In a league of their own

Basketball giants Olympiakos and Panathinaikos continued to play in a league of their own, thrashing their opponents on February 12, and confining the excitement to developments from the third place down.

Olympiakos maintained its impeccable record after 17 games with a 102-56 away win over Ikaros Kallitheas and Panathinaikos saw off visiting Kolossos Rhodes 92-56.

Maroussi produced an important victory at home beating Kavala 76-63 to stay in third place from what was the last game for its forward Nestoras Kommatos, who is probably moving to Turkey.

Similarly, PAOK won 80-73 at AEK, but bid farewell to center Lazaros Papadopoulos. The former Greece star announced on February 13 that he is moving to Russian side Khimki and fired a parting shot suggesting in a press conference that the Greek league lacks credibility and quality.

Aris struggled at home before beating relegation-threatened Ilisiakos in overtime (84-79) but sacked its Israeli coach, Sharon Drucker. His replacement, Lefteris (Slobodan) Subotic agreed to take over on February 13, despite protests from the club’s hardcore fans due to certain past incidents.

Iraklis had already replaced coach Giorgos Kalafatakis with Chris Hugaz before its own home game with Peristeri, but stayed alone at the bottom of the table after going down 72-57.

Panionios had no problems with Panellinios, winning 86-69 and edging closer to a spot in the playoffs.

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