AEK Betsson BC beat Pylaia and got the upper hand for the 6th place!


Dominate the “double-header derby” and got the upper hand for entering the 6th place AEK Betsson BC!

Coming off an outstanding second half and thanks to a burst early in the fourth quarter, the “Join” he passed through Pylaia, conquering me 94-85 of PAOK for the 19th matchday of the Stoiximan Basket League!

Combined with their victory in the first round with a score of 90-70 in Ano Liosia, the “yellow and black” they got the… upper hand on par with the “double-header of the north”, with Ilias Zouro’s team now in the 6th place with an 8-11 recordand PAOK in 7th (8-11).

The first scorer for the winners was Kuzminskas with 18 points and 6 rebounds, with McRae and Hollins to follow in performance with 15 points each. Concern in the ranks of the “Union” about the injury to Agravanis’ face.

For the Thessalonians, his debut Stathis Neratzakis it was not combined with a positive result, with the Greek technician watching them Towns and Alston stand out with 17 and 14 points respectively.

The match:

THE PAOK started with Fredrickson, Towns, Schiza Gilmore and McNeese in his starting five, with AEK Betsson BC to start the game on her side with Knight, Randle, McRae, Agravani and Morgan. The start of the match was quite nervous and sluggish for the two teams, with “Enos” leading 4-2 and then PAOK responding with a 5-0 run for the 7-4 at 4′.

The entrance of Karabela and Kuzminskas on the floor gave the necessary boost that Ilias Zouros’ team was looking for. Both scored 5 points, with the Greek guard handing out three assists, which resulted in AEK gradually taking the lead and reaching 18-12 at 7′. In the last three minutes, the home team tightened their defense and with targeted attacks by Tsairelis and Towns, they not only scored, but also closed the quarter in front with score 23-22 thanks to the second’s buzzer beater.

At its beginnings second period, the two “double-headed” constantly exchanged blows, with the Thessalonians maintaining a small lead (30-29) at 13′. With two baskets by Michalak and Frinchikson, the hosts went at +5 (34-29)with Agravani and Knight to respond with a quick 6-0 run, giving AEK the lead again (36-37). Somewhere there, Alston came forward for PAOK and with five points in the last two minutes, he helped the Thessalonians go to +4, before Knight’s three-pointer sent the two teams to the locker room with minimum difference value (45-44).

In third period. at +6 (50-44) at 22′. After that, the tempo dropped quite a bit, as the many and accumulated missed shots by both teams did not allow the match to gain a high tempo. In fact, the injury of McNish and Agravani in the head after face-to-face conflict in the 23rd minute, he “froze” the rhythm after there was also a brief interruption.

From the middle of the quarter onwards, AEK showed that steps better on the floor, finding scores from many different players. Initially, McRae with five points tied the match (53-53) in the 26th minute, for Hollins and Kuzminskas to come and with two consecutive three-pointers to send the “Union” a little later at +4 (55-59). Sotiriou and Alston again brought the game to a tie (59-59), however, the excellent Kuzminskas (18 points up to the 3rd period), with six personal points and an impressive nailing in the finale, sent the team of Ilias Zouros at +6 for 67-61 of the period.

With acquired speed he entered the fourth and final period AEK Betsson BC, which with two two-pointers by Kouseloglou and a three-pointer by Hollins, opened the gap at +13 and 74-61 at 32′! The American forward was even the X Factor for “Union”, since with seven more points in the next 4 minutes, he sent his team to +18 for 84-66 at 36′!

With everything decided regarding the case of victory, PAOK, all they could do in the remaining time was to reduce in the final in the final 94-85, and while the difference had at some point reached up to the +18 for AEK.

The quarters: 23-22, 45-44, 61-67, 85-94.

See here the statistics of the match.

Source: Sport Fm

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