Panathinaikos and Olympiakos strolled to home victories in the opening games of their semifinal series for the Greek league crown on Wednesday.
The Greens dismissed Panionios 84-61 at the Olympic Sports Hall in Athens on Wednesday afternoon to take a 1-0 lead in the best-of-five series that leads to the league final.
Panionios performed worse than expected, allowing Panathinaikos to dominate the game from start to finish, leading by up to 32 points (79-47). The host also offered some moments of beautiful basketball to the 2,500 fans who were at the stands.
In its first ever game in a league semifinal series, AGO Rethymnou had a hard time trying to match the European champion in Piraeus, with Olympiakos easing to a 77-62 victory at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Wednesday evening.
After a tight first quarter (18-16), Olympiakos scored a partial 25-6 in the second period to take the game beyond the Cretan side that has been the surprise package of the season in the A1 division.
Games 2 of the two series will take place on Friday at the same courts as on Wednesday.