PGBL Week 10 Game Recaps

Game 1

Kings 1 Revolution 0

(Kings win by forfeit)

Game 2

Warriors 64 Outlaws 55

It was a night for the underdogs in Week 10 of the PGBL season, as the Warriors put together a fantastic defensive performance and a great team effort to upset the undefeated Outlaws, snapping their 18 game regular season win streak right in its tracks. The Warriors put together their best performance of the season in this big upset victory, and they have made a huge step forward towards securing a playoff birth. The Warriors frustrated the Outlaws all night with their physical defense, as the Outlaws, typically an excellent 3 point shooting team, shot less than 20% from beyond the arc, and even as they tried to feed the ball inside, Warriors forwards Elias Kaltsidis and Will Galiatsatos made the Outlaw bigs work hard for every bucket. The Warriors jumped out to a 16 point lead midway through the first half thanks to excellent ball movement in the half-court set, with Galiatsatos and Niko Papatsiaras shooting the ball particularly well to start. The 2nd half saw the Outlaws begin to slowly chip away at the Warriors, as Laz Makrides began to turn on the jets in semi transition. Stephen Thomas also got in on the action when the Warriors sough to double Makrides, as he scored double digits as well. But it seemed like every single time the Outlaws got within 5 points, the Warriors responded. Aris Haritonidis had a fantastic 2nd half performance, scoring on an array of drives and mid range jumpers, while Kosma Kotopoulos scored several huge buckets to stop the Outlaw rallies from getting worse. Finally, as the Outlaws began the game of intentional fouling in an attempt to conserve the clock, the Warriors knocked down their free throws to ice the game and pull off the upset. It was a true team effort from a team like the Warriors that epitomizes it.

The Outlaws had an off night due to their poor shooting performance, but they were also without former PGBL MVP Pete Kada, whose physical presence could have certainly helped against a team like the Warriors. Fortunately, the Outlaws still have the inside track for the #1 seed, so long as they win out. However, it should be noted that an 18 game regular season win streak is something pretty difficult to do in any league, and the Outlaws deserve a tremendous amount of credit for balancing their star power seamlessly through unselfish ball movement and excellent perimeter shooting. This team will still go down in PGBL history as one of the league’s best. We’ll see if they can cap it off in the playoffs with a run to the championship.

Leading Scorers:

Warriors:

Aris Haritonidis: 20 points

Will Galiatsatos: 15 points

Niko Papatsiaras: 14 points

Outlaws:

Stephen Thomas and Laz Makrides: 18 points each

Game 3:

PAS Giannina 55 The Process 50

We were so close to seeing 2 upsets in one night, but alas, it wasn’t to be, as PAS Giannina withstood a great performance from the young Process and came back from 11 points down to secure yet another victory. The Process started the game in a groove offensively, as the pick and roll offense between combo guard Ahileas Yiantsos and forward Alkis Tsitsios was paying huge dividends for the Process in the early going, with Tsitsios scoring double digits in the 1st half alone. Additionally, the Process’ 2-3 zone spearheaded by Chris Dawson’s lockdown defense caused some issues for PAS as they struggled to get going offensively to start. It seemed to be written that the Process would pull out a solid victory, but as time expired in the 1st half, PAS’ star forward Evan Tsiklidis hit a shot from half court to provide the huge momentum shift going into the break. As the 2nd half began, PAS started to move the ball better around the perimeter, and allowed Tsiklidis to live in the paint, pick his spots, and score from all over the floor, as he turned in another dominant performance. PAS chipped away and eventually took the lead midway through the 2nd half, but The Process kept right at their heels, as Tsitsios and his teammates continued to get good shots in the half court sets. Unfortunately, a couple of unfortunate turnovers and 10 missed free throws in the 2nd half undid the Process’ chances, as PAS pulled away to secure a hard fought victory.

Leading Scorers:

PAS Giannina

Evan Tsiklidis: 37 points

Argyris Dritselis: 10 points

Process

Alkis Tsitsios: 17 points

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