2001-02Regular SeasonRound 3
October 25, 2001 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAIS DES SPORTS DE PAU
Panathinaikos of Greece took over sole possession of first place in Group C with another solid road win, 67-79 at Pau-Orthez of France on Thursday. Leading from tipoff to final buzzer, Panathinaikos controlled the previously undefeated French champions throughout. . Starting the contest with three turnovers in two minutes, Pau let mighty Panathinaikos set the pace with leads of 0-4 and 4-8. Imposing a serious zone defense to prevent one of Pau's main assets, penetration by its guards, the Greek champs also grabbed several offensive rebounds to take an eight-point lead, 7-15, after seven minutes. But suddenly Pau's Mike Pietrus entered the game with style: one basket on an offensive rebound, a free-throw and a tremendous dunk in traffic. As a consequence, the French team cut the Panathinaikos lead to just two, 15-17, at the end of the quarter.

The visitors continued dominating the rebounds and playing pitiless defense in the second quarter, and when their first three-pointer of the game fell from the hands of Fragiskos Alvertis, Panathinaikos was up by double digits, 15-25, and threatening to take over the game. Pau missed several free-throws and lost a couple more balls, but a couple Derrick Lewis helped keep the deficit accessible at 22-30. New Panathinaikos guard All the Pepe Sanchez, in at the point for Damir Mulaomerovic, smartly fed Alvertis and Johnny Rogers as the lead went back to 10, at 28-38, with a minute remaining. In that time, however, a late surge featuring center Rod Sellers and shooter Roger Esteller put the Pau fans on their feet and the scoreboard at 36-40. But even before the half, the crowd would be silenced again as Rogers hit a three-pointer at the buzzer for a 36-43 Panathinaikos lead.

Panathinaikos began the third quarter with a long-range shot by Ibrahim Kutluay the once again put the gap at 10 points, 36-46. Pau reacted with two consecutive drives and an impressive coast to coast by Esteller which seemed to change a bit the complexion of the game (42-46). But once again the inside force of the Greek club, who had shot a perfect 10 for 10 in the paint on the first half, was the key. Three Lazaros Papadopoulos baskets in a row gave his team the widest advantage of the game, 42-53, just four minutes later. From this point on, the French champion appeared to be a little overwhelmed by the Panathinaikos rotations, with Alvertis putting on an unexpected three-pointer at a shot clock buzzer as the quarter finished 49-60.
Thursday, October 25, 2001
F.F., France
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Referees: RADIC, DANKO; LLAMAZARES, FELIPE; ROCHA, FERNANDO
Attendance: 7500
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Pau-Orthez15211318
Panathinaikos17261719
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Pau-Orthez15364967
Panathinaikos17436079
Pau-Orthez
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC 17:32 2 0/1 0/3 2/2       2   3 1   1 3  
5 LUKOVSKI, DRAGAN 24:49 17 4/7 2/3 3/5   2 2 2 1 3     6 4 11
6 PIETRUS, MICKAEL 23:20 8 3/5 0/3 2/2 3   3 1 1 4     1 2 5
8 DROZDOV, ARTUR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ESTELLER, ROGER 30:12 12 5/8 0/1 2/5   1 1 4   3     5 1 3
10 GADOU, DIDIER 4:35                           2 2
11 PIETRUS, FLORENT 23:50 4   0/1 4/4 1 3 4     1     3 1 4
12 LEWIS, DERRICK 16:04 5   1/2 2/2 1 4 5 1         3 1 8
13 DIAW, BORIS 19:32 7 3/4 0/1 1/2 1 1 2 2   1     1 3 9
14 MILLING, KYLE 7:37 2 0/1   2/2   1 1           1   1
15 SELLERS, ROD 32:29 10 4/6   2/4   7 7   1 4     5 3 8
Team                                
Totals 200:00 67 19/32 3/14 20/28 6 19 25 12 3 19 1 0 26 20 51
        59.4% 21.4% 71.4%
Head coach: BERGEAUD, CLAUDE
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS 12:34 14 1/1 3/4 3/3 1   1   1       2 4 17
5 SANCHEZ, PEPE 23:42 9 3/6 0/1 3/4   4 4 3 3 2     3 2 11
6 SIOUTIS, IOANNIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ROGERS, JOHNNY 32:51 7 2/4 1/3     4 4 2 1           10
8 MULAOMEROVIC, DAMIR 19:18 9 4/7   1/2   1 1 1 2 1     5 2 5
9 THEOS, SERAFIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 BODIROGA, DEJAN 31:25 11 5/9   1/2   2 2 1   3     6 2 2
11 MIDDLETON, DARRYL 21:14 5 2/3   1/1   5 5 3 1       2 4 15
12 KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM 33:01 10 2/5 2/8             1       3 3
13 ALBANO, COREY 7:09 6 2/2   2/2 1   1     2     1 3 7
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 11:34 8 4/5   0/1 2 1 3 1   2     1 4 11
15 GIANNOULIS, YANNIS 7:12           1 1     1       2 2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 25/42 6/16 11/15 4 18 22 11 8 12 0 0 20 26 83
        59.5% 37.5% 73.3%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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Head Coaches

BERGEAUD, CLAUDE
Pau-Orthez
"Panathinaikos is a better team than we are, it's clear. To win this kind of game, you need to play perfectly and we were not perfect. Panathinaikos is strong collectivly but also individualy. My only disappointment is to see that three seconds in the paint had disappeared from the basket ball rules tonight."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"I am very satisfied by our game. We played excellent during 40 minutes, and we built a big victory because Pau-Orthez his a team that, if we didn't play well, was able to beat Panathinaikos."

Players

PIETRUS, MICKAEL
Pau-Orthez
"I think that, in a sense, we had a chance, before the game, to compete with Panathinaikos. Unfortunately we did not play our game and we played too many one-on-one situations, forgetting the collective aspect of basketball. I hope that we will work on that during the practice to fix it. You know, we started out pretty well but we suddenly lost our concentration and played out of our systems. Were we intimidated by the Panahinaikos' reputation? Well, we all knew to what extent our opponent was a great ball club, so yes, we felt the pressure."
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