2014-15Regular SeasonRound 4
November 05, 2014 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 OLYMPIC CENTER VENTSPILS
PAOK plucks road win after tough affair at Ventspils

Kostas Charalampidis - PAOK Thessaloniki - EC14 (photo Ventspils)

PAOK Thessaloniki edged Ventspils 63-66 in a game that came down to the closing seconds. The victory was PAOK’s second in three road games and saw it improve to 3-1 in Group F. Ventspils slipped to 1-3. Though PAOK started strong, Venstpils came back to tie it by halftime, 30-30, and the game remained close the rest of the way. A clutch triple from Mire Chatman brought Ventspils within 60-61 in the final minute, however perfect free throw shooting from Kostas Charalampidis helped PAOK claim the win. Marc Carter led PAOK’s attack with 17 points and 9 rebounds and Julian Vaughn compiled 14 and 7. Chatman and Akselis Vairogs scored 15 points each for Ventspils and Troy Barnies added 13.

Carter with a basket-plus-foul and a shot from downtown led PAOK to a 0-8 start. Artjoms Butjankovs opened the scoring for Ventspils before Chatman with 4 straight points capped a 9-0 run in response. Carter sank a second three en route to an 11-15 PAOK advantage. Kevin Langford added 4 points to boost the visitors to 12-19 after 10 minutes. Vaughn’s slam put the visitors up 9 at the start of the second quarter. Ventspils stayed in the hunt thanks to triples from Chatman and Vairogs. After closing within 2 on three occasions, Zanis Peiners’s dunk tied the game at 30-30 at halftime.

Carter opened the second half with a three, but Ventspils traded baskets successfully to tie the game five times before pulling ahead 44-41 on a Davis Lejasmeiers triple. Kostas Karakoudis then tied it with a basket-plus-foul of his own and went on to split free throws to give PAOK a 44-45 edge through three quarters. Karakoudis stayed hot with the first basket of the fourth. Barnies kept the hosts within 1, but Vaughn free throws were followed by an Apollon Tsochlas three that gave PAOK a 48-54 cushion. Langford put the visitors up 8 with a three, however a triple from Vairogs and layup from Barnies made it a one-shot game. Carter put PAOK up 57-61 with clutch free throws with 16 seconds remaining, but Chatman came right back with a triple. In the end, 4 free throws from Charalampidis and Ventspils’s failure to get an offensive rebound after Chatman intentionally missed his second free throw at 63-65 sealed the PAOK victory.
Wednesday, November 5, 2014
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Referees: JASEVICIUS, TOMAS (LTU), LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS (LTU), VOVK, TOMISLAV (CRO)
Attendance: 2000 (Tentative)
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Ventspils
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 BARNIES, TROY 28:04 13 4/5 1/1 2/4 2 6 8 1   2     5 2 14
8 LEJASMEIERS, DAVIS 11:53 3 0/2 1/1     1 1     1     2   -1
12 KANBERGS, KRISTAPS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VAIROGS, AKSELIS 24:21 15 3/3 2/6 3/7   3 3 1   2     3 4 10
15 ATE, ARTIS 11:25   0/3           1         3   -5
21 BUTJANKOVS, ARTJOMS 16:46 6 3/5 0/1 0/1 2 3 5       1   1 2 9
22 GULBIS, MARIS 23:23 5 2/4 0/2 1/1 1 2 3 1   1     3 2 3
24 GRAZULIS, ANDREJS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 PEINERS, ZANIS 13:11 2 1/5 0/1     2 2 3       1     1
32 CHATMAN, MIRE 31:57 15 1/4 2/5 7/8   5 5 5 1 2     2 6 21
33 MEIERS, MARTINS 11:26   0/5     1 3 4       2   1    
45 GRANT, JERAI 27:34 4 2/9   0/2 1 4 5 1 3       3 3 4
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 63 16/45 6/17 13/23 9 31 40 13 4 8 3 1 23 19 60
        35.6% 35.3% 56.5%
Head coach: STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
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 LANGFORD, KEVIN 29:32 7 1/4 1/1 2/4 1 6 7 2   4 1 1 3 5 9
5 LIAPIS, MICHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 CHARALAMPIDIS, KOSTAS 19:18 7 0/1 1/4 4/4   1 1 1   3     2 4 4
7 CARTER, MARC 33:55 17 2/4 3/8 4/7   9 9 1   1     2 4 18
8 KAKAROUDIS, KOSTAS 20:42 8 3/7 0/1 2/4   3 3 1 1       2 5 9
9 TSOCHLAS, APOLLON 15:29 7 2/4 1/1         2   1     2   4
10 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 4:09     0/2                 1     -3
12 KOTTAS, THOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ODUM, JAKE 24:10 4 2/6       1 1 2 1 1     2 3 4
15 VAUGHN, JULIAN 25:43 14 5/5   4/4 2 5 7 2       1 3 2 21
19 SALOUSTROS, CHRISTOS 27:02 2 1/2 0/2   1 7 8 2 1 1     3   6
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 66 16/33 6/19 16/23 4 34 38 13 3 11 1 3 19 23 74
        48.5% 31.6% 69.6%
Head coach: MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS

Head Coaches

STELMAHERS, ROBERTS
Ventspils
"We had to win this game. This is already the second time in the Eurocup that we have given the win to our opponents in games where we just must win. Now we have to prepare to get those wins on the road. "
MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK Thessaloniki
"We knew that this game was going to be tough. All Eurocup games are like that. We controlled the beginning of the game, later we had problems and made mistakes, which our opponents took advantage of. However, we came back in the second half and finished the game according to our plan. Before the game we were especially preparing for Chatman and Grant, as they are the key players in for Ventspils."

Players

CHATMAN, MIRE
Ventspils
"I think team fought, we tried to fight as much as we can. I guess at the end I made a turnover which influenced the final result. "
CARTER, MARC
PAOK Thessaloniki
"This was a good game for us today. We knew that we have to play against a high level team and that they always keep their tempo during game and shoot a lot. This win means a lot to us. "