SPORTS

Reds snatch win at Siena

Olympiakos scored an important, but not precious win at Siena on Thursday, as the final 68-67 score takes it ever closer to reaching the Euroleague quarterfinals, though probably not to the top two of its group.

Having lost by two points at home when the two sides met in Piraeus, Olympiakos had aimed at a three-point win, but now that the two teams are level on points it is Montepaschi Siena that has the edge.

The Italians had the upper hand for most of the game, leading twice by 10 points, but Olympiakos always came back despite the absence of injured Giorgos Printezis.

Containing the group’s best offensive team to just 13 points in the last quarter at its home court is no small matter for the Reds, but their 68-61 lead in the last minute was cut to just one point in the end through a couple of three-pointers that saw Siena hang on to the second spot of the group, with Olympiakos in third (with seven wins and four defeats) and Khimki in fourth.

Costas Sloukas and Costas Papanikolaou scored 11 points each for the European champions.