The always predictable Red Star is welcomed by Panathinaikos AKTORat the packed OAKA (28/12, 21:15, www.sportfm.gr, News Bulletin 247, Novasports Prime), for its 17th matchday Euroleaguewhich is the last of the first round.
The “green” tickets have been sold out for a few days now, with his team Ergin Ataman to be in excellent momentum with three consecutive victories and all of them away from home. So, after the victorious tour in Lyon and Monaco, the “clover” left Milan with victory, prevailing 76-68 of Armani. So, Panathinaikos AKTOR’s record is at 9-7, which keeps him firmly in the top ten. Now, he is waiting at his “home” for his… old friend Nemanja Nedovicbut also them Yannis Sfeiropoulos, Milos Teodosic and Joel Boloboiwho were once in his… camp Olympiakou, each at a different time. Also, a special match for them Luka Vildosa and Matias Lessoras both have worn the red and white of the Belgrade team in the past.
From then on, the “greens” confirmed their good condition in the Greek championship as well, as they come from the victory (69-54) in Patras over Prometheus, for the 11th matchday of the Stoiximan Basket League. However, Ergin Ataman has a major “headache” ahead of the clash with Red Star. He concerns to Matias Lessor. The French center left with a lower back injury from the Milan match and his participation against the “red and whites” of Belgrade is doubtful, according to the words of his coach. He will also be apart Ioannis Papapetrouwho is however expected to return to action early in the new year.
On the contrary, the Red Star he goes to OAKA in good spirits. And that’s because, last week beat Maccabi Tel Aviv 98-92in the neutral “Hala Pionir” of Belgrade, thanks to its excellent appearance Milos Teodosicwho emerged as well MVP of the tournament. Despite all this, his progress in the competition so far is not considered satisfactory, as it is mediocre 6-10.
The team of Yiannis Sfairopoulos also played at the same speed in the Adriatic league match, where crushed Split 89-67. Meanwhile, a few days ago the Serbian team made additions and deletions to the roster, after the departure of Shabazz Napier for Armani Milano, while the former “green” was released, Ognien Kuzmic. At the same time, Red Star announced the termination of the loan of the super talented 18-year-old guard, Nikola Topic, from Mega Basket. The youngster was included in the squad, but it remains unknown if he will play against Panathinaikos AKTOR.
The referees of the match will be Robert Lottermoser (Germany), Joseph Bissang (France) and Mario Majic (Slovenia).
Source: Sport Fm
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