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Olympiacos on top of Greek basketball

03 June 2012 / 17:06:06  GRReporter
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The "Red and white" team won against the Panathinaikos team by 82-76 at the new Peace and Friendship stadium, in the fifth and final round of the Greek championship. So Olympiacos finished an extremely successful year, after the victory also in the Euro league final in Istanbul.

Captain and most efficient player in the "red and white" team was Vassilis Spanoulis who scored 24 points and thus led the team to victory.

The team from Piraeus had a solid lead in the first minutes of the game and at times the difference reached +16 points. The "green" team answered with the help of Kalathis (17 points) and Perperoglou (11 points), who reduced the gap to 4 points (80-76) before the end of the match.

Just then, the players of Dusan Ivkovich got their grip together and finally reached thier second major victory for this year, which perhaps for the fans and the management team of Olympiacos was even more important.

Panathinaikos stood well on the playing field, it found some solutions and got the score to 9-6 in the first five minutes, the hosts, however, gained their lead, which reached +7 points (18-11) before the end of the first quarter, thanks to some errors of Perperoglou.

Dusan Ivkovich put Law in the game in the second part, in order to take Spanoulis out. The hosts ran hard and the resultwas not long in coming: Olympiacos lead by 30-20 and in combination with some errors by Panathinaikos and penalty shootouts, the difference reached +16 points (48-32). Before the halftime the score was 48-36 in favour of Olympiacos.

Zeljko Obradovic gave some headaches to Hines, the "green" team tightened their defence and the difference gradually receded, reaching -3 points, but the three points, earned by luck, gave breath to Olympiacos.

Simultaneously, Dorsey and Law helped substantially, so that after a 13-0 score for the visitors, the "red and white" team still had a good margin (55-47). After Spanoulis scored three points, the result was 66-55, and after that the difference increased even more (+15 points, 70-56) at the end of the third part.

With Antic’s three points the difference between the two teams fell to 75-59, 8 minutes before the end, and Obradovic put Baptiste, Diamandidis and Jasikevicius in the game. With Diamandidis’ three points the difference between the two teams receded to under 10 points (77-68). Four minutes before the end of the match three new points by Perperoglou changed the score to 78-71 and two minutes before the end he once again narrowed the gap even more (80-76). 

After a penalty given by Papanikolaou, with a strong shot Printezis shaped the final score to 82-76, which did not change until the end of the match, since all subsequent attempts of Panathinaikos proved to be unsuccessful.

Tags: basketball Olympiacos Panathinaikos victory Euro league champion
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