Thursday, May 15, 2014

Panathinaikos beat PAOK for Greek League Play Offs semi-finals

Panathinaikos hosted and beat PAOK for Greek Basket League Play Offs semi-finals. PAOK entered the game in full speed and tried to surprise Panathinaikos and steal the victory. In the first quarter PAOK scored 32 points and for three quarters the visitors were leading the score. Panathinaikos fight in order to win the game and made 1-0 in the semi-finals series. Tight victory but a victory for Panathinaikos that will probably reverse the psychology in the second game since PAOK did its best but lost the game. Loukas Mavrokefalidis was by far the best player of the game. Mavrokefalidis scored 32 points with 11 fouls drawn, collected 10 rebounds, made one block and no turnovers. This was the first time a player of Panathinaikos scored more than 30 points in a Greek Basket League game with Jaka Lakovič being the last to did so ten years ago. Besides Mavrokefalidis, the captain Dimitris Diamantidis had 17 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds. For PAOK Giorgos Bogris, DJ Cooper, Michalis Tsairelis, Kostas Charalampidis and Mark Payne scored more than 13 points each with Bogris also having 9 rebounds and 4 assists and DJ Cooper having 5 rebounds and 5 assists too.
Quarters' scores: 21-31, 45-49, 65-66, 89-83

Panathinaikos: Bramos, Curry, Fotsis 7, Ukic 7, Lasme 6, Mavrokefalidis 32, Diamantidis 17, Gist  10, Pappas, Giankovits, Maciulis 8, Wright.
PAOK: Payne 13, Cooper 15, Charalampidis 14, Tsochlas 2, Vucicevic, Tsairelis 14, Dedas, Margaritis 3, Kalles, Bogris 16, Kaselakis 6, Liapis.

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