01 September, 2016
30 April, 2017
1 Devyn Marble (GRE)
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Aris defence suffocates Nahariya for big road win

NAHARIYA (Basketball Champions League) – Aris Thessaloniki sucked the life out of Ironi Nahariya's offence and forced their hosts to commit an eye-popping 32 turnovers as the Greek team cruised to an 85-53 triumph in Israel. Michael Jenkins paced Aris with 22 points, five rebounds, five assists and four steals while Will Cummings had a game-high six assists and five steals to go with his 13 points.

"We had a good game although I think the final score does not reflect the true image of Nahariya," commented Aris head coach Dimitris Priftis afterwards. "They were missing their starting point guard (Teague) and we exploited that fact by coming out aggressive on defence and forcing turnovers."

Aris scored 34 points off Nahariya's mistakes and jumped to a 19-6 lead already by the end of the opening quarter. The hosts balanced proceedings somewhat in the second period but it was all one-way traffic again after the interval and the gap ballooned to as many as 37 points.

"We were able to cause a lot of turnovers and get out in transition, we were disrtuptive and that was very positive. That said, they did get a lot of rebounds and that is something we will need to correct," said Devyn Marble, who finished with 14 points and three steals for the winners.