2019-20Regular SeasonRound 21
January 24, 2020 CET: 20:30
Local time: 21:30 OAKA

Panathinaikos extends win streak to three games

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens extended its winning streak to three games with a 100-88 home victory over LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne to continue its rise in the standings. Jimmer Fredette scored 22 points to pace six players in double figures as Panathinaikos improved to 13-8. Ioannis Papapetrou tallied 21 points, Nick Calathes collected 10 points and 17 assists, Tyrese Rice picked up 14 points, Giorgios Papagiannis had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and DeShaun Thomas added 10 points in the triumph. ASVEL’s freefall continues with a fifth straight loss - the last three on the road - to fall to 8-13 despite Theo Maledon tallying 19 points with Livio Jean-Charles contributing 16 points and 6 rebounds and Matthew Strazel and Antoine Diot both scoring 14 points.

Fredette started the game in fine fashion with seven points as Panathinaikos opened an 11-4 lead early. Calathes added two layups and Papagiannis slammed it home for an 18-10 advantage. ASVEL charged back with back-to-back three-pointers by Adreian Payne and Maledon, the latter who then picked up a steal and dunk to knot the game 18-18 as Panathinaikos was already at 7 turnovers. Kostas Mitoglou made it 20-18 after 10 minutes. Rice came off the Panathinaikos bench for two three-pointers and Papapetrou also drained a long ball as the margin grew to 35-20 with a 15-2 start to the quarter. Diot managed a three-ball for ASVEL but the Panathinaikos motor was rolling as Thomas nailed a triple, Fredette had seven straight points and Papapetrou downed another trey for a 52-33 cushion, which was 52-35 after 20 minutes. ASVEL youngsters Strazel and Maledon cut the gap to 54-40 early in the second half but the French side could not come up with defensive stops as Papapetrou nailed a three-ball and a 6-0 spurt made it 68-46. ASVEL at least finished strong in the quarter with Diot hitting a trey and Jean-Charles scoring 7 points in a 5-12 run to pull within 73-58 after 30 minutes. After Rice drained two triples early in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 79-61, ASVEL picked up seven straight points to make things interesting at 79-68. Thomas and Fredette however answered with long balls and Papagiannis’ score increased the gap to 89-72 with less than 5 minutes to play. The lead was too large and Panathinaikos’ offense too strong, but the hosts did not finish strong as ASVEL scored 30 points in the fourth quarter.

Block party

Giorgios Papagiannis blocked three shots in the first 6 minutes of the game and ended the contest with five rejections - besting his previous career high of 4 from Round 19 against FC Bayern Munich. The five blocks also matched the season high in the EuroLeague - done by Quincy Acy of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, Edy Tavares of Real Madrid and Youssoupha Fall from KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz.

Second quarter dominance

Panathinaikos showed its dominance with a big second quarter, scoring 32 points by draining 6 three-pointers and committing just 1 turnover in the 10 minutes to take over the game.

Telling numbers

Panathinaikos connected on 60.9 percent of its 2-point shots and 65.0 percent of its three-pointers. The team also committed only two turnovers combined in the second and third quarters - finishing with 13 for the game.

Next games

Panathinaikos looks to make it four wins in a row as it heads to Spain to take on Valencia Basket on January 31. ASVEL, for its part, will return home and hope to end its five-game losing streak as it hosts Zalgiris Kaunas on January 30.

Jimmer Fredette - Panathinaikos OPAP Athens - EB19
Friday, January 24, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: BOLTAUZER, MATEJ; GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB
Attendance: 8131
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens20322127
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne18172330
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens205273100
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne18355888
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN 25:06 10 2/3 2/3   1 3 4   1       1 2 14
5 RICE, TYRESE 14:45 14 1/3 4/5         1   2   1   4 13
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 23:39 12 6/9     3 5 8     1 5   3   18
8 RAUTINS, ANDY 9:26     0/1         1         2   -2
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 29:39 21 4/6 4/5 1/2 1 3 4 1 1 1     1 2 23
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 7:15 2 1/3           1 1 1     1    
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY 10:21     0/3 0/2   2 2           1 1 -3
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER 22:53 22 8/10 2/2     2 2 2 1 1     2 1 23
33 CALATHES, NICK 32:56 10 4/6   2/2   4 4 17   4     3 5 27
35 WILEY, JACOB 4:55 2 1/2                 1       2
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 10:46 4 1/2   2/2 1 3 4 1 1 2 1   2 2 8
50 BENTIL, BENJAMIN 8:19 3 0/2 1/1   2   2 1         1   3
Team           3   3     1         2
Totals 200:00 100 28/46 13/20 5/8 11 22 33 25 5 13 7 1 17 17 128
        60.9% 65% 62.5%
Head coach: PITINO, RICK
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
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JACKSON, EDWIN 13:26 2 1/3 0/2         1 1 1   1 1   -3
2 TAYLOR, JORDAN 18:33 6 3/6 0/2         2 1     1 1   2
3 JEKIRI, TONYE 24:13 6 2/6   2/2 3 3 6 1 1     1 2 3 10
6 MALEDON, THEO 19:52 19 3/5 3/5 4/5   2 2 2 1 2     2 4 19
9 LOMAZS, RIHARDS 8:04   0/1 0/2   2   2 1   1   1 2 2 -2
12 NOUA, AMINE 6:59 2 1/2     1   1               2
17 JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO 20:15 16 3/6 2/5 4/4 4 2 6 1       1 1 3 18
19 DIOT, ANTOINE 18:47 14 1/2 4/4         1 1 3     2   10
21 BAKO, ISMAEL 15:47 2 1/2       2 2 1       1 1 2 4
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 16:20   0/2 0/2   2 1 3 1   1 1 1 2   -3
32 STRAZEL, MATTHEW 17:59 14 3/5 2/2 2/2   1 1 2   3     2 1 11
33 PAYNE, ADREIAN 19:45 7 1/2 1/3 2/2 1 2 3 3 1 2     1 2 10
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 88 19/42 12/27 14/15 16 15 31 16 6 13 1 7 17 17 83
        45.2% 44.4% 93.3%
Head coach: MITROVIC, ZVEZDAN

Head Coaches

PITINO, RICK
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"The first three quarters we played well. The last quarter we played like a high school team. I’m very disappointed with how we finished the game. But we got a victory. We’ve been improving in practice. But needless to say, I don’t like the way we finished that game - in every area. We gave up 30 points in that quarter. But that’s what happens when you’re not a great basketball team. If you want to become a great basketball team, you have to know how to play with a lead. And obviously we didn’t show any greatness there."
MITROVIC, ZVEZDAN
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"They had a great game. They are the best offensive team. My impression as a head coach: it’s a very big honor to play against Panathinaikos and face the legendary Rick Pitino. That is one of the biggest impressions from tonight. We tried to play our game but it’s very difficult with the kind of offense that Panathinaikos has. The first half was terrible. The second half we played better. In the end, Panathinaikos won the game deservingly and congratulations."

Players

CALATHES, NICK
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"We started off strong. Defensively we played well, transition we played well. It was a good win for us. We’re never satisfied. Every game is important. It’s a tough EuroLeague. Now we have to go on the road and get this win."
PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It was a good win. Everybody gave a good effort. But we have to concentrate on certain areas. We made some mistakes and gave up easy baskets. We need to play until the end of the game. It doesn’t matter if you are going to win the game, you have to show a good picture until the end. I think we relaxed a little bit at the end but we are happy with the win. We look at the standings and look up, but once you get a couple wins in a row you feel good about yourself and you can do more. I believe in the team. We have good pieces. We just have to get to work and work hard and improve every day."