Sunday, January 11, 2009

Greek Women's A1 13/2008 - Paleo Faliro 77, Paghiakos 61

Paleo Faliro (9-4) is busy riding a six game winning streak - if you count the forfeit from disbanded Kastoria as a win - and at home they were too much for visiting Paghiakos (2-10), winning by a final score of 77-61.

Indeed, Kastoria gave Paleo Faliro some help - while Paghiakos had to play on Wednesday, Paleo Faliro got to take the day off due to their no-shows. Another advantage Paleo Faliro had over Paghiakos is that Paghiakos's team is composed entirely of Greek nationals, whereas Paleo Faliro has ex-NCAA and current WNBA players on their roster.

The boxscore is here.

Paleo Faliro won almost every quarter. They led 19-14 after 10 minutes and took a 43-27 lead into halftime. At the end of the third quarter, they managed to stretch their lead to nineteen points (64-45), and Paghiakos just couldn't close the gap.

Paleo Faliro shot 56 percent from the field, compared to the 41 percent of Paghiakos. However, Paghiakos managed to out-rebound Paleo Faliro 33-26 - maybe Paleo Faliro wasn't trying that hard. After all, Paghiakos turned the ball over 24 times in the game, and they probably figured they'd just take the ball out of the visitor's hands sooner or later.

Three players scored in double figures for Paleo Faliro, and all have either WNBA or NCAA experience. Kristin Haynie had her best showing in the Greek league this year, shooting 10-for-13 from the field and scoring 23 points and seven rebounds. Teana Miller scored 20 points on 8-for-11 shooting and blocked four shots. Atalanti Tasouli scored 12 points and had five rebounds.

For Paghiakos, the bulk of their scoring was done by Sonja Dafkou, who shot 12-for-19 from the field and scored 30 points and eight rebounds. "D. Mastrogiannidou" (I don't have a first name for her, but I'm sure she has one) scored 11 points and had eight rebounds and five assists.

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