Losing night for Greek clubs in FIBA Champions League
FIBA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - GAMEDAY 12
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|23-Jan-17||AEK||87 - 88||Strasbourg|
|24-Jan-17||Aris||65 - 72(OT)||Besiktas|
|24-Jan-17||Tenerife||93 - 79||PAOK|
It was a sweep of losses for Greece’s representatives on Gameday 12 in the FIBA Basketball Champions League…
Gameday 12 in the FIBA Basketball Champions League turned out to be one to forget for Greece’s representatives as all three clubs lost crucial games in their respective bids to reach the Round of 16.
AEK were the first side to take the court on Gameday 12 with Strasbourg paying a visit to the Greek capital on Tuesday night. Despite a seven-point AEK lead at halftime, a poor effort in the third quarter paved the way for a heartbreaking 87-88 loss. Delroy James’ 21 points weren’t enough as Strasbourg put a small dent in AEK’s bid to reach the competition’s Round of 16 with a 29-21 run in the third frame the decisive stretch of the game.
On Wednesday, Aris entertained Aegean rivals Besiktas at the Nikos Galis Indoor Hall; however, despite the comforts of home court, Aris succumbed to a 72-65 defeat in overtime. In what was a back-and-forth encounter during regulation, Aris were unable to find their feet in overtime as Besiktas surged to the final buzzer with a 13-6 run in the extra period. Ivan Maras led all Aris scorers with 14 points, but the Montenegrin’s efforts weren’t enough to prevent Aris from losing their fifth straight game in all competitions.
Aris’ crosstown rivals, PAOK, were on the road on Gameday 12 as the Dikefale tou Vorra visited the 2017 winners of the FIBA Champions League, Iberostar Tenerife. The Spanish were too much to handle for PAOK, as a 93-79 loss ended PAOK’s three-game winning streak in the competition. Phil Goss led PAOK with 15 points on the night, but a 10-point deficit heading into the final frame was just too much to overcome for the Thessaloniki outfit.