Olympiacos Claims 12th Greek Cup Title with Victory over Panathinaikos

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Olympiacos once again emerged victorious in the Greek Cup finals, which were held in the largest city of Crete for the third consecutive time.

Led by coach Georgios Bartzokas, they defeated their arch-rivals, Panathinaikos Aktor, with a score of 58-69 in the final. This win secured their 12th Cup and brought them closer to Panathinaikos' record of 20 Cups.

This victory marked the third time Olympiacos came out on top against Panathinaikos in their recent matchups. While they had lost both regular-season clashes in the Basket League, they won both finals to claim the Greek Supercup and Cup titles. They also emerged victorious in the sole EuroLeague matchup between the two teams.

Moustapha Fall was the leading scorer for Olympiacos, with 13 points and seven rebounds. He achieved a game-high Performance Index Rating (PIR) of 22 and won the MVP honors. Moses Wright also contributed 13 points to the team's victory. Filip Petrusev was the only other player on coach Bartzokas' team to score in double figures, with 10 points. Kostas Papanikolau added nine points and five assists.

On the opposing side, Dinos Mitoglou was the highest scorer for Panathinaikos, with 16 points. However, he lost his rhythm in the decisive period when Olympiacos pulled away to a 48-62 lead, which proved to be insurmountable for Panathinaikos. Matthias Lessort added 12 points, Jerian Grant contributed 11 points, along with five assists and rebounds, and Kendrick Nunn scored 10 points, although he missed all five of his three-point attempts.

Olympiacos took an early lead of 16-12 in the 11th minute, but Panathinaikos responded with a 7-0 run to go ahead 19-16, thanks to a three-pointer from Mitoglou in the 13th minute. Despite Grant's efforts, which helped Panathinaikos maintain a slim lead of 24-23 in the 16th minute, Olympiacos finished the first half strongly with a 7-0 run, leading 30-25 at halftime.

In the third quarter, Panathinaikos managed to equalize at 39-39, with Mitoglou scoring 13 points. However, Olympiacos responded with an 8-0 run to take a commanding 47-39 lead by the end of the third quarter. Panathinaikos' 17 turnovers throughout the game contributed to Olympiacos' advantage, ultimately securing their victory.

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