2007-08Regular SeasonRound 4
November 15, 2007 CET: 20:30
Local time: 21:30 O.A.K.A.
Dimitrios Diamantidis - Panathinaikos Panathinaikos remained undefeated through four games with a 76-66 win over AXA FC Barcelona on Thursday night at the Athens Indoor Olympic Hall (OAKA). The defending Euroleague champs won their eighth straight game dating back to last season and held onto a share of first place in Group C alongside Real Madrid. The Greens visit French champion Chorale Roanne next week. Meanwhile Barca fell to 2-2 and hosts archrival Madrid next week. Dimitrios Diamantidis led Panathinaikos with 15 points, 7 rebounds, 5 steals and 3 blocked shots. The game was close throughout the first half, with Michel Morandais leading the visitors to a 36-37 halftime lead. However Sarunas Jasikevicius took control in the third period, getting things going with 5 early points to give his team the lead for good and then inspiring his teammates to a 57-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter. Former Panathinaikos star Jaka Lakovic made himself at home down the stretch with 8 fourth-quarter points to carry the visitors back, but Kostas Tsartsaris had the final say with clutch baskets in the closing minutes to seal the Green win. Jasikevicius finished with 13 points and 4 assists for the winners, while Tsartsaris added 11 and Mike Batiste had 9 points and 9 rebounds. Mario Kasun led Barcelona with 16 points, Morandais added 14 and Lakovic 13.

Before a roaring crowd, Panathinaikos got on the scoreboard first thanks to Batiste. Lakovic unleashed a wild triple against his former team to put Barcelona in front, only to be copied by Demos Dikoudis, who capitalized on Diamantidis’s assist. Crisp passing led to a two-handed dunk by Kasun and then Lakovic, determined to silence the crowd, scored on a gutsy drive against Diamantidis to make it 6-7. On the other end, Diamantidis replied with 5 consecutive points to trigger an 8-0 run that forced Barcelona head coach Dusko Ivanovic to call a timeout. Alex Acker ended the dry spell and few possessions later Jordi Trias finished on the break to trim the lead to 14-11. Once again Diamantidis drilled one from downtown to give the hosts some breathing room. However Pepe Sanchez helped the visitors stay close before Vassilis Spanoulis stepped up with a highlight drive to give Panathinaikos a 19-15 gap after 10 minutes of play.

Mario Kasun - AXA FC BarcelonaBarcelona came out for the second period with Morandais on fire. The swingman knocked down a jumper and then grabbed an offensive rebound, scored a basket and hit the resulting free throw to keep the guests afloat. Spanoulis carried Panathinaikos on his shoulders and contributed a long jumper and an assist to Andrija Zizic, which gave the Greens a 28-24 edge. However with Barcelona dominating the boards and Acker and Morandais gunning without remorse, soon the guests tied the game through Fran Vasquez. Panathinaikos responded with back-to-back triples behind captain Fragiskos Alvertis and Diamantidis, good for a 36-32 lead with two minutes left. Instead of folding, Barcelona picked up its defensive intensity and forced Panathinaikos to struggle offensively – committing turnovers and making bad decisions – and soon a three-point bomb by Gianluca Basile gave the visitors a morale-boosting 36-37 cushion at halftime.

After a silent first half, Jasikevicius came up big with 5 points to make it 41-37 early in the third period. Morandais answered back with another contested shot from beyond the arc, but Kennedy Winston followed with a flying drive to the basket. Then, for a while, the fans were treated with a barrage of players stripping their opponents and then turning the ball over. That was until Sanchez committed an unsportsmanlike foul on Diamantidis, who translated it into 2 points. On the resulting possession, Jacikevicius hit a wild triple to give Panathinaikos a 49-40 advantage. Kasun picked up the scoring slack for the guests with power moves in the post, yet neither the three-point shooting extravaganza nor Jacikevicius’s third period heroics were over. With the Greens up 8 and the shot-clock ticking down, Diamantidis beat the buzzer and all odds to score a hopeless long-range out-of-balance jumper from the corner that made it 57-46 at the end of the period.

