2006-07Regular SeasonRound 6
December 05, 2006 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 OLYMPIC BASKETBALL STADIUM
Nestoras Kommatos - AEK AEK snapped a three-game losing streak and re-entered itself into the race for the elimination rounds with a 70-58 win over Gran Canaria on Tuesday in Athens, Greece. Jasmin Perkovic scored 19 points on 9-of-11 shooting and Nestoras Kommatos drilled five triples to lead AEK back from an early double-digit deficit. AEK improves to 2-4, while Gran Canaria dropped to 3-3 in Group A of the ULEB Cup. Kommatos finished with 16 and Brent Scott had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kornel David led Gran Canaria with 10 points and 4 steals and Jim Moran, Sitapha Savane and Jackson Vroman added 9 each. Vroman also had 9 boards. Gran Canaria led 7-17 in the first quarter and held a 30-37 halftime advantage, but Kommatos, Perkovic and Nikos Vetoulas were key in a 31-10 second-half run that put AEK in control for good.

AEK got on the scoreboard first through a post move by Jasmin Perkovic, however Gran Canaria capitalized on back-to-back AEK turnovers and raced out to a 2-7 lead on a triple by Moran. The visitors dominated the paint, with Vroman making noise on the offensive glass, and a basket by Savane gave them a 5-11 lead after only 3 minutes. After Scott muscled his way inside, Gran Canaria responded with baskets by Savane and Vroman and soon a Jimmie Hunter fast-break score boosted the gap to 7-17. Kommatos knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to get AEK back within 15-17 at the end of the first quarter. But AEK failed to keep the momentum going thanks to Moran and Roberto Guerra’s inside and outside game, which saw Gran Canaria reel off 10 unanswered points. AEK coach Vangelis Alexandris called a timeout, which led to nice passing and an open triple by Prodromos Nikolaidis and seconds later Perkovic converted a three-point play to cut the margin to 23-32. The hosts weren't allowing any easy baskets and Gran Canaria began to struggle from downtown, while on the other end Kommatos's three got AEK within 5. However Vroman was too talented for the AEK frontcourt to contain and his 5 points kept the visitors in charge, 30-37, at halftime.

Jim Moran - Gran CanariaAEK stepped up its intensity at the start of the second half, with Sotiris Nikolaidis leading the charge and the frontcourt tandem of Scott and Perkovic contributing 8 points as the hosts tied the game at 39-39. Kommatos rifled in another three to put AEK ahead for the first time since the early seconds of the game. Gran Canaria point guard Marcus Norris had trouble creating for his teammates as the team went scoreless for 7 minutes until Savane scored. However Vetoulas nailed a triple and then Scott added a jumper to give the hosts a 51-45 margin after 30 minutes. The hosts carried their momentum early in the final period and another three-pointer from Vetoulas extended the lead to 58-49 and brought the few, yet passionate fans to their feet. Gran Canaria was still struggling offensively, while AEK kept the scoreboard rolling. A Christos Tapoutos free throw capped an astonishing 31-10 comeback, giving AEK a 61-49 advantage midway the quarter. David picked up the scoring slack for the visitors and managed to trim the gap to 8. Gran Canaria coach Salvador Maldonado went to a full-court press defense. However, having two point guards –Ioannis Gagaloudes and Vetoulas - on the court, AEK controlled the tempo and stayed in charge despite a rare triple by Norris that trimmed the lead to 67-58 with 1 minute to go. But AEK hit its free throws down the stretch en route to a coveted victory that boosted its confidence and keeps it in contention for a spot in the next round.
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Danos Tsakalos, Athens
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Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA; MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA; CUKALOVIC, CASLAV
Attendance: 1000
By Quarter1234
AEK Athens15152119
Gran Canaria1720813
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AEK Athens15305170
Gran Canaria17374558
AEK Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GKAGKALOUDIS, IOANNIS 19:00 8 2/5 0/1 4/4   1 1 2   2     2 4 7
5 NIKOLAIDIS, SOTIRIOS 16:45 1     1/2   1 1 4 2 3     3 4 5
6 NIKOLAIDIS, PRODROMOS 8:45 3   1/2         1   1         2
7 TAPOUTOS, CHRISTOS 19:00 3 1/3 0/1 1/2 1 7 8 2 3 2     1 1 10
8 MAGLOS, CONSTANTINOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MAGKOUNIS, SPYRIDON 3:15 2     2/2 1   1             1 4
10 KOMMATOS, NESTORAS 38:00 16 0/3 5/8 1/2   2 2 2 2 3 1 1 3 2 11
11 VETOULAS, NIKOLAOS 35:15 8 1/1 1/4 3/4   5 5   1 5     2 3 6
12 PAPANIKOLAU, NIKOLAOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PERKOVIC, JASMIN 28:00 19 9/11   1/1 1 2 3 2 1 1     3 4 23
15 SCOTT, BRENT 32:00 10 5/9     5 6 11 3   6     3 2 13
19 KAKAVAS, PANTELEIMON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 70 18/32 7/16 13/17 9 26 35 16 9 23 1 1 17 21 84
        56.3% 43.8% 76.5%
Head coach: ALEXANDRIS, VANGELIS
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
Gran Canaria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VROMAN, JACKSON 26:15 9 3/7   3/3 4 5 9 1 1 4   1 4 3 10
7 SAVANE, SITAPHA 27:15 9 3/3   3/6 4   4 3         1 2 14
9 DAVID, KORNEL 17:30 10 3/6 0/3 4/4   2 2   4 1     1 2 10
10 HUNTER, JIMMIE 19:30 4 2/6 0/4           1 2       1 -4
11 GUERRA, ROBERTO 19:30 6 3/4 0/2   1 1 2 2   1     3 2 5
13 NORRIS, MARCUS 25:15 6 0/3 1/6 3/4       1 1 2     5 5 -3
14 PEREZ, SERGIO 16:15 3 0/1 1/3   2 3 5     1 1       5
19 FREELAND, JOEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 MORAN, JIM 23:45 9 3/7 1/1   2 1 3   1 2     3   4
25 BALDO, VICTOR 9:00 2 1/2 0/2                   4 2 -3
34 FERNANDEZ, MARIO 15:45               1   1          
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 58 18/39 3/21 13/17 14 12 26 8 8 14 1 1 21 17 39
        46.2% 14.3% 76.5%
Head coach: MALDONADO, SALVA
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Head Coaches

ALEXANDRIS, VANGELIS
AEK Athens
"Tonight we concentrated well, especially on the defensive end and – for the first time - we played with a lot of energy for 40 minutes. I am very satisfied because we beat a very talented team that has four Americans in its roster and has a much higher budget than we do. We work very hard, so I am confident that better days will come."
MALDONADO, SALVA
Gran Canaria
"I want to congratulate AEK, as they deserved to win tonight. Early on in the game we were in charge, but in the second half our opponents picked up their defensive intensity and capitalized on our mistakes."

Players

GAGALOUDES, IOANNIS
AEK Athens
"We are aware of the fact that our recent performances were not as good as everyone expected. Tonight, we proved to ourselves that we are talented players and our team can be competitive. You know what? We should always focus on defense. AEK can beat powerful opponents, such as Gran Canaria, only when we do a good job on the defensive end."
DAVID, KORNEL
Gran Canaria
"We played against a team that really wanted to grab the win tonight. They played with a lot more intensity than we did, they left everything on the floor. We failed to remain concentrated throughout the game and unfortunately we allowed them to rally back. When we decided to play defense, it was too late for a comeback. Now, we have some tough games left, but if we want to qualify we should win the remaining games."
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