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.
Panathinaikos will go island-hopping this week, as on Monday it won at one of Europe’s easternmost courts, and three days later, on Thursday night, it will face Gran Canaria on European basketball’s westernmost outpost.
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.
Thursday was a bad day for Greek teams in the Euroleague, as Olympiakos went down easily at leader Fenerbahce and Panathinaikos suffered another defeat on the road, this time at Maccabi.
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.
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.
Olympiakos ended its negative streak against Panathinaikos winning 79-65 in Piraeus in Friday for its 10th win in 16 Euroleague games.
Rick Pitino has won his first game in Greece, coaching troubled Panathinaikos to a 96-84 victory over CSKA Moscow on Friday night in Europe's main competition.
Rick Pitino is the new coach of six-time Euroleague champion Panathinaikos. The legendary NCAA coach arrived in Athens on Wednesday and announced he has already signed his contract until the end of the season and will be present at the…