Panathinaikos thrash AEK to take derby honours
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 12
|AEK||74 - 94||Panathinaikos|
|(23 - 32)
(39 - 49)
(54 - 72)
(74 - 94)
Panathinaikos have painted the Greek capital green after an emphatic victory over their local rivals…
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Panathinaikos have reclaimed bragging rights between their local rivals following an emphatic 94-74 win over AEK on Sunday in the latest edition of the Athens Derby.
Having lost to AEK in November’s Greek Cup semi-final, Panathinaikos avenged the defeat to ensure their unbeaten start to the Greek Basket League season remains intact.
Nikos Calathes led all scorers with 19 points while his Panathinaikos teammate, Matt Lojeski, was ruled out for the second half after picking up a knock in the second quarter.
Manny Harris was again AEK’s main scoring threat with the American notching 17 points to lead the Enosi’s offensive effort.
A high-scoring first quarter saw Panathinaikos take a 32-23 lead as both seems struggled to keep either offense from executing; however, it was Panathinaikos who showed a little more fluidity going forward.
In the second frame, it was a much different scenario as both sides focused on their defensive duties as both sides combined for just 33 points in the frame. Panathinaikos still managed to extend their lead by one for a 49-39 lead at halftime.
A sluggish start to the second half would come costly for AEK as Panathinaikos began to rule out any chance of an AEK comeback. The Trifylli went on 23-15 run in the third quarter to extend their lead to 72-54 heading into the final frame.
AEK would put their best foot forward in the fourth quarter, but Panathinaikos would keep their foot on the gas all the way to the final buzzer. The Greek Champions would even extend their lead in the frame, rounding out a 20-point win over the only domestic opponent to beat them this season.
The win keeps Panathinaikos well clear at the top of the table at 12-0, while AEK have now slipped to 6-6 on the season and find themselves in a three-way tie for sixth place.
Both sides return to European action midweek with AEK travelling to Poland to take on Rosa Radom in the FIBA Basketball Champions League, while Panathinaikos have a tricky EuroLeague doubleheader at home against Fenerbahce and away to CSKA Moscow.
When Basket League action resumes next weekend, AEK will look to rebound against Kymis while Panathinaikos have a tricky test when Lavrio visits OAKA.