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Olympiakos On The Brink

first_imgMADRID – Two-Time Euroleague basketball champion Olympiakos is on the edge of elimination from this year’s tourney falling behind 2-0 after losing to Real Madrid, 82-77 on April 17, in a quarter-final match.If the defending champs want to get a spot in the Final Four in Milan it will have to take the next three games, beginning with an April 21 game in Piraeus.Seeing it matched up better again the slower Olympiakos than its rival Panathiniakos, Real Madrid essentially threw its last game in the group stage so it could play the Reds instead of the Greens.Olympiakos jumped off to an 11-6 lead before the Spaniards took a lead of 30-23 after one quarter and 53-44 into the locker room at half time.The Reds had a positive start to the game leading 11-6, but their defense soon gave way, as Real got to be really prolific to advance 30-23 after 10 minutes and 53-44 at half-time.Olympiakos made a quick start in the third period to close within three but the faster Spaniards picked up the pace and surged back into a 70-57 lead.Olympiakos made a last, desperate run to come within 79-75 but never could get over the hump and were ironically beaten by a former player, Greek forward Yiannis Bourousis, who jumped to Real Madrid and led the winners with 19 points and 10 rebounds.For Olympiakos, sharpshooter captain Vassilis Spanoulis had 18 points. TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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