Panionios stun AEK in Basket League nail-biter

Panionios stun AEK in Basket League nail-biter


Date Home Team Score Away Team
18-Mar-18 Panionios 71 - 69 AEK
18-Mar-18 Olympiacos 83 - 72 Kolossos

Panionios pulled off a stunning upset over AEK on Sunday, while Olympiacos rebounded from a midweek EuroLeague loss as Matchday 19 concluded in the Greek Basket League…

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Tyrone Brazelton enjoyed his best game in a Panionios shirt as he steered Panionios to shock upset over AEK, while Olympiacos extended their domestic win streak to five games with a comfortable win over Kolossos.
AEK crashed to defeat in the Basket League on Sunday, just days after the club surged for a fourth quarter comeback to secure a berth in the FIBA Basketball Champions League quarterfinals.
Seemingly still on the high of their dramatic win on the continental stage, AEK stumbled at Nea Smyrni as Panionios notched a shock 71-69 win. Panionios gave AEK a bit of a reality check with an 18-7 run in the second quarter, with Brazelton stealing the headlines with his 24 points on the night. AEK pushed for yet another dramatic comeback in the fourth quarter, but Brazelton converted a dagger to close the door on an AEK comeback.
Kevin Punter, who hit the dramatic late winner for AEK midweek, led the Enosi in scoring with 19 points; however, it wasn’t enough as AEK’s latest loss sees the club remain deadlocked in a tie with Promitheas for fourth place.
In Piraeus, Olympiacos rebounded from their loss to Barcelona in the EuroLeague with an 83-72 win over Kolossos at the Peace & Friendship Stadium.
Ioannis Papapetrou nearly notched a double-double as he led Olympiacos in all major scoring categories with 16 points, 9 rebounds, and 4 assists on the night. Meanwhile, TJ Bray led Kolossos scorers with 18 points on a night Olympiacos’ defense only needed to show up for three quarters.
Olympiacos did most of their damage early on and quickly turned a 10-point first quarter lead (20-10) into 15-point (42-27) lead by halftime. The Piraeus giants further flexed their offensive muscle in the third quarter as their lead grew to 25 points (68-43) heading into the fourth quarter.
Kolossos pushed for a comeback in the fourth quarter with a 29-15 run in the final frame, but the Rhodes outfit left it far too late as Olympiacos cruised to a comfortable win despite the lopsided fourth quarter.
The win sees Olympiacos restore their two-point lead over Lavrio for second place, while Kolossos remain in a jam with PAOK for sixth place on 28 points.
Action in the Greek top flight resumes on Wednesday when the rescheduled derby between Aris and PAOK tips-off at the Nick Galis Hall.

by Peter Katsiris
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