Captain Calathes Takes Panathinaikos to Game 5
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - FINALS (GAME 4)
|Panathinaikos||71 - 58||Olympiacos|
|(18 - 11)
(39 - 28)
(59 - 39)
(71 - 58)
Led by their captain, Nick Calathes, Panathinaikos marched past Olympiacos 71-58 in game 4 of the Greek Basket League Finals, sending the series to a do or die game 5.
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Despite running a fever before the game, Nick Calathes starred in a must win game four for Panathinaikos, helping his team to a 71-58 victory over eternal enemies Olympiacos. The Greek guard had the best game of his career in a Finals series and finished with 14-points.
It was a rather easy night for the Trifylli, who dominated most of the game, taking a double digit lead into halftime (35-24). The second half saw the hosts continue to increase their advantage, which grew to 21-points (59-38) in the third quarter, and the result never looked in doubt. Olympiacos put together a late push in the fourth quarter, coming within 13-points with five minutes remaining. However, Olympiacos’ best player on the night, Erick Green (21 points), could not do it all himself as Panathinaikos went on to win 71-58 and level up the series at two a piece.
Calathes and Singleton led Panathinaikos with 14-points each (Singleton grabbed nine rebounds), while James and Bourousis also finished with double digit points, scoring 13 and 12, respectively.
It was Green who kept the Erythrolefki somewhat in the game with his impressive 21 points but the visitors committed 23 turnovers in a very poor display.
The final game of the series will decide this year’s Basket League champion when Olympiacos host Panathinaikos at the Stadio Eirinis kai Filias on Sunday at 2:00 PM (EST), 9:00 PM local Greek time. Panathinaikos will look to be the second team to break home court advantage in a game five while Olympiacos hope to lift their third straight Basket League title.