Spanoulis…2-1

 - Spanoulis…2-1 -
 

GREEK A1 BASKET LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - FINALS (GAME 3)

Olympiacos 77 - 72 Panathinaikos
(17 - 21)
(41 - 44)
(57 - 62)
(77 - 72)
**Olympiacos leads the series 2-1**

Another magical performance by the Olympiacos captain Vassilis Spanoulis! The Greek guard led the late comeback against Panathinaikos and the Erythrolefki are now the favorites to win the Greek Basket League Title. Olympiacos leads the best of 5 series 2-1.

Olympiacos hosted Panathinaikos at the sold-out S.E.F. Stadium in game 3 of the Greek Basket League Playoff Finals. The score throughout the first half was close as neither team pulled ahead with a big lead. Mid-way through the third quarter, Olympiacos went on a “cold streak” and Panathinaikos took advantage on the other end, going ahead by 6 points. The visitors kept their small 5-point lead into the fourth quarter. Due to the teams’ aggressive play at the beginning of the fourth quarter, the game turned sloppy and Panathinaikos increased their lead to seven points. Half-way through the fourth quarter, the Prasini had a “blackout” and within 3 minutes Olympiacos went on a 12-0, going ahead by 5 points (71-66). Panathinaiko was able to find their first points in 4 minutes and cut the lead to three. However, with over a minute remaining, it was Game 2 hero, Vassilis Spanoulis, who scored yet another important 3-pointer, and gave Olympiacos a 6 point lead. The home side held onto their lead and took Game 3 of the best of 5 series. 

Spanoulis was the leading scorer for Olympiacos with 22 points and Lojeski followed with 16 points. The captain helped spark the late Erythrolefko comeback, ultimately leading to tonight’s victory. For the visitors, Feldeine had 17 points while Calathes scored 15 points. Printezis was extremely unfortunate, leaving the game in the fourth quarter due to injury. Things are not looking good for the Greek forward…

Olympiacos are now the favorites to win the Finals series. They will travel to the OAKA Stadium for game 4 where they will have the opportunity to clinch the Greek Basket League title in front of their “eternal enemy’s” fans. Game 4 is scheduled for Sunday.

**Update, May 28: Game 4 will be held on Monday at 12:30 at the OAKA Basketball Stadium due to the fact that AEK and PAOK will be playing on Sunday at the OAKA Soccer Stadium for the SuperLeague Playoffs.

 

HIGHLIGHTS: OLYMPIACOS - PANATHINAIKOS

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