Kavala regains its spot in top-flight basketball

Kavala will finally be admitted to basketball’s top flight today, after getting the all-clear to form a professional club yesterday. The Professional Sports Commission (EEA) finally issued the certificate required for clubs to take part in the A1 division, so Kavala can enter the championship which had been temporarily proceeding with 13 teams in anticipation of the decision. The EEA has not yet given any explanation as to why it reversed its original decision to reject Kavala’s application. However it is known that the Development Ministry assumed responsibility for delaying a document needed for Kavala’s application, thus leaving the Macedonian side in the clear. Today the league (ESAKE) is expected to confirm Kavala’s entry to the A1. Its game against Panellinios on Saturday, November 1, is likely to go ahead as scheduled. The decision will also allow the A2 division to restart, as Dafni had asked to take Kavala’s place, resulting in a temporary halt to the division’s games after just one round played. In yesterday’s cup games, Trikala stunned and eliminated host Aegaleo with a 63-73 win. In other games PAOK beat Kolossos on Rhodes 67-76, AEK dismissed second-division OFI 66-80 and Larissa went to overtime before beating host Panerythraikos 77-86.