AEK stumble while Panathinaikos and Olympiacos continue to stroll
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 7
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|2-Dec-17||Lavrio||80 - 72||AEK|
|2-Dec-17||Olympiacos||97 - 76||Koroivos|
|2-Dec-17||Panathinaikos||87 - 56||Trikala|
It was business as usual for Panathinaikos and Olympiacos in the Greek Basket League on Sunday, but AEK failed to keep-up with a shock loss to Lavrio…
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Panathinaikos and Olympiacos remain first and second in the Greek Basket League after both sides claimed landslide victories at home.
League leaders Panathinaikos continued to lead the pack at the Greek summit with an 87-56 win over Trikala at OAKA. Following a monumental defeat of Real Madrid midweek in the EuroLeague, Zach Auguste led the offensive effort for Panathinaikos as the big man etched a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Trikala did their best to keep Panathinaikos in check. A seven-point deficit at halftime shouldn’t have been seen as insurmountable, but a disappointing nine-point effort in the third quarter saw the visitors trail by 22 points after three quarters. Panathinaikos would pad their lead in the fourth quarter, as Marko Tejic and ShawnDre' Jones were the only ones to reach double digits in scoring for Trikala with 14 and 10 points respectively.
In Piraeus, Olympiacos also enjoyed a comfortable win as captain Vassilis Spanoulis returned to action for the Erythrolefki after a long injury lay-off that forced the Greek guard to miss the first two-and-half months of the season. It wasn’t Spanoulis who would lead Olympiacos in a 97-76 win over Koroivos, rather it was summer-signing Janis Strelnieks who paved the way for an Olympiacos win with 19 points and 7 rebounds. Koroivos’ Marcus Posley matched Strelnieks 19 points, but a deeper Olympiacos bench would assume victory at the Peace & Friendship Stadium much due to a massive third quarter in which the Piraeus giants scored 34 points.
Meanwhile in Lavrio, AEK suffered a shock defeat as the Enosi dropped an 80-72 decision against a Lavrio side who have now strung together four successive wins. AEK trailed early and often, but the Enosi did keep Lavrio in check meaning that a comeback wasn’t totally out of the question. Dusan Sakota led AEK’s offensive efforts with 13 points, but the Serbian-born Greek international couldn’t inspire a fourth quarter comeback as AEK tumbled to their third defeat of the season. McKenzie Moore led Lavrio’s efforts with 20 points and a rebound shy of a double-double; a feat team-mate Antwaine Wiggins was able to achieve as the 28-year-old put up 18 points and 12 rebounds.