Mr. PGBL's Corner

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Hello everyone!  I am proud to bring you this year’s installment of Mr. PGBL's Corner.  I will bring you a unique perspective to the games each week and will try to add new and exciting features throughout the season.  I would like to thank the Commissioners, Mr. Bill Zonios and Mr. John Vasiliou for allowing me this opportunity as well as for all their hard work to make this season possible.  I would also like to thank ALPHA CARD SERVICES for sponsoring my weekly column and giving me an unlimited "Alpha credit card" to buy all that spanakopita from the snack stand......boy is that stuff good!!!  Good luck to all the teams this season.  I will be watching....

Mr. PGBL's Corner

Mr. PGBL 1/11/16

Power Rankings 1/11/16

1 – Wolfpack 12-1

2 – Kings 8-4

3 – Danny’s Boys 7-4

4 – Sixers 6-5

5 – Revolution 6-6

6 – Warriors 5-6

7 – PAS Giannina 3-8

8 – Spartans 3-7

9 – Ellas 1-10

Warriors 76 vs. Danny’s Boys 69

The Warriors are maturing and it shows on the Basketball court. This was, and still is, a young team but the several years they have playing together has produced a sense of trust among the players. With trust comes the positive energy and team spirit, and all that was on display tonight. The Warriors were led by Nick Karalis who had one of his best individual performances of the season, scoring 24 points, 13 of those in the second half to keep Danny’s Boys at a distance. Will Galiatsatos scored 19 points, getting hot from outside in the first half with 4 three pointers. But this was an all around team win. The Warriors scrapped for rebounds and loose balls, used their bench for the dirty work and relied on the scorers to handle their job. Great win for the Dubs!

Danny’s Boys looked a little off last night and I bet I know why. Too many Greek Holiday cookies over the Christmas break. Sometimes these long breaks can get the best of us, making a return to the court difficult with a tired sluggish feeling. But I think they’ll be ready from here on out. Pete Kathopoulis led the team with 25 points tonight, but didn’t shoot his usual 50 plus percentage from the field. He struggled to find his rhythm, as did the rest of DB. They trailed by 15 points at one point but managed to make a comeback thanks to the hustle of Alexi Topalidis (10pts) and the offense of Kosta Nikolos (14pts). Here’s the most interesting part of this game’s result..these 2 teams are on a collision course for each other in the first round of the playoffs. If the playoffs started today, it would be Danny’s Boys vs. Warriors in the 3vs6 seed matchup!

Game ball – Nick Karalis

Kings 66 vs. Revolution 62

The Kings move into 2nd place with a win against the Revolution Sunday night and also tied the Sixers for the 2nd most wins in PGBL History (63) only trailing the Rev (66).. But the Kings, one of the most successful teams in our league’s history is still looking for that one special achievement! Bill Zonios (27pts) has been playing very well of late, scoring nearly 30 points in back to back games now, it seems like he’s found a good rhythm and has been very active offensively. The Kings only had 5 players present for this game but managed to fight through the game avoiding injuries and getting the best from all 5. Laz Kalemis, one of the oldest players in the PGBL has been crucial to the King’s success for years and last night was no different. Laz (10pts) was very good from inside the paint, helping the Kings make a late run for the win. If the playoffs started today, they would face either the Spartans or PAS Giannina in the first round.

No Nasis brothers, only 7 players on a late Sunday night…it was tough for the Rev, but they managed to make this game an interesting one against the Kings. This game was close until the very end and that’s thanks to Gus Rombos who’s offense was a key factor. Rombos scored 19 points and used his outside shot and quick first step to strike the Kings. I bet the Rev would love to have him there more often, especially in the playoffs where it looks like they’ll face the Sixers in the 1st round in what promises to be an amazing matchup. Billy Kalavrouziotis had a great game with 10 points, most coming from short range paint jump shots. Bill showed he has great touch from inside and proved he should be factor moving forward. An all around team effort for the Rev but it just wasn’t enough.

Game ball – Bill Zonios 

Mr. PGBL 12/17/15

Kings 81 vs. Warriors 67

The Kings have had sort of a roller coaster regular season because they haven’t had their entire team present since opening day. But thanks to a very talented roster and a great mix of youth and experienced veterans, the Kings are still one of the league’s best. Tonight was a vintage performance by former league MVP Bill Zonios who drained 7 three pointers en route to a game high 28 points. Zonios has become only the 2nd player in PGBL History to surpass the 2,000 point mark. Before going down with a foot injury, Alex Veronis scored 18 points. Veronis has become a key piece to the Kings’ team and we wish the best in his recovery. Good hard earned victory for the Kings.

Always tough, always scrappy, the Warriors are an intense team to face. Taking a 1 point lead into half time, the Warriors were trading baskets with the Kings the whole first half. They fight for every loose ball and rebound, banging in the paint with the best of ‘em. Tonight they were led by Will Galiatsatos (18pts) and Nick Karalis (16pts). Will was able to use his size and strength to his advantage in the paint where he scored most of his points. And Nick Karalis was able to mix it up from outside and driving to the basket. I have to mention Spiro Karalis also, who drained 4 threes at crucial times to keep the Warriors in the game. Defensively, stopping the Kings’ outside shooting was no easy task tonight, and that became the difference.

Game Ball – Bill Zonios

Wolfpack 78 vs. Danny’s Boys 53

This one was all Wolfpack. From the opening jump, the Pack controlled the game and continued the domination throughout. At 11-1, the Pack have all but clinched the number 1 spot and look like the league’s best going into the playoffs. Tonight the scoring load was shared between George Vlahos and Aris Haritonidis, 2 players with championship experience who know what it takes to win. Both players scored 21 points as the Wolfpack out worked and out hustled Danny’s Boys. George Vlahos, former MVP and the All Time leading points scorer contributes to his team with more than just offense. He’s clearly one of the leagues best rebounders. Wolfpack are 11-1 and future looks promising.

When you’re the 2 time champs and looking for a 3 peat, you know the regular season doesn’t mean too much. But DB definitely needs to get into a rhythm before the playoffs come if they want to defend they’re crown. Tonight the scoring leader was Kosta Nikolos who put in 17 points on 5 three pointers and the league’s leading scorer, Pete Kathopoulis was held to just 14 points. Nothing to worry about though, Danny’s Boys need to just put this one behind them and look forward to the playoffs where I’m sure they’ll have Economides and Poulimenos there to help.

Game Ball – Vlahos & Haritonidis

Revolution 58 vs. PAS Giannina 44

No let down for the Rev tonight, despite a valiant effort from PAS Giannina. A balanced scoring attack from the Rev was led by Vasili Nasis and Gus Rombos who both scored 13 points. The Rev are in the middle of the pack and if the playoffs started tonight they would be set to play the Sixers which could be a fantastic first round matchup. The Revolution are a dangerous team because they seem to just cruise through the regular season even though they have plenty of fire power which I’m sure they’ll exhibit in the post season. Size, shooting and experience will always give you a chance to win.

PAS Giannina has been playing a lot better of late. Tonight the boys started out very well, trailing by just 3 at halftime but just couldn’t maintain that level of play in the second half. Led in scoring by the much improved Dimitri Evangelopoulos, Giannina are sitting in 8th place and looking at a date with Danny’s Boys in the first round. Of course the seeding could change by playoff time.

Game Ball – Vasili Nasis

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