On Monday, November 28, BC Khimki moved to a well-known Greek city Thessaloniki. Tomorrow our team will play its second road Eurocup group stage game with the local team P.A.O.K. Thessaloniki B.C. The beginning of the meeting is at 18.45 CET (21.45 msk).
EXCHANGE OF OPINIONS:
Rimas Kurtinaitis, BC Khimki head coach:
— PAOK is a good team. We must pay special attention to Giddens and Goree. We are motivated to win. On Friday we burned our fingers. We shouldn't become relaxed in the middle of the season. But I hope we learned the lesson and it will help us in the future.
Matt Nielsen, BC Khimki forward:
— I played in PAOK, it was my first team after coming from Australia. I have good memories from staying in Greece. Now PAOK plays good basketball. But we want to win. Last Friday we made a mistake in the Russian championship and now we must improve.
P.A.O.K. THESSALONIKI B.C. GREECE
Black and White
P.A.O.K. Sports Arena (built in 2000, capacity – 8500 seats)
Official website: http://www.paokbc.gr/
P.A.O.K. Thessaloniki B.C. is the professional basketball department of the Greek multi-sports club P.A.O.K., originally founded in 1926 and is based in Thessaloniki, Greece. The basketball section of PAOK was created in 1928 when Alekos Alexiadis, a young member of the administration council, took the initiative to create a basketball team. The first honor for PAOK was the win of the 1959 Greek League. The worst season of the club to date was in 1977 when PAOK avoided relegation with a 66-53 play-out win over Democritus.
In 1994 PAOK returned to European success by winning the Korac Cup two-leg final against Pallacanestro Trieste, winning both at home and away by 9 points. The following year PAOK won the Greek Cup in a 19 point victory against Panionios 72-53. In 1999 PAOK again won the Greek Cup by defeating AEK Athens 71-54.
Moreover PAOK is the first European team for Khimki’s forward Matt Nielsen. The Australian came to Europe to play for PAOK in the 2004-05 season, averaging 13.9 points per game in 14 Eurocup matches. Among other individual stories, Marcus Goree and Zoaran Planinic faced-off in the Euroleague semifinal in Madrid, playing for CSKA and TAU Vitoria, respectively, won by CSKA.
The new home of PAOK, the PAOK Sports Arena, able to hold 8500 fans, was inaugurated on 17 March 2000. The same year it hosted the Euroleague and Greek Cup final-fours.
In Greek League PAOK now ranks seventh with 3 vins and 3 losses. In Euroup the club played two games (1-1): a vivid victory was done over Cholet Basket and a sudden loss by VER Riga.
VEF Riga — PAOK — 80-74
(23-23, 22-21, 20-13, 15-17)
PAOK: Giddens (17 + 6 rebounds), Goree (16 + 5 rebounds), Dikoudis (12 + 5 rebounds), Wright (11 + 5 rebounds).
PAOK — Cholet Basket — 74-62
(18-15, 18-18, 20-13, 18-16)
PAOK: Giddens (22 + 12 rebounds), Goree (19 + 6 rebounds), Dikoudis (11 + 8 rebounds), Wright (10).
American guard J.R.Giddens proved to be Eurocup week 2 MVP. He, with an index rating performance of 32, scored 22 points including 3 of 3 from the arc, pulled 12 rebounds and had 2 steals for the best individual winning performance of the week. His teammate Marcus Goree is too close to him.
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Head coach: Anastasios Markopoulos (Greece)