Mr. PGBL’s Corner

Danny’s Boys 87 vs. Kings 64

Another disappointing year for the Kings. It seems like they’re right there every season, with a chance to win their first title, but always fall short. Bill Zonios scored 16 points tonight, and showed why he is a true leader, encouraging his team when they seemed deflated and urging them to fight. Foti Giannopoulos started this game on fire with 19 first half points. Finishing the game with 31, Foti was the main source of offense for the Kings. Lou Sarris Grau scored 12 points but had trouble finishing down low. This game was close until the middle of the second half where the Kings missed many layups and Danny’s Boys made them pay for it.

Getting Kosta Nikolos back for the playoffs is the best thing that could of happened for DB. Nikolos had his best game of the season with 27 points, making 3’s and hitting his patented baby hook shot in the paint. Pete Kathopoulis played a very smart game tonight and was very efficient with his shooting. Pete scored a game high 35 points, hitting 7 three pointers. Kathopoulis and Nikolos combined for 62 points… hard to stop that kind of offense. Danny’s Boys has made it to the PGBL Finals in their first season which is impressive, but will they be able to end the Wolfpack’s record winning streak? Come out on Thursday and find out!

Game ball: Nikolos and Kathopoulis share this one.

Wolfpack 74 vs. Sixers 64

Losing Nicko Balis for the playoffs seemed like it would hurt the Wolfpack, and I’m sure in certain ways it has. But the Wolfpack is a team built with gaurds, so if any gaurds get hurt, somebody can step up. This game was awesome to watch! The Pack led most of the way thanks to the offense of George Vlahos and Lou Karapanagiotides. These guys combined for 48 points. Vlahos had a big second half with 17 points on his way to a team high 25. Vlahos was sharp from 3 point land, every time the Sixers made it close, it seemed like Vlahos drained a 3. Lou Karapanagiotides shot the ball well too! Louie is not known for being a shooter, but more for his point guard play. But tonight Louie scored 23 points, many of those points coming from the perimeter.

Jim Armenakis was a beast in the second half. Armenakis dominated in the post for 21 in the second half on his way to a game high 27 points. An experienced vet doing his thing when his team needed it. Tony Grammenos and Vas Rousseas scored 12 points each but the surprise here is Tony Grammenos only had 1 three pointer, vs. his 9 threes last week. The Sixers have been and will be one of the best PGBL teams in the history of this league. Moving forward I’m sure captain John Vasiliou will make sure this roster stays strong.

Game ball: Lou and George, arguably the best backcourt in the PGBL.