Olympiacos Sweep Aris to Advance to Playoff Finals
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - SEMIFINALS (GAME 3)
|Olympiacos||79 - 65||Aris|
Olympiacos quickly bounced back from their Euroleague Final defeat to Fenerbahce by defeating Aris 79-65 in game three of the Greek Basket League Playoff semi-finals, sweeping their opponents 3-0 in the series.
Olympiacos dominated the opening half to build a comfortable lead early in the game, setting the tone for an easy night at the Peace and Friendship stadium. Led by their defensive play once again, the hosts held Aris to only two points in the final four minutes of the second quarter to go up by 14-points (39-25), an advantage that could not be overcome by the visitors.
With the double digit lead, Olympiacos took their foot off of the gas in the second half and maintained their lead as Aris never really threatened to put together a comeback. Olympiacos went on to win game three 79-65, sweeping their opponents 3-0 in the best of five series.
Papapetrou led Olympiacos with 18 points while Mantzaris added 16 points. Spanoulis finished with 10 points and six assists. Cummings led Aris in scoring with an impressive 21 points.
Olympiacos will now face Panathinaikos in the Greek Basket League Playoff Finals with hopes of defending their crown as champions of Greece. The Finals series will begin on Sunday and the first game will be held at the Peace and Friendship stadium in Piraeus. As winners of the regular season, the Erythrolefki will enjoy home court advantage in the best of five Finals series.