Olympiakos needs overtime to beat PAOK away


PAOK came as close as possible to upsetting champion Olympiakos in Thessaloniki, but eventually lost to its visitor in overtime on Monday in a thrilling game with a 104-99 final score.

Bottom-of-the-table PAOK led for most of the second half and would have scored its first win in four games had Olympiakos not staged a late comeback to take the game to overtime, where experience and quality overcame the home team’s passion and concentration.

Panathinaikos and AEK remain the only teams with a perfect record, after the Greens thrashed Kolossos Rhodes 107-66 in Athens on Sunday and AEK beat the strong resistance of host Korivos at Amaliada to win 76-67 on Saturday.

New boys Arkadikos scored their first ever victory in the top flight beating visiting Rethymno 75-70 at Tripoli.

In other Saturday matches promoted Lavrio gave a big scare to Aris before the Thessaloniki team won 76-68 away, Kifissia made up for its home loss last week with a 76-73 victory at Trikala, and Apollon Patras that had sacked coach Thanassis Papachatzis after three losses saw off host kavala 91-72.