Panathinaikos AKTOR struggled against PAOK but remained unbeaten


He faced several difficulties against the fighting PAOK, but in the end Panathinaikos AKTOR found the solutions and celebrated the victory with 97-85continuing his undefeated streak (10-0) in this year’s Stoiximan Basket League.

The Thessalonikians made it difficult for Ataman’s team, making an impressive first half, when they were firmly in the lead, but the “greens” found a rhythm in the second half and, although they saw PAOK come back from -16 and reduce it to 80-77, 5 minutes before the final, they finally reached victory, returning to positive results after defeats to Efes and Real Madrid.

Top for the winners are Mitoglou (19p, 10rb), Nan (21p with 3/4 threes, 4 rebounds, 4 assists) and Sloukas (11 points, 9 assists), while for PAOK, which after tonight’s defeat fell to 5-5, stood out Alston (18p, 6 rib), Gilmore (14p, 6 rib) and Fredrickson (15 points, 11 assists).

For Panathinaikos AKTOR, the home match against Villerban (14/12, 22:00) for the 14th matchday of the Euroleague, while PAOK will travel to Belgrade, where they will face Hapoel Jerusalem (13/12, 19:30), for the Basketball Champions League.

The match

Ataman chose to start the match with Vildoza, Nan, Kalaitzaki, Mitoglou and Antetokounmpo, who decided not to include Grigonis in his starting line-up, in addition to Hwatso, Papapetrou, while Takianos chose Fridriksson, Beliauskas, Arsenopoulos, Gilmore and Alston, not having Harrison available. Mitoglou and Nan gave Panathinaikos a quick lead (4-0), while Gilmore started the match “hot” for PAOK, scoring 8 points in a row for 5-8! Antetokounmpo was getting the most “green” attacks, reaching 5 and reducing to 10-11, but in the very next phase he became a poster by Gilmore, in the most impressive phase of the match, for 10-13! The guests continued to be highly competitive, maintaining a small lead, while o Mitoglou reached 7 points, dropping to 17-18. However, Panathinaikos was not good offensively and scored mainly from shots, with PAOK closing the first period in front with 22-17!

In fact, the visitors took their biggest lead of the match (+9, 17-26) with baskets by Margaret and Tsaireli at the beginning of the second quarter, while at that point he took action for Panathinaikos Nan, scoring back-to-back points to make it 25-31. However, the PAOK he remained ahead with “safety” differences, finding a new protagonist in his face Alston, while the first half ended with Panathinaikos finding a rhythm for the first time, making an 11-2 run and taking the lead after a long time. THE Grantwho played despite the tendinitis that plagued him, put the “greens” ahead after a long time (45-42), before Beliauskas equate to 45-45 with a buzzer-beater three-pointer!

Clearly improved on both sides of the floor from the start of the second quarter and then Panathinaikoswent on a quick 7-0 run with Kalaitzakis, Balcherovski and his three-pointer Sluka, rising for the first time to +6 (52-46). PAOK blocked offensively while Ataman’s team found a rhythm, Nan reached 17 with 3/3 three-pointers and the streak reached 21-5, for 66-50! By Tsaireli to reach 13 personal points, the guests came close to 8 (70-62), but the excellent tonight for the “greens”, Mitogloureached 16 along with 7 rebounds, shaping the 74-62 of the third period.

The fourth period started with the impressive Alston to reach 18 personal points, reducing with three points to 80-74 for PAOK, while the Fredrickson completed his double-double with points and assists, making it with a basket and a foul 80-77. At that point in the match, Ataman took a time-out and his team returned determined to the court, with Bulldozer hit a three-pointer for 85-80 and with the streak in favor of the “greens” reaching 15-2for the final 97-85!

The quarters: 17-22, 45-45, 74-62, 97-85

The match statistics

The Live of

Source: Sport Fm

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