Hoop Screams: Greek Teams Out

first_imgTwo-time defending champion Olympiakos and its Greek league arch-rival Panathiniakos were bounced out of the Euroleague quarter-finals on April 25 after coming back from 2-0 deficits to tie their best-of-five series.Olympiakos was beaten 83-69 in Spain by Real Madrid, at least making a game of it. It was a rematch of last year’s final won by the Greek team, 100-88. Panathinaikos was destroyed 74-44 in Russia by CSKA Moscow in a humiliating rout.The Greens had won the title in 2011, beginning a run of three straight years for Greek teams to hold the title. No team had ever come back from a 2-0 deficit in Eurloeague quarterfinal play but both Greek teams at least had a shot at it after winning two straight at home before hitting the road.Olympiakos matched Real for almost three periods before the Spanish team put on a spurt to run away in the final quarter, mostly on the strength of rebounding.Olympiakos captain Vassilis Spanoulis came to play, scoring 19 points and was helped by 15 from Matt Lojeski, an American/Belgian player.  Real Madrid will face Spanish league rival Barcelona in a Final Four match-up in Milan.Panathinaikos gave up the ghost from the get-go in Moscow, trailing from beginning to end in a rout that was even worse than the score.Guards Dimitris Diamantidis, Zach Wright and Roko Ukic shot 2-for-17 combined from the floor, ending it before it started, with only James “Airlines” Gist, with 10 points and Loukas Mavrokefalidis showing any moxie.CSKA Moscow will face Maccabi Tel Aviv in the other semifinal.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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