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Panathinaikos forward…

Panathinaikos forward Mike Batiste rises to score two of his game-high 18 points against first-placed Maroussi. Second-placed Panathinaikos defeated Maroussi more easily than expected, 92-64, during the weekend to close within one point of the leaders. Maroussi has been the Greek basketball league’s surprise team this season, while Panathinaikos has won five of the last six championships.