Panathinaikos put on clinic in defeat of PAOK
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - ROUND 2
|Panathinaikos||89 - 74||PAOK|
|(19 - 19)
(43 - 39)
(72 - 50)
(89 - 74)
The Trifylli put on a scoring clinic to improve to 2-0 in the Greek Basket League at the expense of a winless PAOK.
Panathinaikos improved to 2-0 to start the Greek Basket League season, while PAOK slumped to 2-0 as Sunday’s derby at OAKA ended in a 89-74 win for Panathinaikos.
After a tight first half saw the hosts lead by just four points, Panathinaikos exploded in the third quarter to extend their lead to 22 points as PAOK looked flat-footed after the halftime break.
Marcus Denmon tallied 17 points as the first-year Panathinaikos man converted on five of eight three-pointer attempts to lead all scorers, while fellow summer arrival Matt Lojeski tallied 14 points. Nikos Calathes was the catalyst, however, as the Greek international notched 12 assists in the win.
PAOK slipped to their fourth defeat in all competitions already this season, and even Kevin Dillard’s 22 points couldn’t save the struggling Dikefale tou Vorra.
Much like PAOK’s midweek loss in the FIBA Basketball Champions League, the Thessaloniki side started off well as PAOK went shot-for-shot in the opening frame as both teams tallied 19 points in the opening quarter.
Panathinaikos would take take a lead into halftime, however, as the home side edged a four-point difference in the second quarter; however, PAOK were within just two possessions of tying the game coming out of the interval.
The third quarter was certainly a case of Panathinaikos turning up the pressure as the home side scored early and often; eventually extending their single digit lead to a massive 22-point advantage (72-50) heading into the fourth quarter.
PAOK would give a good account of themselves in the final frame, but yet another disappointing restart out of the halftime gate saw the Thessaloniki giants falter for the second time in less than a week.
The loss sees PAOK drop to 0-2 on the season with the Thessaloniki side in desperate need of a change ahead of their midweek cash with Gaziantep in the Champions League. Panathinaikos, meanwhile, rebounded well after Friday’s thrashing at the hands of Barcelona in the EuroLeague; the Trifylli now looking to carry forward that momentum when they welcome Brose Bamberg on Thursday.