The story of AEK does not change, at least not this season. They played seven, and won seven, three in Greek championship, four in Euroleague, but the fans are not responding... "It's not easy to play with almost no spectators, and I don't know why, it must be something deeper, because AEK has a huge fans following. Why invest so much in a team, if they don't want basketball? The game? Nothing special, we had some problems with zone defense, but at the end we won without too much effort". This was AEK coach Dusan Ivkovic after the game. And he was not talking too much about basketball. Cibona was good at the start, leading 8-2 after three minutes, but that was it. The game was close until the closing minutes of the first half, AEK was leading 36-32, two three-pointers by Michalis Kakiouzis, and Milan Gurovic sealed everything. Even though they had a tough time finding a basket, AEK conected only 45%, three-pointers, 5-20, AEK was always in control, leading by 17, 54-37, in the middle of the third quarter. From then on, it was just a question of wasting time, Cibona came back to 73-66, two minutes before the end, but they never really threatened the Greek team.
Wednesday, November 08, 2000