SPORTS

A win is a win is a win for Olympiakos

A bad Olympiakos defeated a worse Laboral Kutxa 63-57 to make it two out of two in the Euroleague on Friday.

In a game where the two teams had an overall field goal rate of about one in three (43 out of 121), the total of 120 points between them was rather flattering. However the result suits the Reds just fine as they needed a victory at all costs in order to put their defeats in domestic competitions behind them, while they are still looking for a coach.

The Greeks had a strong start to the game, leading 24-12, but the Basques fought back and reduced their deficit to just four points at half-time (30-26).

In the third period the visitors improved on their rebounds and went ahead by up to three points (43-40), but Olympiakos quickly restored order to end the third quarter on top (48-45).

In the last period one poor shot followed another, Laboral got within one point (56-55), but Olympiakos scored seven points in a row to put an end to the contest in front of the 5,000 fans attending the game at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus.

Belgian-American Matt Lojeski was the top scorer for Olympiakos with 15 points.