Friday October 31, 2014 Search
Weather | Athens
18o C
13o C
News
Business
Comment
Life
Sports
Community
Survival Guide
Greek Edition
Panathinaikos draws first blood in finals

 Greens beat Olympiakos 75-70 in Piraeus to take the lead in the series

By George Georgakopoulos

European champion Panathinaikos forced Olympiakosís first domestic defeat this season with a 75-70 score on May 26, taking the lead after the first game of the best-of-five finals despite playing in Piraeus.

The Greens have now taken the home advantage in the finals and can stretch their lead to 2-0 with a victory at home in Game 2 on May 29.

The key to Panathinaikosís triumph was the zone defense that coach Zeljko Obradovic applied from the second period onwards, strangling the Olympiakos attack that had enjoyed a particularly good start to the game.

Olympiakos had the upper hand in the first period, with its lead stretching as far as nine points (21-12) while Panathinaikos was unable to get any points for long spells from its players apart from captain Dimitris Diamantidis.

Yet in the second period Panathinaikos began its comeback to turn a 29-23 deficit into a 32-30 lead through an impressive Aleks Maric. Olympiakos ended the first half with a minimum lead (35-34), but that was about the end of its domination in the game.

Panathinaikos as usual produced a strong third period that saw it turn things around completely and form the game as it suited it.

With one or two tough referee calls going their way, the Greens opened the gap up to eight points (57-49) making the most of their superiority under the basket: They ended the game with 37 rebounds against 32 for Olympiakos.

The Reds had to chase the game and felt the pressure building up, going into the fourth period with a 56-51 deficit.

A good spell saw the host reduce the arrears to one point (58-57) but a persistent Diamantidis and a reliable Mike Batiste kept Panathinaikos ahead despite the absence of in-form small-forward Stratos Perperoglou who was injured.

Olympiakos's last-ditch effort saw it equalize at 68-68, but two key moments that followed sealed the game in Panathinaikosís favor.

First it was a three-pointer by Antonis Fotsis that made it 71-68 and then an offensive rebound by Batiste that allowed Panathinaikos to hold on to the ball and maintain its lead (73-70) from the line.

The final 75-70 score was the first win for Panathinaikos over the Reds this season after three wins for Olympiakos in the league and the cup.

Olympiakos coach Dusan Ivkovic would have expected more from players such as Thodoris Papaloukas (particularly in the first half) and Milos Teodosic, while Loukas Mavrokefalidisís inability to match Batiste showed the significance of the absence of injured Rasho Nesterovic.

Diamantidis was no doubt the man of the match with 21 points, nine assists and five rebounds. Maric scored 14 and Batiste 13 for Panathinaikos.

Teodosic and Yiannis Bourousis scored 14 points each for the Reds.

ekathimerini.com , Thursday May 26, 2011 (23:56)  
Obradovic watches Greens thrash his Fenerbahce
Berg returns to add spice to Panathinaikosīs Cup win
Greece drops Samaras for Euro 2016 qualifier
Panathinaikos and PAOK retain perfect record
Nikos Dendias appointed defense minister
Former Public Order Minister and current Development Minister Nikos Dendias (photo) was appointed on Friday to replace Dimitris Avramopoulos as Greece's defense minister, as the latter heads...
Police clear apartment used by rebel monks
Dozens of Greek police took part in an operation Friday to clear an apartment used as a hostel by a rebel monastery whose monks have been declared schismatic by the Orthodox Church. Police s...
Inside News
Eurozone inflation up, unemployment steady, Eurostat reports
Eurozone inflation edged up to 0.4 percent from multi-year lows while unemployment was little changed, official data showed on Friday, providing only limited reassurance that a modest econom...
Greek retail sales rise for third month in a row
Greek retail sales by volume rose 7.4 percent in August compared to the same month last year, after a downwardly revised 4.7 percent increase in July, statistics service ELSTAT said on Frida...
Inside Business
COMMENTARY
The judiciaryís responsibility
The reform efforts over the past few years have begun to bear fruit. Greece has improved its standing in the World Bankís Doing Business rankings, rising 48 positions from 2010 to 61st place...
EDITORIAL
Findings raise eyebrows
An investigation into money transferred to foreign banks by civil servants since 2010, when Greeceís brutal debt crisis erupted, has come up with some striking findings. The checks, which we...
Inside Comment
SPONSORED LINK: FinanzNachrichten.de
SPONSORED LINK: BestPrice.gr
†RECENT NEWS
1. Eurozone inflation up, unemployment steady, Eurostat reports
2. Nikos Dendias appointed defense minister
3. Police clear apartment used by rebel monks
4. Greek retail sales rise for third month in a row
5. Traffic accidents rise 1.3 pct in August, year-on-year
6. New defense minister to be appointed without reshuffle
more news
Today
This Week
1. Man shot dead, woman injured in Vathis square attack
2. Cyprusís Georgiades bets on economy for Irish-style bailout exit
3. Germanyís 10-year bonds decline before euro-area inflation data
4. New defense minister to be appointed without reshuffle
5. Traffic accidents rise 1.3 pct in August, year-on-year
6. Greek retail sales rise for third month in a row
Today
This Week
1. Austriaís creative bookkeeping beats Greece on secret debts
2. End of reason, end of humanity
3. Clean bill of health for Greek banks from stress tests
4. Samaras pledges action after flash floods in Athens
5. Eurobank, National Bank restructurings eliminate capital gap
6. Athens flood damage assessed, compensation payments to begin
†††Find us ...
††... on
Twitter
†† ††... on Facebook ††
About us  |  Subscriptions  |  Advertising  |  Contact us  |  Athens Plus  |  RSS  |   
Copyright © 2014, H KAΘHMEPINH All Rights Reserved.