Big win for Rethymno, big scare for Olympiakos

AGO Rethymnou defeated host Nea Kifissia to stay alone in third at the Basket League table, while promoted Korivos Amaliadas gave Olympiakos a scare in Piraeus on Sunday, although the Reds prevailed in the end.

Rethymno triumphed where even Olympiakos lost, as Nea Kifissia suffered a 74-64 reverse at home to the ambitious Cretan team, that had US point guard Vincent Council score 22 points and emerge as the league’s Most Valuable Player of the weekend for the second time in the last three weeks.

Olympiakos beat Korivos 79-73 despite trailing on several occasions, but the warning is there once again for coach Yiannis Sfairopoulos and his players to heed.

Champion Panathinaikos, on the other hand, produced another convincing performance to thrash Panionios 92-61 at home in front of about 9,000 fans at the Olympic Sports Hall, to extend its perfect record to eight games.

PAOK suffered another loss, this time at Apollon Patras, as the Peloponnesian team won 80-70, while Aris put an end to AEK’s winning run with an 86-75 victory.

Despite the departure of the hitherto top scorer of the Basket League, Mike James, to Euroleague challenger Laboral Kutxa, Kolossos Rhodes defeated visiting Trikala 77-69.

Panelefsiniakos took a leap toward safety with an emphatic 83-69 home win against KAO Dramas that is deep in the relegation trouble.