Petrolina AEK Larnakas with Michalis Mihalis Kakiouzis (206-F-76, agency: Interperformances) in its roster is not kidding at all! The ex captain of the Hellenic NT is proving that he still has a lot to give to the sport as in a game which was a do or die for his opponents, the experienced forward was the player that right after two weeks in the island and in the team became the leading figure of the team and drove the Larnakas team in the most crucial victory of the season (until the next one) by beating the team of Etha with 71-61 and bringing his team just one step before the finals, something which was not able to achieve last season, the team of Coach Papadopoulos since he lost 3-2 against the team of Keravnos Strovolou. Michalis Mihalis Kakiouzis was the top scorer and the MVP of the game not only due to his double-double , 19 points and 11 rebounds, but also for his overall performance in the floor and his leading characteristics who drove his team-mates to believe that they can do it and is now the favorite team to play in the finals. It is worth mentioned that AEK Larnakas which was established after the merging of Pezoporikos and EPA Larnakas back in the 1994, has never being able to play in the final stage of the league. About the game now, the home team of Coach Papadopoulos was more determined than his opponents but the early lead of 6-2 became very fast 8-10 with Donte Poole (190-G-89, college: Murray St.) being the man of Etha, but Mihalis Kakiouzis six points brought the home team to by-pass Etha with 17-12. The last 1.30' of the first period belonged to the visiting site as Donte Poole was on fire and his 10 points in this period helped the visitors to end the period with 19-17. The second period though, the first three minutes the two teams forgot the way to score the ball in the net, so after many tries from both teams, 7.09 before the end of the first half, Downey balanced the game and Donte Poole some seconds after gave the lead to Etha (19-21). From then and on the two teams were moving basket by basket and 2.30' before the end of the half the score became 28-27 when Wyatt scored both the shots from the charity line. AEK reacted and succeeded a 6-0 with Subotic being the leading figure, the Serbian reached at that particular time of the game the 8 points in total, while the score became 34-27 before Donte Poole who was the only real thread for AEK, scored both his free throws to reach the 17 points and his team the 29 by the end of the first half. Score became 34-29.
The third period begun exactly as the second period, with both the teams losing all their offences and for 2 minutes no score was registered. Etha found some scoring from Adegboye, but Mihalis Kakiouzis was there and was defending his team. 1.10' before the end of the period, Etha cust the deficit to a single basket (45-43) with Donte Poolereaching the 21 points, but AEK reacted and with Tutt (against his previous team) and Mihalis Kakiouzis closed the period with 49-46 in a real derby.
The 4th period was the time of the players with guts, AEK showed from its early stage that the Larnaka players didn't want to lose the advantage received in Nicosia, so with Iakovos Panteli (187-G-85) in a big three and Mihalis Kakiouzis another one, the score went to 55-48, but Donte Poole was there once more and with his 24th point, cut the deficit once more to 55-51. The amazing "fight" between Mihalis Kakiouzis and Donte Poole continued, but the Greek forward was not alone as the American guard was, so with the assistance of Dixon and Harrison, AEK took a lead of five, 3.57' before the end of the game. Dixon did a turnover and Adegboye dunk for the 61-58 but Iakovos Panteli scored both his free throws while Tutt did the same to reshape the score to 65-58, 1.32' before the end. Donte Poole got tired and missed his second free throw giving the chance to Mihalis Kakiouzis to score his last points, 1.01; before the end, 67-59. The time was too litle for the visitors and it looks like their champion crescent will soon be over after two consecutive seasons as AEK looks stronger with Mihalis Kakiouzis in the roster.
The answer by Coach Skourthopoulos's troops was immidiate against Coach Konstantinides team, and against all odds, the Greek Coach pay-back the Cyprus Coach with the same way, simply by breaking the "hot" home court of Lefkotheo against nearly 2.000 Apoel's fans. This time the Greek Coach was better prepared and the defense against the key player of Apoel was much tougher (Davis only 10 points proves so), plus the fact that there was only Tony Crocker in the injury list since Stokes was ready and played against Apoel, this time.
The home team begun the game a bit more aggressively with Zvonko Buljan (206-F-87, college: TCU) having a bad start against his ex team and APOEL taking the advantage for a fast 4-0 and a 6-2 after a while, Zvonko Buljan found target and with his first three pointer cut the deficit to 6-5. The game from that point and until the end of the first period was proceeding basket to basket and 51 seconds before the end, Bobby Maze (191-PG-86, college: Tennessee) who was amazing, scored his 8th point to give a plus three for the visiting site of Keravnos for the 16-19. Davis offensive rebound and lay-up at the end of the period reshaped the score to 18-19. Those were the first two points for the American guard of Apoel.
Apoel reacted on the second period and with Dante Stiggers (188-PG-82, college: S.Mississippi) in the leading role took a lead of eight points (29-21), 7.14' before the end of the first half. Keravnos reacted and took advantage the three pointless minutes by Apoel to cut the deficit to 29-25, 4.14' before the end. Zachariou's three pointer and immediate technical foul were the elements that took the score to 36-31 for Apoel, 1.10 before the end, but Bobby Maze was there and with a new three pointer the game was once more to the basket, 36-34. Wells and Davis ended the score of the first half to +six for their team, 39-34.
