Two days after the victory against Aris, in Alexandreio, AEK achieved the “two in two” in the friendly preparation matches of Thessaloniki. “Enoisi” faced PAOK, at “PAOK Sports Arena” and despite the fact that it was behind the score in the first half (45-40 in 20 ‘) managed to reverse its situation to its detriment and prevail with 83-77.
For the second consecutive friendly match, Elias Papatheodorou did not have Jonas Matsioulis, Matt Lodzeski, Vladimir Jankovic and Dimitris Katsivelis at his disposal, while Markus Sloter did not play in the friendly either. At the same time that Tyrese Rice and Kostis Gondikas took time to participate, with the American guard making an -official- debut with the “yellow-blacks”. In fact, he was the protagonist of his team, as he scored 16 points and was the top scorer of AEK, with Langford following with 15.
In the first half, the match was balanced, with PAOK taking the reins of the match and completing the first 20 minutes with a lead of 5 points for 45-40. The hosts even went ahead with 11 points in 22 ‘(51-40), but from that point the image of AEK changed for the better.
The presence of Rice and Langford on the floor was a catalyst, with the Union gaining momentum and with a partial 9-30 by the end of the third period, it reversed the situation, “building” a difference (59-70). In the fourth quarter, PAOK tried to reduce, but AEK kept control and reached the victory.
The quarters: 15-15, 45-40, 59-70, 77-83.
AEK’s points: Rice 16p., Langford 15p., Gikas 14p., Moreira 12p., Chrysikopoulos 11p., Zisis 6p., Moraitis 5p., Mavroidis 3p., Gontikas 1p.