After 5 consecutive losses in both the Greek and FIBA Europe Leagues, Aris finally got their season back on track with victory tonight over Skonto.
In fact, the 2003 FIBA Europe Champions Cup winners were never challenged as they cruised to a 88:51 victory.
|Nestoras Kommatos pulls down one of his seven rebounds|
More encouragingly for the Aris coaching staff, the main contributor to their win was young guard Alexandros Kyritsis. The 21 year old exploded for 25 points, hitting 10/12 shots from the field, including both of his 3-point attempts.
Kyritsis, who led the Greek second division in scoring last season, took the place of the injured Toby Bailey and he certainly justified the coach’s decision to put him in the starting line-up.
Germaine Jackson, brought in to replace guard Anthony Goldwire, was playing his first FEL game. He did not disappoint, dishing 7 assists and looking like a valuable pick-up for Aris.
Aris controlled the whole contest, taking advantage of their strong rebounding and perimeter defense to launch their fast break. Their superiority was reflected in the score, as they raced off to a 13:1 lead in the first 3 minutes.
Skonto struggled, but coach Guntis Endzels did not have a full side at his disposal, as talented young center Andris Biedrins was not able to play.
Aris led 43:28 at the half and did not let up on the onslaught after the break. They increased the lead to 42 points (84:42) before Skonto fought back to finish 88:51.