Green Dominance at the S.E.F.
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - FINALS (GAME 5)
|Olympiacos||51 - 66||Panathinaikos|
|(17 - 14)
(27 - 36)
(37 - 57)
(51 - 66)
Panathinaikos cruised past Olympiacos 51-66 in the do or die game 5 of the Greek Basket League Finals to win this year’s league title. Unfortunately the end of the game was marked by fans throwing flares as they rushed the court.
After a well-balanced first quarter, which saw Olympiacos hold a slight advantage, it was Panathinaikos who took over the game. The Prasini held Olympiacos to 10 points in the second and third quarters while increasing their lead to as many as 21-points (27-48). Some big shots late in the fourth quarter brought Olympiacos within 11-points (48-59), sparking some hope for a comeback, but Rivers responded with a 3-pointer to put the game out of reach.
With the result clearly decided and just over a minute to play, a shameful ending to the final followed as the home fans threw flares and rushed the court. The Panathinaikos players were forced to go to the locker-rooms for safety and the game was suspended until the stadium was evacuated. Video of the incidents here. When things cleared up, the teams re-entered with Panathinaikos securing their 51-66 victory and this year’s Greek Basket League title (won the series 3-2).
It was another coaching seminar by Pascual who read the game superbly on both the offensive and defensive ends. Rivers led Panathinaikos with 13 points as Calathes put on another great display with 12 points. James finished with 10 points and 6 assists while Pappas added 10 points. Another good overall game from Bourousis as he finished with 8 points, 5 rebounds, and 3 assists.
For a troubling Olympiacos side, Agravanis led the hosts with 10 points, while Spanoulis had an off night with 9 points and 2/11 from the field. Printezis was also not himself finishing with 2 points going 1/7 from the field.
The Prasini are crowned champions of Greek Basketball for the first time since 2014 after losing out to Olympiacos in 2015 and 2016. This year’s league title is Panathinaikos’ 35th in club history, the most out of any other team in Greece. Despite failing to advance to the Euroleague Final-4, today’s victory marks an end to a great season for the “Exastero” who celebrated the Greek double (won the Greek Cup in February).
On the other hand, an optimistic season for Olympiacos ends without a title to their name. In addition to coming up short in this year’s league title (had home court advantage coming into the series), the Erythrolefki were defeated by Fenerbahce in the Euroleague Final while bowing out of the Greek Cup to Panathinaikos earlier in the year.