PGBL Week 9 Game Recaps

Game 1:

Outlaws 88 PAS Giannina 49

Another PGBL week, another PGBL win for the Outlaws, as they put forth perhaps their best performance yet in a dominant win over PAS to make it 8 straight wins to start the year and 18 straight regular season wins dating back to last year, extending their own PGBL record. Laz Makrides was on form and in stride in this matchup, scoring 33 points on just one made three pointer, making his scoring effort even more impressive with his variety of drives to the bucket and points in transition. Jimmie Armentani had an off night scoring, but did an excellent job getting his teammates involved while running the point, as 3 of his fellow teammates (not including Makrides) went for double digits. On the other side of the ball, the Outlaws effectively shut down the PAS Giannina offense, as no one outside of Evan Tsiklidis scored more than 10 points. It was a barrage of points and pressure coming from the Outlaws, who seem to be kicking into gear right on time as the season runs down.

As for PAS, an off night is not the end of the world, as the occasional cold shooting night can happen from time to time, especially when there’s a limited amount of players in the rotation. And as we all know, tired legs increase the likelihood of missed jump shots. Fortunately however, PAS will be safely into the PGBL postseason with a win in their next game, and they still have an outside shot at securing the #2 seed in the league.

Leading Scorers:

Outlaws:

Laz Makrides: 33 points

Stephen Thomas: 17 points

Pete Kada: 16 points

PAS Giannina

Evan Tsiklidis: 26 points

Niko Dinoulis: 10 points

Game 2:

Kings 76 The Process 50

After getting thoroughly outplayed by the Warriors in their last game, the Kings managed to shake off the loss by pulling away late against The Process, beating them soundly in the 2nd half on the way to a victory. Bill Zonios’ shooting touch came back in a big way this game, as he knocked down 8 three pointers on his way to 33 points. The Process as a team did a very solid job defensively in the first half on the Kings, as they defensively leaned to Zonios’ side in a hybrid 2-3 zone to keep him relatively neutralized in the first half. But as the 2nd half ensued, Zonios kept stepping further back from 3 and kept knocking down shot after shot, leaving The Process understandably frustrated. And as the Process’ defense spread out to cover the 3 ball, Kings forward Laz Kalemis had his way down low, pulling down several offensive rebounds and putbacks on his way to a very nice performance on the night. The Process fought well in this game and managed to keep it close for the first 3/4 of the game, but they could not manage to score enough points to keep up with the defending champs. Alki Tsitsios, Pauly Rafailidis, and Tommy Tzumakaris battled with the Kings’ bigs well, but the physical toll of the game, combined with Zonios’ hot shooting, caused The Process to lose their 4th in a row. Not all is lost, however, as The Process still have two winnable games left against the Warriors as well as a rematch against PAS. The playoffs are still within reach for the young Process.

Leading Scorers:

Kings

Bill Zonios: 33 points

Laz Kalemis: 16 points

Process

Demetri Stergiou and Alkis Tsitsios: 14 points each

Game 3

Tune Squad 64 Revolution 52

The Tune Squad withstood a tough, rugged, and physical Revolution team to secure a solid team win as they pulled away late against the Revolution and secured their spot in the PGBL playoffs. It was a 2 man show for the Tune Squad on the offensive end, as both Ben Voudouris and Demetri Zanikos continued their impressive scoring runs as of late, both going for 20+ points against some tough defending. On the other end, Alexi Topalidis and Chris Voutsakis spearheaded the Squad defense, keeping the Revolution’s 3 point shooting to a minimum. And while the Revolution were mostly counting by 2s on offense, the Tune Squad were able to count by 3s, thanks to Zanikos and Voudouris’ 9 combined three pointers and 20 combined free throw conversions.

As for the Revolution, this was one of their more impressive performances of the season, going wire to wire against one of the league’s best teams even without star guard Vangeli Carabeses. Big man Vasili Nasis went off down low, scoring 24 points and imposing his will on the relatively undersized Tune Squad. Lefteris Ioannidis also chipped in double digits in points for the Rev. The Revolution certainly still have decent playoff chances going forward, as they have a couple winnable games left to decide their playoff fate. They’ll look to keep their positive momentum going, first against the Kings, before facing off again with the Outlaws.

Leading Scorers:

Tune Squad:

Ben Voudouris: 27 points

Demetri Zanikos: 24 points

Revolution:

Vasili Nasis: 24 points

Lefteris Ioannidis: 13 points

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