SPORTS

Josh Childress leads Olympiakos to its first win in A1 division

Former NBA star, Josh Childress’s debut with Olympiakos was the highlight of the first round of games of the new basketball league season. The American stunned fans with some of his efforts and provided most of the highlights of his team’s away win at Aegaleo (65-90) on Saturday. He scored 16 points, including an impressive dunk, early in the second half. Champion Panathinaikos was not troubled by the lack of fans (the game was held behind closed doors) and dismissed neighboring Maroussi 82-54 at the Olympic Sports Hall yesterday. AEK also played without fans yesterday and defeated Kolossos Rhodes 78-59. In the other A1 division games played on Saturday, Aris held off Panellinios and enjoyed a 70-64 home win, while Olympia Larissa saw off promoted Trikala in overtime (67-66). The match between PAOK and Panionios will be held on Wednesday. The Kavala vs Larissa tie was postponed until further notice, as Kavala was not allowed to play on Saturday. The Professional Sports Commission (EEA) is likely to convene today to review Kavala’s case and possibly issue the certificate allowing the promoted club to start playing in the A1 division. A2 club Dafni, which is vying for Kavala’s spot in the top flight, called yesterday for the resignation of the league’s head, Costas Economidis.