2015-16Last 32Round 2
January 12, 2016 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 PAOK SPORTS ARENA
Sofoklis Schortsanitis - PAOK Thessaloniki - EC15 (photo PAOK - megapress - pavlosmakridis)

Schortsanitis and Markovic power PAOK past Limoges

PAOK Thessaloniki overpowered Limoges CSP 88-75 Tuesday for its first victory in Group I. Sofoklis Schortsanitis led the way with 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and Nikola Markovic posted 17 points, 8 rebounds and 3 steals for PAOK, which improved to 1-1 and will be tied for second in the group at the end of Wednesday’s games. Limoges fell to 0-2. Bo McCalebb helped the French champs to a strong start, but PAOK never trailed after the midway point in the first quarter. An 8-0 second-quarter run helped PAOK take a 47-36 halftime advantage. Heiko Schaffartzik sank 3 three-pointers early in the second half as Limoges rallied to within 2, but a 17-2 charge that bridged the third and fourth quarter and featured three-pointers by four different PAOK players made it 77-59 and the hosts cruised the rest of the way. Kostas Vasileiadis added 15 points and 8 rebounds, Will Hatcher scored 14 points and Milenko Tepic 13 in victory. Ali Traore led Limoges with 18 points, McCalebb scored 16 and Mark Payne added 10 in defeat.

McCalebb opened the scoring for Limoges with a three-pointer and had 7 points in the first five minutes for an 8-9 lead, but after a Markovic three-pointer and Schortsanitis’s third basket, PAOK was up by 4. Will Daniels and Traore kept the visitors close, but Vasileiadis reeled off 5 straight points to extend the margin to 22-15. Daniels and Mathieu Wojciechowski brought Limoges within 3 before Hatcher ended the first quarter with PAOK up 24-19. A Matt Gatens triple and Daniels free throw had Limoges within a basket early in the second quarter, but a second Vasileiadis three sparked an 8-0 PAOK run that Tepic completed for a double-digit margin, 34-23. McCalebb and Payne traded shots with the hosts before Traore scored 4 in a row to narrow the gap to 7. But Limoges did not score in the final minute and a third of the half, while Bog Sofo made 2 of 4 free throws and Markovic’s put back made it 47-36 at the break.

Schortsanitis scored the first basket of the second half, but Schaffartzik came alive with back-to-back threes for Limoges. After a three-point play by Big Sofo. Daniels hit free throws and Schaffartzik nailed another triple. Payne made it 52-49 from the line. Tepic and Markovic scored to keep PAOK ahead, but Limoges had an answer to for every basket. A Giorgios Dedas three-pointer and Tepic free throws gave the hosts some breathing room at 65-57. Back-to-back threes by Hatcher and Vasileiadis made it a 13-2 run to end he quarter and gave PAOK a 73-59 advantage. Tepic connected from downtown and Markovic added a free throw to all but ice the game early in the fourth quarter. Leo Westermann and McCalebb helped Limoges close within 12, but the outcome was not in doubt and when Schortsanitis made it 86-71 with two minutes remaining, the PAOK faithful could begin their celebrations.

Tuesday, January 12, 2016
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Referees: SHEMMESH, SEFFI (ISR), CORTES, CARLOS (ESP), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO)
Attendance: 835 (Tentative)
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PAOK Thessaloniki24232615
Limoges CSP19172316
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PAOK Thessaloniki24477388
Limoges CSP19365975
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 30:04 13 4/5 1/3 2/2   3 3 3 3 3     2 1 15
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL 2:00   0/1     1   1                
7 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 32:34 15 3/9 3/7   1 7 8 3 2         2 20
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 4:13               1             1
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 3:47               2 1 1     2 1 1
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 8:45 3 0/1 1/1         1         2 1 2
11 MARGARITIS, VANGELIS 12:49   0/1 0/1   1 3 4 2 1 1     3 1 2
12 KOTTAS, THOMAS 9:19 3 1/1   1/2   1 1   1 1     2 1 2
15 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 17:04 19 8/10   3/5 2 3 5 1   1     4 6 22
20 DUVNJAK, UROS 15:22 4 1/1 0/2 2/2   2 2 2 1       2 1 6
21 MARKOVIC, NIKOLA 27:50 17 5/6 1/2 4/6 2 6 8 4 3       3 4 29
25 HATCHER, WILL 36:13 14 5/7 1/6 1/2   3 3 4   4     1 4 12
Team             1 1     1          
Totals 200:00 88 27/42 7/22 13/19 7 29 36 23 12 12 0 0 21 22 112
        64.3% 31.8% 68.4%
Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
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
Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 21:28 9   3/6   1 2 3 2   2     1 1 9
4 MCCALEBB, BO 32:14 16 3/6 2/4 4/4 1 3 4 2 2 2     2 3 18
5 WOJCIECHOWSKI, MATHIEU 3:00 2 1/1           1         1   2
6 DANIELS, WILL 14:31 8 3/5 0/2 2/2   1 1     2     1 1 3
8 GATENS, MATT 12:36 4 0/1 1/1 1/1   1 1 2         2 1 5
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 24:35 4 1/5 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 5 2 1     3 7 11
11 PAYNE, MARK 27:55 10 4/4 0/1 2/2   2 2 2 2 2     2 2 13
12 CAMARA, OUSMANE 19:30   0/1     1 3 4     1       1 3
24 TRAORE, ALI 23:49 18 7/11   4/5   1 1   1 2     4 3 12
29 DIAWARA, YAKHOUBA 17:18 4 2/4 0/2     3 3     3     3 2 -1
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 3:04   0/1                     3   -4
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 75 21/39 6/18 15/16 4 21 25 14 7 15 0 0 22 21 74
        53.8% 33.3% 93.8%
Head coach: BILBA, JIM

Head Coaches

MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"Congratulations to my players for their effort, they believed in the victory. We had a good reaction when Limoges tried to make a comeback by shooting threes. We won much easier than we had expected we could against a team with such a roster. It’s still too early though to make any assessments of the group."
BILBA, JIM
Limoges CSP
"Congratulations to PAOK on the victory. We tried to run the floor and play fast at first, but PAOK put a lot of pressure on us and forced a lot of turnovers that allowed them free and easy shots. Big Sofo killed us in the first half, so we tried to adjust in the second and put pressure which at first worked, we made some free threes and had a 3-point game. However, at that point, PAOK changed its game and removed Sofo, played with a lot of passes and made tough shots in transition and we weren’t able to find solutions. Our coach leaving the team and us trying to take over is very difficult, it’s the first time I’ve ever coached, but we are certain the team is going to find the best solution to move ahead."

Players

SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"We were very well prepared for tonight’s game; the team found harmony on the floor, we were moving the ball well and got open shots and easy baskets that helped us control the game. I believe that the team is staring to find rhythm. We finally have a command on rebounding, we move the ball well in the perimeter and I think we can do good things in both the Greek League and the Eurocup. I enjoy my time with PAOK, I have a lot of time on the floor, but this is something my coaches want from me and it happens to suit me fine. But I would adjust to whatever the coaches wanted me to do to help the team."
PAYNE, MARK
Limoges CSP
"It’s frustrating to lose a second game in a row, because the Eurocup competition is so short and every game is very important in terms of moving forward. We made a lot of mistakes in the beginning and allowed a lot of open shots. PAOK has killer shooters and they can finish you if you give them the floor to do so. We definitely need to get back on track and win our next game if we want to have a future in the competition. I’m happy to be back in Thessaloniki, I feel like visiting family, I was looking forward to the game since I fist heard we were playing PAOK, but it’s still very frustrating to lose."