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Two more victories this week for the Greeks

GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS

TAGS: Basketball

Olympiakos and Panathinaikos improved their Euroleague record to 3-1 after the Reds triumphed at Baskonia in Spain and the Greens saw off visiting Red Star Belgrade in Athens.

Olympiakos defeated Baskonia 95-90 on Thursday for its first away win in the new Euroleague after a tight as well a spectacular game.

The hosts led over the first half (that finished 52-47) but Vassilis Spanoulis led the Greeks to a comeback, scoring 15 points and distributing 15 assists. The Reds advanced by eight, the Basques recovered to end the third quarter two up (74-72), but when the Greeks moved ahead again the hosts had no reply.

Vangelis Mantzaris was the top scorer for Olympiakos with 17 points, but Erick Green (13 points) was instrumental to the Reds’ win.

On Friday Panathinaikos strolled to a 70-59 victory over Red Star Belgrade after an imposing first-half performance (46-25 at half-time).

The margin grew in the second half before the Greens dropped a gear, allowing the Serbs to reduce the deficit in the end to just 11 points.

James Gist led the scoring with 17 points, just ahead of Nick Calathes (16 points).

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