Olympiacos S.F.P. Piraeus – Holargos B.C. = 88-78
<< Thrylos>> ( Olympiacos nickname, means legend) was a Basketleague champion in 2014-2015, 2015-2016 season, but Panathinaikos won the two last titles. The Piraeus team want to make improvements after two years without title. New coach is David Blatt for Olympiacos . Mr. David Blatt has amazing career, because he coached teams like Aris Thessalonikis, Maccabi Tel-Aviv, Cleaveland Cavaliers ( reached the NBA Finals) with LeBron James and he won the Eurocup last year with Darrussafaka. The greek players stay at Olympiacos, but Papapetrou left << Erythroleukous>> for Panathinaikos. Bobby Brown, Arsenopoulos, Jamel McLean, Brian Roberts, Kim Tillie and Kyle Wiltjer aren’t players of Olympiacos anymore. Olympiacos signed the American forward, who also play center Zach LeDay from Galil Gilboa of Israel, the Latvian forward Janis Timma from Baskonia, the French forward Axel Toupane from Zalgiris Kaunas, the power forward of Barcelona Alexandros Vezenkov and the American guard Nigel William-Goss from Partizan. The Olympiacos goal is the triple crown and to play great basketball with Spanoulis and Printezis to be the leaders. The team from Pireaus overcame the hurdle of Holargos for the round of 16 in Greek cup with 85-70.
Holargos promoted last year for the first time in team history, when the team from Athens won Apollon Patras in play-offs. Holargos coach for this season is Aris Lykogiannis, who he coached Kollosos Rodes for four years and he make one team from scratch during the summer . Vladimir Jankovic is one of the most important players of team from Athens and he said that he << keep for him why he moved to Holargos>>. Kalaitzakis ( Aris), Kamberidis ( Aek), Skoulidas ( Koroivos), Ralatos ( Panionios), Spyridonidis ( Koroivos) and Thomas Kottas (Rethymno) are the new greek players, to whom it will rely on Holargos to achieve your goals and to take the ticket for the play-offs. The captain of the team is foreign and he is Toarlyn Fitzpatrick, who he had experience in Basketleague and in 2014 was the fourth best rembounder in greek league and in 2016 the second. Teddy Okereafor also had experience for greek Basketleague, because he plays for Kymi last year. The other American players are the American-Nigerian center Danny Agbelese from Gipuzkoa in Spain, the guard Darrin Dorsey from Chalon in France, from Trefl of Poland the guard Jermaine Love and Javontae Hawkins from Vilpas in Finland. As mentioned above Holargos came across with Olympiakos at Sunday for the second time in this week. In the first match for greek cup Holargos made very good performance and was near to score in the first half-time.
Analysis of the match: Olympiacos hosted Holargos for the first gameweek of Basketleague. << Thrylos>> in the first minutes led by 13-4, because Milutinovic scored lot of points, but Holargos with Jankovic and Jermaine Love tried to equalize the match ( 13-13). In the end of the first quarter Olympiavos led by 5 points ( 27-22). Olympiacos made an amazing performance in the second quarter with 6/8 3p and the score was 58-36. The score made the coach of Holargos Mr. Aris Lykogiannis expressed his complains in time-outs. Although Holargos scored a lot of points and reduced the difference in the end of third period ( 70-64), Piraeus team rely on MVP of the match Milutinov, who made a career record with 24 points and 42 points of ranking, and Piraeus team won Holargos by 10 points ( 88-78). Nice game for Spyridonidis with 4/4 3p in the third quarter and overall Holargos performance was great.
