PAOK notch first Champions League win

PAOK notch first win, Promitheas stay perfect


Date Home Team Score Away Team
24-Oct-17 Sikeli Archivi Capo d'Orlando 58 - 63 PAOK
24-Oct-17 AEK 70 - 74 Banvit
25-Oct-17 Aris 80 - 72 Nanterre

PAOK secured their first win in the FIBA Basketball Champions League, while AEK were on the reverse side of a narrow score-line on Gameday 3…

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It was a bag of mixed emotions for Greek clubs in the FIBA Basketball Champions League on Tuesday and Wednesday night. PAOK secured their first win of the FIBA Basketball Champions League group stage following a battle of two winless sidse in Group B, while in Athens AEK slipped to 1-2 following a narrow loss to Banvit. Aris, however, ensured the gameday would end on a positive note for Greek clubs as the Thessaloniki outfits shocked Nanterre 92.
Suffering back-to-back losses to open their campaign, PAOK rebounded on Gameday 3 with a 63-58 win over Sikeli Archivi Capo d'Orlando at the PalaSikeliArchivi in Siciliy.
A dominant first quarter from PAOK would pave the way for the victory as PAOK improved to 1-2 in the group stage, with Lucky Jones’ double-double leading the Dikefale tou Vorra with 17 points and 11 rebounds. With a 32-19 lead at halftime, PAOK were second best in the second half but the Capo D’Orlando came as just too little, too late. Arnoldas Kubolka led Capo D’Orlando with 15 points.
PAOK face French out Elan Chalon on Gameday 4, while Capo D’Orlando will be in tough to end their winless start as the Italian side takes on defending champions Iberostar Tenerife.
In Athens, AEK slumped to their second defeat of the group stage with a 74-70 loss to Aegean rivals Banvit. Manny Harris led AEK scorers with 18 points, but the American’s efforts weren’t enough to fuel an AEK comeback as a first quarter deficit would prove insurmountable.
Banvit, who improved to 2-1 with the win, were led by Angelo Caloiaro’s 13 points as the Turkish side did enough to stave-off AEK’s late push for a comeback. AEK will look to return to winning ways when the Enosi face Polish side Rosa Radom, while Banvit will look to keep their win streak going with a home clash against medi Bayreuh.
On Wednesday night, Aris pulled off an upset of Group D leaders Nanterre 92 as the Thessaloniki outfit edged their French guests 70-62 at the Nikos Galis Hall.
Michalis Tsairelis led Aris with 15 points on the night, as the Autokratoras handed Nanterre their first loss of the group stage. After a tight first quarter in Alexandreiou, Aris blew the game wide-open with a 30-point output in the second quarter to take a 10-point lead at halftime. Aris’ defense stepped-up to rule out a Nanterre comeback late in the game as the French side were held to just nine points in the fourth quarter.

by Peter Katsiris
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