The Greek big man with a lot of Euroleague experience on his curriculum started the season very well with Ionikos Nikaias, dominating the stats. Then, recently he moved to Promitheas, a team that operated a lot of changes to their roster in the middle of the season. Coming to the Eurocup participant was a challenge for Loukas because he had to show his real value in the Top16 of the competition, which is tough.
The truth is Promitheas made some weak games after they brought in Loukas Mavrokefalidis and Vangelis Mantzaris. They had a great experience but they needed time to accommodate with their new team, with the role on the court. There were many voices asking if changing the team was good for Promitheas and for Loukas Mavrokefalidis too. But, trust the process! In spite of losing the other big man, Octavius Ellis, who was released by Promitheas to join Olympiacos, the Greek team made the impossible last night against Umana Venezia. They destroyed the hosts in Italy with 70-52, after losing a week ago their home-game with 68-70.
The big victory away proved that the desire to win is more important than anything at this level of the competition, where all the teams are very good. But it proved also that Loukas Mavrokefalidis found his true rhythm with Promitheas. The big man was simply unstoppable the whole game. In 29 minutes spent on the court, he finished with 28 points, 13 rebounds, 9 fouls received for a huge 37 index rate. His percentages were also very good: 6/11 at 2 points range, 3/7 from the arc and 7/8 at the free-throw line making from Loukas the clutch guy Promitheas needed so bad.
After this amazing win, Promitheas has strong chances to qualify for the Eurocup playoffs, especially now when they signed Marvin Jones and they are waiting for James Bell to join the squad next days.