Spanoulis steers Olympiacos to derby defeat of AEK
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 21
|Olympiacos||100 - 86||AEK|
|(19 - 21)
(52 - 46)
(74 - 61)
(100 - 86)
A masterclass performance from Vassilis Spanoulis was the inspiration as Olympiacos thrashed AEK in Sunday’s derby clash…
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Olympiacos managed to defeat AEK for the first time this season as the Erythrolefki cruised to a 100-86 win over their local rivals at the Peace & Friendship Stadium on Sunday night.
In a rematch of the Greek Cup Final, Olympiacos used a dominant stretch of play from the start of the second quarter through to the end of the third quarter to exact revenge for two previous losses to AEK earlier this season.
Just days after making EuroLeague history by becoming the leader for all-time assists in EuroLeague play, Vassilis Spanoulis’ 21-point effort made history on the domestic scene as the Greek guard surpassed Angelos Koronios (5170 points) for second in all-time scoring in the Greek top flight.
With Manny Harris not available for AEK coach Dragan Sakota, Kevin Punter was the protagonist for the Enosi as the American did his best to replicate his heroic performances from the FIBA Basketball Champions League. Punter poured in 24 points to lead all scorers on the night, but only one other AEK player was able to score in double-digits.
AEK began the game brightly as the visitors claimed an early lead by the end of the first quarter as AEK looked to complete the regular season sweep over their local rivals (21-19).
Olympiacos provided a response in the second frame as the Erythrolefki generated their most productive quarter of the night by pouring in 33 points all the while limiting AEK to 25 points in the frame.
Nursing a 52-46 lead at halftime, Olympiacos padded their lead in the third quarter as a 22-15 run stretched Olympiacos’ lead into double digits at 74-61.
Despite quite a few comebacks against Olympiacos earlier this season, AEK were unable to claw into the double-digit deficit as Olympiacos ended a streak of back-to-back losses to their crosstown rivals to further cement their grasp on second place in the league standings.
In Sunday’s other contest, Promitheas dominated the first and fourth quarter en route to a decisive 94-72 defeat of Rethymno in Patras. Octavius Ellis notched a double-double to steer Promitheas to their third win in their last four outings – a result that helps the Patras-based side pull level with AEK and Lavrio for fourth in the league standings.