Slow start derails PAOK’s Champions League dream

Slow start derails PAOK’s Champions League dream


Pinar Karsiyaka 79 - 67 PAOK
(20 - 13)
(43 - 33)
(55 - 48)
(79 - 67)
(147 - 141)

PAOK’s FIBA Basketball Champions League campaign came to an abrupt end on Wednesday night after a bitter loss in Turkey…

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Pinar Karsiyaka overcame a six-point aggregate deficit to send PAOK packing from the FIBA Champions League following a 79-67 win for the Turkish side on Wednesday night.
Despite a small advantage following their win in Thessaloniki last week, PAOK’s slow start to the night saw that lead evaporate within the first quarter as Karsiyaka took the initiative to secure progress to the quarterfinal round.
Phil Goss led PAOK’s efforts with 14 points, but aside from the American the only other PAOK player to reach double-digits in scoring on the night was Vassilis Charalampopoulos who tallied 10 points off the bench for the Dikefale tou Vorra.
The story was much different for Karsiyaka who were led by Jarrod Jones’ 24 points, while teammate D.J. Kennedy added 22 points as Karsiyaka fixed the scoring woes that plagued them at the PAOK Sports Arena last week.
PAOK stared down a 10-point deficit at halftime, but with the aggregate advantage at just four points, PAOK still had a strong chance to secure qualification in the second half.

Despite a strong third quarter that saw PAOK cut the lead by three points all the while holding Karsiyaka to just 12 points, PAOK began to fade in the fourth quarter as Karsiyaka added enough insurance to advance 147-141 on aggregate to set-up a quarterfinal date with UCAM Murcia.


by Peter Katsiris
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