2008-09Regular SeasonRound 7
December 11, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 OAKA

Barca stunned Panathinaikos 76-87

Regal FC Barcelona became the first team to beat Panathinaikos at the Athens Indoor Olympic Arena in nearly two years with a resounding 76-87 win on Thursday night. Barca dominated early and used a team-oriented attack that featured four players with at least 5 assists to end the Greens’ 18-game home-court winning streak. Barca won its fourth in a row to improve to 6-1 and stay pace with Montepaschi for the Group B lead. Barcelona hosts the Italian champs in a major matchup next week. Meanwhile Panathinaikos fell to 5-2 and sits in third place in the group. Barca came out firing as Gianluca Basile and David Andersen led the attack. The visitors built a double-digit advantage in the opening period and stretched it to 22-42 midway through the second period. Vassilis Spanoulis and Drew Nicholas rallied the hosts to within 38-49 by halftime and Mike Batiste helped cut the gap to single digits in the fourth quarter, but the Greens could never get close enough to threaten as Barca held on for the win. Andersen led Barca with 22 points and 9 rebounds and Basile posted 16 points and 5 assists. Victor Sada added 6 assists and Jaka Lakovic and Juan Carlos Navarro dished 5 each for the winners. Batiste led Panathinaikos with 21 points, Spanoulis added 13 and 5 assists off the bench and Nicholas finished with 11 points.

Despite the roaring crowd, Barcelona came out determined to clamp down on defense and do not allow Panathinaikos to get any rhythm offensively. On the other end, Basile swished two triples against the hosts’ zone defense to race Barcelona to a 5-11 lead. After of a Panathinaikos timeout, Sarunas Jasikevicius knocked down a three-pointer to trim the advantage. However, with Sada providing the brains and Fran Vazquez being a cut above his opponents in the paint, Barcelona stayed in front, 8-13. Batiste knocked down a jumper, but Ersan Ilyasova responded with a basket and a free throw to keep the guests ahead, 12-16. Panathinaikos seemingly picked up its defensive intensity, yet Lakovic, who was booed every time he touched the ball, unleashed a triple and then Navarro followed him to give Barcelona a double-digit advantage, 12-22. Antonis Fotsis came off the bench to connect from downtown, only to be copied by Ilyasova who fixed the score at 18-25 by the end of the first quarter.

Andersen opened the second quarter with a layup and then Ilyasova scored in transition to keep the tide to Barca’s favor. Panathinaikos was seemingly nervous and its players were struggling against the guests’ zone defense. Lakovic found Andersen for an easy layup, good for a 18-31 advantage that forced coach Zeljko Obradovic to ask Nikola Pekovic to play even though he was not 100% fit. The center made his presence felt in the paint immediately, but Basile upped the ante with two wild triples that boosted the margin to 22-39 midway the second quarter. And as though it wasn’t enough, Andersen added 5 more points to emphatically show who was in charge. If Panathinaikos wanted to dig out from a 20-point hole, it definitely had to take better care of the ball. A gutsy drive by Spanoulis cut the deficit to 29-44 and allowed the crowd to explode, yet Barcelona was stunningly effective at both ends. Spanoulis and Nicholas finally managed to unlock the stifling Barcelona defense, however Andersen dominated the paint and helped the guests to march to a 38-49 advantage at halftime.

The second half commenced with Kostas Tsartsaris scoring on a slippery move and then Jasikevicius cutting the lead to 42-49. Andersen hit a baseline jumper and on the next possession Navarro buried a triple to make it 44-54 and silence the crowd. Batiste tried to spearhead the counter-attack with a monstrous one-handed dunk, but Andersen had the last say for himself as he nailed back-to-back triples to keep Panathinaikos with its back to the wall, 48-60. Navarro and Basile carried on their three-point shooting extravaganza to stretch the lead to 49-68. A tip-in by Pekovic and a silky drive by Stratos Perperoglou helped the hosts to slice the margin to 15, yet Barcelona remained in total control.

Both Dimitris Diamantidis and Perperoglou failed to get the scoreboard rolling in the final quarter, unlike Roger Grimau who scored 5 quick points to send the gap to the 20-point territory. Eventually Spanoulis ended the dry spell for the Greens with a triple and Batiste halted Barca’s momentum, as he trimmed the lead to 59-73. Then, energetic Batiste finished a pick-and-roll with a two-handed dunk and Nicholas unleashed a triple to bring the fans to their feet and the score to 66-77 with 4:53 left to play. Lubos Barton found an answer against the Greens’ press, but Batiste’s hook shot sent the noise level off the charts and Diamantidis’s three-pointer brought the hosts within single-digits again, 71-79. Lakovic hit a pair of free throws and after Jasikevicius missed a decisive open triple, Basile finished the break for a 71-83 advantage. Batiste muscled his way to a basket, but Spanoulis’s turnover down the stretch led to a Barton layup as the visitors wrapped up a crucial road win.

