Panathinaikos cruise in Thessaloniki, remain unbeaten
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 15
|PAOK||74 - 91||Panathinaikos|
|(25 - 20)
(38 - 42)
(56 - 68)
(74 - 91)
Greek Champions Panathinaikos remain unbeaten in the Greek Basket League following a comfortable win in Sunday’s derby clash with PAOK…
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Panathinaikos are now an impressive 15-0 in the Greek Basket League following a comfortable 91-74 win over rivals PAOK in Thessaloniki on Sunday night.
After a disappointing fourth quarter meltdown against Brose Bamberg in the EuroLeague on Friday night, Panathinaikos rebounded on the domestic scene to take derby honours against PAOK side that has now lost its last three domestic fixtures.
Kenny Gabriel led Panathinaikos scorers with 14 points as Trifylli benchboss Xavi Pascual managed his rotation following a short window since Panathinaikos’ trip to Germany.
Phil Goss led PAOK scorers once again as the American guard put up 18 points, while teammate Darnell Jackson scored 16 points for the Thessaloniki outfit.
A slow start from Panathinaikos’ offense allowed PAOK to take a surprise lead in the first quarter, but the visiting Athenians responded in the second frame with a 22-13 run to take a 42-38 lead into halftime.
Panathinaikos’ dominance continued in the second half as PAOK’s scoring prowess suddenly dried up, leading to a doube-digit Panathinaikos lead (68-56) after three quarters.
The Trifylli wouldn’t relinquish that lead in the fourth quarter as Panathinaikos offense continued to pour it on up until the final buzzer.
While Panathinaikos remain four games above Olympiacos – who defeated Kymis 93-78 in Piraeus earlier in the day – PAOK, meanwhile, slipped to sixth place in the standings with their third consecutive loss.
Both PAOK and Panathinaikos return to European action midweek with PAOK hosting Ventspils in a crucial matchup to determine who advances to the Round of 16 in the FIBA Basketball Champions League. Panathinaikos’ EuroLeague journey, meanwhile, sees the Trifylli take on Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz at OAKA.
Olympiacos too strong for Kymis
Fresh off a demolition of Fenerbahce in the EuroLeague, Olympiacos kept there good form going with a 93-78 defeat of Kymis.
Nikola Milutinov was immense for Olympiacos with a 15-point, 11-rebound double-double, while Vassilis Spanoulis and Brian Roberts also chipped in 15 points for the Piraeus giants.
Thad McFadden notched 21 points for Kymis, who did have a one-point lead heading into the fourth quarter but failed to keep their offensive momentum going as Olympiacos went on a 28-12 run in the fourth quarter.