Calathes Leads Panathinaikos In Game 1


Panathinaikos 85 - 79 Aris
(19 - 19)
(46 - 39)
(67 - 57)
(85 - 79)
**Panathinaikos leads the series 1-0**

A great showing from Nick Calathes (21 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds) led Panathinaikos to a 85-79 win over Aris in game 1 of the Greek A1 Basket League Playoff Semi-Finals. The victory gives Panathinaikos a 1-0 lead in the best of 5 series.

After a close first quarter both teams went into the second quarter tied 19-19. Both teams were scoring at the beginning of the second quarter until Calathes and Williams led Panathinaikos into a 7-point lead into halftime. The third quarter got off to a slow start, but Calathes took charge of his team again and the Greens took a 10-point lead into the fourth quarter. Pappas dropped two three-pointers at the beginning of the fourth, giving his team a 16 point advantage. During the fourth quarter, Panathinaikos took their foot off the gas, letting Aris slowly cut the home sideโ€™s lead. The deficit was too much to overcome for the Thessalonikiotes and Panathinaikos was victorious 85-79. The leading scorers for Panathinaikos were Calathes with 21 points, Williams with 18 points, and Pappas with 12 points. Waters led the visitors with 12 points.

 Game 2 will take place on Friday, again at the OAKA Stadium in Athens. 

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