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Crucial wins for AEK and Ikaros

AEK and Ikaros Kallitheas bolstered their chances of staying up in the A1 division after their victories on March 19, although the situation is far from clear at the bottom of the table with five rounds of games left to play.

Olympiakos and Panathinaikos have been struggling to score their usual victories, as their attention has been turned to their forthcoming Euroleague playoffs, starting on March 22

Playing on March 18 at home, Olympiakos maintained its perfect record, edging out struggling Ilisiakos 73-70, just before the start of its best-of-five battle with Italy’s Siena.

Panathinaikos also had problems at Thessaloniki but managed to beat Aris 75-69, before focusing on trying to oust Euroleague trophy holder Barcelona.

AEK is now level on points with Ilisiakos in 12th place on the table after seeing off visiting Kavala 79-64, and taking advantage of the absence of the northern Greek club’s superstar Milton Palacio.

Ikaros Kallitheas put an end to its series of six losses, beating Peristeri 74-68 at home to leapfrog over Panellinios. The Lamia-based club is now 11th after losing 63-62 to PAOK at home in a thrilling game.

On March 20 Kolossos edged closer to a playoff spot with its 83-74 away victory over Panionios, while Maroussi stayed in third after downing bottom side Iraklis 74-66. Maroussi’s Dalibor Bagaric earned the weekend’s Most Valuable Player award by scoring 17 points and collecting 19 rebounds.