Greeks take on the Spaniards

The latest round of Euroleague basketball competition pits Greece’s three representatives against Spanish teams in important Top 16 games tonight and tomorrow. Panathinaikos, a top performer in the previous round, hosts Barcelona tonight in an encounter that will produce a clear leader in Group F. The Greek and Spanish teams began their second-stage quests last week with convincing home wins against Efes Pilsen and Prokom Trefl respectively. Panathinaikos, the domestic league’s front-runner, goes into tonight’s game having lost at home to challenger and archrival Olympiakos. Also tonight, Aris, an 84-76 loser at home in its second-stage opener against Dynamo Moscow, will be hosted by Unicaja, which beat Benetton Treviso last week, in Group G. Playing tomorrow, Olympiakos – in a good frame of mind following the weekend win at Panathinaikos which came just days after a win at Partizan Belgrade in the Greek club’s Euroleague second-stage opener – travels again, this time to take on Badalona club DKV Joventut in Group E. The top two teams from all four second-stage groups advance to the quarterfinals.