Rick Pitino’s Greek team reaches final after opponent walkout on refs

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first_imgFILE – In this Jan. 4, 2019, file photo, Panathinaikos coach Rick Pitino reacts during a Euroleague basketball match between Panathinaikos and Olympiakos in Piraeus near Athens, Greece. Greece’s government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during a Greek Cup semifinal game against rival Panathinaikos following complaints over the refereeing. Olympiakos forfeited the game at Olympic Stadium in Athens on Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019, leaving at halftime and trailing 40-25. A spokesman for the team said he was “disgusted” with the quality of the refereeing. The action handed Panathinaikos and American coach Pitino a place in Sunday’s cup final against PAOK in Crete. (AP Photo/Petros Giannakouris)ATHENS, Greece — Rick Pitino is back in a final.However, the Greek team he’s coaching reached the final after their opponents walked out at halftime because of poor officiating.ADVERTISEMENT Greece’s government has condemned a walkout by the basketball club Olympiakos during the Greek Cup semifinal game on Wednesday. The club forfeited the game in Athens after leaving while trailing 40-25.A spokesman for the team said he was “disgusted” with the quality of the refereeing.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsGiorgos Vassiliadis, the deputy minister for sport, described the game as a “blow to the sport” but said he couldn’t interfere with the referee selection process.Pitino tweeted after the incident, “Well, in 42 years of coaching, I thought I had seen it all.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Pitino’s Panathinaikos team will play in Sunday’s final against PAOK in Crete.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titlecenter_img Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college MOST READ View comments Dwyane Wade, Dirk Nowitzki share eventful history as honorary All-Stars Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebralast_img

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