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Monday, March 08, 2010

 Panathinaikos maintained their two-point lead at the head of the basketball league with their hard-fought 82-74 win at PAOK on Sunday, one of the few tricky places the champions still had to visit before clinching the top spot of the regular season.

Olympiakos, in second, had a virtual walkover against lowly Ilisiakos winning 101-60 at home, while Maroussi, in third, downed Trikala 78-65.

Aris climbed back into the playoff spots thoroughly beating Panionios 95-78 as Kolossos have also edged closer to a top-eight finish thanks to a 74-72 away win over struggling Kavala.

AEK have steered clear of the relegation zone with a precious 82-79 victory at Olympia Larissa, with the hosts remaining at the foot of the table.

Panellinios have all but a confirmed their entry into the regular season's top-four with an 86-79 home win over Peristeri on Saturday.

Monday, March 01, 2010

MVP Dimitris DiamantidisPanathinaikos have all but clinched the top spot for the regular season in the A1 after their 98-90 home win over archrivals Olympiakos on Sunday night.

Playing in front of a capacity crowd of home fans at the Olympic Sports Hall in Maroussi, Panathinaikos had an absolutely impressive three-pointer rate that at one point had come to 9 out of 11, to end up at 15 out of 32.

With Drew Nicholas (27 points), Dimitris Diamantidis (26 p., seven rebounds and 11 assists) and Vassilis Spanoulis (22 p.) in a fantastic night, Panathinaikos never lost their lead and at one point had an advantage of 19 points (74-55).

Olympiakos were clearly missing two of their best players, Yiannis Bourousis and Linas Kleiza for health reasons, with Thodoris Papaloukas and Milos Teodosic failing to reach the level of performance that had seen them lead the Reds to the Cup final triumph eight days earlier over the same opponent.

Josh Childress and Sofoklis Schortsanitis (26 and 18 points respectively) tried to keep Olympiakos in the game.

"If you want to win the league you have to win everywhere. We will need to win here to take the championship," admitted Childress after the game.

The result means that not only have Panathinaikos avenged their four-point loss in the recent final, but have also taken a two-point lead at the top of the table with eight games left to play before the playoffs and have recovered from their shock exit from the Euroleague.

A major upset took place in the other game held on Sunday, as bottom-placed Ilisiakos defeated Euroleague challengers Maroussi 74-69.

There were more unexpected results in Saturday's matches, as struggling Trikala beat Aris 87-85 in overtime, Kavala took a great step toward their survival with their 84-77 win at PAOK and AEK suffered a shock 64-59 home loss to Kolossos Rhodes.

In the other games Panellinios beat hosts Panionios 87-85 and Peristeri downed visiting Olympia Larissas 90-69.

Greens and Reds win ahead of final
AEK score precious victory at Kavala
PAOK end Maroussi's winning streak
Easy home wins for PAO, Olympiakos
Maroussi stun Olympiakos, PAO go top
Victories for AEK and Aris in local derbies
Aris scare Olympiakos but lose
Triumphs for AEK, Kolossos away
Relegation battle steals the show
No change on top as favourites win
Maroussi lead race for third spot
Easy wins for PAO, Olympiakos
Panellinios, Maroussi consolidate positions
Wins for Panathinaikos, Olympiakos
Away wins for Reds and Greens
Triumph for Maroussi at Kolossos
Reds, Greens win but Ilisiakos triumph
Trikala coach Angelou quits
Panionios end Reds' winning streak
Nea Smyrni side win by two in overtime

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