SPORTS

Kolossos Rhodes sacks coach after scoring first win

In the mad world of Greek sports, it is not uncommon for a club to show its gratitude to its coach by sacking him as soon as he has led the team to its first league win of the season.

Vassilis Frangias, the basketball coach who last season ensured that Kolossos Rhodes preserved its top flight status, led the island’s club to its first win in the A1 division on Saturday and on Monday was told his contract was discontinued.

Kolossos was coming from five defeats at the start of the season and managed to beat promoted Trikala BC 76-72 to rekindle its hopes of staying up. The aftermath of that win was the end of Frangias’s tenure and his planned replacement by Stergios Koufos.

Otherwise it was business as usual in the local league, with Panathinaikos and Olympiakos scoring easy wins against challenging opponents, while PAOK once again produced a nail-biting game.

Panathinaikos saw off visiting Panionios 90-65 to return to winning ways in emphatic fashion on Sunday, although it will be deprived of Stephane Lasme for the next 10 days due to an injury he sustained during the match.

Olympiakos preserved its 100 percent record in all competitions this year trouncing host AGO Rethymnou 103-79 on Monday and climbed to joint third.

PAOK only got to beat Panelefsiniakos in the second overtime, with an 81-72 score on Sunday, to stay joint top along with Panathinaikos. In another thrilling game, Aris edged out host Apollon Patras 78-76 on Monday to move up to fifth.

Ikaros produced an impressive 89-73 win over KAO Dramas, while Nea Kifissia protested about intimidation after going down 71-65 at Ilisiakos on Saturday.