Goss leads PAOK to Dikefale Derby win over AEK
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 22
|AEK||72 - 81||PAOK|
|(25 - 21)
(33 - 38)
(53 - 62)
(72 - 81)
Phil Goss was again the inspiration as he steered PAOK to a derby defeat of AEK in Greek Basket League action on Wednesday night…
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Nearly a week after making history by clinching a berth in their first-ever FIBA Basketball Champions League Final Four, AEK were handed a reality check in domestic action as PAOK surged to an 81-72 derby win at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall on Wednesday night.
Goss notched 19 points to lead PAOK scorers, while Darnell Jackson added a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double to help PAOK secure a sixth straight win in the Basket League.
Dusan Sakota led all scorers on the night as he scored 21 points in response for AEK, but the Enosi were left humbled at the final buzzer as the Athenians slipped to their second straight derby loss and season sweep at the hands of PAOK.
PAOK’s tight defense on AEK guard Kevin Punter proved to be a major difference as the American was kept off the scoresheet for the first time in an AEK shirt.
PAOK quickly took the lead in the Greek capital with a 25-21 run in the first frame setting-up the visitors nicely in the all-important battle near the top of the league standings.
A lower scoring second quarter didn’t derail PAOK’s push before halftime as the Dikefale tou Vorra increased their lead slightly to hold a 38-33 advantage at halftime.
Like on so many occasions in the past, AEK were expected to make a comeback in the second half but a stubborn PAOK defense ruled out any AEK heroics in the third quarter. A 24-20 run for the road team only extended PAOK’s lead heading into the final frame.
Nursing a nine-point lead heading into the final quarter, PAOK completed the job by going toe-to-toe with AEK in the final frame as a stalemate in scoring in the frame secured the win for PAOK.
The win sees PAOK climb over AEK for fourth in the league standings, a situation that was further compounded for the Athenians by Promitheas’ win over Kolossos on Wednesday night.