 89-70 in the Italian Serie A last Sunday.
He scored 10 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and dished 3 assists in 25 minutes.
Umana Reyer Venezia (15-8) is placed second in the Serie A.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
This year Bramos' total stats are: 9.8ppg, 3.7rpg and 1.5apg in 23 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Bramos used to play for the Greek national team
back in 2013. Strangely he has never played in Greece.
#5. U20 international center Georgios Papagiannis (217-97, currently plays in NBA) was not able to help the Sacramento Kings (27-43) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Papagiannis' good performance the Sacramento Kings (27-43) were badly defeated 110-94 in Oklahoma City by the Thunder.
He recorded a double-double by scoring 14 points and getting 11 rebounds.
Papagiannis has averaged so far 2.7ppg and 3.1rpg.
He plays currently for the Greek U20 national team.
#6. Center Giorgos Bogris (210-89, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for CB Canarias (18-6) in their game against Valencia Basket (5-18) in the Spanish Liga Endesa.
Bogris recorded 8 points in 21 minutes.
The league leader CB Canarias was edged 65-62 in Valencia by the much lower-ranked (#13) Basket.
They ended the series of three consecutive victories.
Bogris has averaged so far 7.6ppg and 3.9rpg in 24 games.
He is an international player who is currently on the senior Greek National Team roster.
#7. Former U18 international power forward Fotios Lampropoulos (206-83, currently plays in Argentina) led Boca Juniors to a victory over the sixth-ranked Quimsa (22-21) 98-92 in the Argentinian LigaA last Saturday.
Lampropoulos was MVP of the game. He scored 24 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Aerochaco Boca Juniors Capital Feder (13-29) is placed tenth in Sur group.
This season Lampropoulos has very high stats. He averages: 15.9ppg, 8.7rpg and 1.8apg.
Lampropoulos used to play for the Greek U18 national team
fourteen years ago.
#8. Center Kostas Koufos (213-89, college: Ohio St., currently plays in NBA) is a teammate of previously mentioned Georgios Papagiannis. But that was another game of his team in NBA which we would like to mention.
Koufos contributed to a Sacramento Kings' victory against the Phoenix Suns (22-49) 107-101.
He scored 13 points, grabbed 6 rebounds and made 2 blocks in 20 minutes.
The Sacramento Kings have 27-43 record this season.
Koufos has averaged so far 6.6ppg and 5.8rpg in 69 games.
He is a naturalized American.
Koufos plays currently for the Greek national team.
Apparently he has never played in Greece.
#9. International shooting guard Tyler Dorsey (193-96, currently plays college basketball in the States) helped Oregon win their game against the Rhode Island University (13-5) 75-72 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2 in Sunday night's game.
Dorsey scored 27 points (!!!), had 5 boards, passed 3 assists and added 3 steals.
The University of Oregon has quite an impressive 16-2 conference record this season.
His team will play only one more game in the NCAA National Tournament Round 2. And now that game is very crucial.
Dorsey has relatively good stats this season: 14.0ppg, 3.4rpg and 1.8apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Dorsey is also in the roster of the Greek national team.
Interesting that he has never played in Greece.
#10. Power forward Ian Vougioukas (212-85, college: St.Louis, currently plays in EuroCup) couldn't help Lokomotiv (5-1) in their game against Unicaja Malaga (3-3) in the Eurocup.
Vougioukas scored 6 points and grabbed 8 rebounds in 17 minutes.
The league leader Lokomotiv lost 63-74 in Malaga to the second-ranked Unicaja.
It's Vougioukas' first season with the team.
He has averaged so far 8.4ppg, 4.7rpg and 1.4apg in 18 games.
Vougioukas is a former international player as three years ago he still played for the Greek senior national team.
#11. International forward Thanasis Antetokounmpo (199-92, currently plays in Spain) helped Andorra win their game against the 14th-ranked Zaragoza 100-92 in the Spanish Liga Endesa in Saturday night's game.
He recorded 6 points in only 6 minutes.
Antetokounmpo has averaged so far 6.8ppg and 3.3rpg in 23 games.
He plays currently for the Greek national team.
#12. Former U19 international forward Konstantinos Mitoglou (208-96, currently studies in the States) couldn't help the Wake Forest in their game against the Kansas State University in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1.
He recorded 7 points.
His team was defeated 95-88.
Mitoglou has averaged so far 8.9ppg and 6.1rpg.
He used to play for the Greek U19 national team
back in 2015.
#13. Former U18 international center Ioannis Dimakopoulos (218-94, is currently at the American university) couldn't help the Cal-Irvine in their game against the Illinois State University in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1.
Dimakopoulos recorded 9 points and grabbed 5 rebounds.
His team was defeated 85-71.
This season Dimakopoulos has relatively solid stats: 10.9ppg, 4.1rpg and 1.1apg.
He used to play for the Greek U18 national team
five years ago.
#14. Former U20 international small forward Leonidas Kaselakis (202-90, currently plays in VTB United League) couldn't help Astana in their game against VEF Riga in the VTB United League. Kaselakis cannot count Saturday's game as one of the best ones.
He recorded only 3 points in 28 minutes.
His team lost 62-73.
Kaselakis has averaged so far 6.8ppg, 4.6rpg and 1.3apg in 20 games.
He used to play for the Greek U20 national team
back in 2010.
#15. Former U18 international swingman Haris Plioukas (200-89, currently plays in Germany) helped Hagen BG win their game against the seventh-ranked Ibbenbueren 94-89 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) on Saturday night.
Plioukas recorded 8 points.
