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 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.