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Leaders gear up for Euroleague with wins

Third- and fourth-placed Panionios and Kolossos suffered away losses over the weekend, while leaders Olympiakos and Panathinaikos continued with comfortable victories.

Olympiakos saw off Aris by 19 points (85-66) on Saturday despite playing behind closed doors due to its fans? behavior in the game with Panathinaikos. It now turns its attention to the match against Galatasaray at home on Thursday that will decide whether it makes the Euroleague playoffs or not.

Ilisiakos is always a friendly place for Panathinaikos to visit, as most fans of the Zografou club also support the Greens. PAO strolled to a 90-58 victory as it braces for the deciding game in its Euroleague group at UNICS Kazan in Russia on Wednesday.

Panionios went down 74-64 on Saturday at lowly Ikaros Kallitheas who has now secured its survival in the top flight.

Kolossos suffered an eight-point loss (76-68) on Sunday at Kavala, which is sitting pretty on the fifth spot of the table along with AGO Rethymnou, who beat mathematically relegated Maroussi 92-80 away.

Peristeri pushed PAOK all the way at Thessaloniki, but the hosts won 74-70 to enhance their chances of a top-eight finish that will see them reach the playoffs.