Numbers – Quarters: 27-22, 58-36 , 70-64, 88-78
Referees= Schinas-Psarianos-Malamas Stadium= Stadium Peace and Friendship ( Piraeus)
Olympiacos S.F.P. Piraeus Best players
Points: Nikola Milutinov ( 24 points), Rebounds: Nikola Milutinov ( 7 rebounds) Assist= Vassilis Spanoulis ( 6 assists)
Holargos B.C. best players
Points: Thomas Kottas ( 13 points), Rebounds: Vladimir Jankovic ( 7 rebounds) Assist= Toarlyn Fitzpatrick ( 5 assists)
Olympiacos: No3 Nigel Williams- Goss ( 15 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 3 turnovers, 10 points of ranking), No4 Vassilis Toliopoulos, No6 Axel Toupane ( 12 points, 4 rebounds, 12 points of ranking), No 7 Vassilis Spanoulis ( 2 points, 3 rebounds, 6 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 4 points of ranking), No 10 Janis Timma ( 7 points, 3 rebounds, 1 steal, 2 turnovers), No11 Nikola Milutinov ( 24 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assist, 3 steals, 42 points of ranking), No 13 Janis Strelnieks ( 3 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assist, 1 steal, 1 turnover), No 14 Alexandros Vezenkov ( 2 points, 1 block), No 15 Giorgos Printezis ( 5 points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 2 turnovers), No 17 Vangelis Mantzaris ( 7 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists, 13 points of ranking), No 31 Giorgos Bogris ( 1 foul), No32 Zach LeDay ( 11 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 14 points of ranking)
Holargos B.C. : No1 Danny Agbelese ( 2points, 4 rebounds, 1 block, 3 trunovers), No 5 Teddy Okereafor ( 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover), No6 Panagiotis Kalaitzakis ( 1 rebound, 1 steal, 2 turnovers), No 8 Vladimir Jankovic ( 12 points, 7 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 4 turnovers, 13 points of ranking), No 9 Toarlyn Fitzpatrick ( 9 points, 3 rebounds, 5 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 11 points of ranking), No 11 Alexis Spyridonidis ( 12 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 11 points of ranking), No 12 Mixalis Kamberidis ( 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover), No 21 Thomas Kottas ( 13 points, 3 rebounds, 1assist), No 22 Jermaine Love ( 11 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 2 steals, 1 turnover, 16 points of ranking), No 23 Javontae Hawkins ( 13 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 10 points of ranking), No 24 Dionisis Skoulidas ( 1 foul), No 91 Grigoris Rallatos
Lavrio- Aris Thessalonikis
In the season 2015-2016 Laurio made debut to Greek league, because KAOD had financial problems and the team from Drama was unable to comptete in the Basketleague. Metallorichoi, is the nickname of the team means the miners, will begin the fourth season in greek league. Every year Laurio progress and sets new targets of teams history. The last year’s sixth place was the best of team history in Basketleague and the goal to reach the top 3 is set for this year. Lavrio will play in the groups of Fiba Europe Cup and this boost the prestige of team. New players for Laurio, because the biggest percentage of last year starting five was left the team. Mckenzie Moore went to Avtodor and Russia, Tony Meier to Promitheas, Nigerian Tosin Mehindi to Real Murcia and Verginis and Wiggins will offer their services for Aris Thessalonikis and Hfaistos Limnou respectively. Lamb and Nixon stay at club and Laurio signed mainly young Greek players like Charalambopoulos, Loutzis, Mastrogiannopoulos and Bosnian Milan Milosevic, who had played for AEK and Promitheas. Melson and Odiase are the new foreign players of Laurio, who they will play for the first time in Basketleague. Mr. Christos Serelis coach the team for many years and underlined that Laurio must been competitive. During this week Laurio defeat Kollosos Rodou 90-72 and lost the progress in quarterfinals. In my opinion coach Serelis give confidence for his great work, but the team needs reinforcement.
The << emperor of the Greek basketball>> Aris Thessalonikis must be die hard to lose his goals for this season. Aris coached by Mr. Vangelis Aggelou have restrictions for the transfers this season and have to overcome many finance problems. New owner Mr. Gouliermos make an attempt to save the team from the problems, which are made by the mismanagement and the mistakes of previous administrations and owners. Athinaiou, Douvier, Morant, Prewitt and Tsairelis left the team and Mr. Aggelou make interesting moves like Lucky Jones from Paok. Verginis, Georgios Angelou and Boris Dallo came to Aris for scoring many points. The players who joined in Aris Thessalonikis have experience in Basketleague and they will be useful like Slaftsakis from Trikala, Ramon Harris from Kolossos and Michele Kyzer from Kymi. The American Gary McGhee with Vassilis Christidis will be the centers for Aris this year and they would try to fill the gap of Tsairelis and Ivan Maras, who left the team. Chrysovalantis Kourtidis is a hot prospect for future from Xanthi and he added to team with Bell and Flionis. In addition, the captain Lefteris Bochoridis stay in the team and would be the most important column for this difficult season. Aris will play in groups of Fiba Europe Cup and the goal of the team is to stay in the league and progress to play-offs . Aris lost by Promitheas in Greek cup 86-65.
