PAOK, Promitheas struggle in BCL finale
FIBA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|5-Feb-19||PAOK||77 - 85||Tenerife|
|6-Feb-19||Bologna||98 - 91||Promitheas|
|6-Feb-19||AEK||77 - 76||Antwerp|
PAOK and Promitheas could face tougher opposition in the Basketball Champions League Round of 16 after narrow defeats in their respective regular season finales…
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Defeats for both PAOK and Promitheas saw both sides wrap-up their Basketball Champions League regular season campaigns on a losing note and a slide into fourth place in their respective groups.
Elsewhere, AEK wrapped-up their impressive regular season with a dramatic win on homecourt to secure top spot in Group C and a spot among the seeded clubs in Friday’s draw for the Round of 16.
PAOK 77-85 IBEROSTAR TENERIFE
PAOK slipped to their first defeat on homecourt in the Champions League since Gameday 1 as Iberostar Tenerife used a passing clinic to grab an impressive win in Thessaloniki.
Iberostar, who finished the regular season atop the Group B standings with a 12-2 record, dominated on the offensive end with excellent ball movement that led to 28 assists for the Spaniards.
PAOK, who were led by William Hatcher’s 20 points, grabbed a slim 18-17 lead in the first quarter but trailed 35-32 by halftime. A strong fourth quarter performance from Iberostar ruled out any chance of a PAOK comeback.
The loss sees PAOK slip to fourth Group B which means the Dikefale tou Vorra will be among the unseeded clubs in Friday’s draw for the Round of 16 and will be paired with one of the four group winners in the first knockout round.
SEGAFREDO VIRTUS BOLOGNA 98-91 PROMITHEAS
On Wednesday night, Promitheas slipped to their second straight defeat on the continent and their third in the last four gamedays after the Patras outfit were left undone by Bologna in overtime.
Dimitris Katsivelis led Promitheas with 17 points and Terell Parks notched a 16-point, 14-rebound double-double as Promitheas forced overtime with a 20-11 run in the fourth quarter.
Bologna secured the win, and top spot in Group D, with a 14-7 run in the extra period as Promitheas slipped to fourth place with the defeat.
Promitheas, who managed to progress past the group stage in their maiden Champions League campaign, will join PAOK among the unseeded, fourth-place clubs in Friday’s draw.
AEK 77-76 TELENET GIANTS ANTWERP
In Athens, AEK squeaked out a narrow win over Antwerp after managing to hold-off a late comeback effort from the visitors in the fourth quarter.
Vince Hunter posted 19 points to lead all scorers on the night as AEK used a 25-13 run in the first quarter to grab a commanding lead early in the contest.
Even with a 46-32 lead at halftime, AEK struggled in the second half and were pushed to the brink in the fourth quarter as Antwerp staged a comeback that would fall just short in spite of 26-16 from the visitors.
The win helped AEK clinch top spot in Group C as the Enosi edged Hapoel Bank Yahav Jerusalem for top honours thanks to a better head-to-head record with the Israeli outfit.
AEK now has two in three chance of facing a Greek club in the Round of 16 and will have the benefit of hosting the second leg of the tie at the OAKA Olympic Indoor Hall.