-- BLOWOUT… --
GREEK A1 BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 2
|Olympiacos||88 - 63||Panathinaikos|
|(23 - 17)
(50 - 32)
(68 - 49)
(88 - 63)
It was everything but a derby at the Stadio Erinis kai Filias as Olympiacos demolished Panathinaikos 88-63 in the Greek A1 Basket League’s first derby of the season. Led by their best player of the game, Giorgos Printezis, Olympiacos played great basketball throughout the night coming away with a rather easy victory against their eternal rivals, Panathinaikos.
Olympiacos took control of the game early on and a 6 point lead at the end of the first quarter tripled before halftime. A cold streak from Panathinaikos late in the second quarter accompanied by baskets behind the arch for Olympiacos (mainly from Lojeski and Mantzaris at the buzzer) gave Olympiacos a comfortable 18-point lead at halftime.
Olympiacos continued to dominate the game in the third quarter and increased their lead to as many as 22 points. Printezis led Olympiacos on the attack (rarely missed from the field) as the hosts held onto their advantage and played with the clock. The Erythrolefki were ahead by 19 points going into the final quarter, where Panathinaikos made a small push to get back into the game (70-54), but Papapetrou responded with 5 consecutive points, regiving Olympiacos a decisive 21-point lead. Despite the large difference in the score, Olympiacos did not let up in the final minutes as Panathinaikos fought to decrease the deficit. The final buzzer came with Olympiacos coming away with a blowout 25-point victory, 88-63.
Olympiacos’ leading scorer and best player of the game was Giorgos Printezis with 18 points. Lojeski followed with 15 points and Green had 14 points. For Panathinaikos, Bourousis scored 12 points while both Gist and Singleton had 10 points. As expected, Yiannis Bourousis was booed in his return to the S.E.F. by the home supporters as he is now a Panathinaikos player after wearing the red and white jersey from 2006-2011.
The win gives Olympiacos the clear advantage to finish first in the regular season over Panathinaikos, which leads to home-court advantage throughout the playoffs. The current Greek Champions not only defeated Panathinaikos but have a comfortable 25-point advantage that will be difficult to make up by Panathinaikos when they host the Erythrolefki in the second half of the season. Both teams will play midweek in the Euroleague with Olympiacos hosting Anadolu Efes and Panathinaikos traveling away to play arguably Europe’s best team, CSKA Moscow.
In the other basket League match of the day, Kymis recorded their first victory with a 93-70 win over Koroivos.