Basketball: Panathinaikos Crowned Greek Champions



Panathinaikos won the Greek basketball league for a record 37th time Sunday after beating rival Olympiacos 84-70 in the fifth and deciding game to win the playoff finals 3-2.

Trailing 35-31 at halftime, Panathinaikos used a 29-15 run in the third quarter to take control. The hosts notably improved their three-point shooting, making 6-of-11 in the second half after going 0-for-7 in the first.

Guard Mike James led Panathinaikos with 18 points, while center Jamel McLean was Olympiacos’ top scorer with 16 points.

Panathinaikos’ fans dedicated the title to Pavlos Giannakopoulos, the recently deceased former owner of the basketball club and father of current owner, Dimitris Giannakopoulos.