Panathinaikos storm to Basket League title
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - FINALS (GAME 3)
|Panathinaikos||111 - 77||Promitheas|
|(31 - 8)
(62 - 34)
(86 - 53)
(111 - 77)
Panathinaikos were far too strong for Promitheas at the OAKA Indoor Hall, thrashing their visitors 111-77 to win the Basket League title for the 38th time in history.
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2:0 up in the series, Panathinaikos were overwhelming favourites to clinch the championship on Friday with the OAKA completely sold out. Eager to put on a show for their fans, the Trifylli were ruthless throughout the game, scoring 111 points compared to Promitheas’ 77 to comfortably win the domestic championship for the 38th time in their history.
Giorgos Papagiannis and Deshaun Thomas were the top scorers with 16 points for Panathinaikos, while Mat Lojeski (13), Nick Calathes (12), Thanasis Antetokounmpo (12) and Keith Langford (10) also reached double digits for the champions. Promitheas’ Langston Hall collected 12 points, eight assists and four rebounds.
Lefteris Mantzoukas, who will only turn 16 years of age in July, was given a chance by Promitheas in Athens and managed to gain six points, three rebounds and two assists in the match.
This was the first season when Promitheas reached the final of the Basket League.
The game was over as a contest after the first quarter. Hungry to finish the season and wrap up the championship today, Panathinaikos came flying out of the blocks, blitzing Promitheas with an incredible scoring run which ended with the hosts leading 31-8 after the opening 10 minutes.
Hitting the basket for fun, the Athenians scored another 31 points in the second, while Promitheas did at least begin scoring as they picked up 26 points. Nevertheless, the series was long lost for Promitheas, as Panathinaikos easily kept their opponents at bay to win the concluding frames 24-19 and 25-24 respectively.
Interestingly, both teams drained nine three-pointers. However, while Promitheas could only covert 22 out of 43 two-point attempts, Panathinaikos nailed 39 out of 55 shots inside the arc.
Panathinaikos celebrated with the trophy upon the match’s conclusion, while Promitheas were content to be awarded with their silver medals:
HIGHLIGHTS: PANATHINAIKOS - PROMITHEAS