Greek Cup, Final: February 10, 2013
by: Euroleague.net
February 10, 2013
Panathinaikos Athens champ Greek Cup 2013 (photo paobc.gr)Panathinaikos Athens defended the Greek Cup crown by holding off hard-charging Olympiacos Piraeus for a 81-78 in the final on Sunday. It was the 14th national cup title for the Greens, who led for almost the entire game behind big performances from guards Roko Ukic, who was named MVP, and team leader Dimitris Diamantidis. Panathinaikos opened the game with a 22-9 lead before Kostas Sloukas got the Reds going. A 1-8 run cut the deficit, but after 13 minutes with 26-17 on the scoreboard, fans caused stoppage of play and the game was suspended while the stands were emptied. Play resumed after an hour-long break, and Panathinaikos extended its margin to 33-17 before going into the halftime holding 41-30 advantage. Olympiacos had a better start to the second half, as Sloukas and Vassilis Spanoulis led a 4-13 run that got the Reds within 45-43. But Stephane Lasme answered with a basket-plus-free throw and Diamantidis converted 4 free throws after a Stratos Perperoglou technical that seemed to change the momentum back to the Greens. As Acie Law and Pero Antic led another Reds' comeback, however, a triple by Ukic at the end of the third and another early in the fourth quarter gave Greens more breathing room. When, with 3 minutes to go, a shot from downtown by Sloukas gave Olympiacos its first lead of the game, 71-72, Ukic and Diamantidis led a new 7-0 run for Panathinaikos to re-take the lead. With Lasme going 3 of 4 from the foul line in the final 25 seconds, Olympiacos had one last shot at overtime, but Spanoulis missed a potential game-tying triple. Diamantidis led Panathinaikos with 19 points while making 12 of 12 free throws, grabbing 8 rebounds and dishing out 7 assists. Ukic scored 18 points on 3-for-4 three-point shooting, Lasme collected 16 points and 6 rebounds in less than 18 minutes, while James Gist chipped in with 11 points. Peto Antic had 17 points and 8 rebounds for Olympiacos, Acie Law scored 15, Spanoulis 12 plus 7 assists while Sloukas added 10 points in defeat.
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