Spartans 48 vs. Warriors 41
The Spartans get their 2nd win of the season in a scrappy low scoring game against the Warriors. Several factors served a key roll in this victory for the Spartans. As a team, they didn’t turn the ball over as much as I’ve seen in previous games. Individually, Andrew Milonas had his best game of the season scoring 15 timely points from driving to the basket. Andrew used his big strides to slice into the paint and finish. Also Henry Haralambidis scored 13 points on some long 3 point bombs. Henry hit 2 or 3 in a row, which ignited the Spartans to play even better. Good win and good team defense by the Spartans as they continue to get better in search for a playoff birth.
Will Galiatsatos led the Warriors with 21 points tonight. Will did something today that he hasn’t done in a while, that’s step back for some three pointers. All season Will has been the guy in the paint, scrapping and banging for buckets, today he reminded us he can still hit the long ball. Nobody else scored in double digits tonight for this team, and in my opinion, the recipe for success with the Warriors is Nick Karalis and Will Galiatsatos combining for 40 points weekly. If they can do this somehow, they will drastically improve their chance of winning. Trust Mr. PGBL, I know basketball.
Game ball: Andrew Milonas.
Revolution 71 vs. Rip City 60
The first half of this game belonged to Niko Nasis, who dominated the paint. Niko scored all 12 of his points in the first half and would’ve had 16 if he had hit his free throws. Nasis grabbed big rebounds and was the reason the Rev were controlling the game from the tip. The second half belonged to Gus Rombos. Gus scored 12 2nd half points and 18 overall. Rombos showed passion and fire late in the game with some critical steals, and “and 1” plays. Best game of the season for him. Rip City made a late run but steals by Rombos and John Skordos made sure their would be no lead change. Good game for the 4-2 Revolution who have Danny’s boys on Sunday. If they can somehow pull out an upset, Mr. PGBL’s power ranking could change a lot.
Rip City is a team of heart. They fight in every game and that’s why I think they’ll make the playoffs. They have an all star guard in Stef Grigorakakis who is a smart patient player. Stef scored 20 points tonight and helped keep his team in the game when times were tough. Chris Sarianos and George Mashas, who was plagued by foul trouble, scored 12 points each. The Blazers need to play better on the defensive end and stay out of foul trouble if they’re going to get to the playoffs. The fight and heart is not the issue. Just a tough night for these guys. Next up is the struggling Warriors, who can be dangerous. Rip City needs to have a short term memory and prepare for another game which promises to be a good one on Sunday.
Game ball: Niko Nasis and Gus Rombos.