Routine wins for Panathinaikos, Olympiacos
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 3
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|22-Oct-17||Faros||52 - 89||Panathinaikos|
|22-Oct-17||Olympiacos||86 - 51||Trikala|
It was business as usual for the Greek Basketball League heavy-weights as Panathinaikos and Olympiacos notched big wins…
Panathinaikos and Olympiacos secured big wins in the Greek Basket League as the two top clubs in the country took care of business in their respective clashes.
In Larissa, Panathinaikos used a 32-point second quarter to blow open their tilt with Gymnastikos as the Trifylli defeated their hosts 89-52 and improve to 3-0 on the season. Marcus Denmon and Nikos Pappas led Panathinaikos scorers with 15 points apiece, though it was the latter who seemed motivated the most after Pappas was left of the roster for Greece’s upcoming FIBA World Cup qualifiers.
Gymnastikos would keep close tabs on Panathinaikos through the opening quarter, but the home side appeared helpless against the offensive onslaught in the second quarter and Panathinaikos carried a 45-25 lead at halftime. It was more of the same from the visitors in the third quarter as another dominant frame would see the Panathinaikos lead climb to 37. By the time the fourth quarter rolled around, Gymnastikos were already in damage control, while the final frame was a perfect time for Panathinaikos bench-boss Xavi Pascual to rest some of his regulars ahead of Thursday’s trip to Russia to face CSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague before returning home to host Promitheas in a top-of-the-table clash on Sunday. Gymnastikos, meanwhile, will look to rebound on the road against Kymis. Highlights can be found here.
In the late tip-off on Sunday, Olympiacos used a dominant second half to power past Trikala at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. A tight opening half saw the match poised evenly at 31-31, but the Erythrolefki took matters into their own hands in the second half as Trikala were limited to just 20 points in the entirety of the second half. Dimitris Agravanis, who like Pappas was left off the Greece roster for next month’s qualifiers against Great Britain and Israel, led all scorers with 20 points but finished just shy of a double-double with 9 rebounds.
The visitors were led by ShawnDre’ Jones, but the American couldn’t steer the Trikala offense in the second half as the Sakafliades were outscored 55-20 over the final twenty minutes. Now 2-1 on the season, Olympiacos face their first road trip of the season in the EuroLeague as the Piraeus giants travel to Israel to take on Maccabi Tel Aviv. A derby clash with Aris awaits Olympiacos at the weekend, while Trikala will look to bounce back at home against PAOK. Highlights can be found here.