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first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares ATHENS – After being down 2-0 in their best-of-five Euroleague quarter-final basketball tourney, Greece’s Olympiakos and Panathinaikos have rallied to force deciding games after winning two at home.Olympiakos, the two-time defending champion and Panathinaikos, the 2011 champion, showed real spunk and didn’t throw in the towel after finding themselves in a deep hole.Olympiakos had an easier time of in on April 23, beating CSKA Moscow 71-62 at Peace and Friendship Stadium in Pireaus while Panathinaikos won a drama in overtime, beating Real Madrid, 73-72.They now will have to win away on April 25 to advance to the Final Four in Milan and try to keep the European crown in Greece for a fourth straight year.Olympiakos, an underdog against a star-laden Spanish team, dug in hard on defense to stifle their rivals and have five players scoring in double digits, teamwork like the 1960’s Boston Celtics dynasty.Olympiakos led 37-30 at the half before Real Madrid came back to even the score at 49-49 before the Greek team went on a fourth quarter rampage, scoring 22 points in the last nine minutes to run away with the win.The Reds were led once again by an ever-improving Bryant Dunston from New York who scored 13 points, collected nine rebounds and earned eight fouls.Panathinaikos was in a nail-biter with the Moscow team in a game that changed leads constantly before the Greek team opened a 63-54 lead that seemed to seal a victory before the Russians forced an OT.Panathinaikos jumped out 71-68 in the extra time with only 45 seconds left and hung on behind an Antonis Fotsis three-pointer and two free throws from captain Dimitris Diamantidis.last_img read more