Panathinaikos take EuroLeague derby spoils

Panathinaikos take EuroLeague derby spoils


Olympiacos 62 - 70 Panathinaikos
(17 - 16)
(30 - 35)
(47 - 49)
(62 - 70)

Panathinaikos defeated their arch-rivals Olympiacos for the second time in the space of a month, this time taking honours in the EuroLeague…

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The all-Greek affair between Panathinaikos and Olympiacos took center-stage in the EuroLeague on Friday night, as the Trifylli pulled out a gritty 70-62 win against their local rivals at the Peace & Friendship Stadium in Piraeus.
Janis Strelnieks scored 18 points, but the Latvian’s efforts would be in vain as Panathinaikos emerged victorious for the second time in the space of the month following a previous win on the opening day of the Greek Basket League season.
James Gist led Panathinaikos scorers with 15 points, while Lukas Lekavicius and K.C. Rivers also reached double-digits scoring 14 and 12 points respectively.
A tight first quarter saw Olympiacos hold a tender one-point lead after the first quarter, only for Panathinaikos to storm back in the second frame to lead 35-30 by halftime. Olympiacos did cut the lead down to just two by the end of the third quarter, but despite flirting with the lead Yiannis Sfairopoulos’ men couldn’t quite stay ahead. Olympiacos’ lack of conviction paved the for Panathinaikos to close out a monumental victory; effectively getting the Trifylli’s campaign back on track after last week’s nail-biting loss to Baskonia.
The win moves Panathinaikos back to .500 on the season with a 3-3 record good enough to see the Trifylli in a five-way tie for seventh place. Olympiacos, meanwhile, have now suffered back-to-back losses for the first time in their campaign and see their once unbeaten record now sit at 4-2.
Both sides return to domestic action this weekend before resuming EuroLeague duties with a double-header of midweek action. Panathinaikos resume their continental duties at home against Russian side Khimki Moscow Region, while Olympiacos will clash with Fenerbahce in Turkey for a rematch of last year’s EuroLeague Final.


by Peter Katsiris
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