2011-12Final FourFinal
May 13, 2012 CET: 17:00
Local time: 18:00 SINAN ERDEM DOME

FC Barcelona Regal finished the Turkish Airlines Euroleague season in third place after holding off outgoing champion Panathinaikos 69-74 in the third-place game on Sunday afternoon at Sinan Erdem Arena in Istanbul. Marcelinho Huertas dominated early with 19 first-half points and then netted a pair of free throws in the final minute to seal the win. He finished with 21 – 2 points shy of his career high. The victory gives Barcelona a 19-2 record for the season. Joe Ingles matched his season high with 13 for the victors, and C.J. Wallace took advantage of extended minutes to score 12 and block 2 shots. Dimitris Diamantidis paced the Greens with 17 points, Aleks Maric was strong inside with 13 points and 11 rebounds and David Logan netted 11.

In the first three minutes of the game Nick Calathes and Logan both scored layups and an additional free throw for Panathinaikos, while Huertas made a jumper and a three-pointer on the other side. With Xavier Rabaseda’s first basket of the 2012 Final Four, and with another two triples by Huertas, Barcelona went up 9-14 after six minutes. Logan and Mike Batiste scored a pair of free throws each as Panathinaikos tried with zone-pressing, but more effective was Barcelona’s dominance on the offensive glass. Wallace scored a tip-in and Ingles followed it up with a three to make it a 6-point game. Nick Calathes answered with a steal for an easy layup, but Fran Vasquez made 2 free throws after another offensive rebound. Panathinaikos did manage to catch up before the end of the first quarter, as a Diamantidis layup and three-pointer made it 20-21.

Victor Sada put first 4 points on scoreboard at the beginning of the second quarter, and Kostas Tsartsaris made a three from the corner to keep Greens close, 23-25. Rabaseda’s free-throws and Wallace three-pointer put Barcelona up by 7, but Logan drove to the basket and dunked in a transition while Diamantidis hit a runner to cut it back to 29-32. Barcelona kept the lead through Wallace and Pete Mickeal, and Huertas scored in transition to make it 31-38 with little less than three minutes to go in the half. Vasquez twice made it a 9-point lead with a jumper and a tip-in, but Nick Calathes and Logan answered back to prevent Barcelona from extending the lead. However the Spanish champions reached a double-digit advantage with an easy dunk by Kosta Perovic and 2 free throws by Huertas that gave them 37-48 halftime lead.

Both teams struggled offensively to start the second half and Panathinaikos’s defense raised its level of intensity to keep Barcelona without a field goal for more than 6 minutes. On the other side, three dunks by Aleks Maric – two of them as follow-ups to his teammates misses – made it 43-49. The Greens failed to fully capitalize on their defensive dominance as Maric and Tsartsaris made only 2 of 6 free throws over the next two minutes to make it a 4-point game. Wallace’s triple ended Barcelona’s drought and Ingles’s basket-plus-foul made it 47-55 with minute and a half left in the quarter, but Diamantidis cut the deficit to 52-58 with a pair of free throws and a three-pointer that ended the third quarter.

Ingles returned the favor by hitting a triple on the first possession of the fourth quarter, and an easy layup by Wallace got Barcelona again to a double-digit advantage with seven minutes to go, 52-63. Kostas Kaimakoglou and Diamantidis made back-to-back threes that pulled Panathinaikos very quickly within 5. Ingles then made couple of free throws and Diamantidis banked one shot to make it 60-65. Panathinaikos held Barcelona without a field goal for more than four minutes, but Chuck Eidson put an end to that with a three that gave his team once again 8-point lead. After a timeout Eidson hit a long jumper, but Kaimakoglou hit a three-pointer to make it 65-70. The same player had a chance to cut the deficit even more, but he missed both free throws. Maric’s put-back dunk did bring Panathinaikos closer however Diamantidis and Kaimakoglou each missed three-pointers that would have made it a 1-point game. In the last 30 seconds of the game Huertas made no mistake from the charity stripe. Maric tipped in a miss by Diamantidis to leave his team with a chance of a comeback, but time ran out on the Greens’ hopes and Barcelona went home with the win.

