Panathinaikos thrash AEK in one-sided Athens Derby

Panathinaikos thrash AEK in one-sided Athens Derby
 

GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 23

AEK 72 - 104 Panathinaikos
(18 - 27)
(37 - 55)
(54 - 80)
(72 - 104)

A dominant performance from Georgios Papagiannis steered Panathinaikos to a comfortable 104-72 win over crosstown rivals AEK in Wednesday night’s Athenian Derby in the Greek Basket League…

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Panathinaikos completed their season sweep over AEK on Wednesday night as the Trifylli cruised to a comfortable 104-72 win over their crosstown rivals at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall.

An immense performance from Georgios Papagiannis steered Panathinaikos to victory as the Greek big man notched a double-double with 17 points and 11 rebounds, while Deshaun Thomas led all scorers with 18 points.

AEK, who were riding a seven-game win streak heading into Wednesday’s showdown with the Trifylli, struggled on the defensive end as Panathinaikos managed to shoot a remarkable 61.8% from the field.

Vince Hunter led AEK with 14 points in the defeat, while Dusan Sakota notched 12 points as AEK crashed to their first league defeat since 26 January.

Panathinaikos, who cruised to a comfortable derby win over PAOK on Sunday, wasted no time taking control of the game in the first quarter. A rapid-fire start to the contest saw the Trifylli carve a 27-18 lead in the opening frame before doubling their lead (55-37) before halftime.

Despite making shots on the offensive end, AEK struggled to transfer that momentum to the defensive end even after halftime as Panathinaikos edged further ahead thanks to a +8 run in the third quarter.

With his side leading by 26 points heading into the fourth quarter, Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino utilized his bench in the final frame as any chance of an AEK comeback had been quelled soon after halftime.

Panathinaikos would keep their foot on the gas until the final buzzer as the Trifylli beat AEK by 20 points or more for the fourth-straight time in the Basket League regular season.

AEK will hope to rebound on the weekend when they travel to Nea Smyrni to take on Panionios, while Panathinaikos host Promitheas on Saturday ahead of the Trifylli’s EuroLeague playoff clash with Real Madrid next week.

 

by Peter Katsiris

Image Source: SDNA.gr

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