PAOK strikes back in Eurocup
There were once again mixed results for Greece's three Eurocup representatives with PAOK the only team to emerge victorious, as Panellionios went down in Turkey and Aris suffered an overtime defeat in Croatia.
At home against French Chorale Roanne, PAOK dominated from the onset, leading by 18 points after just 10 minutes before running to a convincing 92-74 victory.
Rawle Marshall scored 23 points and Robert Dozier added 21 as PAOK picked up its first win of the Eurocup season and kept Roanne winless.
Lazaros Papadopoulos scored 15 and totalled seven boards, Todor Gecevski tallied 10 and 11, and Donnie McGrath scored 10 points for the home team.
Uche Nsonwu paced Roanne with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while K.C. Rivers and Souleyman Diabate netted 14 and 11 points respectively.
Roanne will host PAOK next week in France targeting its first win.
Eurocup newcomer Cedevita went to equal top with Aris in Group D with an exciting 81-76 victory over visiting Aris in Zagreb.
After a see-sawing first half, Cedevita was forced to protect small leads during the second half until a pair of missed free throws by Corsely Edwards allowed Aris veteran Nikos Hatzivrettas to send the game to overtime with a three-pointer.
In the extra period, Edwards made up big-time, scoring five points and assisting the only three-pointer made in those five minutes to send the Greek side away empty handed.
Aris, playing without injured Christos Tapoutos, got 15 points each from Dejan Borovnjak 15 and Kostas Charalampidis, 14 from Hatzivrettas, and 11 from Tucker, who had averaged 26 in the first two games. The two sides meet again next week in Thessalonica.
Finally, Galatasaray remained undefeated atop Group E by pummelling Panellinios 79-53 in Turkey.
Galatasaray confirmed its status as the top candidate to win this group and will seal a Last 16 spot if it beats Panellinios in Greece next week.
Djuro Ostojic had 15 points for Panellinios while Manolis Papamakarios added 10.
Panellinios trailed 16-15 after 10 minutes but an outstanding Acik and three-pointers by Shumpert and Evren Buker allowed Galatasaray to boost its margin to 35-22 at halftime.
Nothing changed after the break, as Rancik, Luksa Andric and Shipp allowed the hosts to make it a 20-point game, 50-30, late in the third quarter.
Panellinios kept trying but Galatasaray managed to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.
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