Panathinaikos Upsets Olympiakos, 77-76

first_imgATHENS – Olympiakos was upset by two-time defending Greek Basketball League champion Panathinaikos, 77-76 on Oct. 9 and is out of the semi-finals.The Greens, who were not figured to win, join PAOK, Apollon Patras and Nea Kifissia in the last four. Except for 2003 when AEK won, either Panathinaikos or Olympiakos has won the previous 21 titles in a league in which they dominate and other teams are also-rans.Despite playing behind closed doors, without several key players due to injury and having changed most of the squad and its coach, Panathinaikos defeated the Reds with a memorable comeback at the end.Panathinaikos jumped out to a 14-4 lead five minutes into the game, which was whittled to 33-32 at half-time. Olympiakos ran up to a big 55-42 lead in the second half before a furious Panathinaikos comeback brought them back to a 75-75 tie on a three-pointer by Dimitris Diamantidis before Uruguyan Esteban Batista, who played with the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA, scored the winner.In the other quarterfinals week, PAOK demolished KAO Dramas 88-63, Nea Kifissia reached the semi-finals for the first time in its history beating the once-glorious Aris 73-69 and Apollon Patras beat a young Panionios at Nea Smyrni, 81-63.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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