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Spanoulis saves the day for Olympiakos

A controversial referee decision allowed Olympiakos to emerge unscathed from Aris’s home court in Thessaloniki on December 4 and stay joint top of the table along with Panionios.

Olympiakos beat Aris 71-70 thanks to a three-pointer by Vassilis Spanoulis five seconds from time, but Aris has filed an official complaint for the decision by the match officials not to award it two points when Dominic James saw his buzzer-beating lay-up stopped right on the board by Michalis Pelekanos and Kyle Hines.

The hosts argued that the shot should have counted, but the referees consulted the video replay and decided against it.

Panionios beat Ikaros Kallitheas 78-64 to improve its record to 6-1 so far this season.

Champion Panathinaikos strolled to an 84-58 victory over Ilisiakos on December 3 to share the same record (five wins and one loss) with Kolossos Rhodes, who thrashed Kavala 83-55.

Peristeri returned to winning ways with a 73-63 win over PAOK, while Maroussi failed once again to get its first win, going down 79-64 at AGO Rethymnou.