2015-16Regular SeasonRound 6
November 18, 2015 CET: 18:00
Local time: 18:00 TISZALIGETI
Dino Gregory - Szolnoki Olaj - EC15 (photo Skolnoki Olaj)

Szolnoki Olaj storms back from 19-point deficit to beat PAOK

Szolnoki Olaj picked up its second win of the season after coming back from 19 down to beat PAOK Thessaloniki 76-69 on Wednesday in Group E. Both teams have now 2-4 records, but Szolonki claimed the potential tiebreak advantage between them. A 6-25 run bridging halftime gave a 26-45 advantage to PAOK at the midway point of the third quarter, but Szolnoki did not give up and with a furious comeback in the last quarter took a 65-64 lead and never looked back, scoring 37 points in the last 10 minutes. David Vojvoda led the way for the winners by scoring 13 of his 15 points in the last quarter, Strahinja Milosevic added 13, Krisztian Wittmann 12 and Peter Kovacs posted 10 with 7 rebounds. Kostas Vasileiadis had 11 points for PAOK, while Apollon Tsochlas and William Hatcher bagged 10 each in defeat.

Wittmann scored twice from long distance to take a 17-9 advantage for Szolnoki late in the first quarter. Uros Duvnjak fixed the score at 17-11 at the first break. Michalis Liapis put PAOK in front 17-18. The lead changed hands four times, but when Tsochlas hit from three-point range for a 22-24 PAOK lead, he also started a 2-12 run to complete the quarter and establish a 24-36 halftime lead.

Vasileaidis capped a 2-18 run to lead 24-40 and then raised the cushion to 26-45. Dino Gregory tried to keep his side alive with a three-point-play to close within 36-49, but Sofoklis Schortsanitis in the paint and Nikola Markovic from downtown gave a 41-55 margin to PAOK through three quarters. Georgios Dedas opened the last quarter by giving a 41-58 cushion to PAOK, but the home team made a big effort to climb within 56-60 when Milos Borisov nailed a three and Wittmann scored a jumper. Borisov from the foul line put Szonlonki ahead 65-64. A triple by Vojvoda made it 69-65 and sealed the incredible comeback by the home team.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015
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Referees: DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR (MNE), CIULIN, MARIUS (ROM), TRAWICKI, TOMASZ (POL)
Attendance: 1300 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Szolnoki Olaj1771737
PAOK Thessaloniki11251914
End of Quarter1234
Szolnoki Olaj17244178
PAOK Thessaloniki11365569
Szolnoki Olaj
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 CRAFT, AARON 17:29   0/6 0/1   1 2 3 1       1 1 1 -4
6 KELLER, AKOS 11:55 2 1/2 0/1   1 3 4   1 1     3 3 4
8 WITTMANN, KRISZTIAN 22:31 12 1/2 3/7 1/2 1 1 2 4 1 1     3 1 10
9 VOJVODA, DAVID 26:52 15 3/5 1/7 6/7   5 5 2 1 3     4 6 13
11 LYPOVYY, OLEKSANDR 14:07 6 0/2 2/2         4 2         2 12
12 SOMOGYI, GERGELY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BORISOV, MILOS 23:45 10 1/1 2/7 2/2   6 6 3 1     1 3 1 12
18 PERINGER, BALAZS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NATYAZHKO, KYRYL 9:20 2 1/2 0/1     1 1     1     1 3 2
24 MILOSEVIC, STRAHINJA 30:03 13 3/5 1/4 4/4 1   1 1   1 1 1 2 3 10
32 KOVACS, PETER 22:54 10 3/3 1/1 1/1 2 5 7 1 1       3 1 17
33 GREGORY, DINO 21:04 8 2/5   4/4 3 2 5 2 1 2     3 3 11
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 78 15/33 10/31 18/20 10 25 35 18 8 9 1 3 23 24 88
        45.5% 32.3% 90%
Head coach: POR, PETER
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
PAOK Thessaloniki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEPIC, MILENKO 17:36     0/1     1 1 1   1     1 2 1
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL 9:05 4 1/1   2/2   2 2             1 7
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 25:45 11 2/3 0/4 7/7   5 5 3 1 3     3 4 13
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 15:09 3 0/1 1/1     1 1     1     2    
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 17:45 10 2/4 1/3 3/4   1 1 3   1 1   4 4 9
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 5:59 3   1/2                   2    
11 MARGARITIS, VANGELIS 25:56 8 3/5 0/1 2/2   3 3 1   1     3 2 7
15 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 11:43 5 2/4   1/2   3 3     2 1   5 2 1
19 KAMARAS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 DUVNJAK, UROS 21:33 7 1/3 1/2 2/2   3 3 3         1 1 10
21 MARKOVIC, NIKOLA 25:53 8 1/4 1/3 3/4 3 8 11 1 2 5 1 1 2 3 12
25 HATCHER, WILL 23:36 10 2/4 2/3         3         1 3 12
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 69 14/29 7/20 20/23 3 29 32 15 3 15 3 1 24 22 73
        48.3% 35% 87%
Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS

Head Coaches

POR, PETER
Szolnoki Olaj
"The first quarter we did okay, but in the second we made lots of mistakes in defense, that is why we fell behind. For the last ten minutes we had a small lineup that found the rhythm and stopped PAOK, and with the help of the crowd we turned the game around and recorded a fantastic win.”
MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"We came to Szolnok to win and create a chance of moving up on the standings. I believe we played well during the first three quarters, but we were terrible in defense and offense in the last, so Szolnok came back and won. "

Players

KOVACS, PETER
Szolnoki Olaj
"We believed in the victory even when we trailed by 19 points. Through the first three quarters we shot the ball poorly, but we did not give up, found a formidable and small lineup and as our supporters were behind us, we did a great job of coming back and winning a crucial game.”
DEDAS, GEORGIOS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"We were great up until the 33rd minute, then we made stupid mistakes and as the crowd stood behind Szolnok, they came back and won... We had a chance in the last minute, but Szolnok penalised us with free throws and three-pointers.”