Pitino's team reaches Greek Cup final after opponent walks out at halftime
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Former Louisville head coach Rick Pitino and his new squad, Panathinaikos, advanced to the Greek Cup final following a bizarre semifinal matchup against David Blatt's Olympiacos on Wednesday.

After getting called for three fouls in the first 28 seconds, Olympiacos decided to forfeit the game at halftime while trailing Panathinaikos 40-25, according to Antonis Stroggylakis of EuroHoops.

"We are disgusted," Olympiacos general manager Christos Stavropoulos said on live television after the forfeit. "We can't participate in this farce. We can take it any more, the sports authorities should do something."

Giorgos Vassiliadis, Greece's deputy minister of sport, told the Associated Press the game was a "blow to the sport," but said he couldn't interfere with the referee selection process.

Adding to the bizarreness, Panathinaikos owner Dimitris Giannakopoulos was spotted placing a pair of women's underwear on Olympiacos' empty bench.

Pitino wrote on Twitter afterward that he'd never experienced anything like the forfeit in his coaching career.

Panathinaikos will face PAOK in Sunday's final.

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