By Eurohoops team/ email@example.com
With a 29-10 run in the third quarter, Telekom Baskets Bonn managed to come back and eventually beat AEK 73-66 in the Ano Liossia Olympic Hall.
As proved against Pinar Karsiyaka, TJ Shorts II stepped up to being dominant even against the black-and-yellow Greek team.
The UC Davis product had 26 points, 4 rebounds, and 7 assists, winning the head-to-head confrontation against Tim Frazier, who went scoreless but dished 13 assists. With this performance, TJ Shorts joined Kevin Punter as the only player in BCL history to score 25+ points in at least three consecutive games.
Jeremy Morgan and Finn Delany, both on Tuomas Iisalo’s starting five, added 11 points a piece to overcome the challenge against Ilias Kantzouris’ side.
Janis Strelnieks had his best scoring performance with his new club, ending the game with 20 points. Akil Mitchell performed once again a dominant display under the basket, with 14 points and 8 rebounds.
This is AEK’s second loss against German teams out of seven home games. It’s the second time in the club’s history that AEK loses twice in a row in the Basketball Champions League, with the first one being in October 2017.
Telekom Baskets Bonn, which has previously lost their last four away games, including two in Greece, joins Pinar Karsiyaka with a 2-1 record in Group B. After Reggio Emilia’s 83-76 loss, AEK is now tied at 1-2 with the Italian team.
PHOTO CREDIT: Basketball Champions League