Olympiakos suffered a bad loss in Turkey on December 1, going down 86-70 to Fenerbahce/Ulker, a day after Panathinaikos came from behind to beat KK Zagreb 94-76 at home for the Euroleague.
Olympiakos saw its chances for a top-two finish in its group diminish considerably after a poor performance in Istanbul that saw it surrender to the host.
Not only did the Reds lose the match, they also suffered a defeat that was greater than the seven-point win they had secured over Fenerbahce in Piraeus, which means that if the two sides finish level on points the Turks will have the advantage. Worse, Olympiakos forward Pero Antic got injured.
Kyle Hines was Olympiakos’s top scorer with 14 points on a night that Vassilis Spanoulis could only chalk up seven points.
Panathinaikos, on the other hand, returned to winning ways, after its shock loss to Kavala in the Greek league, although its first-half performance against KK Zagreb was far from promising.
The Croats led 49-48 at half-time, but the European champion improved considerably after the interval, led by an inspiring Sarunas Jasikevicius and an efficient Mike Batiste.
The 34-year-old American forward led the scoring for the Greens with 18 points on the night.