PAOK on the ropes as Panathinaikos seize control

PAOK on the ropes as Panathinaikos seize control


Panathinaikos 84 - 67 PAOK
(24 - 13)
(46 - 30)
(62 - 44)
(84 - 67)

PAOK will face a do-or-die scenario when the Dikefale tou Vorra return to Thessaloniki next week after yet another lopsided loss against Panathinaikos on Saturday…

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Panathinaikos are one win away from securing their 16th straight trip to the Greek Basket League Finals after an 84-67 win at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall on Saturday gave the Trifylli a commanding 2-0 series lead over PAOK.
Nikos Pappas led Panathinaikos with 17 points on a night the Trifylli seemingly secured the win in the first quarter. Chris Singleton was immense at both ends of the court with 11 points and 7 rebounds, including six of those rebounds on the defensive end.
PAOK, who struggled to score for large portions of the game, were once again led by Terran Petteway’s 11-point effort as the American finished as PAOK’s lone player to finish the night in double digits. Phil Goss, who was PAOK’s main source of offense all season, was kept in check with just four points and even more shocking one assist on the night.
Panathinaikos took the initiative fairly early in the first quarter as Xavi Pascual’s men, who have yet to lose in this season’s Greek Basket League, surged to a 24-13 lead by the end of the first frame.
PAOK felt further pressure from the home side when the Trifylli continued their offensive onslaught in the second quarter. Despite a tighter second frame in which Panathinaikos prevailed with a 22-17 run, the damage was already done as Panathinaikos led by a commanding 46-30 score-line at halftime.
PAOK’s offensive struggles continued in the third quarter as the visitors were kept in check on the offensive end, though there was some reprieve for Ilias Papatheodorou’s side as Panathinaikos could only increase their lead by two points after a 16-14 stretch in the third frame.
Much like in game one, Panathinaikos used the fourth quarter to seal the win while PAOK tried to do some damage control in the final frame. There wasn’t much PAOK could do, however, as Panathinaikos kept the visitors in check up until the final buzzer despite PAOK’s spell on offense.
The win means Panathinaikos will be able to qualify for the Finals as early as Tuesday when the two sides meet for game three of the series at the PAOK Sports Arena in Thessaloniki.

by Peter Katsiris
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