AEK and PAOK cruise as Aris stumble in FIBA Champions League

AEK and PAOK cruise as Aris stumble in FIBA Champions League
 

FIBA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GAMEDAY 9

Date Home Team Score Away Team
19-Dec-17 Aris 65 - 71 Nymburg
20-Dec-17 AEK 84 - 64 Venezia
20-Dec-17 Gaziantep 65 - 77 PAOK

AEK and PAOK picked up double-digit wins in the FIBA Basketball Champions League while Aris are still hopeful of reaching the Round of 16 despite another loss at home…

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AEK’s bid to reach the Round of 16 in the FIBA Basketball Champions League received a massive boost on Gameday 9, while Aris’ hopes were kept intact despite a narrow loss at home. PAOK, meanwhile, still have ground to make-up in Group B despite their overtime success in Turkey.
 
Following a shock loss to newly-promoted Kymis in the Greek Basket League on Saturday, Aris’ picked up their fifth loss in their last six games in all competitions on Tuesday after Nymburk claimed a 71-65 decision at Alexandreiou. Michalis Tsairelis scored 23 points and Panagiotis Vasilopoulos earned a double-double (17 points, 11 rebounds), but neither could keep Aris from defeat as Nymburk banked on their dominant first half until the final buzzer. The visiting Czech outfit built a 42-23 lead by halftime, only for Aris to come storming back in the third quarter. The comeback, however, would stall with the deficit still at six points as Nymburk held on to claim their fourth straight win in the group stage.
 
On Wednesday night, PAOK needed overtime to claim a 77-65 win against Gaziantep in Turkey to sneak into sixth place in the group – good enough for the final FIBA Europe Cup berth in Group B. With the game tied 62-62 after regulation, PAOK surged to a 15-3 run in the extra frame to pick up full points and sentence Gaziantep to last place in the group – a situation PAOK found themselves in heading into Gameday 9. Theodoros Zaras led all PAOK scorers with 12 points, while teammate Owen Klassen notched 10 points and 3 rebounds in his final game for the club.
 
Mike Green and Dimitris Mavroeidis both scored 19 points to propel AEK to an emphatic 84-64 win over Venezia at OAKA on Wednesday night. AEK only led by 5 points at halftime, but a 28-11 run in the third quarter blew the game wide open allowing Dragan Sakota’s men to cruise to the finish line and into a four-way tie for third place in the group.

 
by Peter Katsiris
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