Record performance helps Panathinaikos thrash Kolossos
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 20
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|24-Mar-19||Panionios||65 - 101||Olympiacos|
|25-Mar-19||Panathinaikos||95 - 68||Kolossos|
A dominant performance on the boards helped Panathinaikos set a Basket League record en route to claiming a hefty 95-68 win over Kolossos on Monday night…
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Panathinaikos continued their unbeaten season in the Greek Basket League after a record-setting performance on the glass helped the Trifylli cruise to a 95-68 win over Kolossos at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall on Monday night.
Just a few nights after a monumental win over AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan in the EuroLeague, Panathinaikos extended their winning streak in all competitions to 13 games with a dominant performance against one of the Basket League’s minnows.
A dominant performance on the glass helped Panathinaikos set an all-time Basker League record with 63 rebounds on the night with all but one player managing to grab a board on the night.
Georgios Papagiannis led the way for Panathinaikos with a 16-point, 16-rebound double-double while the likes of Ioannis Papapetrou, Konstantinos Mitoglou, and Deshaun Thomas each added 12 points in the win.
Despite eventually cruising to victory, Panathinaikos found themselves behind early as Kolossos grabbed a surprise lead (15-16) by the end of the first quarter.
An overwhelming 29-9 run from Panathinaikos in the second quarter put Rick Pitino’s men on track for a memorable night before halftime.
The Trifylli’s lead grew to 24 points inside the third quarter as the home side pulled further ahead with a 28-21 run in the third frame, virtually assuring the win was wrapped up before the start of the final frame.
Kolossos, who remain embroiled in a relegation battle at the foot of the table, gave a better account of themselves in the final frame yet there was no cutting into the Panathinaikos lead before the final buzzer.
Panathinaikos, who improved to 20-0 with the win, will hope to keep their impressive form going when they host Real Madrid in Thursday’s EuroLeague action knowing that a win will assure the club a spot in the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Kolossos will look to snap their two-game losing skid when the host Panionios in a must-win game in Rhodes next Saturday.
OLYMPIACOS REBOUND WITH DEMOLITION OF PANIONIOS
In Nea Smyrni, Olympiacos rebounded from Thursday’s tough loss in the EuroLeague against Herbalife Gran Canaria with a routine 65-101 win over Panionios.
Nigel Williams-Goss’ 20 points helped steer Olympiacos back to the win column in the Basket League after the club were deducted six points for forfeiting last weekend’s derby clash with Panathinaikos.
Leading by 10 at halftime, Olympiacos put the game well out of reach with a +16 run in the third quarter before further compounding Panionios’ problems in the final frame with yet another lopsided run before the final buzzer.
Olympiacos, whose EuroLeague destiny is no longer controlled by the club, will hope to improve their chances of making the postseason when Zalgiris Kaunas visit the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday night.
Panionios, who remain two points above the relegation zone despite the defeat, will hope to rebound ahead of a vital trip to Rhodes next weekend.