Promitheas tops Virtus for first home win
Promitheas Patras collected its first home victory in the 7DAYS EuroCup by surprising previously undefeated Segafredo Virtus Bologna 78-69 in Group A. Langston Hall scored 16 points to pace five Promitheas scorers in double figures. Dimitris Agravanis added 12 points and Chris Babb, Oleksandr Lypovyy and Leonidas Kaselakis each tallied 11 for the home side, which improved to 3-1 to top the group. Milos Teodosic paced Virtus with 17 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists and Vince Hunter had 14 points and 9 rebounds. Both Kyle Weems and Stefan Markovic chipped in 11 points in the loss. Virtus dropped to 3-1.
Lypovyy started red-hot for the hosts with 5 points and an assist for a 10-0 lead. Virtus needed more than 3 minutes to finally score but then got going with the next 6 points only to be answered by more Lypovyy three-pointers as Promitheas built a 20-8 advantage. The gap was 24-14 after 10 minutes. After scoring 8 of his team’s 14 points in the first frame, Teodosic made it double figures and Markovic’s three-pointer cut the deficit to 24-19. Dimitris Katsivelis’s three-point play pushed the hosts ahead 29-21, but the visitors kept the charge coming and Markovic’s second triple made it 29-28. Weems’s three knotted it at 36-36 and Filippo Baldi Rossi gave Virtus the lead, 36-38, at the break.
After a Chris Babb three-pointer pulled the hosts within 1 point, Frank Gaines made it 39-44. Promitheas continued its strong defense and got a boost off the bench as Agravanis scored 6 points in getting his team back up 48-47. The lead switched hands three more times with Babb and Teodosic both hitting three-pointers and Weems making it 53-54 after 30 minutes. The back-and-forth continued with five more lead changes; Hall opened the fourth quarter and then hit a three-pointer to make it 60-58. A step-back triple from Hall pushed the advantage to 68-62 with less than 4 minutes to play. While the Promitheas defense continued to shut down Virtus, Hall added free throws and assisted on Kaselakis's three for a 73-64 cushion with 92 seconds left. Agravanis added a three of his own to finish off Virtus.
Promitheas head coach Makis Giatras used only eight players with center Octavius Ellis unable to go. But the shortened rotation got the work done.
Langston Hall heated up just went it was needed most. The Promitheas playmaker scored 12 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter. He added 1 rebound, 6 assists and 1 steal for a performance index rating of 21.
Promitheas held Virtus to just 4 of 27 three-point shooting (14.8 percent) and forced 17 turnovers. Virtus also connected on just 9 of 16 free throws (56.3%), which offset its massive rebounding advantage of 49-29 including 21 offensive rebounds.
Promitheas heads back on the road and will take on MoraBanc Andorra on Wednesday, October 30. Virtus returns home and will look to get back to its winning ways against AS Monaco that same night.
Tuesday, October 22, 2019