Olympiacos Hold on in Thessaloniki



Date Home Team Score Away Team
18-Dec-16 Trikala 77 - 82 Panathinaikos
18-Dec-16 PAOK 84 - 89 Olympiacos

Olympiacos remained unbeaten in this year’s Greek Basket League after defeating PAOK 84-89 in the weekend’s derby. The Dikefalos tou Vora came back from a 14-point deficit however in the end, Olympiacos was able to hold on thanks to their best player on the night, Matt Lojeski, and Patric Young, who scored five consecutive points in the end. Panathinaikos came away with a rather difficult 77-82 victory in Trikala.

Olympiacos took a commanding lead in the second quarter where they found themselves ahead by as many as 14-points (34-48) before a small run from PAOK at the end of the half brought them within 9-points (43-52) going into halftime.

Things got interesting at the start of the fourth quarter when PAOK went on a 9-0 run to bring the scores level at 75-75. Late in the game, the hosts took their first lead since the first quarter, 82-81, and after a bucket from each team, PAOK kept their small 84-83 advantage with just over a minute remaining. However, Patrick Young took over for the Erythrolefki in the final 30 seconds of play. 

The American center put his team ahead by 2-points with 20 seconds remaining after scoring a turnaround hook shot (was fouled on the play) and converting his free throw from the line. A wasted attack from PAOK followed and they were forced to stop the clock by fouling and from the line, Young made no mistake to give Olympiacos a narrow 84-89 victory.

Lojeski led Olympiacos with 28-points while Papanikolaou followed with 19-points. Young came through in the end with 5 important points (finished the game with 6 points) to give Olympiacos the big win. Spanoulis, Printezis, and Hackett were all absent for the visitors due to injury problems. Clanton was the leading scorer for PAOK with 18-points and Bryant added 14-points.

Despite the many injury problems for Olympiacos, the win keeps them perfect after 11 games this season. The Erythrolefki have won all four big derbies this year including two trips to Thessaloniki (PAOK and Aris) and against AEK and Panathinaikos at the Stadio Eirinis kai FIlias. PAOK drop to 6-5 for the year. 

Panathinaikos’ fatigue showed in their trip away to Trikala where they barely escaped with an 77-82 victory. Barlow led the hosts with 28-points and brought his team within 2-points of Panathinaikos (74-76), however James and Singleton kept their composure to score the Trifylli’s final 12 points and give them their tenth win of the season. James led Panathinaikos with 17 points while Calathes provided 10 assists. HIghlights can be found here...

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