GREEK CHAMPIONSPanathinaikos Crowned Greek Champion after Beating Olympiacos 87-82 in Thrilling Game 5

In a thrilling conclusion to the Stoiximan Basket League Championship, Panathinaikos emerged victorious, defeating their arch-rivals Olympiacos 87-82 in a thrilling Game 5. This win not only secured the domestic title for Panathinaikos but also completed a remarkable double, adding to their Euroleague crown.

The final game, held at Panathinaikos’s home court, was a nail-biting affair, characterized by intense competition and high stakes. Olympiacos initially took control, building double-digit leads in the early stages. However, Panathinaikos, demonstrating resilience, mounted a significant comeback.

Captain Kostas Sloukas was pivotal in the victory, scoring an impressive 29 points. Sloukas, who switched from Olympiacos to Panathinaikos last summer, played a crucial role in his team’s success. Contributions also came from Jerian Grant with 15 points and Kendrick Nunn, who despite losing two teeth during the game, added 13 points.

Panathinaikos Coach Ergin Ataman praised his team’s “magic” and their ability to overcome adversity, as seen in their comebacks in both the Euroleague and the Basket League finals.

The series, which saw Panathinaikos rally from a 2-0 deficit, is being hailed as one of the most captivating spectacles in global basketball this season. Fans were treated to intense drama and high-level play, making this a memorable championship run.

The triumph marks Panathinaikos’s first domestic title since 2021, reinforcing their dominance in Greek basketball. The victory also adds to the legacy of a club known for its competitive spirit and illustrious history.

Kostas Antetokounmpo won the Greek basketball league title with Panathinaikos after helping them win Euroleague Championship in May. | Credit: Panathinaikos B.C.

Olympiacos fought valiantly throughout the series but ultimately could not withstand the relentless pressure from Panathinaikos. The Game 5 loss was a hard-fought battle, with both teams leaving everything on the court.

Panathinaikos’s victory is celebrated not just for the championship title but also for the extraordinary comeback that defined their season. The team’s ability to bounce back from setbacks and secure the win exemplifies the spirit of champions.


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