Panathinaikos thrash Promitheas for top spot in Basket League

Panathinaikos thrash Promitheas for top spot in Basket League


Panathinaikos 96 - 64 Promitheas
(29 - 22)
(54 - 32)
(65 - 52)
(96 - 64)

A dominant performance from the Trifylli on Monday night has Panathinaikos all alone atop the Greek Basket League standings…

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James Gist notched a season-high 19 points as Panathinaikos handed Promitheas a heavy 96-64 loss at OAKA on Monday night.
In a battle for top spot between the league’s only remaining unbeaten sides, Panathinaikos put on a dominant performance to remain the last unbeaten team in the Greek top flight.
Following an emotional win over Fenerbahce on Friday, Panathinaikos showed no sign of fatigue as the Athenians put up an impressive 29 points in the first quarter. Promitheas did their best to keep up with Panathinaikos’ blistering pace, and the Patra club put up 22 points of their own to ensure the first quarter ended with the game still tightly poised at 29-22.
Panathinaikos would up the pressure defensively in the second quarter, limiting the visitors to just 10 points all the while continuing to dominate in the offensive end. Panathinaikos would ultimately stretch their halftime lead to 22 points as a 25-10 run in the second frame put Panathinaikos in a comfortable position heading into the second half.
Promitheas pushed back in the third quarter as the Patra-based club outscored Panathinaikos 20-11 in the third quarter. Despite their efforts, Promitheas still trailed by 13 points heading into the fourth quarter.
The Trifylli would ensure there would be no heroic comeback from Promitheas as Panathinaikos struck for 31 points in the fourth quarter, all the while limiting their opponents to another low-scoring quarter.
The win puts Panathinaikos at 4-0 on the season, while Promitheas slip to 3-1 on the year and find themselves in a four-way tie for second.
Panathinaikos face Baskonia in the EuroLeague midweek before tangling with AEK in the Greek Cup semi-final on Sunday. Promitheas, meanwhile, will look to rebound when league action returns in two weeks’ time as the Patra outfit return home to host basement side Kymis.


by Peter Katsiris
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