PAOK started with McNish, Margariti, Harrison, Beliauskas and Fridriksson, while on the other hand Olympiacos started with Fall, Peters, Brazdeikis, Kanan and Walkap. Both entered the match with many mistakes, as a result of which the pace was bad in the first three minutes (5-4). Then, the “red and whites” took out defenses and with Peters made a 6-0 run, for +5 (5-10), while Brazdeikis and Kanan sent them to +8 (9-17), in the 8th minute. However, in the last two minutes, the Piraeus made mistakes and with the “two-headed man of the north” taking advantage of the offensive rebounds with Schiza, he closed the first period with a 7-0 run (16-17).
PAOK started the second quarter with a three-pointer by Tsiakmas and, extending its streak to 10-0, took the lead (19-17). Olympiacos responded with defenses and with Williams-Goss in the surprise for its own 7-0 and overtaking (19-24), in the 13th minute. The reaction of the home team came from Harrison and Beliauskas, who brought them to the basket (25-27), in the 15th minute. However, the following minutes completely belonged to the Piraeus, as they made back-to-back steals and pulling off a series of surprises with Papanikolaou, Luntzis and Walkap, they closed the first half with individual scores of 3-10 and went to the locker room with +9 (28-37).
PAOK took advantage of Olympiakos’ slow start at the beginning of the second half, going on a 6-0 run (34-37) in the first two minutes. The answer of the “red and whites” came from Walkup and Brazdeikis, who sent him to +8 (37-45), in the 15th minute. From that point on, the Piraeus took full control again through their defense and with Brazdikis, Williams-Goss and Fall leading the way, they closed the third period at +12 (41-53).
With goals from Fal and Williams-Goss, Olympiacos went to +17 (41-58) at the beginning of the fourth period. Afterwards, the “red and whites” relaxed defensively and PAOK found scores from Gilmore and Fredrickson, but at the same time maintained their double-digit distance (53-64). From then on, the hosts looked to be running out of steam, with Barzoka’s side maintaining complete control and taking the final 63-77 win.
The quarters: 16-17, 28-37, 41-53, 63-77
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