AEK looking to make the most of heavier workload
With April approaching, AEK are looking to take advantage of the heavier workload for the first time in 16 years…
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The 2017/2018 season has certainly been the best AEK fans have experienced for quite some time, but with the club’s European duties stretching into early spring thing might get even more serious for fans of the Enosi.
Not since the 2001/2002 season has AEK experienced European basketball in April. That year, AEK advanced to the Top 16 of the EuroLeague; however, an ill-fated draw paired AEK with local rivals Panathinaikos, Olympiacos, and Slovenia’s Union Olimpija. Despite their best efforts, AEK would finish third in the group behind Olympiacos, and eventual EuroLeague winners Panathinaikos.
Now, 16 years later, AEK are looking to go even further with a FIBA Basketball Champions League quarterfinal clash teed-up against SIG Strasbourg.
After pulling-off a miraculous comeback to stun CEZ Nymburk and reach the quarterfinals, AEK are now looking at a glorious opportunity to reach the Final Four of the Champions League for the first time in club history.
AEK crashed to defeat against French opposition in the Round of 16 in last season’s competition – the first edition in the history of the Champions League. AEK will be hoping for better fortune this time around.
In two previous meetings between the two sides in the group stage, Strasbourg got the better of AEK on both occasions. The Enosi and their fans will, however, take comfort in the fact that the margin of Strasbourg’s wins was a combined three points.