Bench players star as Olympiacos crush Aris

Bench players star as Olympiacos crush Aris


Olympiacos 86 - 66 Aris
(21 - 14)
(40 - 26)
(63 - 46)
(86 - 66)

In the middle of two crucial EuroLeague fixtures, Olympiacos got a massive contribution from its bench in a dominant display against Aris on Monday night…

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Olympiacos followed-up Friday night’s derby defeat of Panathinaikos in the EuroLeague with another derby win, this time in convincing fashion – 86-66 – against Aris at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Monday night.
The Erythrolefki didn’t miss a beat on their return to action in the Greek Basket League as the Piraeus giants cruised to their third straight domestic win with Olympiacos’ bench players playing a key role in the win.
Vangelis Mantzaris and Ioannis Papapetrou each scored 15 points to lead Olympiacos scorers, which came in clutch as Yiannis Sfairopoulos opted to put Georgios Printezis on a time-limit while Vassilis Spanoulis wasn’t left out of the squad following Friday’s overtime win in the Eternal Derby.
Olympiacos made light work of Aris much thanks to a dominant first half that saw the Piraeus giants limit Aris to a combined total of 26 points, paving the way for a 40-26 lead for Yiannis Sfairopoulos’ men.
Aris gave a better account of themselves in the second half, but there was no way of making inroads on the double-digit Olympiacos lead despite a 13-point effort from Lefteris Bochoridis.
The win sees Olympiacos remain two points above Lavrio for second spot in the league standings, but the gap top the summit remains at four points. Aris, meanwhile, continue to slide in the opposite direction as the Thessaloniki side remains just two point above the relegation following Monday’s loss.
Olympiacos return to EuroLeague duties on Friday at home against Brose Bamberg before returning to their domestic schedule next Monday against Rethymno.
After losing their fifth league fixture in their last six outings, Aris have nearly a week to regroup for their next outing when the Autokratoras takes on their local rivals PAOK in next Sunday’s Thessaloniki Derby.


by Peter Katsiris
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