Olympiacos onslaught sinks Promitheas in Piraeus
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE PLAYOFFS - SEMI-FINALS (GAME 1)
|Olympiacos||108 - 71||Prometheus|
|(22 - 14)
(45 - 23)
(75 - 54)
(108 - 71)
Olympiacos’ offense showed no mercy as the Erythrolefki cruised to a dominant win over Promitheas in Piraeus on Thursday night…
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Olympiacos took commanding control of their Greek Basket League playoff series with Promitheas as the Erythrolefki cruised to a 108-71 win at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
In front of a crowd totaling less than 1000 people, Olympiacos cruised to a dominant win with much thanks to an 18-point performance from Janis Strelnieks, who shot 5/5 from three-point range on the night.
Ioannis Papapetrou and Georgios Printezis both notched 13 points each for Olympiacos, while Kostas Papanikolaou came close to a double-double with 8 points and 9 rebounds in the win.
Promitheas, who started Lefternis Mantzoukas in their last visit to Piraeus on the last day of the regular season, struggled to cope with Olympiacos’ offensive onslaught as 16-point performances from Casey Prather and Mouhammad Faye.
The deficit Promitheas faced after the end of the first quarter was still manageable despite a 22-14 run from Olympiacos in the opening frame.
A 23-9 run from the Piraeus giants in the second frame completely blew open the game as Promitheas failed to keep a lid on Olympiacos’ offense while also struggling to score at the other end of the court.
Trailing 45-23 at halftime, Promitheas returned for the second half with an improved effort in the third quarter; however, it quickly became evident that the deficit would be too much for the visitors to overcome. A high-scoring third quarter saw Promitheas post 31 points in the third quarter, but that effort would only see Olympiacos’ lead fade by one point.
Leading by 21 points, Olympiacos more than cruised to the final buzzer as another dominant frame – this time by a 33-17 margin – saw Olympiacos put the finishing touches on a blowout win over Promitheas for the second time in just under two weeks.
Olympiacos will hope to make it a third straight win and a 2-0 series lead when the sides meet for game two of the series in Piraeus on Saturday.