Friday, January 23, 2009

Big Win for Athinaikos

Katie Gearlds and her Athinaikos squad passed one of their biggest tests in Greek A1 league play Wednesday, defeating second-place Esperides Ravenna 74-63 in Athens. The win is the second for Athinaikos head-to-head between the two teams, who have not lost to any other Greek team. As a result, 15-0 Athinaikos holds a two-game lead in the standings over Esperides Ravenna with the season series complete.

The win showcased Athinaikos' impressive depth. With 10 points, Gearlds was one of of five Athinaikos players to score double-figures. On the other side, Esperides Ravenna had just three players contribute more than two points. Still, Athinaikos trailed 45-42 at the half before outscoring the opposition 17-4 in the third quarter. Esperides Ravenna was held to 1-of-11 shooting in the period.

Gearlds added nine rebounds and a pair each of assists and steals in 37 minutes of action in the win.

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