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PAOK - Rethymno Aegean: 88-79 at overtime


A victory for PAOK in the League premiere as well, who edged Rethymno Aegean 88-79 following a thrilling game that was decided at overtime. The game was exciting and it’s important for PAOK to begin with such a victory before its first Eurocup game against Pinar Karsiyaka.

PAOK began the game in the most impressive fashion and nailed Rethymno leading 18-1 at 5’, playing amazingly on both ends of the court. It took Rethymno 6 minutes to score its first basket, as a result of the excellent defense played by PAOK from the beginning of the game. The guests succeeded in closing in at 10 points (20-10) at the end of the first quarter.

The guests continued with their counterattack, but PAOK had the complete control of the game and was maintaining the lead at two digit numbers (41-31) at half-time. The difference remained at the same levels until half of the third quarter 947-37), but Rethymno found the way back and led for the first time (49-50). PAOK responded with 5 continuous points by Tsochlas (54-50) before the final 54-52 at 30’.

Although PAOK was leading 59-54 and 61-58, the guests had a right reaction and once again took the lead (64-65), but Kostas Charalampidis took matters in his own hands. PAOK tied the game following a three the captain scored (67-67) and with 2/2 free throws the game ended 69-69, leading the two teams to overtime. Carter, Odum and Charalampidis  scored three very important threes and PAOK that was better and calmer in both defense and offense got an important victory (88-79).

Τhe quarters: 20-10, 41-31, 54-52, 69-69, 88-79

PΑΟΚ: Langford 2, Liapis, Charalampidis 12 (2), Carter 19 (3), Kakaroudis 2, Tsochlas 7 (1), Dedas 4, Margaritis 7 (1), Odum ( (1), Vaughn 15, Saloustros 11 (3).

RETHYMNO AEGEAN: Simpson 15 (2), Shizas, Koumpouras 5, Schaftenaar 15, Council 2, Allen 16 (2), Kalampokis 3, Faye 12, Sinis, Chilaris 5 (1), Kravic 6.  

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