PAOK rise, AEK and Aris falter in FIBA Champions League

PAOK rise, AEK and Aris falter in FIBA Champions League


Date Home Team Score Away Team
5-Dec-17 PAOK 83 - 76 Ventspils
5-Dec-17 Oostende 69 - 67 Aris
6-Dec-17 Bayreuth 80 - 73 AEK

PAOK rose to the occasion while AEK and Aris both faltered in another round of mixed fortunes for Greek clubs in the FIBA Basketball Champions League...

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PAOK notched a win at home, while it was heartbreak for Aris and AEK on the road as Gameday 8 FIBA Champions League provided another mixed bag of results for Greece’s participants.
PAOK were the first Greek club to take to the court on Gameday 8 as the Dikefale tou Vorra hosted Ventspils at the PAOK Sports Arena. After a tight opening three quarters, PAOK pulled away in the fourth quarter thanks to 26-15 run in the final frame. Ventspils’ Maris Gulbis led all scorers with 17 points on the night, while it was Vangelis Margaritis who led PAOK’s efforts with 15 points in the win. The win sees PAOK improve to 2-5 on the season and sneak into the final FIBA Europe Cup spot in Group B.
PAOK’s crosstown rivals, Aris, didn’t fare as well in their clash with Belgian side Oostende as the Autokratoras were dealt a heartbreaking 69-67 loss at the Sleuyter Arena. A tight first quarter saw both sides take turns in dominating the next two quarters, before another tight stretch in the final frame saw Oostende edge the quarter and the game by two points. Michalis Tsairelis scored 20 points for Aris in the loss, while Dusan Djordjevic tallied 17 points to spur Oostende to victory. Aris remain in contention for the FIBA Europe Cup despite the loss, but the Thessaloniki outfit will need to improve their performances if they wish to reach the Round of 16 of the Champions League.
In Germany, AEK stumbled to yet another defeat as the Enosi were handed an 80-73 loss by Bayreuth at the Oberfrankenhalle in Bavaria. A brutal start from AEK would ultimately prove costly as Bayreuth made the most of a sluggish AEK to surge to a 25-11 lead after the first frame. Bayreuth wouldn’t surrender that lead as the German side held on to leapfrog AEK in the group standings. Chris Harris and Gabe York led each of their sides with 22 points, but of course it was the latter who had the last laugh thanks to the victory.

by Peter Katsiris
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