The final of the Euroleague: Olympiacos and Barça Regal / PHOTO: Arxiu FCB

After beating Montepaschi Siena in the quarterfinals of the Euroleague, the Greek side survived the Italian’s home-court advantage and they took the series 3 to 1. The men led by Dusan Ivkovic beat one of the most powerful teams in Europe as they sealed their spot in the Final Four in Istanbul; they will face off against Barça Regal in the semifinals.

Gaining momentum

Before beating the Italian side, the Greeks qualified for the playoffs after coming in second in Group G in the Top 16, finishing second to CSKA Moscow, with three wins and three defeats. They didn’t necessarily shine in the first phase either, as they finished with six victories and four defeats. However, Olympiacos Piraeus have been able to react in the latter stages of the competition.

Good memories for the Azulgranas

The last time Culés and Greeks played against each other was in the final of the 2009/10 Euroleague. On that occasion, Xavi Pascual’s men made history by claiming their second European crown in the history of the Club. Now, however, the Greek side has changed since that intense final in Paris.

Led by Dusan Ivkovic and under the leadership of Vassilis Spanoulis, named the MVP of the Euroleague in February, Olympiacos, with the American Kyle Hines, the point guard Acie Law, Kostas Papanikolau and the ex-Unicaja player Printezis, is a fearsome side.

Authoritarian in the League

With 21 victories and only one defeat, Olympiacos is going strong in the A1 League, totaling 43 points. They also have the upper hand on their rivals for the Greek title, Panathinaikos.

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