Historic Win for AEK to Level Series
AEK recorded a historic win over Panathinaikos in game 2 of the Greek Basket League Playoff semifinals, defeating the Prasini 71-70 in a closely contested match.
Panathinaikos were the better side in the first half and increased their lead to as many as 12 points. In the second half, a transformed AEK was exceptional on the defensive end while converting big shots on the other end of the court.
The hosts managed to completely turn the game around and found themselves ahead by six points late in the fourth quarter (70-64). Singleton and Pappas brought Panathinaikos level at 70-70 before Mavroeidis scored one free-throw to put AEK ahead 71-70 with 47 seconds remaining.
It was a dramatic finale at the OAKA Nick Galis Indoor Hall as AEK’s Ukic missed from behind the arc, a shot that would put the game away, giving the visitors one last opportunity to steal victory. However, Rivers was unable to convert with his 15-foot shot as AEK held on to the 71-70 win.
The win breaks AEk's 13-game losing streak to Panathinaikos in basketball.
Milosevic put together a great performance for the Enosis finishing with 14 points, 6 rebounds, 4 assists, while Mavroeidis and Sakota added 12 points each. For the losing side, it was yet another fantastic display by Chris Singleton who scored 19 points and grabbed 11 rebounds.
AEK’s win levels up the series at 1-1 with game 3 set to take place on Thursday May 18 at the OAKA with Panathinaikos playing host to AEK.