2011-12Regular SeasonRound 2
October 26, 2011 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 ARENA ZAGREB

Panathinaikos mauled KK Zagreb 62-81

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Panathinaikos put on a defensive display as it routed KK Zagreb 62-81 in the latter’s first ever Euroleague home game. The Greens started strong and never let up in bringing their record to 2-0 in Group B. Panathinaikos head coach Zeljko Obradovic was able to split the minutes among his charges as all 12 players in uniform played a minimum of 10 minutes and all but one of them scored. Romain Sato led the way with 13 points, Nick Calathes and Steven Smith tallied 12 apiece, Mike Batiste scored 10 and Euroleague MVP Dimitris Diamantidis quarterbacked them with 8 assists. Sean May did most of the damage for Zagreb with a Euroleague career high 23 points and 9 rebounds. Damir Mulaomerovic, who won the 2002 Euroleague title with the Greens, added 15 points for Zagreb, which dropped to 0-2.

Panathinaikos went inside to Aleks Maric for the game’s first points before Sean May countered for the hosts. Sato scored on the offensive glass and a Diamantidis steal set Nick Calathes up for a layup as the visitors took control early. Sato’s long pass to an open Steven Smith for a powerful two-handed jam caused Zagreb to take a timeout trailing 3-10. Out of the stoppage, Mulaomerovic sank a triple, but free throws by Maric and a pretty pass from Diamantidis to Batiste kept the Greens in total control. A deep two from Dario Saric was cancelled by another easy Diamantidis-to-Batiste score. Zagreb never stopped battling as a triple and later a running bank shot by Krunoslav Simon kept the hosts with 14-18. But a pair of steals in the last minute of the quarter gifted Nick Calathes two layups and then 2 free throws to give the champs a 14-24 cushion.

Batiste used a baby hook to further stretch the lead. Josh Heytvelt stopped Panathinaikos’s 0-8 push and rose up for a big block on defense. Smith and Calethes tacked on more points from the line and Sarunas Jasikevicius got involved too as the lead swelled to 15. Despite Mario Kasun inside and Mulaomerovic behind the arc, Panathinaikos kept piling on its lead. David Logan’s triple made it 19-35, then Sato’s with a minute-and-a-half left in the half took the lead pas the 20-point mark and Diamantidis fed Kostas Tsartsaris inside to cap the second quarter at 22-45 for the visitors.

Halftime seemed to take the tension out of the game as the start of the third quarter featured more turnovers than baskets. In fact it took nearly four full minutes before David Logan scored the first basket of the second half. And another minute passed before Kasun tallied Zagreb’s first score. Another uncontested layup for Nick Calathes and then a free throw after an offensive rebounds by Ian Vougioukas stretched the Greens’ lead to 24-55. Mulaomerovic attacked the rim to get a basket back for Zagreb and Saso Ozbolt drained a triple, but the Panathinaikos lead was never threatened. A Sato jumper with his feet on the three-point stripe made it a 30-point game before May used a pretty finish to end the quarter at 33-61.

