Ilisiakos moves closer to safety

Ilisiakos scored the most important win of the round of league games played on March 9 as it managed to defeat Ikaros Kallitheas and put plenty of space between itself and the relegation zone.

The Zografou club won 74-67 and even achieved a better head-to-head record with its visitor that could give it the edge should the two sides finish level after the regular season.

“Of course you realize that nothing is over yet,” said Ilisiakos coach Costas Flevarakis the day after his team’s crucial win.

The other two teams fighting to stay up, AEK and Iraklis, both lost and are in greater trouble with six rounds of games remaining. They are the favorites to go down.

Iraklis lost to champion Panathinaikos with a 101-68 final score in Athens, while AEK suffered a seven-point defeat at Kolossos on Rhodes (64-57), a result that has definitely secured A1 status for Kolossos for next season, too.

Olympiakos made it 20 out of 20 with a 77-49 stroll at PAOK to stay one point ahead of Panathinaikos.

Peristeri moved closer to a top-eight finish — which leads to the playoffs — with a 67-59 home win over a disappointing Panionios, just as Kavala saw off visiting Aris 90-85.

Finally, Panellinios moved away from relegation trouble with an 85-72 win at Lamia over third-placed Maroussi.

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