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2005 – Greek Champion

The stage was set same as before, with Panathinaikos winning the 26th championship title in the club history. Once again the title was won away from home, since it defeated AEK in the Galatsi Olympic Indoor Arena. The “Greens” ended the regular season in the top spot with a 22-4 run. In the first playoffs round and for the second consecutive year they faced Olympiakos and the outcome was the…usual one: elimination for the Reds with a 2-0 victory run for the Greens (77-74, 95-77). Then, it was Panionios’ turn to be eliminated by a 3-2 run (96-77, 67-69, 92-69, 67-70, 101-57) and an amazing performance for the reds in the home games. In the finals, the “clover” went up against AEK and celebrated the title by a 3-1 showdown (78-62, 79-84, 79-71, 87-71). Overall, Panathinaikos ended the season with a 30-7 run. In his first year with the “clover”, Dimitris Diamantidis was named in the Greek Championship First Team, a position he also held a year before when playing for Iraklis, and which he would not part with for the years to come, while Jaka Lakovic was voted Greek Championship MVP.

The lineup of the championship team: Alvertis, Kalaitzis, Papanikolaou, Lakovic, Batiste, Femerling, Chatzivrettas, Middleton, Baxter, Tsartsaris, Diamantidis, Scepanovic, Kutluay, Sakota, Xanthopoulos. Coach: Zeljko Obradovic

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