Posted on: 24/Mar/2011
Basketball: AEK in relegation battle
AEK Athens suffered a seven-point defeat at Kolossos on Rhodes (64-57) in Round 20 of the A1 League and are in real danger of being relegated while the result secured the latter’s top-flight status. Ιlisiakos scored arguably the most important win of the round of league games as they managed to defeat Ikaros Kallithea to move one point clear of second-from-bottom AEK and the relegation zone.
The Zografou club won 74-67 and even got a better head-to-head record than their visitors, which could give them the edge should the two sides finish level after the regular season. Bottom club Iraklis also lost, to reigning champions Panathinaikos, by a 101-68 scoreline in Athens which kept the Greens in pursuit of leaders Olympiakos.
The Reds made it 20 out of 20 with a 77-49 stroll at Paok - a result which maintained their one-point lead over the Greens. Peristeri edged closer to a top-eight finish which would give them a playoff place with a 67-59 home win over a disappointing Panionios, just as Kavala saw off visiting Aris 90-85. Finally, Panellinios moved away from relegation trouble with an 85-72 win at Lamia over third-placed Marousi.
Volleyball: Kazazis quits after player criticism
the open criticism by some of Panathinaikos’ Greek players, in particular, forced club coach Stelios Kazazis (photo) to quit in what was the the most important news in the A1 league during the most recent round of matches.
Despite Panathinaikos’s easy 3-0 home win over Ethnikos Alexandroupoli, Kazazis announced his resignation right after the game on March 12 and revealed that he had already made up his mind three days earlier. “I realised that some squad members had lost confidence in me,” said Kazazis, explaining his decision.
Zoran Gajic and Yiannis Laios are reported to be possible successors to Kazazis.
Kazazis is seen as the reason Panathinaikos managed to field a team this season, given that recent financial problems nearly prompted all the players to leave.
Panathinaikos defeated Ethnikos to stay two points behind leaders Iraklis, who thrashed bottom side Panellinios 3-0 away, despite resting players for the Greek Cup final on March 19 against Olympiakos. Paok, in third, saw off visiting Lamia 3-0 (25-18, 30-28, 25-18), staying one point ahead of Olympiakos, who returned from Thessaloniki with a 3-0 win at Aris on March 11.
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