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27.11.2007, 17:30h
27.11.2007, 17:30h
65-71
21 - 1518 - 2213 - 1713 - 17
21 - 1518 - 2213 - 1713 - 17
Venue: Cluj-Napoca (ROU) |
Spectators: 3000 |
Referees: Vaclav Lukes (CZE), Peter Vigh (HUN), Carole Delauné (FRA)

GAME REPORT


PAOK Hang On To Advance

PAOK BC survived a nervy evening in Cluj-Napoca before sealing there progress from the qualifying round of the EuroCup with a 71-65 come-from-behind win against U-Mobitelco of Romania.

The hosts quickly erased the five-point deficit from their 79-74 defeat in the first leg and

Miljan Medvedj (U-Mobitelco)
Miljan Medvedj had a team-high six assists for U-Mobitelco but it would not be enough.
built a lead in the second quarter before the Greek side hauled them back and finally pulled away in the last five minutes.

U-Mobitelco led 21-15 after the first quarter, before scoring six unanswered points early in the second period to go 29-17 ahead.

It could have been even better had Sasa Vukas not missed two free-throws during that run.

PAOK fought back, though, and by half-time they were only two points behind at 39-37 with Dimitrios Verginis scoring nine of his team-leading 19 points in that period.

The home side were missing a lot from behind the arc, managing just three (15%) by the end of the third quarter which saw them slip 54-52 behind, seven points on aggregate.

With 3:08 gone in the fourth period only six points had been scored as Mobitelco levelled the game at 56-56.

The hosts clung doggedly to their visitors' coat-tails and with less than five minutes to play the score was tied at 63-63.

But the Greek side pulled away in the closing moments to ensure their progress.

Zoran Krstanovic scored 21 points and grabbed 12 rebounds, both match highs, in a losing cause.

COACH QUOTES


Quotes U-Mobitelco vs. PAOK BC

PAOK coach Tab Baldwin:

"I am very happy for the way we played here, in Cluj. I am glad we managed to qualify against a really good side, who showed us a lesson in the first game, in Greece."

U-Mobitelco Cluj coach Miodrag Perisic:

"It was a tough game. We tried, we could have won. But we made a lot of silly mistakes, which cost us."

PAOK guard Dimitrios Verginis:

"The crowd was sensational.  The game was really tough. But I knew we would win, because I knew our team can fight. In some moments, we lost concentration, but we managed to come back. The home side controlled the game, but in the end it was us who succeded."

Cluj guard Ucechukwu Iheadindu:

"We lost a big chance. We started good, but could not keep the high tempo. Their experience decided the outcome of the game."

Accumulated statistics

43.1%

28/65
FG
M/A

41.3%

26/63

63.9%

23/36
FG2P
M/A

45.0%

18/40

17.2%

5/29
FG3P
M/A

34.8%

8/23

44.4%

4/9
FT
M/A

68.8%

11/16

40

15/25
RT
RO/RD

31

9/22

19

AS

12

14

TO

10

5

ST

9

3

BS

2

22

PF

17

65

Pts

71

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