2017-18Regular SeasonRound 22
February 08, 2018 CET: 20:15
Local time: 21:15 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Gabriel sparks Panathinaikos past Baskonia

Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens overcame a sluggish start to hold off Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz, relying on solid team defense to earn an 80-76 home victory and improve to 14-8. Baskonia, which dropped to 10-12, led by 7 in the first quarter, but a flurry of triples from Kenny Gabriel soon sent the host ahead and Panathinaikos extended the gap to 18 as the visitors scored just 31 points in the middle two quarters. Although Baskonia rallied in the final stages, the mountain was too steep to climb and Panathinaikos held on. Gabriel was joined on 15 points by James Gist to lead the home team’s scoring, while Nick Calathes led the offense brilliantly with 7 points and 12 assists. Nikos Pappas scored 12 points, and Chris Singleton added 10 points and 9 rebounds. The visitors were led by 15 points apiece from Toko Shengelia and Rodrigue Beaubois, while all 12 of Matt Janning’s points came on triples and Johannes Voigtmann combined 11 points and 8 rebounds.

Baskonia got out to a fast start on offense, with Shengelia and Voigtmann both scoring twice from close range and Beaubois netting a triple for an early 8-12 lead. Shengelia’s fastbreak dunk and Voigtmann’s jam extended the lead as the home team’s offense – focusing heavily on three-point attempts – struggled for rhythm. But a pair of Gist dunks from Calathes feeds changed the atmosphere, and a quickfire pair of triples from Gabriel made it 21-22 at the end of the first. Back to back threes from Janning started the second quarter and stretched the lead to 21-28, but a pair of baskets from Lukas Lekavicius kept his team in touch and then Gabriel produced two more triples to send Panathinaikos ahead in a 10-0 run. Gabriel netted his first two-pointer and added a free throw, before Pappas made it 38-32 with a layup. Luca Vildoza, Pappas, Beaubois and Thanasis Antetokounmpo all struck from downtown before Voigtmann threw down another slam, but Calathes found Gist for an open dunk to finish the half at 46-40.

The second half started with a couple of close range scores from Gist and another Calathes to Gist combination made it a double-digit game. A triple from KC Rivers extended the lead to 55-42 and forced Baskonia into a timeout. Calathes and Rivers extended the advantage from close range as Panathinaikos continued to produce smothering defense, but a pair of tough layups from Shengelia made it closer. Pappas scored 5 points to make it 64-49 and a Singleton triple further advanced the lead before Beaubois scored the third quarter’s final basket to get within 67-53. Scoring was slow in the early stages of the final quarter, and although Patricio Garino’s three-pointer made it 71-60 Baskonia just couldn’t establish any rhythm or get good looks. Beaubois hit a triple and made free throws to make it a 10-point game and a deep three from Janning gave Baskonia renewed hope. Further triples from Vildoza and Janning made it 80-74 with 90 seconds remaining, and an alley-oop between Janning and Ilimane Diop produced a 4-point deficit inside the final minute. But Janning missed a three-pointer and Panathinaikos used the rest of the clock well to withstand the final flurry.

Kenny Gabriel - Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens - EB17
Thursday, February 8, 2018
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Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), BALAK, AMIT (ISR)
Attendance: 8567
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Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens21252113
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz22181323
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Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens21466780
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz22405376
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SINGLETON, CHRIS 18:17 10 0/1 2/4 4/4 1 8 9     1     3 2 14
3 RIVERS, KC 28:31 7 2/3 1/5     5 5   1       3   5
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 24:31 12 3/7 2/5 0/1   3 3 2 2 4     4 4 7
12 DENMON, MARCUS 16:42   0/1 0/3         3 1       1   -1
14 GIST, JAMES 29:14 15 6/8 1/1   4 1 5 1   1     2   16
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 10:46 4 2/5           1   1     3 2  
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 18:36 4 2/2 0/1     1 1 3 1       1 4 11
22 GABRIEL, KENNY 21:43 15 1/3 4/7 1/2   4 4   2   1   1 4 19
23 AUGUSTE, ZACH DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 CALATHES, NICK 24:40 7 2/7 0/1 3/4 1   1 11 2 2     1 2 13
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, ATHANASIOS 7:00 6 1/1 1/1 1/2           1       1 5
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 80 19/38 11/28 9/13 8 24 32 21 9 11 1 0 19 19 92
        50% 39.3% 69.2%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 18:32 8 1/2 2/2     1 1     4     2 1 3
6 TIMMA, JANIS 19:23 6 3/3 0/3     3 3 1   1       1 7
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 24:38 11 5/6   1/1 3 5 8 2   1     1 1 19
8 MALMANIS, RINALDS 11:19           1 1 1         3   -1
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 10:19   0/3       1 1 3   2     1   -2
10 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 19:10 15 2/8 3/3 2/2 2 3 5 1   2     3 2 12
11 JANNING, MATT 20:29 12 0/1 4/5     2 2 1         2 2 13
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 7:30 2 1/1   0/2 1   1     1     2 3 1
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 11:30   0/4 0/2             1   1     -8
17 POIRIER, VINCENT 12:09 2 0/3   2/2 1   1           1 2 1
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 24:24 15 6/8 0/2 3/5 1 4 5 4 2 2     2 6 22
29 GARINO, PATRICIO 20:37 5 1/2 1/3     6 6 2 3 1     2 1 11
Team           2 3 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 76 19/41 10/20 8/12 10 29 39 15 5 16 0 1 19 19 82
        46.3% 50% 66.7%
Head coach: MARTINEZ, PEDRO

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
“The mentality was important today. In the second half for around 15 or 16 minutes we played well on both offense and defense. We played badly on offense in the last four or five minutes, and Baskonia scored some difficult shots so they got close. But today the most important thing was the win after Bamberg last week.”
MARTINEZ, PEDRO
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
“Tough game for us. We started the game with good rhythm, playing well on offense and passing the ball, but we didn’t have regularity. For me the worst moment was the third quarter when we played bad on offense and not consistently on defense. In the last quarter with our young players we improved our defense and improved our activity, and had a small chance to win the game. For this we have to be happy, because in general I think Panathinaikos played better than us.”

Players

RIVERS, KC
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
“Baskonia came here with the mindset of trying to get a win, but defensively we played well, especially in the third quarter. In the fourth we relaxed a bit and they hit big shots to make it a game, but we prevailed in the end. Hats off to Baskonia for an excellent game, but the win did a lot for us.”
GABRIEL, KENNY
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
“I’ve really been in the gym working hard, coming in early and shooting the ball, and today was about bringing energy off the bench. We didn’t make a great start, so when the coach called me I just wanted to bring energy and help the team.”