Panathinaikos to play Olympiakos in cup semis

For the first time after six years, basketball’s Greek Cup final will not be between holder Panathinaikos and rival Olympiakos, as the two sides have been drawn to face off in the semifinals instead.

According to the draw that took place on Tuesday, the knock-out clash between Greece’s “eternal rivals” will take place on December 21 or 22 at Panathinaikos’s home court, the Olympic Sports Hall in Maroussi, and only with Greens’ fans at the stands.

The other semifinal will pit Aris with Panionios at the Nick Galis Hall in Thessaloniki. The final will take place in February 2014.

The news came on the day that an interview by Olympiakos guard Acie Law emerged on the Internet, during which the US player appears to be answering fans’ questions about Panathinaikos, saying that the Greens and their captain Dimitris Diamantidis have enjoyed favorable treatment by referees in Greece and if Olympiakos meets Panathinaikos in the Euroleague the Reds will win by 20 points.

The two sides have already met once this season, in Piraeus, with Olympiakos triumphing by 10 points in the opening round of games in the league.