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Panionios guard Giorgos Diamantopoulos…

Panionios guard Giorgos Diamantopoulos rises for two of his team-high 26 points against Hapoel Jerusalem yesterday. Panionios won 97-86 to ensure qualification in the round of 16 of the Saporta Cup. In other matches yesterday, Olympiakos defeated Poland’s Slask 80-75, away, in a Euroleague match, while Maroussi defeated Portuguese club Ovarense 77-75 for the Korac Cup. PAOK, which lost 84-65 to Russia’s Lokomotiv Rostov, has been virtually eliminated from the Korac Cup. Besides the club’s acceptance of Santos’s demands – managerial, not financial – Santos, too, committed himself to saying that he would not switch to another Greek club for the next 18 months. Following Monday’s resignation, rumors immediately spread that defending champion Olympiakos’s president, Socrates Kokkalis, was hot on his heels.