Plioukas has reliable stats this season: 11.1ppg, 2.5rpg, 1.9apg and 1.2spg.
He used to play for the Greek U18 national team
ten 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) was the major contributor in a Usak Sportlif's victory against the eighth-ranked Pinar Karsiyaka (11-11) 86-71 in the Turkish BSL in Sunday night's game.
Auguste recorded a double-double by scoring 18 points and getting 19 rebounds; quite an impressive performance considering it's only his third season in pro basketball. Muratbey Usak Sportlif Basketbol (7-15) is placed 12th in the BSL.
It's Auguste's first year with the team.
Auguste has relatively good stats this season: 10.7ppg and 7.9rpg.
He is a naturalized American.
Strangely Auguste has never played in Greece.
#2.Patrick Calathes (207-F-85, college: St.Joseph's, currently plays in Italy) contributed to an AV Cantu's victory against the closely-ranked Enel Brindisi (11-12) 83-77 in the Italian Serie A on Sunday night.
He scored 8 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.
Acqua Vitasnella Cantu (10-13) is placed 11th in the Serie A.
It was his team's third consecutive victory in a row.
Calathes has averaged so far 9.6ppg, 6.2rpg and 1.1apg.
He is a naturalized American.
Calathes used to play for Costa Cafe Marousi in Greek league.
#3.Trian Iliadis (190-G-89, college: ODU, currently plays in Australia) led Wanneroo to a 3-point victory against the eighth-ranked Cougars (0-1) 104-101 in the Australian State League (second division) last Saturday.
Iliadis scored 15 points and added 5 assists. It was his first game for Wanneroo this season.
His team are placed fourth 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.
He has a dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.
Despite Iliadis' Greek passport, he previously played for the Australian university national team and is probably not eligible to play for the Greek team.
#4.Nazareth Mitrou-Long (193-G-93, currently plays college basketball in the States) led Iowa St. to a victory against the The University of Nevada (15-4) 84-73 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 on Thursday night.
Mitrou-Long scored 13 points and had 3 steals in 36 minutes.
The Iowa State University has a solid 13-6 conference record this season.
The National Tournament Round 1 already ended in the NCAA.
Mitrou-Long is one of the most experienced players in a team as it's his fifth year in Iowa St.'s roster.
He has individually a very good season with high stats. Mitrou-Long averages: 15.1ppg, 4.6rpg, 2.7apg and 1.2spg in 35 games he played so far.
He is another player who holds two passports: Greek and Canadian.
Despite Mitrou-Long's Greek nationality, he previously played for the Canadian U19 national team and probably cannot be called to the Greek team.
#5.Grant Fiorentinos (208-F/C-92, college: SIU Edwardsville, currently plays in New Zealand) could not help Hawks (0-2) in their last game on Sunday. Despite Fiorentinos' very good performance the bottom-ranked Hawks were defeated 99-87 on the road by the higher-ranked Rams (#5).
He was the top scorer with 25 points. Fiorentinos also added 7 rebounds.
But the season just started, so everything may happen.
This year Fiorentinos has very high stats. He averages: 17.5ppg and 5.0rpg.
Fiorentinos has both British and Greek nationalities.
Despite his Greek passport, Fiorentinos previously played for the British U20 national team.
#6.Georgios Angelou (185-G-94, currently studies in the States) contributed to a 2-point St.Francis, PA's victory against the Jacksonville University 78-76 in the NCAA National Tournament Round 1 last Tuesday.
He recorded 10 points and added 5 assists in 18 minutes.
Angelou has averaged so far 8.0ppg, 1.4rpg and 2.1apg in 34 games.
#7. Experienced Vassilis Kounas (194-G-84, currently plays in Cyprus) managed to help Cytavision Apoel Nicosia in a victory against the closely-ranked Enosis 79-60 in the Cypriot Division A in Friday night's game.
Kounas scored only 4 points, grabbed 4 rebounds and dished 4 assists in 24 minutes.
Kounas has averaged so far 6.1ppg, 2.1rpg and 2.6apg in 15 games.
He also holds two passports: Greek and Cypriot.
#8.Emils Duselis (192-G/F, currently plays in Australia) was not able to help Hills Hornets (0-1) in their last game on Saturday. Despite Duselis' good performance the sixth-placed Hills Hornets were defeated 89-78 in Sutherland by the lower-ranked Sharks (#8) in the WARATAH group.
He scored 11 points, had 5 rebounds and dished 8 assists. It was his first game for Hills Hornets this season.
Duselis has dual citizenship: Greek and Australian.
#9.Maximiliano Sole (198-F-88, agency: Duran International, currently plays in Spain) was not able to secure a victory for Real Madrid II (18-6) in their last game. Despite his good performance the third-placed Real Madrid II was edged 78-75 in Santa Cruz by the lower-ranked (#6) Nautico KIA Tenerife in the Group B.
Sole had a double-double by scoring 10 points and getting the same number of rebounds in 21 minutes.
Sole has reliable stats this year: 11.7ppg, 8.4rpg, 2.5apg and 1.6spg in 24 games.
He holds both Uruguayan and Greek passports.
#10.Georgios Tyrekidis (208-C-96, currently plays in Germany) contributed to Wusterhausen's victory against the ninth-ranked Westerstede 78-72 in the German Regionalliga (fourth division) in Sunday night's game.
Tyrekidis recorded only 2 points in 10 minutes.
Tyrekidis has averaged so far 1.3ppg and 1.6rpg in 16 games.
He has dual citizenship: Greek and German.
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