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PAOK BC - Zielona Gora: 85-66


PAOK Thessaloniki stayed undefeated in Group F by downing Stelmet Zielona Gora 85-66 at home on Wednesday. PAOK improved to 2-0 in Group F while Zielona Gora dropped to 0-2. Christos Saloustros paced the winners with 17 points. Julian Vaughn and Kevin Langford each had 12 for PAOK. Lukasz Koszarek led Zielona Gora with 14 points and 8 assists. Steven Burtt and Daniel Johnson each added 11 points while Prezemyslaw Zamojski had 10 for the guests. An outstanding Saloustros allowed PAOK to get a 21-20 lead after 10 minutes. PAOK boosted its margin to 45-33 at halftime behind an great team effort. Zielona Gora improved in the second half but PAOK, led by Langford, Saloustros and Apollon Tsochlas, rejected all of its comeback attempts to get a good-as-gold home win. 

Vaughn stepped up early for PAOK but back-to-back three-pointers by Prezemyslaw Zamojski gave Zielona Gora a 5-8 lead. Marc Antonio Carter and Saloustros answered from downtown but Adam Hrycaniuk kept the guests ahead, 11-12. Saloustros and Evangelos Margaritis stepped up to give PAOK a 19-14 margin. Quinton Hosley and Koszarek took over late in the first quarter but free throws by Saloustros restored a 21-20 PAOK lead after 10 minutes. Georgios Dedas and Vaughn allowed PAOK extend its margin to 28-20 early in the second quarter. Koszarek stepped up with a layup and Hosley dunked twice but Michail Liapis and Saloustros soon helped PAOK make it a double-digit game, 38-28. Johnson and Koszarek kept Zielona Gora within 38-33 but Kostas Charalampidis and an outstanding Vaughn boosted PAOK's lead to 45-33 at halftime. Saloustros scored again right after the break but Burtt and Johnson kept Zielona Gora within 47-38. Three-pointers by Margaritis and Langford, however, kept PAOK way ahead, 55-41. Dedas joined the three-point shootout and Chevon Troutman brought Zielona Gora within 58-45. Tsochlas sank a triple and Langford scored around the basket but Troutman and Burtt gave Zielona Gora hope, 64-53, after 10 minutes. Charalampidis downed a three-pointer but Burtt and Zamojski still kept the guests within 68-59. Tscholas sank a triple while Carter and Langford allowed PAOK to seal the outcome, 75-61, with over 3 minutes left. Zielona Gora never gave up but PAOK cruised to an important home win.


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