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Greeks swept their opponents in Europe

GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS

TAGS: Basketball

Greek teams scored five wins in five games in Europe this week, sweeping all their opponents in the Euroleague and the Champions League, as Olympiakos beat UNICS Kazan and Panathinaikos dismissed Galatasaray on Friday to improve their position on the Euroleague table.

The Reds gave no chance to UNICS Kazan to dispute their supremacy in Piraeus and won 88-59 for their seventh win in 11 games so far.

The relentless defense of Olympiakos stifled the Russian attack, that had twice as many turnovers as the Greeks (20 against 10). The hosts’ lead came up to 35 points, eventually inflicting on UNICS its worst ever loss in the Euroleague.

Matt Lojeski and Erick Greene were the top scorers for Olympiakos, each with 15 points.

The Greens offered their fans their most imposing performance in the Euroleague so far this season to thrash Turkey’s Galatasaray 85-58 in Athens.

Panathinaikos led throughout the game, with its lead exceeding 30 points toward the end as the Turks were unable to match their host on the night.

The Greeks had an amazing distribution of points scored, with Nick Calathes, KC Rivers and Kenny Gabriel nothing up 14 points each, while Mike James and Chris Singleton added another 13 each. Panathinaikos is now on a 6-5 record.

There also were Greek wins in the FIBA Champions League, as Aris defeated Helios Suns 72-54 at home, AEK downed host Szolnoki 89-76 and PAOK saw off visiting Rosa Radom 85-66.

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