Sarunas Jasikevicius - PanathinaikosBarcelona tried to attack the paint and Kasun did not disappoint as he muscled his way inside on consecutive possessions. Dikoudis tried to unlock the Panathinaikos offense, yet his shot was swatted away by Ersan Ilyasova, while on the other end, Acker scored a high-flying two-handed lay-up. With 4:20 minutes left and the score 60-56, Spanoulis slashed to the basket and provided a much-needed spark for the hosts. Still, Barcelona was not willing to bow to its opponents and Lakovic kept the guests close. Tsartsaris dunked, drew a foul and made the free throw to boost the margin to 65-58 with three minutes to go. After a free throw by Ilyasova, Tsartsaris shined once again only to be bettered by Lakovic, who quickly replied from downtown to keep Barcelona’s chances intact. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Jasikevicius drove and fed Batiste for a reverse lay-up and a 69-62 lead that brought the crowd to its feet. Lakovic did not surrender, yet Spanoulis lobbed to Batiste for a powerful dunk and then Tsartsaris – clearly the man of the final period – knocked down a late triple that forced the visitors to finally throw in the towel.
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Epameinondas Tsakalos, Athens
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR)
Attendance: 15000
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Panathinaikos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS 10:18 3   1/3   1 1 2 1   1     3    
6 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 29:25 8 3/5 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 2   1   1 4 1 6
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 10:53   0/1       1 1     1       1  
8 BATISTE, MIKE 20:23 9 4/9 0/2 1/2 6 3 9     2   1 2 1 6
9 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 12:52 4 2/3   0/1           2     2 2  
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 14:35 6 1/3 1/2 1/2   4 4     2   1 1 1 3
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 14:33 11 2/3 2/4 1/1 1 2 3 1         1 1 12
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 36:00 15 2/4 3/6 2/3   7 7 2 5 4 3   4 6 24
14 WINSTON, KENNEDY 17:34 5 2/4 0/1 1/2   1 1 1 1 1       1 4
15 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 6:45 2 1/1     2 3 5     3     3   1
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 26:42 13 1/2 3/4 2/2   2 2 4   2     2 3 16
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 76 18/35 10/23 10/15 11 29 40 11 6 19 3 3 22 17 74
        51.4% 43.5% 66.7%
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
AXA FC Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BASILE, GIANLUCA 18:07 3 0/1 1/7     2 2   2 1   1 1 1 -2
6 SANCHEZ, PEPE 25:56     0/4   1 1 2 3 2 3     3 1 -2
8 TRIAS, JORDI 19:44 4 2/3     2 1 3 2   1     1 1 7
9 MARCONATO, DENIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 23:08 13 1/4 2/4 5/6   1 1 1 2 2   1 1 6 13
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 10:26 6 3/3       1 1           3 2 6
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 20:16 3 1/3 0/3 1/3 3 4 7 1   1 2   1 3 7
24 MONCASI, ALBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 MORANDAIS, MICHEL 24:30 14 5/6 1/4 1/1 1 3 4   2 1 1   2 1 15
34 ACKER, ALEX 21:53 5 2/4 0/3 1/2   6 6   1 1   1   2 6
41 KASUN, MARIO 29:34 16 7/13   2/5 5 1 6 1 1 3     4 4 12
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 6:26 2 0/1   2/2           2     1 1 -1
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 66 21/38 4/25 12/19 13 20 33 8 10 15 3 3 17 22 62
        55.3% 16% 63.2%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"I am satisfied with how we performed during the first half. Especially with our defense that allowed us to remain at Barcelona’s heels. In the second half, we kept playing great defense, yet we attempted to finish the fastbreak with limited results. Anyhow, I want to thank the fans for creating an excellent atmosphere."
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
AXA FC Barcelona
"Congratulations to Panathinaikos for the victory. In my opinion, tonight we made quite a few decisive turnovers due to our poor concentration. To be honest, our inability to stay focused hurt me a lot more than our defeat. I think that we should have not committed so many turnovers. Also, we missed a lot of triples during the third period. Defensively we were okay, yet we should improve our transition game. For, it cost not being able to score some easy baskets."

Players

SPANOULIS, VASSILIS
Panathinaikos
"I am very happy with our performance and I think that the margin could have been even bigger. We missed a lot of uncontested shots, but we controlled the tempo of the game. It’s positive that we’ve started to shift into higher gear, however we should not forget that this was just a victory. We should keep going."
TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS
Panathinaikos
"It was a very important win. We were aware of the fact that Barcelona is a great team in very good shape that has a very deep roster. They were close throughout the game, however what matters is that we played better and grabbed the win. Regarding my performance during the fourth period, there’s not much to say. It seems that it was my turn to score some crucial baskets. We have a roster with 14 very talented players, so each one of us can carry the team on his shoulders. Our goal is to play good basketball and satisfy our fans."
KASUN, MARIO
AXA FC Barcelona
"It was a tough game. We tried to play our best basketball, but we missed a lot of shots. I wish I could say that I’m satisfied with my performance. I am tired. It would be easier if the referees had called some fouls (laughing)… My performance doesn’t matter, since my team lost tonight. After all, basketball is a team sport. It’s frustrating that we lost, but if we keep playing together we are going to be all right."
ILYASOVA, ERSAN
AXA FC Barcelona
"We didn’t react properly at the defensive end, so they made some big triples in the final minutes. As a result, the lead soared to 7 points and we didn’t manage to catch them again. It was a very close game. I missed a lot of shots tonight, so I tried to play hard defense in order to help my team. We should look forward and try to win our next game against Real Madrid."
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