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Panathinaikos on the basketball Mount Olympus for a seventh consecutive time

02 June 2009 / 18:06:09  GRReporter
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For a seventh consecutive season and a thirtieth time in its whole history Panathinaikos won the Greek basketball championship. In front of about 20 000 fans on the indoor OAKA stadium, the team of Jelko Obradovic was crowned as the champion with 3 to 1 victories against their “eternal” opponent Olympiakos.

The coaches of both teams – Jelimir Obradovic and Panayotis Yanakos decided to play with open cards from the beginning of the game.

Thank to the quick movement of the ball on the court Panathinaikos was scoring more and was getting to the basket easier.

During the first minutes Panayotis Yanakis was forced to make many changes, in order to try and turn the game around. This tactic brought him partial success and in the fourth minute the result was 11-10. Panathinaikos did not lose control and answered through the double Nikolas-Pekovic (17-15).

The problems of the red-whites started at the end of the first part, when Panathinaikos managed to take advantage of the slow play of Vujcic, Batista and Tzartziras and with few excellent attacks and shots managed to get to 24-28.

The second half started with a pressure from Olympiakos and with Halperin they lowered the difference of the result to 28-27.

The green ones took the initiative in their own hands and with Batista managed to score eight quick points (35-27). The part ended with a result of 47-44 for Panathinaikos.

The beginning of the third part started with a pressure from Olympiakos, who not only equalized the result (47-47) with Theodoric but also managed to take the lead with the help of Vujcic (47-51). Panathinaikos reacted immediately and with few series managed to take the lead again with 11 points.

The last part started with the protests of Olympiakos for a wrong judgment of the coach. With a cold-bloode play Panathinaikos managed to take the lead with 11 points (73-62). During those minutes the green ones were controlling the ball for a longer period of time. Following were five consecutive points by Nicholas (82-67) and after that, another three “bombs” by Diamandidis, Panathinaikos took the lead with 86-71. Olympiakos answered with e series of 6-0 (86-77), which ended with a good long shot by Grear.

During the last five minutes Lynne Grear tried to change the result with a good long shot but this was not enough. Panathinaikos did not lose control over the game even for a minute and managed to reach the third victory after the four final games, which brought them the Greek Championship title.

During the four parts: 28-24, 47-44, 67-62, 94-80.

Referees: Pitsilkas, Zavlanos, Shinas

Panathinaikos (coach Jelko Obradovich): Yasikevich, Spanoulis, Perperoglou, Batist, Fostis, Hadjivretas, Nikolas, Tsartsaris, Diamandidis, Pekovich,

Olympiakos (coach Panayotis Yanakos): Papaloukas, Pelekanos, Childress, Vujcic, Bourousis, Halperin, Grear, Pridezis, Ertzeg, Teodosic, Shortsianis.

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