Greek clubs humbled in FIBA Champions League

Greek clubs humbled in FIBA Champions League


Date Home Team Score Away Team
7-Nov-17 Besiktas 83 - 61 Aris
7-Nov-17 Strasbourg 80 - 78 AEK
8-Nov-17 PAOK 74 - 79 Tenerife

A tough slate of games saw all three of Greece’s representatives lose their midweek clashes in the FIBA Basketball Champions League…

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It was a week to forget for Greek clubs in the FIBA Champions League after each of Greece’s flag bearers in the competition proper were handed a defeat on Gameday 5 of the regular season. Aris lost the Aegean battle with Besiktas in ugly fashion, while both AEK and PAOK came out on the wrong end of a tight score-line in their respective clashes.
Aris’ trip across the Aegean to visit Besiktas tipped-off the slate of games on Gameday 5 as Panagiotis Giannakis’ men looked to remove the sour taste left from Sunday’s Greek Cup semi-final loss to Olympiacos. Aris looked in the right mood to do just that and they carved a 25-14 lead in the first quarter; however, the evening would go downhill from there starting with a 25-11 run for Besiktas in the second quarter. The Turkish club would limit Aris to just 28 points in the entire second half as Besiktas improved to 4-1 on the season with an 83-61 win. Giannis Athinaiou led all Aris scorers with 18 points, but that performance couldn’t prevent Aris from falling to 2-3 in their campaign.
AEK, meanwhile, travelled to France to face SIG Strasbourg. After a tight win against Rosa Radom last week, AEK were given a dose of their own medicine in a narrow 80-78 loss to their French hosts. Dusan Sakota led AEK with 19 points, but after a back-and-forth for most of the night it was Zack Wright and his 26 points that led Strasbourg to a 3-2 record while AEK slipped to 2-3 on the season.
It was also a narrow score-line in Thessaloniki as PAOK hosted defending champions Iberostar Tenerife, with the first quarter proving costly in a 79-74 loss for the Dikefale tou Vorra. Dimitrios Katsivelis led PAOK with 16 points and Lucky Jones finished just shy of a double-double (15 points, 8 rebounds); however, an early lead for the visiting Spanish side would pave the way for Tenerife to move to a three-way tie atop the group standings at 4-1. PAOK, meanwhile, find themselves in risk of early elimination with just one win to their name in five rounds.

by Peter Katsiris
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