Greens win at Amaliada but sweat over Loukas

Panathinaikos extended its unbeaten record in the Basket League with a 13-point win at Korivos Amaliadas on Monday, one day after Olympiakos defeated KAO Dramas away.

The Greens led throughout the game at Amaliada in a quite friendly atmosphere, with the hosts even honoring Panathinaikos captain Dimitris Diamantidis. Despite a late scare that had Korivos reduce its deficit to six points (59-53), Panathinaikos won 72-59, with 16 points from Janis Blums. However it is the injury to center Loukas Mavrokefalidis that is of major concern for the champion.

Olympiakos steered clear of trouble where it had lost last season, beating KAOD 82-64 at Drama thanks an impressive Vangelis Mantzaris, scorer of 17 points.

PAOK held off improved Panelefsiniakos in Thessaloniki to win 69-59, but will need to replay its game against Aris that had been abandoned due to Aris fan action. The supreme sports court (ASEAD) decided on Friday to reject the sports judge’s decision to award the game to PAOK, ordering the Thessaloniki derby to be replayed.

Aris suffered a third reverse in a row, going down 71-65 at Nea Smyrni to rising Panionios. Nea Kifissia grabbed a hard-fought win at Trikala (96-89) and is joint third with AGO Rethymnou that saw off visiting Apollon Patras 88-81 on Saturday.

Rejuvenated AEK now has a top-four finish in its sights after rising to fifth through an emphatic 96-73 victory over Kolossos Rhodes in Athens on Sunday.