The third period begun with the veteran Aleksandar Damjanovic (206-C/F-73) being furious and with eight personal points brought the score to the absolute balance (42-42) while Bobby Maze and Zvonko Buljan gave a +4 for the visitors for the first time in the game with less than four minutes to go. Stokes five consecutive points (his only points in the match) did the score 47-53, before a down-town three pointers by Michal Kremen (200-G/F-81) cut the deficit to just three points for Keravnos, 1.27 before the end of the 3rd period. Vaughn and Zvonko Buljan though were there to end the period with 52-58.
In the 4th period, Keravnos kept the winning crescent and with Vaughn as a leading figure, the score went to the double digits for the visitors, 53-64, and 8.14'' before the end of the game. Troupe missed the chance to cut the deficit even more during the three pointless minutes of Keravnos. Dante Stiggers and Mokongo with Troupe cut the deficit with an amazing 8-0 to just three points, 5.48' before the end making the game once more a derby. Demertzis with 4 personal points though, reshaped the score to 64-72, 2.40' before the end, and Vaughn with an amazing dunk gave once more a double digits to the visitors and everything was starting from the zero for Apoel since the time was too litle to turnaround the psyshology and the game. The final 69-76 established by Bobby Maze's two free throws. It is worth mentioned the fact that Coach SKourthopoulos used four players with 32 minutes average in the court, while he gave 10 minutes to Alexis Zachariou (200-F/G-76) upon Trisokkas very bad night. The veteran forward scored 5 points, dashed down 6 rebounds and stole the ball two times, being the top rebounder for his team in these 9.35 minutes who was actually in the court!
AO Pagrati Athens (A2) inked 25-year old naturalized American swingman Nicholas Paulos (201-84kg-91, college: NC-Greensboro). He was about to sign at AEK Athens in the A1. A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Paulos' team won SoCon North Division Regular Season in 2012. He graduated from University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball. Paulos' game is described as: ( By Chris Mammides): Nick Paulos is a super... [read more]
AO Pagrati Athens (A2) inked 25-year old naturalized American swingman Nicholas Paulos (201-84kg-91, college: NC-Greensboro). He was about to sign at AEK Athens in the A1. A2 will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Paulos' team won SoCon North Division Regular Season in 2012. He graduated from University of North Carolina, Greensboro in 2015 and it is his second season in pro basketball. Paulos' game is described as: ( By Chris Mammides):
Nick Paulos is a super skilled forward, an absolute sniper from downtown but at the same time a very good rebounder and a man with silky moves in the paint who can block, defend and steal the ball at any given moment. He is a 'born to kill' player with 100% offensive instincts. Paulos is a dangerous from behind the three-point arc, he is a tremendously skilled six-foot-eight forward who not only shows a feathery jumper but also the versatility to handle and pass the ball, along with a tremendously high basketball I.Q. He has very long arms which can help him to play defense on much shorter and much taller players, not only does he have an effortless shooting stroke with deep range, but he handles and passes the ball with equal efficiency and without having any real problems while his style reminds the one of Pat Kalathis, another Greek American small forward who's currently playing in the Greek league. He is most definitely of a very good quality and his future is ahead for many great things. His only weakness is that he needs to add some weight in muscles and to work a bit his personal defense.
Ionikos Nikaias (B) inked 27-year old power forward Alex Vougioukas (208-106kg-89, college: UTSA). He played most recently at Ethnikos in Greek A2 league. In 28 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.4rpg last season [read more]
Ionikos Nikaias (B) inked 27-year old power forward Alex Vougioukas (208-106kg-89, college: UTSA). He played most recently at Ethnikos in Greek A2 league. In 28 games he recorded 3.9ppg and 2.4rpg last season. B will be definitely a better match and he can see more playing time. Vougioukas helped them to make it to the semifinals. He also spent pre-season at A.E. Livadia (also in A2) that year. Vougioukas' college team won Southland Conference Tournament in 2011. He was a member of Greek U18 National Team back in 2006. Vougioukas has played previously for five other teams: Panionios, Ilysiakos, Kolossos, Ikaros Kallitheas and Aris Glyfada. He attended Univ.of Texas - San Antonio until 2012 and it will be his fifth season in pro basketball. Vougioukas' game is described as: (By Chris Mammides):
Ian’s brother is a very good player but needs to improve a couple of fundamentals in his game in order to be able to compete in a higher level. He has many talents and a great basketball IQ,? he can play in three positions as his shooting abiliites are above average, so he can play both forward positions plus the center. He can shot, rebound and assist with the same accuracy. His physical power needs a bit of improvement. Like his brother Ian, Alex has all the physical characteristics needed for the game. In his weaknesses in the? need to work out, in order to make the further step and he needs to add some power and to improve? his defense plus to increase his repertoire in the paint as he have the right size to play also in the center position. In general tersm, Alex? has the talent and just needs courage, persuasion and good training.
Holargos (A2) agreed financial terms with the British power forward and ex player of Peristeri Robert Gilchrist (206-F-90, college: Florida St.). Gilchrist was the top rebounder of the A2 division last season with the awesome number of 10.5 rebounds per game while he was the second in the block shots with 2.2 per game!! while he ended the season with 12.3ppg, Reb-1 (10.5rpg), Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 59.8% [read more]
Holargos (A2) agreed financial terms with the British power forward and ex player of Peristeri Robert Gilchrist (206-F-90, college: Florida St.). Gilchrist was the top rebounder of the A2 division last season with the awesome number of 10.5 rebounds per game while he was the second in the block shots with 2.2 per game!! while he ended the season with 12.3ppg, Reb-1 (10.5rpg), Blocks-1 (2.2bpg), FGP: 46.5%, 3PT: 10.0%, FT: 59.8%
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