"The first match was of special conditioons and strange. We had absences. It's not an excuse but in order to qualify you have to be complete . Everything changed in the last 10 days. We had to react and see our turnovers. We performed well and we won. When you receive 53 points means that you've played well on defence. We have much talent but we have to find our chemistry and rely on defence" said Papantoniou about Aris.
The 25-year-old guard commented on the win over PAOK: "It's too early to say anything about the 3rd place. We aim to enter the play-offs. Fans have big expectations. They need to be patient. The team are now built. Time is needed. AEK are a big club and we all want the club to reach the stars".
Papantoniou was asked about his role in the team: "The coach knows me since last year. He knows what I can do. Either I play 30 minuted or 1 I'll do the same thing. I am happy I helped the team. My job is to make the play. When needed I can shoot. Duration is my target. To have a full season. We have a roster with quality. A bad result is easy to come when there are absences. I had an accident and I am lucky I was not injured. We got over a bad defeat. We reacted and won PAOK. AEK are their fans. They help and they boost us. We will try for the best. OAKA is vast and needs a lot of fans. We want them by our side".