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Olympiacos thrash Rethymno to go top

Olympiacos thrash Rethymno to go top

GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 8

Date Home Team Score Away Team
9-Dec-18 Olympiacos 84 - 60 Rethymno
21-Oct-17 Kymis 57 - 66 Holargos

Olympiacos cruised to a comfortable win over Rethymno Cretan Kings on Sunday to temporarily go first in the Greek Basket League standings…

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After a disappointing night in Lithuania on Friday, Olympiacos returned to domestic duty with a comfortable 84-60 defeat of Rethymno Cretan Kings at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Sunday evening.

The Piraeus giants bounced-back from their midweek loss to Zalgiris Kaunas in the EuroLeague with a dominant performance that was led by a 14-point night for Nigel Williams-Goss. Georgios Printezis, meanwhile, posted a double-double with 11 points and 10 rebounds while both Janis Strelnieks and Nikola Milutinov finished the night with double figures.

The Erythrolefki quickly set the pace with a 27-20 run in the first quarter before steadily adding to their lead quarter-by-quarter; most notably in the third quarter when David Blatt’s side went on a 19-8 run.

Andreas Christodolou scored 14 points for Rethymno and Steven Burtt Jr. added 12 points as the Cretan Kings stumbled to their fourth loss in their last five outings.

Olympiacos will aim to return to winning ways in the EuroLeague on Thursday when Anadolu Efes visit the port city two days before the Piraeus giants visit Rhodes to take on Kolossos.

Rethymno, who sit outside the relegation zone on virtue of a better points differential, face an all-important meeting with Kymis on Matchday 9.

KYMIS 57-66 HOLARGOS

Holargos ended a three-match losing skid with a solid performance on the road against Kymis. Jermaine Love led the way for Holargos with 16 points as the American steered the promoted side to their first win since late October.

Kymis, who are in an all-too familiar position towards of the bottom of the league table, have now lost their last seven league outings and sit entrenched in the relegation zone and in desperate need of resurgence similar to last year’s escape.

 

by Peter Katsiris

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