Coach Haris Markopoulos saw his team, Korivos Amaliadas defeat high-flying PAOK, coached by his father Soulis, with a 65-61 score on Wednesday in the most impressive result of the midweek set of fixtures for the Basket League.
This victory meant that the Peloponnesian team has taken a leap toward safety, while PAOK risks losing the third spot as Aris has closed in to one point through a hard-fought home win over KAO Dramas (78-75). PAOK may have been distracted by the prospect of the Cup semifinal against Panathinaikos it will host on Sunday.
AEK nearly sprang a huge upset on Thursday, but Olympiakos regrouped in the last couple of minutes to win 83-77 in Piraeus, in an unexpectedly balanced game at the Peace and Friendship Stadium.
Panathinaikos comfortably stayed one point behind leader Olympiakos through an emphatic 107-76 victory against Trikala in Athens.
Panionios appears all but condemned to relegation, as it is rock bottom, two points adrift the teams just above it following its 84-79 home loss to AGO Rethymnou.
In other games on Wednesday Apollon Patras saw off Nea Kifissia right at the end with a 69-65 score, and Panelefsiniakos bolstered its chances to stay up through its 75-69 win over Kolossos Rhodes.