Panathinaikos won the Greek derby with Olympiakos in the Euroleague by six points in overtime, in a game that was a classic between two teams that appeared to have missed their derbies in the local league after the relegation of Olympiakos.
Α new crisis has broken out in Greek basketball as the national team players belonging to Olympiakos stated they are not willing to take part in Greece’s training and games as long as the national team coach is also the coach of archrival Panathinaikos, as a matter of principle.
Keith Langford and Lefteris Bochoridis showed that their personal quality suffices to make the difference for AEK and Aris respectively, that scored important victories in the Basket League over the weekend, before leader Panathinaikos destroyed Iraklis by 49 points on Monday.
Two second-half goals by Petros Mantalos and Kostas Galanopoulos saw Greece come from behind and beat Finland 2-1 in Athens as it completed its failed campaign at the Euro 2020 qualifiers with three wins in a row.
Stone masons work on the restoration of the 19th century Plaka Bridge in Ioannina, northwestern Greece, on Friday. The bridge was destroyed by floods in February 2015 and a key phase of its restoration started this week with the installation of the keystone that locks the arch in position. [ANA-MPA]