Kolossos Rhodes upset champion Panathinaikos on Saturday, as the first three quarterfinals of the Basket League have gone to a third game. All best-of-three ties are tied at 1-1 after the first couple of games – with the exception of the series between Olympiakos and Korivos due to the Reds’ involvement in the Euroleague Final Four.
The Greens won Game 1 at home last Tuesday with a 98-71, but suffered a reverse at ever-improving Kolossos (75-73), so their tie will be decided in Game 3 in Athens on Tuesday.
Worse, Panathinaikos has lost guard Nikos Pappas who suffered a serious knee injury and will not only miss the rest of the season but also the first few months of the next.
AGO Rethymnou appears to have studied very well PAOK’s game, and after coming close to beating the Thessaloniki club away last Tuesday (66-59), it managed to level the score at the series with a 65-61 victory on Crete. Game 3 looms at Thessaloniki on Tuesday.
Based on the performances of PAOK and Aris, AEK appears now the most likely to earn the third spot in the play-offs, as in Game 2 of its series with Aris it thrashed its rival with a 92-54 score on Saturday after narrowly missing out on victory at Thessaloniki (71-69) last Tuesday.
The Olympiakos vs Korivos Amaliadas series will start on May 21.