PAOK take initiative against AEK as Promitheas leave Lavrio reeling
GREEK BASKET LEAGUE - PLAYOFFS
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|16-May-18||PAOK||78 - 74||AEK|
|16-May-18||Prometheus||75 - 70||Lavrio|
PAOK struck the first blow in their playoff series with AEK, while Promitheas pulled-off a late comeback to leave Lavrio frustrated in Patras…
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Phil Goss steered PAOK to a 78-74 win and a 1-0 series lead over AEK on Wednesday at the PAOK Sports Arena.
A 16-point outing from Goss was the main inspiration as PAOK beat AEK for the third time this season after the home side crafted a 20-12 run in the fourth quarter to seal the win.
AEK showed signs of fatigue in their third game in the past six nights as the Enosi struggled to keep up their pace late in the game en route to conceding their lead in the fourth quarter.
Delroy James led AEK with a 14-point, 8-rebound effort, while Basketball Champions League MVP Manny Harris had a poor shooting night despite posting 12 points for the Athenians.
AEK now head home looking for a win on Saturday night in hopes of prolonging their season.
Late surge powers Promitheas past Lavrio
Similar to PAOK’s late heroics, Promitheas used a strong fourth quarter run to upstage Lavrio in a 75-70 win in Patras.
Nikos Gikas led Promitheas with 19 points on the night as the Greek point guard enjoyed an impressive shooting with 7/10 shooting from the field.
Slightly upstaged by Gikas’ brilliant performance, Mouhammad Faye also enjoyed a memorable evening as he notched a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.
Gikas’ clutch shooting was a major inspiration for Promitheas’ 27-18 run in the fourth quarter to finally erase Lavrio’s lead, which the visitors had established in the first quarter.
McKenzie Moore led Lavrio scorers with 19 points while Antwaine Wiggins added 17 points in the loss.
Lavrio will return home with the Miners in need of a win on Saturday in order to avoid elimination on home court.