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PAOK climbs to joint third after beating AEK

GEORGE GEORGAKOPOULOS

Panionios players celebrated their first win this season.

TAGS: Basketball

The impressive thumping of Aris by Kymi and the first win in the season by Panionios stood out among the results of the ninth round of games of the Basket League. Yet in the most important match of the weekend PAOK thrashed AEK to confirm it is on its way up.

PAOK had a poor start to the season, but it has now recovered to climb to joint third at the table thanks to an emphatic 86-65 victory over visiting AEK on Saturday. AEK on the other hand has slid to joint sixth.

Leader Panathinaikos extended its unbeaten run to nine games since the start of the season easing to a 91-69 home win over Rethymno on Sunday. Challenger Olympiakos returned to winning ways after two losses, to AEK and Bamberg, beating Lavrio 91-62 in Piraeus.

Olympiakos is now alone in second as Kolossos stunned surprise package Promitheas on Sunday with an 80-76 triumph at Patra.

Kymi scored its third win of the season with a 94-69 mauling of Thessaloniki giant Aris, Gymnastikos/Faros Larissas saw off Korivos Amaliadas 82-78 and Panionios finally grabbed its first win after returning to the top flight, downing fellow struggling Trikala 82-76.

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