By Eurohoops Team/ [email protected]
In a defensive battle marked by a scary injury, Unicaja secured the win, 77-63, against PAOK mateco Wednesday night.
A gold medalist with Spain in the 2022 EuroBasket, Dario Brizuela scored a season-high 27 points as the team based in Malaga jumped to 3-0 in Group G of the Basketball Champions League Regular Season. Standing out in the low-scoring Gameday 3 affair, he connected 10/14 from the field. Kendrick Perry chipped in ten points and Alberto Diaz paired his nine points with six assists.
The players guided by Ibon Navarro were held to 6/24 from beyond the arc but delivered a solid defensive effort for the fifth win in a row, including the Qualifiers. The visitors were forced down to 1-2, one point behind second-placed JDA Dijon and one ahead of winless Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari.
In a scary moment at Palacio Municipal, Zaccheus Darko-Kelly suffered an ankle injury and was stretchered off the court. Limited to a 32-second outing, he went to the hospital for medical exams. “His injury is serious. I believe he is going to miss the rest of the season,” noted PAOK playcaller Aris Lykogiannis.
The Greek outfit led for only two minutes but kept it tight until midway through the fourth quarter. A 5-0 sprint turned a four-point deficit into a nine-point handicap with less than two minutes on the clock. On the wrong end of late momentum, the gap then exploded into double-digits.
A four-game winning streak across all competitions was snapped despite Dutch Yannick Franke putting up 18 points. Tyler Polley and Jalen Riley followed with 12 points apiece.
Postgame press conference:
Photo Credit: Basketball Champions League
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