Panathinaikos OPAP Athens kicked off the Greek Basketball Super Cup with a semi-final win against Megabolt Lavrio 74-61 (23-21, 23-8, 7-17, 21-15).

Lavrio started the game well and led by up to four points for most of the first quarter. However, Panathinaikos forward Okaro White dominated, scoring 10 points and grabbing 4 rebounds in the period, helping his team to a narrow 2-point lead after one (23-21).

Panathinaikos stepped on the gas in the second period and gained their first double-digit lead after White's 3-pointer (39-27). Kendrick Perry added five straight points, Jehyve Floyd finished the half with a slam, and the Greek powerhouse had their biggest lead of the game going into halftime (46-29).

After scoring just 8 points in the second quarter, Lavrio continued to struggle in that department. They only had 2 points in the first half of the third quarter, but then the tides changed. Lavrio went on a 13-0 run to finish the period and cut their deficit to seven (53-46).

They continued their spurt to start the final quarter and quickly made it a one-possession game (53-50). However, Panathinaikos finally ended their six-minute scoring drought, re-gaining a seven-point lead (57-50). But Lavrio didn't give up and cut their deficit to four once again with under five minutes remaining (61-57).

Nevertheless, Panathinaikos went on a run of their own, restoring a double-digit lead (68-58) and holding on to it for the rest of the game. The men in green and white advanced to the Super Cup final, where they will face the winner of the match between Promitheas Patras and AEK Athens.

Panathinaikos: Okaro White 23 (11 REB), Kendrick Perry 12 (4 REB), Daryl Macon 8, Jehyve Floyd 7, Ioannis Papapetrou 7, Howard Sant-Roos 7 (6 REB), Lefteris Mantzoukas 3, Nemanja Nedovic 3, Leonidas Kaselakis 2 (5 REB), Giorgos Papagiannis 2 (6 REB).

Lavrio: Jerry Smith 17 (5 REB), Kenny Goins 14, Marcus Lewis 6, Dimitris Kaklamanakis 6, Al-Wajid Aminu 6.

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