Thursday, December 11, 2008
Epameinondas Tsakalos, Athens
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Attendance: 14000
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Panathinaikos Athens18201523
Regal FC Barcelona25241919
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Panathinaikos Athens18385376
Regal FC Barcelona25496887
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 KECMAN, DUSAN 4:59     0/1     1 1           1   -1
6 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 30:07 13 5/8 1/2   1 1 2 5 2 2     3 2 15
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 5:55 2 1/1 0/3     2 2     1     2 1 -1
8 BATISTE, MIKE 28:45 21 9/11   3/4 2 5 7   1 1     2 5 28
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 6:15 3   1/1                       3
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 5:38   0/1           1         2   -2
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 26:41 11 1/1 3/6     1 1     2     1   6
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 13:19 5 2/3 0/1 1/2   3 3 1   2     2 2 4
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 29:30 5   1/2 2/2 1 3 4 3 2 3 1     3 14
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 11:46 7 3/5   1/2 1 1 2     1     1 3 7
15 SAKOTA, DUSAN 7:26     0/1         1         2   -2
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 29:39 9 2/6 1/4 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 2 1   4 4 5
Team             1 1   2           3
Totals 200:00 76 23/36 7/21 9/12 6 19 25 12 8 14 2 0 20 20 79
        63.9% 33.3% 75%
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
Regal 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 34:34 16 2/5 4/9   1 3 4 5 1     2 1 2 17
6 BARRETT, ANDRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 TRIAS, JORDI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BARTON, LUBOS 11:54 6 2/2 0/2 2/2 1 1 2   1       3 1 5
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 17:05 7   1/5 4/4       5 1 2       3 10
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 35:11 9 0/4 3/7     2 2 5   4     2 3 5
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 30:39 22 7/9 2/2 2/3 3 6 9 1 1 3     2 3 28
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 11:04 6 3/3     1 2 3 1         4   6
21 ILYASOVA, ERSAN 18:57 8 2/3 1/2 1/2 2 5 7           3 3 12
24 SADA, VICTOR 21:43 6 0/1 2/3     1 1 6         3 2 10
25 SANTIAGO, DANIEL 7:26           1 1     1     2 1 -1
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 11:27 7 3/5   1/1 1 1 2   1         2 10
Team           1   1   1           2
Totals 200:00 87 19/32 13/30 10/12 10 22 32 23 6 10 0 2 20 20 104
        59.4% 43.3% 83.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"I would like to congratulate all my players because everybody in the team knows what we’ve been through the past four days. First we lost Pekovic, then we had a problem with Fotsis and Saras faced a problem with his back, Hatzivrettas had a stomach problem plus a sprained ankle and finally the last day before the game Diamantidis came in with a fever. Maybe sometimes we did not take the most of the fouls we drew and we let some open shots. I would like to thank my players again and also the fans for creating an atmosphere that helped a lot. Barcelona played a good game, they kept their distance in offense and played their own game. Undoubtedly this is a good team."
Regal FC Barcelona
"We are delighted because we beat one of the best teams in Europe. We played great tonight. We were very effective in the first period, and both our ball movement and our free-throw shooting percentage were great. Our performance in the first period boosted our confidence and made us feel that we would win the match. In the waning minutes of the second period we allowed them to score consecutive baskets. In other words, we allowed them to think that they could come back and take the victory. Thankfully, we stayed focused, moved the ball well once again and managed to take advantage of our players. I’m not sure to what extent Panathinaikos was affected by the fact that Pekovic and Fotsis were not 100% ready to play tonight. Besides, Panathinaikos has a deep bench, so it's not easy to say whether our opponent would have played better in case they were fit."


Panathinaikos Athens
"Barcelona was in great shape, and we were not on the court in the first half. So, we were forced to try to come back from a big deficit and ultimately we ran out of energy. Now, we’ll have to be as good as we can in the remaining matches. Besides, as was evident in previous years, the first place in the group does mean a lot. But what matters the most is to be ready when the Top 16 starts. Two of our most important players could not help us tonight due to injuries, but we all know that our team is full of great players. We should have played better tonight. Barcelona plays great this season and is one of the favorites to qualify to the Final Four. Hopefully, sometime in the near future, we’ll perform as well as they did tonight."
Regal FC Barcelona
"It’s a very important victory for us because Panathinaikos is a big team with great players and we played in a full gym tonight. We played very good throughout the match. We played defense and offense for 40 minutes. We were effective at both ends. With this intensity in defense we can achieve a lot of things this year, but it’s still early to say. I always try to play 100% in defense, create something good in offense and try to help my team. I hope we will beat Siena at home and finish first in our group. But at the moment we’ll just think of our victory and celebrate for a while."
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