AEK, PAOK keep FIBA Champions League dream alive

AEK, PAOK keep FIBA Champions League dream alive


Date Home Team Score Away Team
30-Jan-18 Petrol Olimpija 71 - 80 AEK
31-Jan-18 PAOK 91 - 70 Neptunas
31-Jan-18 Avellino 79 - 66 Aris

AEK and PAOK both still have a chance of advancing to the Round of 16 in the FIBA Basketball Champions League after massive wins as part of Gameday 13 action…

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Massive wins for AEK and PAOK in the FIBA Basketball Champions League has kept both sides in the hunt for a berth in the Round of 16 heading into the final round of group phase fixtures next week. Meanwhile, Aris’ dreams of advancing further in the competition have been iced for the time being after the Thessaloniki outfit dropped their fifth straight game on the continent.
AEK led the trio of Greek appearances in the Champions League this week with the Athenians travelling to Slovenia to take on Petrol Olimpija. Needing a win in Ljubljana, AEK did just that with an 80-71 win with new-signing Vince Hunter leading the way with 20 points. Despite trailing by three points at halftime, AEK rebounded in the second half to outscore Olimpija by 12 points as the Enosi improved to 7-6 on the season. With one more round of fixtures remaining in the group phase, AEK can qualify for the Round of 16 with a win over medi Bayreuth in Athens next week.
Perhaps with the best opportunity to reach the Round of 16 out of any of Greece’s three clubs heading into Gameday 13, PAOK ensured they remain in control of their own destiny with a blowout 91-70 win over Neptunas Klaipeda in Thessaloniki on Wednesday night. Phil Goss put up a mesmerizing 29 points as PAOK strolled to a massive win, backed by their American point guard and a 39-point tem effort in the second quarter. The win sees PAOK remain tied with Ventspils for fourth place in Group B with both sides set to clash at the PAOK Sports Arena next Tuesday.
Aris’ path to the Round of 16 was a lot more difficult than that of AEK and PAOK as the Thessaloniki side needed to win-out their remaining fixtures as well as rely on several favours from their Group D rivals in order progress. Unfortunately for Panagiotis Giannakis’ men, it would be Aris who would let themselves down following an ugly 79-66 defeat at the hands of Sidigas Avellino on Wednesday night. Despite a four-point first quarter lead, Aris scored just 8 points in the second frame to see their lead transform to a ten-point deficit by halftime. Unable to recover in the second half, Aris slipped to their fifth loss in the competition proper and now have a slim chance of reaching the FIBA Europe Cup instead of a Round of 16 ticket.

by Peter Katsiris
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