MOSCOW – Panathinaikos has been pushed to the edge of elimination, losing its second straight game to CSKA Moscow in Euroleague basketball tourney play, this one by 100-80.
It was the second straight drubbing too as the Greek team has found itself totally outclassed by the Russian champions who have dominated outright.
Panathinaikos gave the illusion of competing by taking a 14-11 lead before CSKA began its runaway, running up leads of more than 20 points and coasting to victory, behind Greek coach Dimitris Itoudis and star player Andrei Kirilenko, who scored 16 points in only 18 minutes.
Panathinaikos got a good performance from young Vassilis Charalampopoulos who had 14 points in 22 minutes including nailing two three pointers. “We could have done better,” the 18-year-old forward said after the game.
Game 3 will take place April 20 in Athens.