Wednesday May 27, 2015 Search
Weather | Athens
14o C
09o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Abandoned match crowns Panathinaikos champion

By George Georgakopoulos

Panathinaikos swept back to the throne of the basketball league after a years recess, as Game 3 at Piraeus was abandoned on Wednesday with the score at 76-72 in the Greens favor. Olympiakos fans showered the Panathinaikos players with objects, the referees asked for the evacuation of the stands, but as some fans refused to go after more than an hour of stoppage the referees called the game off.

Consequently Panathinaikos has won the best-of-five final series with a 3-0 score to complete the league-and-cup double for the 2012-2013 season, while Olympiakos stands to suffer a huge penalty for its fans actions.

Panathinaikos shook off an early Olympiakos lead (8-3) to lead 13-8 and then stretch its advantage to a maximum 10 points (24-14) thanks to repeated three-pointers. The Reds came back through improving their attack in the second period and ended the first half having the upper hand (39-35).

The third period produced the highest score in the series for a single quarter, with Panathinaikos netting 25 and Olympiakos 22, while the fourth period had the Greens edge forward thanks to personal efforts by captain Dimitris Diamantidis from the free-throw and the 6.75-meter lines. He ended the game with 18 points, while Costas Tsartsaris had 14.

Olympiakos last led at 72-70, but the Greens recovered to advance by four points, when the fans took over.

With a minute and a half remaining on the clock, a number of objects including lit flares were thrown at the Panathinaikos bench with the score at 76-72 in the Greens favor, resulting in the teams and the referees rushing to the locker rooms. A few minutes later fans were asked to leave the stands for the match to resume, but some refused to go. All this while there were no Panathinaikos fans at the stands.

Once again it was proven that some fans simply do not do justice to Greek basketball, that for three consecutive years now has held the European crown. In other words, the Greek game does not deserve such fans.

Yet this was not only provoked by the fans themselves. During the game there were some incidents of aggravation between players, and in the run-up to the match there was a war of words between the officials of the two clubs, which could only lead to what happened on the night.

Before the game fans attacked a television crew and broke their camera, while a flare hit Panathinaikos player Mike Bramos.

In a similar situation two years ago the last game of the finals was abandoned after Olympiakos fans hurled objects at Panathinaikos players, resulting in a penalty to Olympiakos for six games played at home behind closed doors in the following season.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday June 13, 2013 (00:25)  
AEK Athens returns to top league after financial collapse
Berg brace gives Panathinaikos four-point lead
Reds add Cup to league trophy with 3-1 win over Xanthi
Olympiakos strolls past Korivos Amaliadas
Athens waits to hear EU scheme for refugees
Greece will be looking with interest Wednesday at the news emerging from Brussels, where the European Commissioner for Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship is expected to announce a plan ...
Parliament starts fresh inquiry into Siemens scandal
Parliament launched its latest inquiry into the Siemens cash-for-contracts scandal on Tuesday, with the head of the previous committee - former PASOK MP Syfis Valyrakis - being called as the...
Inside News
EU funds at risk due to payment halt by the state
Greece runs the immediate risk of missing out on 1 billion euros worth of European Union subsidies this year from the previous support framework, which expires on December 31, as a payment f...
Half of Greeks cover their needs from their deposits
Greek salaried workers cannot buy what they want but, rather, have to limit themselves to what they can afford on their reduced disposable income, a survey by the Labor Institute of the Gene...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
Shame, justice, democracy
Contrary to the urban myth that Greek students are no longer taught Ancient Greek at school, they are both taught and tested on it. This does not mean to say, of course, that the subject is ...
EDITORIAL
Worrying signs in ruling party
Statements made by certain high-ranking SYRIZA officials during the partys central committee assembly on Saturday are a source of concern. It has become blatantly clear by now that a signif...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
RECENT NEWS
1. AEK Athens returns to top league after financial collapse
2. EU funds at risk due to payment halt by the state
3. Half of Greeks cover their needs from their deposits
4. Greece reaps 2 billion euros per year from cruise sector
5. Athens waits to hear EU scheme for refugees
6. Political, economic instability turns German tourists away
more news
Today
This Week
1. IMF's Blanchard says Greek budget proposals not enough
2. Overhaul planned for car taxation
3. Germany sees progress on Greece, EU officials to confer on Thursday
4. Euro falls to four-week low as Greece deadlock spurs volatility
5. Time running out for Greece, ESM head Regling says
6. Heres a Greek business thats booming: Making test-tube babies
Today
This Week
1. Conspiracy madness
2. National self-awareness put to the test
3. Albanian demarche raises concerns about possible territorial claims over Greece
4. Hotel contracts with a Greek default clause
5. Neither Grexit nor a dual currency will solve Greeces problems
6. Merkel said to plan address for Greece if deal reached
Find us ...
... on
Twitter
... on Facebook
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright 2015, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.