Nestoras Kommatos has proved to be Aris' best player and leader this season in the FIBA Europe League. In the first game of the series against Anwil, he lived up to that role, scoring 32 points and guiding Aris to an away win.
Kommatos set the tone early as he scored 15 first quarter points, including 3 three-pointers. It was enough for Aris to earn a small lead and after 10 minutes they led 24:27.
Aris center Ryan Stack assumed scoring duties in the second quarter as he hit for 8 points. His presence under the boards also helped to spark the Aris fast break, allowing the Greek team to rack up some easy points. By the break, they led 45:54.
Anwil needed a change of tactic to try to get back into the game and after halftime they switched to zone. It had exactly the desired effect, and they soon pulled level. However, Aris remained poised and soon regained control.
Into the 4th quarter the Greeks did not display any nerves and constantly maintained a 5-10 point lead.
|Nestoras Kommatos (left) and Donatas Zavackas|
As well as Kommatos, Smush Parker had another good game for Aris. In his last FEL outing he nearly registered a triple double and earned MVP of the Week honours (he had 28 points, 11 assists and 8 rebounds). This time around he flirted with a quadruple double and finished the game with 15 points, 8 rebounds, 13 assists and 7 steals.
Anwil star Armands Skele struggled scoring just 10 points, 5 under his season average. Donatas Zavackas and Dusan Bocevski stepped up for the home side, hitting for a combined 33 points, but it was not enough to prevent the loss.