Panathinaikos paints the Greek Derby green
In an outstanding Greek derby, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens defeated arch rivals Olympiacos Piraeus 93-80 at home. Panathinaikos improved to 4-2 in the standings and is now ahead of Olympiacos, which dropped to 3-3. Lukas Lekavicius led the winners with 17 points. Nick Calathes added 14 and 7 assists, Thanasis Antetokounmpo had 12 while Matt Lojeski got 10 for Panathinaikos. Georgios Printezis led Olympiacos with 26 points on 9-of-10 two-point shots. Janis Timma added 17 on 5-of-6 three-point shots while Nikola Milutinov had 11 for the guests.
A three-pointer by Calathes and a deep jumper by DeShaun Thomas gave Panathinaikos an early 8-4 lead. Timma struck twice from downtown and a jump hook by Printezis put Olympiacos in charge, 10-12. A 7-0 run which Keith Langford capped with a triple made the hosts regain a 17-12 lead. Milutinov stepped up for the guests and Axel Toupane had 7 points in a 0-9 run that gave Olympiacos a 21-25 edge early in the second quarter. Lekavicius rescued Panathinaikos but Timma followed consecutive three-pointers with free throws for a 33-37 Olympiacos edge. Printezis joined the three-point shootout and soon added his trademark jump hook and a put-back layup to keep Olympiacos ahead, 41-48, at halftime. A dunk by Stephane Lasme and a power layup by Thomas gave Panathinaikos hope, 47-51, soon after the break. Lojeski followed free throws with a jumper and a reverse slam by Antetokounmpo made Olympiacos stop the game at 54-54. An alleyoop dunk by James Gist completed the hosts' comeback, 56-55. Antetokounmpo took over with a couple of three-point plays and a huge put-back slam that made it a double-digit game, 67-57, which Zach LeDay and Printezis cut to 67-62 after 30 minutes. A close basket by Calathes made it an eight-point game, 72-64, early in the fourth quarter. Milutinov and Printezis tried to ignite Olympiacos's comeback but Lekavicius and Gist kept the hosts way ahead, 81-72, with over 4 minutes left. Olympiacos did not come back and Panathinaikos had plenty of time to celebrate a big home win.
Lekavicius had 17 points, leading a deep, productive Panathinaikos bench. The Greens' bench players combined for 48 points. Olympiacos' bench was limited to just 18 points.
With Olympiacos leading 50-54, Antetokounmpo had a reverse slam, two three-point plays and a wild put-back dunk in a 12-1 run that put Panathinaikos ahead for good, 62-55. The Greens never looked back after that moment.
Panathinaikos showed great hustle in this game, finishing it with 16 offensive rebounds, 6 steals and 3 blocks, showing great determination and aggresiveness.
Did you notice?
Vassilis Spanoulis fouled out for the sixth time in his EuroLeague career. The last time he picked up his fifth foul was against CSKA Moscow on April 7, 2017. He played his 283rd EuroLeague career game tonight.
Olympiacos hosts Fenerbahce Istanbul on Thursday, November 15 at 20:00 CET. It is a rematch of the 2017 EuroLeague Championship Game. Panathinaikos visits Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Friday, November 16 at 18:30 CET.
Friday, November 9, 2018