Fenerbahce blasts off to rout Panathinaikos
Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul never trailed en route to a 100-74 win over visiting Panathinaikos OPAP Athens to extend its winning streak to five games on Friday night. It's the biggest win ever over the Greens lifted Fenerbahce's record to 10-10 while Panathinaikos dropped to 6-13. Fenerbahce assumed control with an 18-0 run to finish the first quarter with a 19-point lead. Panathinaikos used its 12 offensive rebounds to stay in the game, but Fenerbahce held a 48-34 halftime lead then knocked down 5 triples in the third quarter to extend the lead to 24 points and never looked back. Marko Guduric paced Fenerbahce with 18 points, while Lorenzo Brown and Edgaras Ulanovas scored 15 apiece. Nando De Colo and Jan Vesely each added 12 points. Aaron White scored 13 points for Panathinaikos, while Konstantinos Mitoglou had 12, Howard Sant-Roos and Georgios Papagiannis 10 each. Panathinaikos pulled down a team-record 21 offensive rebounds, but still lost by 26 points.
The teams traded baskets early on with Vesely and De Colo striking for the hosts while Sant-Roos and Papagiannis scored inside for Panathinaikos. Sant-Roos and Ulanovas hit dueling before Sant-Roos landed another at 13-12. Vesely then battled for a three-point play and a put-back to spark Fenerbahce's run. Ulanovas scored inside and Jarell Eddie outside before Guduric strung together 6 points, capping an 18-0 run to end the first quarter 31-12. The Greens got it going in the second quarter, with Shelvin Mack taking it to the rim and White hitting a triple and a pair of dunks to make it 33-24. De Colo snapped Fenerbahce's 2-12 run with a three-pointer before Ahmet Duverioglu and Papagiannis exchanged dunks. A triple from Brown and a three-point play from De Colo would soon give Fenerbahce a 48-34 halftime advantage.
Ben Bentil opened the second half with a three-pointer for the Greens that Vesely matched with a dunk-plus-free throw. Nemanja Nedovic scored his sole field goal on a fastbreak layup at 52-40. Back-to-back threes from Dysawn Pierre and Brown forced a Panathinaikos timeout, after which Ulanovas buried a corner triple to make it 63-44 midway through the third quarter. Papagiannis's alley-oop dunk was answered by 2 triples from Guduric at 74-50. The Greens scored the last 5 points of the third quarter, with Zach Auguste beating the buzzer with a dunk, and Mitoglou added a pair of buckets to cut it to 77-59 early in the fourth. Melih Mahmutoglu hit a triple for the hosts, but Marcus Foster hit 2 for the visitors. However, Brown, Guduric and Mahmutoglu each hit from deep before Ulanovas made it 100-70 entering the final minute to cap a big offensive night for Fenerbahce.
Fenerbahce scored 100 points for the first time this season, besting its previous season-high of 96, set three days ago in a win over Baskonia. After going 18 games without scoring more than 86 points, Fenerbahce has now scored 96 and 100 points in back-to-back games.
Fenerbahce ended the first quarter on an 18-0 run, which turned a 13-12 scoreboard into a 31-12 lead. That 19-point margin matched the largest difference in any quarter for Fenerbahce this century, tying its effort from earlier this season when Fenerbahce won the first quarter against FC Bayern Munich by 19 points. In that game, however, Fenerbahce ended up losing.
New head coach
Oded Kattash took over Panathinaikos bench this week and met the team in Istanbul to coach his 10th EuroLeague game, and first since December 2007 when he was on Maccabi Tel Aviv's bench. A EuroLeague champion as a player with the Greens in 2000, he now has a 6-4 career coaching record.
The last EuroLeague MVP Jan Vesely entered the game 8 points shy of a 2,500 milestone, and surpassed it with a baseline jumper with 2:30 left in the second quarter. With 12 points in this game, he moved into 17th place on the all-time scoring chart.
Next week in Round 21, Panathinaikos will be at home to welcome Khimki Moscow Region on Thursday, while Fenerbahce travels to the Russian capital to face CSKA Moscow on Friday.
Friday, January 15, 2021