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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 28 March 2015
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 28 MARCH 2015 29 SPORT All is well that ends well for Olympiakos Young Ioannis Papapetrou helped Olympiakos stage an impressive last-quarter performance to beat visiting Efes Anadolu 86-75 on Thursday and bring its Euroleague losing streak to an end. The Reds have now sealed a top-three finish in their group and will give it all for a toptwo spot in Moscow next week against CSKA. In the first three quarters of the game at the Peace and Friendship Stadium of Piraeus Efes was either on top or level with Olympiakos, with the first half ending 3535 and Efes leading after the third quarter by four (57-53). Yet in the last period the introduction of Papapetrou and a fantastic shooting rate allowed Olympiakos to score 33 points against the Turks' 18 and win the game by the biggest margin of difference the hosts had enjoyed throughout the match. Urged on by over 7,000 supporters, Olympiakos shook off the absences of both its point-guards, Vassilis Spanoulis and Costas Sloukas, and of Brent Petway, and overcame the nerves that two consecutive losses had generated to won a game it had to win mainly through the consecutive three-pointers in the last eight minutes. A Greek player was the game's top scorer, Stratos Perperoglou, but his 23 points were for Efes. Olympiakos' top scorer was Oscar Lafayette with 17. Notably, all top four teams of the group have coaches who in recent years have worked in the Greek league: Besides Olympiakos's Yiannis Sfairopoulos, Fenerbahce has former Panathinaikos coach Zeljko Obradovic, CSKA employs Dimitris Itoudis, the former assistant to Obradovic at Panathinaikos, and Efes is coached by Dusan Ivkovic, who has won two Euroleague crowns with Olympiakos. Oakleigh’s Jack Edwards Reserve vandalised Jack Edwards Reserve has been the site of a shocking vandalism attack, which has left the pitch damaged and unusable. Taking place last Sunday morning, a security guard in the vicinity contacted both the police and fire departments at 4.20 am when he found the pitch alight. The recently redone pitch, funded by the council and said to be worth $1.3 million, has been left with an estimated $50,000 worth of damage. It is believed those committing the crime spread petrol on the site and let off fire crackers, leaving seven burnt patches with the largest measuring 3 metres by 5 metres. Mayor of Monash, Paul Klisaris expressed his grave disappointment in the incident. "I'm appalled at this senseless act. It's so disappointing for the clubs and their young members who were so looking forward to playing on this new surface," Mr Klisaris told the Herald Sun. "It just defies belief that some individuals can behave so selfishly and ruin it for others." The official opening of the pitch was set to be early next month, with both young and older players looking forward to resuming training on the new grounds. Security on the site has been increased; however, it remains unknown how long it will be before the pitch can be used. Witness with information regarding the incident are urged to contact Senior Constable De Boer on (03) 9567 8910, Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000, or to submit a confidential report at www.crimestoppersvic. com.au Roar preparing for ‘mini-final’ against Melbourne City Early exit for Kokkinakis Australian wild card 18-yearold Thanasi Kokkinakis made an early exit in the 31st edition of the Miami Open. Kokkinakis lost to Carlos Berlocq in a three-setter 6-4 3-6 6-2 during one of the 16 men's singles matches on the first day of the tournament on March 25 at Crandon Park, Florida. A-League top scorers 1 JANKO, M # PLAYER SYDNEY 2 BURNS, N 3 BERISHA, B 4 KEOGH, A 5 KRISHNA, R 6 HENRIQUE 7 THOMPSON, A 8 CARRUSCA, M 9 CIRIO 10 DJITE, B 11 SÁNCHEZ, P 12 SMELTZ, S 13 SOLÓRZANO, J WELLINGTON MELB VICTORY PERTH WELLINGTON BRISBANE MELB VICTORY ADELAIDE ADELAIDE ADELAIDE ADELAIDE SYDNEY BRISBANE 14 BEN KHALFALLAH, F MELB VICTORY 15 MACLAREN, J 16 MCGLINCHEY, M 17 MOOY, A PERTH WELLINGTON MELB CITY 18 BARBAROUSES, K 19 BULUT, K 20 FINKLER, G MELB VICTORY WESTERN SYDNEY MELB VICTORY CLUB APPEARANCES GOALS 19 19 20 22 18 16 18 18 22 18 20 16 17 20 16 20 21 18 4 19 16 13 11 10 9 8 8 6 6 6 6 6 6 5 5 5 5 4 4 4 In front of a season-worst crowd of just 6,813 fans at Lang Park on Wednesday night, a hugely depleted Roar outfit - missing eight firstchoice players due to injury and national team commitments - were put to the sword by the Wanderers, who lifted themselves off the bottom of the ladder with the surprise victory. Unable to maintain their usual grasp on possession and lacking serious spark in the final third, the reigning A-League champions face a mountainous task if they are to make something of this season.Their top-six hopes will effectively go on the line to- night at AAMI Park against Melbourne City, who sit five points ahead of the Roar in sixth position having played one more match. But the physical cost of tying in their Asian Champions League campaign appears to be hitting home, with a sluggish Brisbane repeatedly beaten for pace by a Western Sydney outfit led by the brilliant Kerem Bulut and Romeo Castelen. Brisbane coach Thijssen ruled out major changes to the squad for tonight's crunch clash to Melbourne City, predicting the "same group" would travel for what will be a 'mini-final' at AAMI Park. Kerem Bulut scored a brace as the Wanderers beat the Roar 4-1. Hawthorn Spartans show promise Before that, however, the Hawthorn Spartans played an impressive first practice match last Saturday 21 March, resulting in a victory against Old Brighton (159-30). The boys training hard in the gym in preparation for Round One. The team are looking forward to the first round, in the hope that they will go one better this season, due to commence on Saturday 11 April. boys have a second practice match scheduled today. The game will take place at Mentone Reserve against St Bedes Mentone Tigers and will commence at noon. The canteen will be open and barbecue facilities provided.
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