AEK, PAOK stay hot in Champions League action
BASKETBALL CHAMPIONS LEAGUE - MATCHDAY 7
|Date||Home Team||Score||Away Team|
|20-Nov-18||Antwerp Giants||64 - 71||AEK|
|21-Nov-18||Prometheus||85 - 95||Virtus Bologna|
|21-Nov-18||Tenerife||65 - 66||PAOK|
AEK and PAOK extended their winning streaks in the Basketball Champions League while Promitheas stumbled against Italian opposition in Gameday 7 action…
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AEK and PAOK continued their winning ways in the Basketball Champions League this week as the Dikefale rivals notched impressive wins away from home. Meanwhile, Greece’s other representative, Promitheas, suffered just their second defeat of the season after a hard-fought loss in Italy.
Telenet Giants Antwerp 64-71 AEK
AEK extended their Champions League win streak to six games thanks to a solid second half showing leading the way to a come-from-behind win over Telenet Giants Antwerp in Belgium.
Vince Hunter once again led the way for AEK as he tallied 17 points and 7 rebounds while Giannoulis Larentzakis added 16 points in the win.
A sluggish start from AEK allowed Antwerp to claim a 38-28 lead by halftime, but Luca Banchi’s men bounce back in the second half thanks mainly to a dominant 23-11 stretch in the third quarter.
The win helps AEK keep pace with Hapoel Jerusalem for first place in Group C ahead of a clash between the two sides on Gameday 8 on 11 December.
Promitheas 85-95 Segafredo Virtus Bologna
Promitheas succumbed to just their second defeat of the season but perhaps the timing of the loss to Segafredo Virtus Bologna was far from ideal as the Italian side tightened their grip on first place in Group D.
Michalis Tsairelis led the way for Promitheas with 21 points and Christos Saloustros managed a 16-point, 10-rebound double-double yet it wasn’t enough for the Patras outfit on the night.
A slow start to the first quarter came costly for Promitheas, who were forced to play catchup for most of the evening after falling behind 27-20 in the first frame.
Perhaps the best news for Promitheas was that the Patras outfit didn’t lose any grip on second place in the group after SIG Strasbourg, the team closest to Promitheas in the Group D standings, also lost on Gameday 7.
Iberostar Tenerife 65-66 PAOK
PAOK’s revival in Group B reached another level on Gameday 7 with a narrow win over former winners Iberostar Tenerife.
Linos Chrysikopoulos was the protagonist as he notched 24 points to lead all scorers on the night while teammate Yanick Moreira added a further 12 points.
PAOK’s strong first quarter performance was pegged back by a 21-13 run from Iberostar in the second frame as the Spaniards held a one-point lead heading into halftime.
PAOK’s persistence in the second half, including a 16-9 run in the third quarter, helped pave the way to the Dikefale tou Vorra’s fourth straight win to help Ilias Papatheodorou’s men tighten their grip on the final playoff spot in the group.