Iraklis Thessaloniki’s was the big winner of the Thursdays’ battle in Athens. Having his two American stars Ryan Jay Owens and Brook Billings in a great day scoring from 21 points each.
The team of Thessaloniki won 3-1 (22-25, 21-25, 25-22, 15-25) and finally take the first place in standings from Panathinaikos. Andreas Kravarik was also very effective. The middle blocker of Iraklis said at the end of the game that it was a great victory against one of the best team in Greece but they have to work ever harder to reach their maximum performance at the rest of the championship. Axilleas Papadimitriou the libero of Panathinaikos said that it was time for the team to lose one game and that it is not easy to win every game using the same players in Greek and European Championships.
On Tuesday’s game in Thessaloniki PAOK easily won 3-0 (25-15, 25-29, 25-23) over Ethnikos Alexandroupolis. The following day with in same town with the same score two matches took place. In the first one Aris won 3-0 (25-22, 25-14, 25-19) over Apollon Kalamarias and in the second Olympiakos beat 3-0 (21-25, 22-25, 30-32) Epikouros Polichnis.
In other games EAPatron won 3-1 (25-27, 25-19, 25-18, 25-15) over Lamia in the last game of American middle-blocker Andy Hein with Lamia’s team and Panellinios made his second victory in the championship beating 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-23) Kifisia.
Next round matches are on the 29th of December.
Rumors from Thessaloniki said that Nikos Roumeliotis the captain of Aris and national team of Greece will have to leave his team after an economical disagreement with the president of the team. Finally we have to remind that many players of Panathinaikos, Olympiakos, Iraklis, EAP and Aris are also facing economical problems.