Aris vs Panionios BC by Tullamore
This will be the second time this season, the two teams will face each other and it will be again at Thessaloniki, where Panionios managed to take the victory (65-63) on 10th of November due to Greek A1.
Aris started the season with low expectations, but after 2-3 games the team seemed to roll to the right way. Unfortunately this was too good to be true and game by game, Aris returned to familiar situations, that made the team fighting to leave the mediocrity and reach to a higher status as it was in the past decades.
The season will be no better than the last one, there are no realistic high targets for ψoach Aggelou and his players, no European tickets, no money to spend... actually i am not sure if this is a re-building season, according to the board's statement in early September.
Anyway, there is a solid team on the other half of the court and it is called Panionios. The best team in Greece behind Panathinaikos and Olympiacos. Panionios is coming from a great victory against PAOK on the road and it is doing well enough at A1 alongside with its European duties, where it proceeded to the next round of Eurocup.
Panionios's big weapon, when it comes to face Aris, is that it has balance as a team. It can run the court effectively and has a high percentage reaching to a basket at fastbreaks. At the same time it can handle with the opponents' high tempo game, utilizing the good defensive transition and stop even the pull-up jumpers beyond the arc.
The "handbreak" shots is the beloved game of Aris this season, but it can easily be ruined by a team with good rotation, covering the weak side quickly. Aggelou hasn't found a plan B to run, when the open shots do not hit.
Of course, Aris will have his fans by his side and the atmosphere will be... something close to hell.. (probably the toughest basketball hall in Europe), but in my eyes, Panionios can repeat the victory.
The price on the guests is fair.
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|Panionios ML||Bwin||1.75||10||88-79 LOST (-10 units)|