Olympiacos end losing skid, Panathinaikos continue to stroll
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 9
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|17-Dec-17||Panathinaikos||91 - 69||Rethymno|
|17-Dec-17||Olympiacos||91 - 62||Lavrio|
|17-Dec-17||Prometheus||76 - 80||Kolossos Rodou|
Olympiacos ended a mini two-game losing streak in all competitions in impressive fashion, while it was business as usual for Panathinaikos in the Greek Basket League on Sunday...
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Olympiacos pulled-off an emphatic win over Lavrio to end a two-game slide, while Panathinaikos continued to set the pace in the Greek Basket League with a heavy defeat of Rethymno.
Panathinaikos tipped-off the Sunday slate of games in the Greek Basket League as the Trifylli hosted Rethymno at OAKA. The titleholders carved out a 91-69 victory thanks to a dominant third quarter in which Xavi Pascual’s men outscored the Cretan Kings 21-10. Matt Lojeski enjoyed a strong shooting night to co-lead Panathinaikos scorers alongside Marcus Denmon with 14 points each. Stefan Moody was the main threat for Rethymno, but the American’s 24 points were in vain as the Cretan club couldn’t contain Panathinaikos’ potent offense.
With several Olympiacos players unavailable due to injury, Ioannis Papapetrou led the Piraeus giants to victory with 14 points in a 91-62 defeat of Lavrio. The Erythrolefki surged to a 19-7 lead to set the pace early in the contest, before dominant third and fourth quarters to seal a win after last week’s heartbreaking loss to AEK. Tony Meier led Lavrio’s offensive efforts with 21 points, but Olympiacos’ depth was the difference as every player to take the court for the Piraeus outfit found the scoresheet.
While Panathinaikos and Olympiacos have occupied the top two spots for most of the season, the biggest challenger to the top two clubs, Promitheas, were dealt a blow in their pace to keep up with the Eternal Enemies as Kolossos provided an upset in Patra. A 26 point, 11 rebound double-double from Milan Milosevic wasn’t enough to hold-off a Kolossos side that managed back-to-back wins for the first time since October. TJ Bray led Kolossos’ scorers with 24 points, while team-mate Marvin Jones came close to a double-double with 8 points and 12 rebounds.