Olympiakos in Euroleague Eight

first_imgThe two-time defending Euroleague basketball champions Olympiakos have joined their Greek rival Panathinaikos in advancing to the quarter-finals of this year’s tourney after the Turkish team Fenerbahce’s lost to Spain’s Laboral Kutxa on April 4.That came a day after the Reds beat another Turkish team, Anadolu Efes, 83-78. The European champion will finish either third or fourth in its group, depending on whether it beats Panathinaikos in Piraeus on April 10.The winner of that game will face CSKA Moscow, and the loser will get Real Madrid but neither Greek team has home advantage in the best-of-five series for a spot in the Final Four.In Istanbul, Olympiakos romped despite the close score and playing without the injured Stratos Perperoglou and Giorgos Printezis. The winners ran off to a 43-32 half time lead.Anadolu Efes picked up the pace in the second half to close the gap, behind its Greek star Costas Vassiliadis, who scored 16 points in the game.The win was the third straight for Olympiakos in the Euroleague. The Reds were led by Vassilis Spanoulis with 17 points while Bryant Dunston, who played for Fordham, and Matt Lojeski had 13 points each.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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