2014-15Regular SeasonRound 2
October 22, 2014 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 PAOK SPORTS ARENA
PAOK downs Zielona Gora to go up to 2-0

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.
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Referees: PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), RUTESIC, ZDRAVKO (MNE), FRITZ, CLEMENS (GER)
Attendance: 1311 (Tentative)
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Stelmet Zielona Gora20132013
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PAOK Thessaloniki
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 LANGFORD, KEVIN 20:43 12 4/7 1/1 1/2 1 1 2           2 2 10
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL 9:08 4     4/4   1 1 1   1       5 10
6 CHARALAMPIDIS, KOSTAS 17:59 8   2/5 2/2   2 2 3   4     3 2 5
7 CARTER, MARC 23:27 7 1/3 1/3 2/2   7 7 3         3 2 12
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 15:03 6 1/2 1/2 1/2 1 3 4 2           1 10
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 17:28 7 2/2 1/2     1 1 5   2     4 2 8
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 16:33 9   3/8     2 2 2   1     3   4
11 MARGARITIS, VANGELIS 21:35 3 0/2 1/1   1 2 3 3         3 2 6
12 KOTTAS, THOMAS 0:39               1             1
13 ODUM, JAKE 5:41   0/1 0/1                       -2
15 VAUGHN, JULIAN 22:00 12 5/6   2/4 1 5 6 1 1 3 1   2 2 15
19 SALOUSTROS, CHRISTOS 29:44 17 3/5 3/4 2/2   5 5 1 2       1 3 24
Team             1 1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 85 16/28 13/27 14/18 4 30 34 22 3 13 1 0 21 21 102
        57.1% 48.1% 77.8%
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
Stelmet Zielona Gora
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PELKA, PATRYK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CEL, AARON 21:09 2 1/5 0/3   1 3 4 2 1 1     3   -2
8 TROUTMAN, CHEVON 19:11 8 3/8   2/2 1   1     1     3 3 3
11 BURTT, STEVEN 21:57 11 2/6 1/2 4/4           1     2 3 6
13 CHANAS, KAMIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 HOSLEY, QUINTON 27:31 8 3/7 0/4 2/3 1 5 6 2 1 4     1 3 6
20 KUCHAREK, MACIEJ 20:51   0/2 0/1   3 5 8     2     2 1 2
21 JOHNSON, DANIEL 24:22 11 4/6 0/1 3/5 1 3 4     1   1 2 6 12
34 HRYCANIUK, ADAM 10:37 2 1/1     1 1 2     1     2   1
35 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW 25:02 10 2/4 2/6 0/1         3 1     3 2 4
55 KOSZAREK, LUKASZ 29:20 14 3/4 2/4 2/2 2 3 5 8   2     3 2 21
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 66 19/43 5/21 13/17 10 22 32 12 5 14 0 1 21 20 55
        44.2% 23.8% 76.5%
Head coach: ADAMEK, ANDRZEJ

Head Coaches

MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"These Eurocup games are tough. My team showed character and my players remained focused. Our defense was the key weapon that created dangerous situations for the opposing basket. We built a difference early on and kept it to the end beating a very strong team that missed qualification to the Euroleague by two shots at the last minute. It's still very early on, I only hope we remain healthy. We'll have to see what happens with Odum's injury."
ADAMEK, ANDRZEJ
Stelmet Zielona Gora
"We knew it was going to be a very tough game, when you play against a team that won in Turkey in two overtimes and beat one of the group favorites, you have to expect a very tough game. We played a solid first quarter, but then we received too many threes and although we tried to keep up and maintained a decent margin until about two or three minutes to the end of the first half, things went down and the game ended for us. You cannot expect much when you shoot so poorly. "

Players

SALOUSTROS, CHRISTOS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"Our defense was the key factor to winning tonight’s game, it helped us overcome even Jake [Odum]’s injury. It was a very important victory that gives us the necessary boost for making the next round. I’m happy for our fans; they came and supported us and created a very warm atmosphere, that motivated us. I’m more interested in how I play defense than how many points I have scored, we have very good players to score. I think this was the best game I have played in my professional career."
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