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ATHLETICS

Milwaukee AHEPA, God Squad Indiana Teams Win National
Basketball Tournament
Themistocles Chronis
This year's AHEPA National Basketball
Tournament was held July 5-6, 2019 in
Chicago, during the 97th AHEPA Family
Supreme Convention. The tournament
featured an AHEPA/Men's division and
a Sons/HS division. Teams that participated included: Milwaukee, New York,
Connecticut, Toronto, Indiana and several teams from the host city of Chicago.
Games were held at St. Andrew Greek
Orthodox Church and St. Gregory High
School.
In the AHEPA division finals, the
top two finishers in the round-robin,
Milwaukee and AHEPA Marrow, would
move on to play in the championship,
where Milwaukee would hold on to beat
AHEPA Marrow, 54-48.
In the final, Milwaukee, a wellrounded and gritty team, coached by
Steve Itsines, came out with a strong
determination to win. Right from the
opening tip, they played terrific basketball on both ends of the court to take a
27-15 lead into halftime and go up 39-18
with 14:16 left in the game. Milwaukee

Milwaukee MVP Ryan Macho with National
Basketball Chair Costa Papadimitriou.

in-your-face, man-to-man defense that
would hopefully frustrate them."
The tournament was dedicated to
Demetrios Itsines, who, one year earlier, passed away tragically. It was
an emotional tournament for Coach
Itsines and his players who played
their hearts out to win the 2019 AHEPA
Basketball Tournament and dedicate
it to Demetrios. Demetrios was a key
member of the Milwaukee team and
participated in previous AHEPA tournaments, including in Las Vegas as an AllStar and in numerous AHEPA Marrow

would keep its composure as AHEPA
Marrow ended the game on a 30-15
run to cut the final deficit to six points
in a valiant effort. Milwaukee's Ryan
Macho had a game high 20 points and
11 rebounds in the victory to take home
MVP honors.
Coach Itsines was proud of his players who never quit and gave it all they
had to win the game.
Itsines said, "As underdogs, the only
way to beat AHEPA Marrow was to play

Milwaukee dedicated its tournament play to
their fallen teammate, Demetrios Itsines.

tournaments where he won the 3-point
contest. Dr. John Venetos, director of
the AHEPA Marrow tournament, has
renamed and dedicated the contest in
Demetrios' name.

Sons/HS Division Results
Tournament champs Milwaukee with National Basketball Chairman Costa Papadimitriou.

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