Thursday, January 30, 2014

PAOK defeated Aris for Greek League 15th day

PAOK hosted and defeated Aris for Greek Basket League 15th day. Aris started the game with 3 points but PAOK replied with a 14-0 run and made the score 16-3. First quarter finished with 4 consecutive points from Asimakopoulos and PAOK ahead by 9 points, 20-11. PAOK had 4/8 three pointers in the first quarter, while Aris had 0/4. Second quarter started with Michalis Tsairelis making it a double score for his team, 22-11. In the 15th minute Asimakopoulos scored the first three pointer for Aris and made the score 27-18. Aris approached PAOK to 7 points, 29-22, PAOK reacted and the difference went back to two digits, 34-22. Mourtos scored the second three pointer of Aris and the first half ended with Aris behind in score by 9 points. DJ Cooper had 9 points, 4 assists and Michalis Tsairelis 9 points and 3 rebounds in the first half. Aris started improved in the second half and with Mourtos was keeping the difference below 9 points. PAOK started missing three pointers and Aris started scoring them. With two consecutive three pointers Aris lowered the difference to 4 points, 39-35, and to one point, 39-38. Third quarter finished with another three pointer for Aris with Alexander Vezenkov, that made the score 43-41. In the fourth quarter both teams were nervous. Aris approached again to two points, 45-43. Tsochlas scored for PAOK but then there was a tension between the players of both teams. PAOK's bench and Lefteris Tsakaleris from Aris were charged with one technical foul each. Fans threw a firework, game was stopped and Aris' players left the court. Referees asked fans to evacuate PAOK Sports Arena in order to continue the game. After the evacuation Aris couldn't manage to follow PAOK and the last quarter gave the home team a great victory with score 56-49. Michalis Tsairelis was the top scorer of PAOK with 13 points. Giorgos Bogris collected 10 rebounds and DJ Cooper had 6 rebounds and 7 assists.
Quarters' scores: 20-11, 34-25, 43-41, 56-49.
PAOK: Payne 9, Cooper 9, Charalampidis 1, Tsochlas 9, Vucicevic, Tsairelis 13, Dedas 3, Margaritis 4, Kalles, Bogris 5, Kaselakis 3, Liapis.
Aris: Bochoridis 1, Hunt, Pelekanos 3, Gikas 3, Tsakaleris 4, Asimakopoulos 11, Charisis 2, Laretzakis, Vezenkov 5, Mourtos 13, Athinaiou 7, Mitoglou.

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