Sakota saves AEK in Overtime

Sakota saves AEK in Overtime


Date Home Team Score Away Team
31-Oct-17 Aris 69 - 75 Bonn
31-Oct-17 Chalon 75 - 61 PAOK
1-Nov-17 AEK 96 - 92 Rosa Radom

Sharp-shooting Dusan Sakota led AEK to an overtime win in the FIBA Basketball Champions League, while Aris and PAOK stumbled on Gameday 4.

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AEK needed overtime to beat Rosa Radom on Gameday 4 in the Champions League, while Aris and PAOK stumbled to defeats in their clashes.
Aris were the first Greek side to feature on Gameday 4 as the Thessaloniki side hosted German outfit Telekom Baskets Bonn at the Nikos Galis Hall. The home side surged to a 10-point lead by halftime, only for the lead to be eliminated by the end of the third quarter thanks to a dominant 24-14 Bonn run. Julian Gamble would orchestrate the Bonn comeback in the fourth quarter as the American center poured in 20 points and 8 rebounds in a 75-69 win for Bonn. Kwame Vaughn scored 16 points for Aris, but the Autokratoras were outscored by 16 points in the second half to fall to 2-2 in the competition.
PAOK featured in the later slate of games on Tuesday as the Dikefale tou Vorra looked build on last week’s first win of the group phase. Visiting French side Elan Chalon, PAOK started well to emerge from the first frame with a three-point lead before extending that advantage to five by halftime. A disastrous third quarter, however, would see PAOK get outscored 24-8 in the frame en route to a 75-61 loss in France. Jeremy Nzeulie and Ousmane Camara led the way for Chalon with 13 points each, while PAOK’s Ousmane Krubally poured in 15 points and Brandon Triche hauled in 10 rebounds in the defeat.
AEK took the court on Wednesday as the Enosi entertained Rosa Radom at OAKA, where another dose of overtime for the Athenians would see AEK improve to 2-2. A dominant fourth quarter from AEK would see the Athenians force overtime before taking control in the extra frame to run out 96-92 winners. Clutch three-pointers from Sakota powered AEK in their comeback, while Mike Green poured six points himself in overtime – all of which came from the free-throw line. Sakota would finish as AEK’s co-leading scorer with 18 points, the same tally Manny Harris would reach in addition to 13 rebounds. Kevin Punter scored 23 points for the visitors, but the American’s efforts weren’t enough to power Radom to the first win of their campaign.
On Gameday 5, AEK travel to France to take on Strasbourg while it’s another Greek-Turkish clash when Aris cross the Aegean to face Besiktas. Perhaps PAOK will have the most difficult task, however, when they entertain last year’s winners Iberostar Tenerife.

by Peter Katsiris
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