From “hell” to “heaven” AEK!
The Union, despite the nightmarish start, won with a score of 82-72 Limogesgoing 2-1 in the BCL ’16’ and taking a significant lead for qualification!
THE AEK found itself behind from very early on with 20 points (17-37) thanks to the offensive outburst of the French (9/12 three-pointers in 13′), however, from then on, it tightened its defense and “suffocated” the Limogescompleting the upset early in the fourth period and taking a significant lead as well!
The leader of the match was – again – Akil Mitchell, who did whatever he wanted in the racket of the French with 21 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists. Up close and awesome Isaiah Miles who stepped up his performance in the second half and finished with 20 points, while Williams had 13 and the hub 10 at the end Strelnieks. Yankovic and Xanthopoulos are unsung heroes with a huge effort.
From Limoges, which fell to 0-3 and will hardly have much continuity in the competition, 20 points were scored by Jevon Graves and from 12 the Kajis and Ugolene.
THE AEK he did not enter the match with dynamism and gave Limoges the right to take an early lead with excellent Hawkins and Miller with 8 points (4-12), causing problems in defense and attack. The Union gradually found its footing, with Miles to initially cut it to 7-12 and Williams with a three-pointer to make it 10-12. Somewhere there, Ugolene with consecutive three-pointers he created a new +6 for the French (12-18), before also writing +9 (14-23). Finally, the first period ended with a score of 14-25.
With the “good morning” of the second quarter, o Hawkins signed with another three-pointer the +12 of the French (16-28), before two long shots from Kanji and Ugolene they bring Limoges to +17 (17-34) and +20 (17-37). Mitchell started to wake up and with consecutive points it was reduced to 14 (25-39), before Williams and Flionis brought AEK back to a single-digit difference (32-41). Finally, with his three-pointer Strelnieks at the end the half ended with a score of 35-42.
Very quickly in the second half, two baskets from Mitchell and Miles brought the Union to -5 (40-45), before Graves with a three-pointer again sent the difference to 9 (40-49). THE Miles was hot in the third quarter and cut it to 43-49 with a three-pointer. Limoges got away with him again Graves (43-52), but Miles with another basket made it 45-52 and with consecutive points by Mitchell, AEK reduced to 4 (55-59). Finally, the third period ended at 59-65.
As the fourth quarter began, Miles made three shots to make it 62-65. The two teams went to a close match, with the score remaining stuck at 64-67 for a long time. THE Miles again he was the one who “broke the pomegranate”, bringing the match to a point (66-67). Mitchell nailed to tie and a shot by Strelnieks made it 69-68, before Mitchell made it 71-68 and Jankovic made it 73-68. Strelnieks with a difficult three-pointer gave the French a free shot, writing 77-68. In the end, the match ended with a score of 82-72 thanks to a three-pointer by Williams.
The quarters: 14-25, 35-42, 59-65, 82-72
Detailed match statistics here
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