May proved Zagreb’s best weapon with free throws and a basket before Damir Rancic made it a 7-0 start to the fourth. Smith connected from behind the arc to make it 43-64. Rancic connected from deep again to inject a little late excitement into the game. Alexandros Kyritsis used a steal to coast in for his first ever Euroleague basket and Diamantidis threw a highlight-reel assist to a soaring Smith for a spectacular alley-oop slam as Panathinaikos stamped its seal on the contest. In the remaining minutes, Mulaomerovic knocked down a three and May added to his totals, but the outcome was never in doubt.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Euroleague.net
Referees: GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), CMIKIEWICZ, MAREK (POL), BIRICIK, MURAT (TUR)
Attendance: 5121
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KK Zagreb1481129
Panathinaikos Athens24211620
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KK Zagreb
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MULAOMEROVIC, DAMIR 35:56 15 3/7 3/3     2 2 3 1 5     3 1 10
6 HALILOVIC, MIRALEM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 25:54 5 1/3 1/7     2 2 2 1 3     3 1 -3
9 BABIC, PETAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 KASUN, MARIO 24:27 5 2/5   1/2 2 3 5 1 1 2 2   4 1 5
12 DIA, PAPA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 MAY, SEAN GREGORY 29:54 23 8/12 0/1 7/8 4 5 9     1 1   1 6 31
21 GARRETT, DIANTE 4:04   0/1 0/1     3 3     1     1 1  
22 RANCIC, DAMIR 20:12 6 0/1 2/6         2 1 1     4   -1
31 OZBOLT, SASO 14:06 3   1/3     1 1 1 2       2 2 5
35 SARIC, DARIO 19:48 3 1/3 0/2 1/2 1 4 5     5     2 2 -2
42 HEYTVELT, JOSH 25:39 2 1/1 0/4   1 3 4   1 1 1   2 1 2
Team           1 3 4     2         2
Totals 200:00 62 16/33 7/27 9/12 9 26 35 9 7 21 4 0 22 15 49
        48.5% 25.9% 75%
Head coach: ANDROIC, VLADIMIR
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
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 MARIC, ALEKS 11:18 4 1/1   2/2 1 2 3   2 2     1 3 9
8 BATISTE, MIKE 17:21 10 5/8     1 2 3 2   1     1 1 11
9 LOGAN, DAVID 21:01 8 2/7 1/2 1/2       1 2 3   1 1 2 1
10 SATO, ROMAIN 20:22 13 3/5 1/4 4/6 1 6 7 1 1     1   4 18
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 16:02 4 2/3     1 4 5 1 1       2   8
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 24:43 2   0/1 2/2   1 1 8 3 2     2 2 11
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 11:21 3 1/2   1/2 2 2 4     1     3 2 3
15 CALATHES, NICK 16:59 12 4/5 0/1 4/6 1 5 6   2 1     3 4 16
16 KYRITSIS, ALEXANDROS 10:00 5 1/2 1/1     1 1   1     1 2 1 4
17 SMITH, STEVEN 18:27 12 4/10 1/4 1/2 2 1 3 1 1 1   1 1 1 5
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 17:54   0/2 0/1     2 2 1 3 1       1 3
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 14:32 8 4/5 0/1   1   1 1 1 1         8
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 81 27/50 4/15 15/22 11 27 38 16 17 13 0 4 16 21 99
        54% 26.7% 68.2%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

ANDROIC, VLADIMIR
KK Zagreb
"The winner of the game was clear pretty quickly, and mostly because of our mistakes. Of course, because of their strength and quality as well, but an experienced team like us should not have made all the mistakes that keep happening to us in each game. Panathinaikos used their strength and quickness, and punished fast all our mistakes, and that led to us allowing too many points in the first half. I did not expect us to have such bad three-point percentages and so many turnovers."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"The difference in quality of these two teams is quite obvious. The other thing that led to our victory, we played unusually well on defense for this part of the Euroleague season. At the same time, I am not satisfied with the way we played on offense especially in the second half when we had too many turnovers and we did not recognize situations to run our transition. We also had some problems playing five-on-five, so we have a lot of work ahead of us. It will not be easy to fix those problems, it will take more than three or four days. We are still far from being at the level that would allow us to think about achieving big things this season. We have to go one game at the time, and our one and only plan is to make it to the Top 16. "

Players

MULAOMEROVIC, DAMIR
KK Zagreb
"We played against the team that is, in my opinion, the best in Europe. I am just sad that we did not show more courage and give them a harder time to get to victory. We have to be unhappy, but we have to keep our heads high. I think Panathinaikos and CSKA are favorites to win this group, they are two big clubs. I see that Panathinaikos played certain segments of their game to perfection. I hope we will raise the level of our game as the competition progresses. Our schedule is tough, but we have to get better on the floor and as a team. "
BATISTE, MIKE
Panathinaikos Athens
"I did not expect it to be this easy. But we made the game easy because we work hard. When coach gives us a game plan to execute, we try to focus as much as we can to play serious. That has always been the recipe for success of Panathinaikos. Regardless of the level of our opponent, we want to play at the highest level possible to win the game. Our first goal is to make it to Top 16 and we will see what happens after that. Last year our chances were slim, but once the season started going forward we started to get better and better. We have to take it one game at the time, we can't look to the future right now."
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