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Rethymno completes PAOK upset, sets up clash with Reds

Olympiakos will face AGO Rethymnou and Panathinaikos will measure up against Panionios in the semifinals of the Greek basketball league, as the quarterfinals of the playoffs saw AGOR upset PAOK and reach the league semis for the first time in its history.

Olympiakos beat Apollon Patras 2-0 in the best-of-three series thanks to its 83-73 win that had the Reds sweat at Patra before they got to beat a strong Apollon on Friday. The local side was actually one point ahead at half-time.

Panathinaikos had a far easier time beating Ikaros 78-62 at Kallithea to win the series 2-0 on Friday, with its new signing Ramel Curry scoring 15 points, all from three-pointers.

AGO Rethymnou completed its surprise showing in the series against PAOK – that had finished above the Cretan side in the regular season – to sweep the Thessaloniki club with a 2-0 score after thrashing it 88-65 at Rethymno on Thursday.

As a result of that Olympiakos will be spared the semifinal trip to PAOK, the only team that beat the European champions in the league this year.

Yet the closest pair of the quarterfinals was that between Panionios and Aris, where the third of the regular season met the sixth. With the series tied at 1-1, the final game between the two teams was a very close affair indeed at Nea Smyrni on Saturday.

The ding-dong game that could have gone either way eventually ended with a Panionios 74-67 victory, ensuring a semifinal spot for the Blue-and-reds and a best-of-five clash ahead with Panathinaikos.