SPORTS

Big loss for Reds that matters little

Olympiakos suffered a heavy but meaningless loss at CSKA Moscow on Wednesday, remaining a win away from qualifying for the playoffs of the Euroleague.

CSKA triumphed 96-64 to win the group and reach the last eight with a home advantage, but Olympiakos is in with a chance of clinching the second spot. The Reds will go through as runners-up if they beat Galatasaray by at least two points at home next week in the last round of games for the top 16.

Olympiakos played in Moscow without an injured Giorgos Printezis and was completely outplayed, trailing 54-26 at halftime.

The Russian team, one of the hot favorites for the trophy, had amazing scoring rates (76 percent in two-pointers and 65 percent in three-pointers), with the Olympiakos defense proving unable to weather the Russian storm.

The Greeks’ top scorer was Vassilis Spanoulis with 12 points, while former Olympiakos guard Milos Teodosic scored 14 for CSKA.