Gaining speed after 15 ‘and playing pressure defense, Panathinaikos prevailed 77-62 over Peristeri in the closed “Andreas Papandreou”.
Top Meikon (16 points), Papagiannis (14 points, 12 rebounds) and Sant-Ross (8 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists) for the “clover”, which celebrated its first away victory in the league and Euroleague.
On the other, for the group of western suburbs Chrysikopoulos (12 points, 5 rebounds) and Katsivelis (12 points, 5 assists) stood out.
Peristeri started dynamically and finding a score from the periphery, gained a lead (9-8 in 3 ‘). With a basket by Sant-Ross, Panathinaikos went ahead (13-14), however somewhere there the players of Priftis “relaxed” defensively and allowed the hosts to run a series of 11-0 (24-14), with Chrysikopoulos being unstoppable . . The first ten minutes ended with Manolopoulos’ team having “air” of 9 points (29-20).
At the start of the 2nd period, Macon held the “clover” upright and with 9 consecutive points reduced to 31-25. Nevertheless, the “princes of the West Bank” regained a double-digit difference having the right options in the attack (37-25 in 15 ‘). Somewhere there, Priftis lowered his form (with Papapetrou in “4”), something that paid off: with very good defenses and their leader giving solutions, the “greens” ran 16-4 and equalized in the final of the half ( 41-41).
Panathinaikos continued in the 3rd quarter from where he stopped in the final of the first part and with Meikon, Papagiannis scoring, he achieved 14-4 and moved away with a double-digit difference (45-55 in 25 ‘). The guests escaped up to +11 (51-62) thanks to their excellent defensive function, while they closed the period with “air” of 10 points (53-63).
In the first minutes of the 4th period, the hosts reduced to -7 (57-64 in 33 ‘), however, the “greens” reacted and escaped again (60-73 in 37 ‘) with a nailing of Papagiannis, who dominated under the rackets. Manolopoulos’s players gave up and had no way to return. The final 62-77 gave the first double of this year for the “clover”, which gained valuable calm in view of the devil week.
The quarters: 29-20, 41-41, 53-63, 62-77.
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