Upper Darby, PA – A holiday season ballet was featured last night at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox church. No. It wasn’t a Nutcracker production by the Moscow Ballet. It was a PGBL performance by the Kings. They put on a royal display of basketball skills, equal to that of a wonderful ballet and rarely seen, as they marched over the Boys.
The highlight game of the evening featured the Kings and Danny’s Boys. Two teams that possess many of the league’s best players. Leaping passes in every direction and fast breaks with every rebound kept you spellbound. It was an acrobatic and near perfect performance by the Kings, who were led by their conductor Niki Veronis. Veronis could do no wrong and led his team with 39 points. Their victory over the short handed Boys keeps them solidly in third place, but looking more like contenders again. Final score: Kings 91, Danny’s Boys 74.
The evening’s opener pitted two hungry teams for a victory-Hellas and Pas Giannina. Each team has managed only one victory but you wouldn’t know it with all the passion on the floor. While both teams managed a lot of penetration inside the paint, the ball just didn’t seem to fall for either. Yet, Pas Giannina controlled the lead the whole game. In the final minutes, Hellas made a last run, which was stomped out by Pas Giannina. Dimitrios Evangelopoulos stood out for the Epiros named team and continues to improve. His ten points led all scored for Pas Giannina and gave them their second victory of the season. A playoff berth looks probable. Final score: Pas Giannina 38, Hellas 34.
Always a threat, no matter who they play are the Revolution. In their matchup against the Spartans they managed to pull out a victory again – in a low scoring game. Both teams appear to have Thanksgiving dinners to work off though. A lot of poor ball movement and lack luster fast breaks appeared to be vacant last night. Inside the paint, missed opportunities by Hellas may have made this a more exciting game. Alex Pavlidis of the Rev’s led all scored and his team again to their 5th victory, keeping them in the middle of the pack. Final score: Revolution 44, Spartans 34.