ATHENS – Olympiakos’ uneven season continued when the mighty Reds were upset 68-67 by Nea Kifissia, which had put up a tough game earlier in the week against perennial champion Panathinaikos.
Olympiakos had Milan Tomic on the bench as an interim coach after Giorgos Bartzokas resigned following a loss to arch-rival Panathinaikos in the Greek basketball league. PAOK’s Soulis Markopoulos reportedly is the favorite for the Piraeus club’s bench.
Olympiakos is having trouble finding a new leader after France’s Vincent Collet and Serbia’s Aleksander Djordjevic spurned the Reds’ offer to take over as coach.
PAOK reportedly will agree to let Markopoulos jump to a Eurloeague contender instead of a second-tier club. He could be replaced at the Thessaloniki team by former Panionios coach Giorgos Sferopoulos, Kathimerini reported.
PAOK only played 19 minutes of its game at Aris on Oct. 18, as objects hurled onto the court by the Aris fans forced the abandonment of the Thessaloniki derby, with PAOK given the win by a score of 20-0. Fan violence is common at Greek basketball games.
Trikala and Korivos Amaliadas played a wild game that saw Trikala win in a second overtime, 102-93. Once-powerful AEK got its first win after returning to the league, beating Panionios 77-64. Apollon Patras defeated Panelefsiniakos 91-82, and AGO Rethymnou beat KAO Dramas 72-66.