Friday night (7:00pm UK) in Piraeus, Greece’s top two, lock horns in Game 3 of the Greek Basket League Finals. Regular season champions Olympiacos, having rather comfortably taken the series’ first two games, will be looking to close out arch rivals Panathinaikos and close out the domestic campaign in style on their home floor.
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Olympiakos were utterly dominant domestically in the 2021-22 season, winning 23 of the 24 regular season games, before sweeping their way (2-0 in the first round, and 3-0 in the semifinals) to the Greek Basket League finals. Awaiting them there, of course, were their counterparts in the ‘derby of the eternal enemies‘, Panathinaikos. Panathinaikos were no slouches themselves, winning 22 of 24 regular season contests and also sweeping through the first round of the playoffs – though they did require the full five games to get through their semifinal series against Larisa and reach these finals.
The first two games of the series have played almost exactly as Olympiacos would have hoped. In the first quarter of Game 1, on on their home floor in Piraeus, they clobbered Panathinaikos 23-4 in the first quarter, then spent the final three quarters in cruise control, on the way to a 13-point (74-61) win, behind 16 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists from Kostas Sloukas and 14 points (on a perfect 6-of-6 shooting) and 10 rebounds from French big man Moustapha Fall.
Game 2 was, in its own way, a more competitive affair. Now on their home floor, Panathinaikos took a one-point lead after the first quarter, before seemingly taking command in the second, outscoring Olympiacos 25-12, to take a 46-32 lead into halftime. HOWEVER…
Olympiakos rather emphatically found their stride after the break, and blitzed their rivals in the third quarter, scoring a whopping 29 points, while allowing just 10, and completely shifting the balance of the game. Though their lead heading into the fourth quarter was just five points, the favorites were now in control. They extended their lead into double figures during the fourth quarter, before ultimately seeing out a six-point win. Leading the way, again, was Sloukas (20 points and 4 assists, but, interestingly, a -19 in 30 minutes of action), along with Aleksandar Vezenkov (19 points, 4 rebounds and a +15 in 35 minutes) and Tyler Dorsey (17 points and +13 in 35 minutes).
The two teams are back in Piraeus on Friday night for Game 3. Victory for Olympiakos means triumph in the competition, with the added bonus of vanquishing a hated rival who’s held the title for four years running (three victorious seasons, and a default win due to COVID) in the process. Panathinaikos will undoubtedly bring all the fight and intensity that they have left in this game, but given Olympiakos imperious domestic form and the manner in which they lost Game 2 at home, it’s tough to imagine a turnaround coming in this series.
Panathinaikos probable starting lineup: Peyton Siva, Eleftherios Bochoridis, Ioannis Papapetrou, Okaro White, Georgios Papagiannis
Olympiacos predicted starting lineup: Thomas Walkup, Tyler Dorsey, Aleksandar Vezenkov, Kostas Papanikolaou, Moustapha Fall
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