Marcelinho Huertas - FC Barcelona Regal - Final Four Istanbul 2012_38935
Sunday, May 13, 2012
Igor Petrinovic, Euroleague.net - Istanbul
Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 15262 (Tentative)
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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 15:07 13 6/7   1/4 6 5 11 1 1 2     1 3 22
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 16:33 2 1/1 0/1             1     3   -3
8 BATISTE, MIKE 11:50 2 0/4   2/2   1 1     1     2 1 -3
9 LOGAN, DAVID 29:01 11 4/9 0/1 3/3   1 1 1 3 1   2 3 4 8
10 SATO, ROMAIN 11:47   0/1 0/1     1 1 1         2 1 -1
11 CALATHES, PAT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 18:24 4 0/4 1/2 1/2 1 6 7 1     1 1 1 1 6
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 20:32 17 3/7 3/4 2/2   4 4 1 1 3     4 3 14
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 12:05 4 0/3   4/4       1   1       5 6
15 CALATHES, NICK 28:56 9 4/8   1/1 1 2 3 2 1 3     3 1 6
17 SMITH, STEVEN 11:29 1 0/1   1/2 1 1 2 1       1 1 1 1
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 24:16 6 0/1 2/4 0/2 1 2 3 1 1 1     3 3 5
Team           3 4 7     1         6
Totals 200:00 69 18/46 6/13 15/22 13 27 40 10 7 14 1 4 23 23 67
        39.1% 46.2% 68.2%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 13:39 5 2/4 0/1 1/2 2 1 3 2 1         3 10
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 26:21 21 3/6 3/4 6/6   1 1 3   3     1 4 21
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA 15:37 2 1/4       2 2 1   1 1 1 3 1 -1
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 14:21 6 2/4   2/2 2 3 5 1         2 1 9
18 WALLACE, C.J. 22:34 12 2/4 2/4 2/2 2 2 4   3   2   3 1 15
20 INGLES, JOE 21:58 13 1/3 2/4 5/5   1 1 2 1 2     1 4 14
21 NDONG, BONIFACE 10:02 2     2/4 2 3 5           4 2 3
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 16:28 4 1/3 0/2 2/2 1 2 3 1 1 2 1   1 2 5
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 17:26   0/1     1 2 3   1       1 1 3
31 EIDSON, CHUCK 21:47 5 1/5 1/3     3 3 1 1 1     3 2 2
33 MICKEAL, PETE 19:47 4 1/4 0/1 2/4   1 1   1       4 2 -2
Team             4 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 74 14/38 8/19 22/27 10 25 35 11 9 10 4 1 23 23 82
        36.8% 42.1% 81.5%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos Athens
“I’m really very proud of my team. We played a great semifinal against CSKA. Like any game for third place, this game was very difficult to play. Today we tried to fight and I believe it was a nice game. One more time, I want to thank our fans because of their support. Four thousand of them came from Athens despite difficult situations. Congratulations to Barcelona for winning the game and congratulations to Euroleauge, Istanbul and everybody who helped in the organization.

“Nobody thought that we could play a game like we did against CSKA. You always have targets in life. But we have to forget this target of the title. We had to find a change in our head. Tonight’s game was hard to try to motivate the players. Nobody wants to play this game. We didn’t even prepare for this game. We just gave some information to the players.”
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"I would like to thank everyone who made the long trip all the way from Barcelona. The impressions from the last game were not really good. And for that we would like to apologize. We came here hoping to become the Euroleague champion. We were better concentrated today. We were not nervous, which led to the victory today. The leadership of the team was particularly good. We were really disturbed about losing the semi, so this victory gives us a little boost of self-confidence."

Players

LOGAN, DAVID
Panathinaikos Athens
"One thing we got from the game is we were competitive and stayed in it until the end. It is important for the end of our season that we stayed in the rhythm, and that when we got down we came back and continued to play. It is difficult to play the third place game, but we are athletes and professionals. You try to get mentally prepared and play as hard as you can for the fans. One of our goals was to come to Final Four. We had a tough loss in the semifinals, we had a chance to win in the semifinals, but it just did not happen. "
KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS
Panathinaikos Athens
"After losing the semifinal, it was not the easiest situation, but we wanted to play really hard. Unfortunately, we did not manage to win the third place, but I would like to congratulate my teammates and coaches for trying. And I want to thank our 4,000 fans that traveled here to support us."
MARIC, ALEKS
Panathinaikos Athens
"There is no excuse in motivation. We lost. We didn't come out and fight. Against a big team such as Barcelona, every game is like a final game. You lose and you move down one spot, so there is no excuse. We have amazing fans, there are more than 4,000 of them here in Istanbul, most of any team. A big thank you to them for sticking around for the third place game and being with us. We will need them for the championship series against Olympiacos."
INGLES, JOE
FC Barcelona Regal
"It is not ideal to play this game - of course, we wish we could have played the final, but it is good to get to the Spanish League playoffs with a win under our belt. I am happy that we won and the number of points I scored is not really important as long as we win. Like I said, now we have to move on. We lost two games in the entire Euroleague season, but we lost at the wrong time. It has been a great experience, but I wish I could be getting ready to play the final out there."
INGLES, JOE
FC Barcelona Regal
"It is not ideal to play this game - of course, we wish we could have played the final, but it is good to get to the Spanish League playoffs with a win under our belt. I am happy that we won and the number of points I scored is not really important as long as we win. Like I said, now we have to move on. We lost two games in the entire Euroleague season, but we lost at the wrong time. It has been a great experience, but I wish I could be getting ready to play the final out there."
HUERTAS, MARCELINHO
FC Barcelona Regal
"We had very low shooting percentages against Olympiacos and got back to normal tonight. It is not that we shot extraordinarily well, but we have a more fluid offense and played with more confidence. I believe that the team has bounced back and all the doubts we had in the semifinals disappeared. We were tougher and more intense on defense and communicated with each other really well. We played much better than the other day and many things we did better paid off on the court. We have to think of our Spanish League playoffs opener on Thursday."