Promitheas shines with road win in debut
Promitheas Patras showed it means business in the 7DAYS EuroCup, celebrating its debut in the competition with a convincing 55-88 road victory over Maccabi Rishon LeZion. Chris Babb paced five Promitheas scorers in double figures with 19 points in the Group A game. Langston Hall had 12 points and 5 assists, Oleksandr Lypovvy chipped in 11 points and 6 assists and Leonidas Kaselakis and Georgios Bogris both had 10 points off the bench. Devon Saddler, Jordan Swing and Adam Ariel led the Rishon attack with 9 points each and Johnathan Williams had 4 points and 12 rebounds.
Promitheas raced ahead 0-11 with Lypovvy scoring 5 points. The hosts needed nearly 5 minutes to finally score on Swing’s three-pointer. A Babb triple increased the gap to 3-16. Saddler and Swing hit threes for Rishon, but Lypovvy tallied 11 first-quarter points and the guests led 13-29 after 10 minutes. The visitors increased the cushion to 20 points and it was 22-41 when Alex Hamilton sparked a 9-1 surge to cut the gap to 11. Kaselakis answered with 7 points in a 2-10 run to make it 33-52 going into the break. Rishon lacked energy in the third quarter and Promitheas continued the charge with a 3-11 run in the early stages of the second half for a 38-63 advantage. The margin was 44-71 after 30 minutes. The hosts could not mount any comeback as Promitheas did not let up defensively and Robert Lowery came off the bench for 5 points for the runaway win.
Chris Babb tallied 19 points on 8 field goal attempts while connecting on all 7 of his free throws. He also picked up 6 rebounds and 2 steals to go with 5 fouls drawn for a performance index rating of 29.
Debut at 16
The blowout allowed Promitheas head coach Makis Giatras to give some playing time to 16-year-old star prospect Lefteris Mantzoukas. The forward scored his first points on a layup following a pass from Georgios Bogris. Mantzoukas finished with 2 points and 1 assist in 8:32 minutes.
Promitheas turned the ball only 9 times while holding Rishon to just 28.9 percent on two-point shots and outrebounding the home side 45-32.
>Rishon will head on the road for the next game in the group and take on Segafredo Virtus Bologna on October 9. Promitheas looks to make it two for two with its first home game in the competition against AS Moncao on the same night.
Wednesday, October 2, 2019