2010-11Regular SeasonRound 3
November 30, 2010 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 PAOK SPORTS ARENA
Roberto Dozier - PAOK BCPAOK dominated from the start and led by 18 points after 10 minutes en route to a convincing 92-74 victory over Chorale Roanne on Tuesday. Rawle Marshall scored 23 points and Robert Dozier added 21 as PAOK picked up its first win of the Eurocup season and kept Roanne winless. Lazaros Papadopoulos scored 15 and totaled 7 boards, Todor Gecevski tallied 10 and 11 and Donnie McGrath scored 10 points for the home team. Uche Nsonwu paced Roanne with 22 points and 10 rebounds, while K.C. Rivers and Souleyman Diabate netted 14 and 11 points, respectively. Roanne will host PAOK next week in France targeting its first win.

PAOK attacked the rim early and tried to establish a dominating post presence with Papadopoulos, as its first four baskets were either layups or dunks. But the same could be said for Roanne, whose lone first quarter jumper came courtesy of Braud Philippe in the closing minute. It was Nsonwu who hit first with a couple of inside moves, but the 2-4 start was as big a margin as the visitors would enjoy. A Justin Gray slam tied it and Dozier went to work after that for the hosts, tallying 9 points in the first quarter, which finished with a 26-8 run, 4 visiting turnovers and a promising 32-14 lead for PAOK. Roanne tried to force the issue to start the second, settling for long shots in sharp contrast to PAOK’s insistence on a post game centered on Papadopoulos’s intimidating presence. Alexis Tanghe gave the visitors hope when he hit his first triple and Dylan Page and Jean Michel Mipoka converted a couple more. But overall, Roanne missed 5 three pointers in the period and, more significantly, went away from Nsonwu in the paint. Most problematic for Roanne head coach Jean Denys Choulet was the heating up of Gecevski for the hosts. If Papadopoulos wasn’t enough of a concern, the talented big man went for 7 points in the second quarter, even hitting from three-point territory, and fueling a 45-25 lead. Roanne decided then to get back to the basics with Nsonwu and Rivers getting into the mix, and would have ended the half on a high note with a 2-13 run, if not for a final Dozier triple that left things 50-38 at the break.

