2016-17Regular SeasonRound 28
March 23, 2017 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Panathinaikos downs Baskonia on the road

In a battle of playoff-bound teams hoping to snatch home-court advantage, Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens went on the road to lead from tip to buzzer in beating Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz 63-72 on Thursday night. The victory improved Panathinaikos’s record to 17-11, which is the same as fourth-place Fenerbahce Istanbul, but Fenerbahce has the tiebreak advantage. The victory also gave Panathinaikos a season-sweep of Baskonia, which dropped to 16-12 and seventh place. Panathinaikos had a dream start, not allowing Baskonia to get into any offensive rhythm. The Greens needed no time to open a double-digit margin and their lead was as big as 22 points in the third quarter, before Baskonia attempted a late charge, but never really threatened. Chris Singleton was all over the place for the winner with 18 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocked shots. James Gist and Mike James scored 11 points apiece for Panathinaikos, while Nick Calathes collected 8 points, 8 assists, 6 rebounds and 2 steals. Adam Hanga finished the game with 13 points, Johannes Voigtmann collected 12 points plus 7 rebounds, while Chase Budinger scored 11 in the losing effort.

Panathinaikos stormed out of the gate, with Gist scoring 7 points, and behind Singleton and Calathes who fueled a 0-11 run, the Greens opened a 4-18 lead. Baskonia could not get into rhythm against Panathinaikos’s box-and-1 zone defense, and Singleton and Kenny Gabriel hit triples to give the visitors a 6-24 lead after 10 minutes. Shane Larkin hit a three-pointer, and Hanga got something going for the hosts, but Nikos Pappas, James and Calathes kept the hosts at bay, as the score stood 21-37 at halftime. After the break there was more offensive struggle for Baskonia, as James Feldeine and Singleton made it 25-47. Baskonia was not giving up, however, and slowly started to melt the deficit. Savvy plays from Ilimane Diop cut the margin into single digits in the fourth quarter, and it was 48-56 going into the final five minutes of the game. Budinger hit a three-pointer and Hanga made a steal under the visitors’ basket and scored as Baskonia got within 61-67. But a put-back by Gist with 57 seconds left sealed the outcome.

Chris Singleton - Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens - EB16
Thursday, March 23, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN), OBRKNEZEVIC, UROS (SRB)
Attendance: 12239
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Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 LARKIN, SHANE 26:33 7 2/8 1/5   1 2 3 2 3 2     1 3 5
7 VOIGTMANN, JOHANNES 26:11 12 5/7 0/2 2/4 4 3 7 3 2 1     1 2 18
8 HANGA, ADAM 32:23 13 5/9 1/3 0/3   5 5 3 1       3 4 14
9 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 10:30   0/2 0/3     1 1     1         -5
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 5:58                         1 2 1
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 25:30 7 2/4   3/4 2 2 4 2 2     1 4 4 11
14 TILLIE, KIM 9:29 2 1/1 0/2                   2   -2
15 LAPROVITTOLA, NICOLAS 15:42 5 0/1 1/6 2/2   2 2 5 1 4     2 1 2
23 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 16:57 6 3/5       2 2 1   1     3 1 4
34 BUDINGER, CHASE 28:05 11 2/5 1/3 4/4 2 1 3 3 1 2   1 1 2 11
55 LUZ, RAFA 2:42               1 1 1       1 2
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 63 20/42 4/24 11/17 12 21 33 20 11 13 0 2 18 20 66
        47.6% 16.7% 64.7%
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO
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 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 32:18 18 3/5 2/5 6/8 4 4 8     1 2   3 5 22
2 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 16:26 2 1/1     1 1 2           3   1
3 RIVERS, KC 16:56     0/3     2 2     1     2 2 -2
5 JAMES, MIKE 21:57 11 3/6 1/4 2/2 1   1 3   1     2 2 8
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 11:39 4 2/2 0/1     2 2     1     2 1 3
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 23:43 8 1/1 2/5     1 1 3 1 3     1   6
14 GIST, JAMES 18:57 11 4/5 1/2 0/2 1 4 5 1 3 4     2 2 12
21 GABRIEL, KENNY 10:20 6 0/1 2/2     3 3               8
29 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 18:25 4 0/2 0/1 4/4   3 3 1   5     1 3 2
33 CALATHES, NICK 29:19 8 3/4 0/2 2/3 2 4 6 8 2 3     4 3 16
Team           1 6 7               7
Totals 200:00 72 17/27 8/25 14/19 10 30 40 16 6 19 2 0 20 18 83
        63% 32% 73.7%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

ALONSO, SITO
Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz
"We have to talk about the first four minutes. We did not react on offense after they were defending Larkin with a box-and-one, and after this kind of offense, we forgot what we have to do on defense. After we got open shots, we were still thinking about the problems, and not on the way how we want to play. The advantage they were able to take, 18 points, was difficult for us to overcome. After halftime we tried to play harder, and play our things. We had three, four times opportunities, got within 6 points, but it is difficult when you don’t do the things you need to do. We have to get over this game and get ready for the next EuroLeague games."
PASCUAL, XAVI
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
"It is a pleasure to be in Vitoria again. It was a great game for us. I think we played very well for around 35 minutes. In the last five minutes we did a lot of turnovers, and had problems to close the game. But in the end, we are very happy because it is an important win for us… It was a very good game. We had control until the end, and in the end we made some incredible mistakes. Sometimes it happens you have control 32-33 minutes, and then in just few minutes you lose everything. It happened to us before, it happened in Kaunas. We have to improve in these situations. It is very important to play well, but it is also important what to know what is the right way to close the game. "

Players

NICHOLS, DEMETRIS
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
"Tonight was a good game, playoff atmosphere. Two teams already in the playoffs but playing for a better position. It was a battle even though we were up the entire game. They are a good team and we have to fight today. Glad we got the win."
SINGLETON, CHRIS
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
"I am trying to get better every day. I have teammates who believe in me, I got coaches who believe in me. I just try to show everybody what I can do. I love playing. We know Fenerbahce has a tough schedule, and we have tough a sked to finish off. We know how the Euroleague can go. We are still trying to battle and get fourth place. I am just glad we won. "