Milan gets big road win in Athens
AX Armani Exchange Milan grabbed its first road win in the 2019-20 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by downing Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 78-79 in the Greek capital on Thursday. