AEK cruise, PAOK stumble in FIBA Champions League

AEK cruise, PAOK stumble in FIBA Champions League


Date Home Team Score Away Team
14-Nov-17 Aris 59 - 56 Avellino
15-Nov-17 Neptunas 82 - 69 PAOK
15-Nov-17 AEK 91 - 73 Olimpija

AEK overpowered Petrol Olimpija while Aris also found the win column, but it was a long night for PAOK in Lithuania…

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Gameday 6 in the FIBA Basketball Champions League provided another mixed bag of results for Greek clubs, with two clubs managing opposite-styled wins.
Aris’ tilt with Sidigas Avellino in Thessaloniki tipped-off the action for Greece’s flag bearers as the Autokratoras snuck past their Italian guests 59-56. Putting aside the disappointment of Saturday’s derby loss to PAOK, Aris used a 20-12 run in the fourth quarter to steal a win at the Nikos Galis Hall. Gary Bell Jr. led the Aris charge with 16 points to keep the Italians at bay, despite similar 16-point efforts from Avellino’s Jason Rich and Hamady N’Diaye. Highlights can be found here.
The victors of the Thessaloniki Derby, PAOK, couldn’t use the momentum they earned at the weekend for their road trip in Lithuania as the Dikefale tou Vorra were humbled in an 82-69 defeat at the hands of Neptunas Klaipeda. The contest was seemingly over before it started as Neptunas took a 29-9 lead following a dominant first quarter. Arnas Butkevicius notched triple-double in the assault (19 points, 10 assists, and 13 rebounds), while teammate Juan Palacios struck for a double-double (16 points, 11 rebounds). Linos Chrisikopoulos led PAOK scorers with 14 points, but the Greek forward’s effort were for not after his side’s horrendous start. Highlights can be found here.
AEK hosted Petrol Olimpija in the late fixture on Wednesday night, with the Enosi cruising over the bottom side in Group C for a 91-73 win. Manny Harris led AEK with 26 points on the night, while Dimitris Mavroeidis notched a double-double with 15 points and 11 rebounds. Olimpija replied through Jordan Morgan’s 21 points, but the American’s efforts were far from enough for Olimpija as the Slovenian side stumbled to their fifth defeat in six games. Highlights can be found here.

by Peter Katsiris
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