Olympiakos and Panathinaikos put aside domestic concerns to win at home and retain alive their hopes for a play-off spot in the Euroleague, three rounds of games before the end of the regular season.
Aris nearly took advantage of the recent slump in form of Olympiakos to force a major upset in Piraeus for the Basket League on Monday, but the Reds eventually won by nine to calm their nerves.
A basketball disciplinary court penalized Olympiakos on Saturday with a six-point deduction after it stormed off the court last Wednesday during a Greek Cup semifinal against rival Panathinaikos.
Greece’s government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing.
Another week of twin bad losses for Greek teams in the Euroleague saw them slip further at the standings, as Olympiakos lost at Maccabi and Panathinaikos suffered at the hands of Fenerbahce in Turkey.
Holargos has become the latest of Greek teams to challenge Olympiakos at home and threaten the Reds with their second defeat, but without success.
Panathinaikos looks like slipping out of contention for a play-off spot in the Euroleague after its loss at Zalgiris, while Olympiakos produced a widely anticipated home win over Khimki to stay in the running for a top-four finish.
Promitheas almost forced Olympiakos’s second loss in the Basket League, but the Reds held on to stay one point behind leader Panathinaikos.
The Greek basketball giants succumbed to their Spanish hosts in the second set of Euroleague games for the week, as Olympiakos succumbed to holder Real Madrid on Thursday and Panathinaikos went down at Barcelona on Friday.
Olympiakos and Panathinaikos started another tough week in the Euroleague with important home wins over Baskonia and Bayern Munich respectively.