Olympiacos Making History for all the Wrong Reasons
Yet another defeat in the Greek Basket League for Olympiacos sees the Piraeus giants making history for all the wrong reasons…
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An impressive performance from PAOK handed Olympiacos a shock defeat in Matchday 11 action in the Greek Basket League on Sunday.
PAOK became the third team to get the better of Olympiacos in the league this season following an opening-day loss to Panathinaikos and yet another derby loss against AEK in December.
Olympiacos’ most recent loss sees the Piraeus outfit fall three points behind archrival Panathinaikos for top spot in the league standings; making the path to a league title very difficult even with more than half the season still remaining.
While Olympiacos’ chances at a first-place finish in the league aren’t completely out of the question (ensure home court advantage in the playoffs), the Erythrolefki haven’t done themselves any favors as of yet with their worst start to a domestic campaign in 11 years.
During the 2006/2007 season, Olympiacos opened the season with an 8-3 record following losses to Panathinaikos (74-73 at home), Aris (76-70 at home), and Panionios (84-76 on the road).
Olympiacos would go on to finish third in the league’s regular season standings with a 21-5 record behind Panathinaikos and Aris before meeting the former in the Greek Basket League Finals in the Spring of 2007 – Olympiacos would go on to lose the best-of-five series with Panathinaikos by a score of 3-2.
Although Olympiacos’ opening day loss to Panathinaikos this season wasn’t totally unexpected, the loss to AEK certainly was as the Enosi had just begun life without Sotiris Manolopoulos after firing the Greek manager just days before the derby clash.
Sunday’s defeat at the hands of PAOK is also a bit surprising considering PAOK’s inconsistent form this season, but the recipe for defeat is something the Piraeus giants have already encountered this season – mainly in the EuroLeague.
Perhaps the most intriguing stat about Olympiacos’ most recent campaigns is that the Erythrolefki have totaled the amount of losses suffered in the last three seasons in just 11 rounds of action this season.
Pini Gershon was the Olympiacos bench-boss during the club’s last 8-3 start, which the Israeli manager survived before being sacked midway through the following season.
Current Olympiacos coach Yiannis Sfairopoulos won’t be happy with his side’s start to the Greek Basket League season, but a strong start to the EuroLeague season as well as a spot in February’s Greek Cup Final will keep the Greek manager in charge of the Olympiacos bench for the foreseeable future.