Analysis of the match: << Ougkaka boum boum hi>>, these African words was the speech of Vangelis Aggelou to describe the referee’s work and KAE Aris Thessalonikis announced official the dissatisfaction for the referee’s mistakes. Mr. Vangelis Aggelou was very angry and looked the owner Mr. Goulielmos who was in the stadium as if to told him << What happen here ? >>. In the first quarter Lavrio made 4/5 3p and sored many points, but Aris tried to reduced the distance. 24-21 for Lavrio . Aris led in the second period ( 35-36) with Bochoridis and Verginis mainly and played better than Attica’s team. Dimitris Verginis for Aris and Milan Milocevic for Lavrio was scorers of the two team in the second half. The 3p of Lucky Jones in the end of the match gave a desired victory to Aris Thessalonikis.
Numbers – Quarters: 24-21, 35-36, 51-51 , 70-73
Referees= Manos- Tsaroucha-Stamatopoulos Stadium= Lavrio Indoor Hall
Lavrio Aegean Cargo Best players
Points: Milan Milocevic ( 17 points), Rebounds: Tai Odiase ( 6 rebounds) Assist= Milan Milocevic ( 3 assists)
Aris Thessalonikis best players
Points: Lucky Jones ( 15 points), Rebounds: Garry McGhee ( 11 rebounds) Assist= Dimitris Flionis( 3 assists)
Lavrio Aegean Cargo: No 0 Sarantis Mastrogiannopoulos, No 3 Silas Melson ( 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers), No 4 Mixalis Lountzis ( 9 points, 1 rebound, 2 assists, 10 points of ranking), No 6 Giannis Gavasiadis, No8 Milan Milocevic ( 17 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 19 ranking), No9 Giannis Kouzeloglou ( 1 rebound), No11 Zamal Nixon ( 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 block, 1 turnover), No 12 Mixalis Perrakis ( 1 rebound), No 14 Dimireis Kaklamanakis ( 3 points, 4 rebounds, 2 steal, 2 turnovers), No 15 Vassilis Charalambopoulos ( 13 points, 5 rebounds, 1 block, 10 points of ranking), No20 Doron Lamb ( 17 points, 2 rebounds, 2 turnovers, 10 points of ranking), No21 Tai Odiase ( 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 1 turnover, 9 points of ranking)
Aris Thessalonikis: No 0 Lucky Jones ( 15 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 1 turnover, 17 points of ranking), No 1 Michale Kyzer ( 8 points, 6 rebounds, 1 block, 9 points of ranking), No3 Dimitris Verginis ( 12 points, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, 9 points of ranking), No4 Eleutherios Bochoridis ( 10 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal, 5 turnovers), No7 Dimitris Flionis ( 2 points, 3 rebounds, 3 assists, 3 turnovers), No10 Gary Bell ( 8 points, 4 rebounds, 1 turnover), No12 Boris Dallo ( 3 points, 1 rebound), No14 Vassilis Christidis, No15 Dimitris Slaftsakis ( 2 assists), No16 Garry McGhee ( 8 points, 11 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 16 points of ranking), No 22 Ramon Harris ( 5 points, 7 rebounds, 1 steal, 1 turnover), No23 Giorgos Aggelou ( 2 points, 1 rebound, 1 steal).
