Week 2 game recaps
Kings 70 Process 54
Week 2 kicked off with the defending champion Kings looking to win their 2nd straight game to start the season, going up against the young, promising Process squad. The first half was a back and forth affair, as the Kings were somewhat taken aback by the Process and their excellent, up tempo team play, with Demetri Stergiou and Alki Tsitsios in particular getting off to hot starts from the floor. The teams traded buckets down to the wire as the first half ended deadlocked at 34 apiece, capped by a long three from the Process’ Ahileas Yiantsos, who turned in another solid performance off the bench spelling for Chris Dawson. The Kings, despite their slow start, were able to keep pace through the hot shooting of Bill Zonios, who hit 4 first half three pointers, as well as the strong rebounding of Alex Veronis in his season debut. The second half, however, was a different story. Despite the Process building a small lead early in the 2nd half, the Kings went on a 16-0 run in just 5 minutes of game time mid second half to crush the Process’ hopes for an early upset, as Zonios and Veronis outscored the Process by themselves in a remarkable display of individual dominance, hitting 11 threes combined. Despite the 2 straight losses, the Process played very well against the 2 best teams in the league, and will certainly be a tough matchup for any team in this league going forward.
Bill Zonios: 35 points,
Alex Veronis: 20 points
Demetri Stergiou and Alkis Tsitsios: 14 points each
Tune Squad 59 Warriors 40
The second game featured the Tune Squad making their PGBL debut with their Space Jam inspired uniforms, as they went up against the veteran Warriors, who were looking to rebound from their opening loss to the Kings. The early part of the game featured both teams trading buckets, but the Tune Squad quickly turned it up a notch as they cruised to an impressive performance and first win even without stud point guard Louie Karapanagiotides. Taking Karapanagiotides’ place was Demetri Zanikos, a sharpshooting former 3 time GOYA DVGOBL All Star who was making his league debut. Despite being a PGBL rookie, he didn’t miss a beat, scoring from all over the floor, getting to the free throw line, and running the Squad offense from the point impressively. Lanky forward Chris Voutsakis also turned in a very good performance, as he paired a strong rebounding performance with some solid shooting from the midrange in another double digit scoring effort. The Warriors did their best to keep it close, as both Niko Papatsiaras and Ilias Kaltsidis turned in solid performances, but the rest of the Warriors squad couldn’t quite replicate their solid team effort from their first game. Their schedule gets a little tougher as they’ll look to rebound next week against the streaking Outlaws, but both Spiro Karalis and Will Galiatsatos should bounce back to lead their squad next week.
Demetri Zanikos and Chris Voutsakis: 18 points each
Ben Voudouris: 11 points
Ilias Kaltsidis: 9 points
Niko Papatsiaras: 8 points
Outlaws: 76 Revolution 42
The rout was on in the final game of the week right from the start, as the Outlaws won their 12th straight regular season game over the undermanned Revolution, who were missing star big man Vasili Nasis (at least for the first half). Even had Nasis played the entire game, the Outlaws seemed too dominant on the night, despite a relatively quiet game from Outlaw forward and early MVP candidate Laz Makrides. But this team is far more than just Makrides. 4 Outlaw players scored in double figures, starting with perennial PGBL All Star Pete Kada, who came alive after a quiet opening night, scoring 16 points and effectively running the floor on the Outlaw fast break. Jimmie Armentani had another great outing with 26 total points, many of which coming in transition. Even Stephen Thomas got in on the scoring party, dropping a solid 14 points himself. The Revolution got shellacked in this game, but there’s no shame in losing to a team like the Outlaws. The Rev certainly won’t have it happen quite like that again, not with the veteran presence and the always solid team play. The solid core of Nasis, Vangeli Carabeses, Gus Rombos, Lefteris Ioannidis, and Jake Sotiros will be sure to bounce back once they are all available to play simultaneously. This team didn’t make the semifinals last year by accident, so I expect them to bounce back next week against the Kings.