Mr. PGBL’s Corner

Danny’s Boys 73 vs. FOB 46

Danny’s Boys improve to 4-0 tonight with the victory over a struggling FOB team. DB was lead by Pete Kathopoulis with 16 points. Many coming on the fast breaks he created with several steals as DB put constant pressure on FOB’s guards. Grigori Rallatos was his normal dominant presence inside with 12 points. Tommy Poulos hit 3 threes and scored 12 points and Ari Raptis played well with some nice moves, scoring 11 points. Danny’s Boys can enjoy this tonight but should get ready for what promises to be a challenge against the Kings on Sunday.

The FOB’s are struggling, but they are fighting and the offense is improving. With 46 points tonight, the FOB’s look slightly more comfortable with each other. Sometimes it takes a while to mesh with players you haven’t played with, and this may be that adjustment period for them. Christos Tsoukalos led the team tonight with 11 points followed by George Pantzaris and Dionisis Tziatzios who both scored 10.

Game ball: Pete Kathopoulis.

Rip City 74 vs. Spartans 50

George Mashas went off tonight with a PGBL season high, and his career high of 42 points! He seemed invincible. Mashas scored many of his points on fast break finger rolls, using his athleticism, and he did it in the paint. George even stepped back to nail a 3 pointer. This was one of the greatest scoring shows in our leagues history and its always nice seeing people break, or at least flirt with records. A good game by Stef Grigorakakis was overlooked tonight but not by me. Stef scored 16 points from all different spots on the court showing versatility. Big win for rip city to improve to .500, and if the defense stays this intense , they have many more wins to come.

Disappointing game for the Spartans who hung in there for much of the game, even leading early. Jim Kemmerer led the team with 23 points and was the only player in double figure scoring. The Spartans need to win some games against teams like Rip City if they want to have a chance at making the playoffs. Remember, only 6 of 9 teams actually make it. Turnovers and forced shots were the main problems I saw tonight, but these are things that can be fixed. Not gonna get any easier with the Wolfpack coming up next week.

Game ball: George Mashas.

Sixers 74 vs. Warriors 60

The Sixers are getting better and better. I’m impressed with the veteran leadership on this team. All very experienced and of course, so talented. Speaking of talented, the shirtless sniper was in the house tonight baring it all. Tony Grammenos led all scorers in this game with 27 points and he really turned it on late in the second half with fast break layups in the open court and a clutch 3 pointer. And speaking of 3 pointers, the other Tony, Spirocostas that is, had 5 threes tonight! When the Sixers are hot from the outside they’re going to be hard for anyone to beat. Especially when you consider the size they have inside. Sixers are 3-1 now, with a game coming up against a confident Rip City team on Sunday.

Will Galiatsotos can do it all so I’ve given him a nickname. The swiss army knife. Outside shooting, handling the ball, rebounding and banging down name it, Will can do it. Tonight Will led his team with his best game of this young season, 25 points. This game was closer than the final score shows and Will was a huge reason for that. Second in scoring for the Warriors with a good game was Spiro Flatsousis, who made his way into the paint for some nice floaters and stepped back for a 3 pointer. The Warriors have had some tough games but I have full confidence they will learn from these games and get better when it counts. The fact that these guys have played together for years, and they’re friends could be a big advantage.

Game ball: Tony Grammenos.