Panionios – Kymi = 89-93
The panthers of greek Basketleague locate in Nea Smyrni, neighborhood of Athens. Panionios returned to Basketleague last year, but only Nikos Diplaros and Georgios Kamberidis stay in the team from last year. Kamarianos from Nea Kifisia and Roumeliotis from Olympiakos U18 will help Panionios mainly in the future. Davion Berry had played in greek league with Kolossos Rodes in 2016-2017, but the other American players come in Greece for the first time. Brandon Brown from Boncourt in Switzerland, Darnell Harris come from Beijing and China and the forward Taylor Johns come from Mexico. The asset of Panionios are Eduard Singler, who won the title of G-League and Jimmy Taylor, who although have played in G-league. Mr. Chris Choungaz, Panionios coach has as remaining goal to remain to the Basketleague, although Panionios defeated by Paok with 81-69 in the round of 16 in greek cup.
Kymis will play for the second time in Basketleague. Coach Mr. Kastitis have a lot of work to reach the goal of play-offs and remaining in the greek league. Only point guard Geromichalos anf forward Mitsibonas stay in the team from last year. Kymis select to change the roster and start from scratch. Stavros Toutziarakis return back after he is experience in Promitheas last year and become the captain of the team from Euboia. Demarious Bolds with Emanuel Ubilla from Ventspils would be replace the amazing McFadden. Poulianitis and Tsiaras are well-known players in Basketleague. Kymi won Rethymno during this week 61-69 for the greek cup
Analysis of the match: Mr. Chris Choungaz, coach of Panionios told after the match that Panionios players always have selfidhness and pride. Although Panionios defeted by Kymis in Nea Smyrni 89-93. Panionios led in the first quarter ( 22-20) , but Kymis played well and this was obvious when the halftime was over with Kymis leading the score ( 43-44). The failure of Panionios scoring was one of the reasons that Kymi was ahead of the score until the end of the match.
Numbers – Quarters: 22-20, 43-44 , 59-65, 89-93
Referees= G. Poursanidis – Deslis- K.Poursanidis Stadium= Nea Smyrni Indoor Hall
Panionios Best players
Points: Davion Berry ( 19 points), Rebounds: Davion Berry ( 6 rebounds) Assist= Nikos Diplaros ( 7 assists)
Kymis best players
Points: DeVaughn Washington ( 23 points), Rebounds: Emanuel Ubilla ( 5 rebounds) Assist= Scott Suggs ( 4 assists)
Panionios: No1 Jimmie Taylor ( 12 points, 5 rebounds, 2 blocks, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 16 points of ranking), No 3 Davion Berry ( 19 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, 2 turnovers, 24 points of ranking), No5 Iasonas Dimitrakopoulos, No6 Darnell Harris ( 8 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 turnover, 9 points of ranking), No7 Nikos Choungaz ( 1 point, 1 rebound, 1 turnover), No 9 Brandon Brawn ( 8 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, 1 steal, 12 points of ranking), No12 Nikos Diplaros ( 15 points, 2 rebounds, 7 assists, 2 turnovers, 20 points of ranking), No 13 Nikolaos Kamarianos ( 4 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist), No19 Andreas Roumeliotis, No21 Giorgos Kamberidis ( 1 foul), No25 E.J. Singler ( 16 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 turnovers, 11 points of ranking), No33 Jimmie Taylor ( 6 points, 2 rebounds, 1 assist
Kymis: No 0 Chris Horton ( 9 points, 3 rebounds, 1 block, 5 fouls earned, 1 steal, 9 points of ranking), No2 Scott Suggs ( 8 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 fouls earned , 1 steal, 2 turnovers), No3 Demarius Bolds ( 12 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 1 steal, 2 turnovers), No4 Stavros Toutziarakis ( 9 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 2 turnovers, 10 points of ranking), No5 Rod Camphor ( 11 points, 5 rebounds, 1 assist, 14 points of ranking), No6 DeVaughn Washington ( 23 points, 4 rebounds, 1 steal, 3 turnovers, 22 points of ranking), No7 Dimitris Geromichalos ( 1 foul), No9 Giorgos Tsiaras ( 1 steal, 2 fouls earned), No11 Stelios Poulianitis ( 2 fouls), No13 Emanuel Ubilla ( 15 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 1 steal, 1 turnover, 19 points of ranking), No16 Paris Maragkos ( 4 points, 1 rebound, 1 assist, 1 turnover), No19 Nikos Stylianou ( 2 points, 2 rebounds, 1 steal)