Wolfpack 73 vs. Sixers 55
So far this season, the Pack have been playing fantastic team basketball. They are, without a doubt, the deepest team in the PGBL and everybody contributes. Last night the Wolfpack took care of business, led by George Vlahos’ 20 points. Vlahos scored many of his points on fast breaks, as the Pack pushed the tempo and took advantage of their speed. Aris Haritonidis scored 14 last night and has been showing the league how dangerous he can be. Aris is a multi dimensional player who can do a little bit of everything. If not before, he should definitely be on the other teams radar now. Next game is Sunday against the Kings. I will be there to enjoy that showdown!
The Sixers got off to a hot start thanks to former 2x League MVP Chris Vasiliou, who scored their first 11 points! Chris had the hot hand early in the game and kept it all night, finishing with his season high 29 points. Tony Grammenos and Alex Lolosides both put in 10 points but not much offensively help elsewhere for the Sixers although they did put up a good fight against the best team in the league. A concerning issue from last night is the well being of Sixers forward Steph Karas, who dislocated his shoulder during last night’s game. This is a potential season and possibly career ending injury for Steph so lets keep him in our thoughts and prayers.
Game ball: George Vlahos
Revolution 48 vs. Mavs 34
A short handed Rev team took care of business last night against the winless Mavs. Pete Kada led the team in scoring with 16 points, right on his average for the season. Kada looked light and fast running the fast breaks, and even popped a couple 3 balls. The Rev are now 2-2 with a game coming up against the Spartans next Thursday.
Mavs fans are concerned right now but I am optimistic. I look at the Mavs roster and I see potential. Dino Thomazos and Gus Haralambou would be of such help to this team, but we haven’t seen them in action yet. Hopefully the Mavs can get these guys to come and make a playoff push.
Game ball: Pete Kada
Rip City 71 vs. Spartans 46
No Nicko Balis, no problem for Rip City. A slow start led to a strong finish as the Blazers cruise to a 25 point victory led by 20 points each from Stef Grigorakakis and Jim Armenakis. Stef played a very good game, scoring from mid range, long range and the free throw line. Jim Armenakis did his usual domination in the paint and even hit a buzzer beating 3 pointer going into halftime. Rip City started out slow but went on a big run late in the first half to increase their lead to 17, never to look back. Next game against the Warriors and a chance to go 4-1.
Andrew Milonas looked light on his feet with 17 points to lead the Spartans as he’s been doing all year. In my opinion, the issues with the Spartans stem from the defensive end. Basketball minds know, good defense leads to offense, and the Spartans have been playing lazy defense. I’m no coach, but I am Mr. PGBL and I say what I see. If these guys were more active defensively with their feet, instead of going for homerun steals, they would have more success. Next game against the Rev and I have faith they will play a more complete game.
Game ball: Stef Grigorakakis
Written by Mr. PGBL