Reds and Greens set up final clash

Panathinaikos and Olympiakos swept their opponents in the league semifinals on May 23 to set up the final that everyone had been expecting since the start of the season.

Panathinaikos thrashed PAOK 105-65 at the Olympic Sports Hall in Maroussi to win the best-of-five series 3-0, but may have lost forward Stratos Perperoglou for the first game of the finals.

The Greek star, who scored 33 points in Game 2 two days earlier in Thessaloniki, received a shoulder injury toward the end of the first half and will probably miss the first clash with Olympiakos in Piraeus on May 26.

Aleks Maric scored 13 points for the Greens, while Nick Calathes and Costas Kaimakoglou added 12 each.

In Piraeus Olympiakos faced a slightly more difficult task against Aris, but had no problem in winning for the third time in five days, this time with an 87-64 score.

This was Olympiakos’s 35th win in as many domestic matches this season, with Yotam Halperin scoring 15 points and Vassilis Spanoulis registering 13.

This will be the 11th time that Panathinaikos and Olympiakos face off in the A1 league finals, with Olympiakos having the home advantage this time. The series will be decided in three wins.

PAOK and Aris will meet for the third spot, which leads to next season’s Euroleague.

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