Olympiakos beats CSKA in battle of Greek coaches

A great all-around performance allowed Olympiakos to thrash the unbeaten record of Russian giant CSKA Moscow on Thursday in Piraeus with an 84-76 score, for the Greeks’ fifth win in six games at the second group stage of the Euroleague.

After the first period of the game (score 11-17) at the Peace and Friendship Stadium at Neo Faliro, Olympiakos was firmly in the lead relying mostly on its impressive scoring rate, while CSKA seemed unable to contain its host on the night.

The Piraeus team scored 32 points in the second period to end the first half with a six-point advantage (43-37), that expanded to 11 points after the first 30 minutes (64-53).

Coached by Greek Dimitris Itoudis, CSKA fought back in the last quarter to cut its arrears to three points (69-66), but Olympiakos held on to win by eight, urged on by a near-capacity crowd.

Therefore this battle of Greek coaches has ended with victory for the team of Yiannis Sfairopoulos. Its top scorers on the night were Vassilis Spanoulis (19 points) and Matt Lojeski (13).

In the Eurocup PAOK lost 79-68 at home to France’s Limoges on Wednesday.