Olympiakos scored its second win in the top-16 by triumphing at the only place it has lost this season in the Euroleague, at Laboral Kutxa on Thursday, while Panathinaikos played with fire before scoring its first win in the second group stage downing Unicaja Malaga in Athens on Friday.
The Reds produced a very good offensive display, including 17 assists against the Basques’ nine, and led for the entire game at Vitoria to win 82-76 and stake a claim for a top-four finish in the group that will see them through to the play-offs.
Vassilis Spanoulis led the scoring for Olympiakos with 19 points, while Othello Hunter notched up another 17.
Panathinaikos led by up to nine points in the third period of its home game with Malaga, but its low energy and scoring rate, as well as a number of referee decisions, allowed the Spaniards back into the game.
However a James Feldeine three-pointer 11 seconds from the end tipped the balance in the Greens’ favor for a 68-66 final score. Notably, Feldeine had missed all four three-pointers he had attempted up to that point. Timeless Dimitris Diamantidis was the top scorer with 17 points for Panathinaikos.
In the Eurocup on Wednesday Aris dismissed visiting Neptunas Klaipeda 84-58 and PAOK lost 78-62 at Valencia.