ATHENS (Euroleague) - Time flies. Has it been almost one year since Olympiacos pulled off one of the greatest comebacks in basketball history to beat CSKA Moscow in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final?
Remember that CSKA team, the one coached by Jonas Kazlauskas that had Russia internationals Andrei Kirilenko and Alexey Shved, a duo now on the books of the Minnesota Timberwolves?
CSKA appeared to be cruising to the title in Istanbul on 13 May, 2012, up 19 points in the third quarter, yet Olympiacos stormed back and won the game, 62-61, when Greece international Georgios Printezis scored with less than a second remaining.
Well, Olympiacos and CSKA Moscow are about to trade blows in a Final Four again, this time in London on 10 May.
The Greeks punched their ticket to the season-ending showpiece event with another come-from-behind triumph on Friday night in Athens.
Now led not by Dusan Ivkovic but Georgios Bartzokas, the Reds fell behind Anadolu Efes by 15 points in the second quarter but charged back to win, 82-72.
Last year's Final Four MVP, Greece national team shooting guard Vassilis Spanoulis, had 19 points against Efes.
Printezis, who endured a couple of difficult seasons in Spain with Unicaja Malaga before joining Olympiacos before last season, had another impressive game.
He finished with 15 points and seven rebounds.
"We proved that the Euroleague trophy we won last season was not a lucky one," he said.
"Olympiacos makes it to the Final Four for the fourth time in five seasons and I feel proud to belong to such a basketball powerhouse."
Spanoulis, a member of the Greece national sides that won gold at EuroBasket 2005 and silver at the 2006 FIBA World Championship, is looking to add to his legend.
He was also the 2009 Final Four MVP after leading Panathinaikos to the title.
"It is always very difficult for any reigning Euroleague champion to make back-to-back Final Four appearances," Spanoulis said.
"Now we are going to London to play our basketball.
"We are the defending Euroleague champions and we will do everything possible to be successful there. We have to play freely, with heart, good tactics and, hopefully, with some luck."