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PAOK scores controversial win over Aris

Olympiakos and Panathinaikos strolled to fresh victories in this weekend’s league games, but most other encounters were very competitive and some even controversial.

While Olympiakos saw off Panionios at home with an 82-63 win on February 5 and Panathinaikos ran riot at Peristeri with a final score of 89-64 the following day, the main focus was on PAOK’s victory over Aris in the Thessaloniki derby that was played behind closed doors.

PAOK beat 79-74 Aris to climb to the fourth spot in the table, but the latter lodged a complaint with the league’s organizers suggesting that there were far more people in the stands (some 400 according to Aris) than there should have been (no more than 50), while one of the Aris players was allegedly fouled out with just four fouls and not five.

In other games, Panellinios and Ilisiakos edged closer to safety as they defeated teams that are also trying to avoid relegation.

Panellinios downed AEK 68-59 at Lamia on February 6, while Ilisiakos thrashed Iraklis 79-49 at Zografou a day earlier to move up from the bottom of the table for the first time since the start of the championship.

Maroussi consolidated itself in third spot via a precious 81-77 win snatched at Ikaros Kallitheas as Kavala grabbed an important two-pointer, beating playoff hopeful Kolossos 74-70 on Rhodes.