Aris gave champion Panathinaikos a huge scare on Saturday but ultimately failed to claim such a notable scalp, while Panionios forced Kolossos Rhodes’s second consecutive loss in the 14th round for the Basket League.
Panathinaikos beat Aris with a score of 72-68 at Thessaloniki to remain the joint leader along with Olympiakos, but this time the Greens won not through any outstanding individual performance but thanks to the inexperience of the Aris players who committed one error after another when it really mattered.
Olympiakos thrashed a disintegrating PAOK 90-60 in Piraeus ahead of its first match for the Top 16 of the Euroleague against CSKA Moscow on Wednesday.
Forwards Marcus Goree and Marty Andriuskevicius have already left PAOK, with point guard Rashad Wright set to follow.
Panionios came to within one point of third-placed Kolossos through an emphatic 74-55 victory at Nea Smyrni.
However, AGO Rethymnou remained hot on Panionios?s heels as the Cretan side defeated Ikaros Kallitheas 91-84 in Athens on Sunday.
Newly promoted KAO Dramas climbed to the seventh spot after a nail-biting game against Peristeri that the capacity crowd of 1,000 fans at Drama saw end with a 74-71 score.
Ilisiakos remained winless away from home as its eighth outing this season ended in a 78-73 defeat at Kavala.