Olympiacos came very, very close to its 35th title of the national champion.
The Piraeus-based team beat Vouliagmeni (11:9) in the second game of the playoffs final, and now it has a 2:0 lead in the series.
Olympiacos’ Konstantinos Genidounias, who scored four goals in the first match (11:6), was unstoppable again. Today, he found the net five times. The hosts’ goalkeeper Emmanouil Zerdevas also was up to the task, especially in the final quarter.
Olympiacos – Vouliagmeni 11:9 (4:2, 2:2, 4:3, 1:2) – score in the series 2:0
Olympiacos: Genidounias 5, Daube 3, Dervisis 1, Mourikis 1, Chrysospathis 1.
Vouliagmeni: Gkiuovetsis 2, Kourouvanis 2, Alafrakis 1, Troulos 1, Afroudakis 1, Kalogeropoulos 1, Lozina 1.
Vouliagmeni earned an early 1:0, but Olympiacos responded with three goals and went 3:1 up. The visitors cut the deficit 2:3, but Genidounias closed this period with a goal from a penalty shot for 4:2.
In the second period, Olympiacos built a 3-goal lead after Genidounias scored from a counter-attack for 6:3, but Vouliagmeni managed to reduce the gap before the middle break (4:6).
Early in the third quarter, the hosts scored two quick goals (Hannes Daube and Genidounias) and built an 8:4 lead. Midway through this period, Gkiouvetsis and Kourouvanis halved the distance (6:8), but Olympiacos regained a 4-goal lead shortly after (10:6). Afroudakis closed the third period and kept Voulagmeni’s hopes alive (7:10).
The visitors played better in the final eight minutes. Still, Olympiacos’ defense worked quite well. Vouliagmeni came close after Lozina hit the back of the net for 9:11 with 02:15 minutes left. Olympiacos controlled the match in the last two minutes.
The reigning champion has an opportunity to secure the title on Saturday. The third match will be played on May 15 in Vouliagmeni’s pool.
Peristeri – Apollon Smyrnis 13:15 (4:4, 2:1, 3:3, 2:3, PSO 2:4) – score in the series 0:2
Peristeri: Karountzos 4, Koukoumakis 2, Papanikolaou 1, Farmer 1, Gerakoudis 1, Agrotzas 1, Mironov 1, Tzortzis 1, Tzakgaris 1.
Apollon Smyrnis: Gounas 5, Moskov 4, Goniotakis 2, Solanakis 2, Alamanos 1, Bowen 1.
Apollon defeated Peristeri after a penalty shootout in the second match of the playoffs for 3rd place. Apollon secured a spot in the Champions League qualifications. Peristeri qualified for the LEN Euro Cup.