A role reversal ensued at the start of the third quarter, as Giorgios Apostolidis and McGrath scored from long range for PAOK and Roanne plowed through near the rim, but the Nsonwu-Papadopoulos duel eventually regained center stage, and the two big men offered some intense back and forth moments with no clear cut winner. The setting was prime for other performers to appear, and Marshall took a step forward for the hosts, putting a 75-53 lead on the board as the biggest margin, as did Diabate for the visitors with a complete basketball display of baskets, steals, assists and rebounds. At the end of three though, not much had changed with PAOK still on top, 76-62 after a Rivers triple. Ten minutes away from their first Eurocup win, PAOK did not let go, as Marshall took matters into his own hands, scoring the first bucket of the period and 8 points in a 14-6 run that finally put Roanne away for good. Unable to hit from the perimeter, Choulet’s crew settled for inside baskets in the closing minutes, never getting closer than 15 points in the quarter and ultimately falling to 0-3 in the Group F standings.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
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Referees: MARICIC,SASA (SRB), ZASHCHUK, SERGEY (UKR), MILOJEVIC, ALEKSANDAR (MKD)
Attendance: 1300 (Tentative)
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PAOK BC
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MARSHALL, RAWLE 32:13 23 6/8 1/5 8/8       3 2         6 28
6 ARAPIS, DIMITRIS 0:59                              
7 McGRATH, DONNIE 32:23 12 1/1 3/4 1/2       3 1 1     2 3 14
8 APOSTOLIDIS, GEORGIOS 15:00 3   1/1 0/2   1 1 2 1 3     3 2 1
9 DEDAS, GEORGIOS 9:22 1   0/2 1/2           1       1 -2
10 DOZIER, ROBERT 27:51 21 7/9 1/1 4/5 3 2 5   1 3 1   2 3 23
11 GRAY, JUSTIN 20:18 5 2/6 0/2 1/1 1 1 2 2   1     3 1  
12 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 22:28 15 5/8   5/8   7 7 4 1 3 1 1 4 6 20
13 GIANNAKIDIS, MICHAIL 9:45   0/2 0/2     2 2         1 1   -4
14 KALLES, NIKOS 5:16 2 1/1     2   2     1     2   1
15 GECEVSKI, TODOR 23:26 10 3/6 1/1 1/1 3 8 11 1 3 1     2 2 21
16 KALAMPAKAS, DIMITRIOS 0:59                              
Team           2 5 7               7
Totals 200:00 92 25/41 7/18 21/29 11 26 37 15 9 14 2 2 19 24 109
        61% 38.9% 72.4%
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
Chorale Roanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 NSONWU, UCHE 32:54 22 10/13   2/2 3 7 10 3   1     3 7 35
6 DIABATE, SOULEYMAN 25:03 11 3/4 1/2 2/2 2 1 3 2 3 5     1 2 13
7 AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE 26:34 8 2/6   4/4   1 1 1 1     1 2 4 8
8 GORDON, ALEX 14:57 4 2/3 0/3           1       3   -2
9 BRAUD, PHILIPPE 14:47 2 1/2 0/4     1 1 1   1     1   -3
10 RIVERS, KC 25:05 14 4/6 1/2 3/3 1 3 4   1       4 3 15
12 TANGHE, ALEXIS 9:57 5 1/1 1/2     1 1     2     5 1 -1
13 DUNN, ALEX 13:11   0/1       3 3     2 1   1    
14 MIPOKA, JEAN-MICHEL 13:34 5 1/1 1/2   1 2 3     1 1   1   6
15 PAGE, DYLAN 23:58 3 0/4 1/7   1 1 2 2 3 1   1 3 2 -3
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 74 24/41 5/22 11/11 8 21 29 9 9 13 2 2 24 19 69
        58.5% 22.7% 100%
Head coach: CHOULET, JEAN-DENYS

Head Coaches

MARKOPOULOS, SOULIS
PAOK BC
"Compared to the previous games, we began very well, we did not leave any room to our opponents to play their game, and on the other hand we controlled the rhythm from the beginning, mainly due to hard defense and also due to good offensive choices. All of these created a safety lead from the beginning, which we tried to broaden as much as we could as the time went by. We made some mistakes in the first half, but we tried to control them and we came out stronger in the second half, reaching an easy victory against a very good European team. Roanne is leading the French League right now and I think this says a lot about the kind of team they are. I don’t care about the rest of the results in the group, we haven’t set any specific goals as far as the Eurocup is concerned, we want the experience, we want to try and play good basketball and be as competitive as possible and if something good come out of it, we are going to welcome it."
CHOULET, JEAN-DENYS
Chorale Roanne
"We just did not play tonight. PAOK played a good game, but we did not play at all and you cannot win or even lose by few points when you don’t play. I don’t know what my players have been thinking but this is the truth. I cannot even think about qualification and possibilities and so on. I only care about what happened tonight, at a game that we did not come out to play… If you don’t want to play, if you come to Thessaloniki just for tourism, then why would you even want to qualify, to do what? We’d better stay at home..."

Players

GECEVSKI, TODOR
PAOK BC
"We played a very good game, especially at defense in the first half and that was the main reason that we built a wide lead we managed to keep till the end of the game. Roanne managed to close the gap in the second quarter, but we began the second half well and that helped us reach victory and also gave the coach the chance to give minutes to everyone. We are happy for our first victory in the group, the fact that Benetton won gives us more chances to qualify, but we should make more wins to do that, and first of all we must go to France to win."
AMAGOU, PAPE-PHILIPPE
Chorale Roanne
"We are disappointed for the defeat and especially for the way we played. PAOK has been much better and got a fair victory and is now in a much better position than ours. The situation has become very difficult for our team, we must win all three remaining games to have some chances to qualify and first of all, we need to beat PAOK next week. But to do that, we need to play much better than we did tonight."
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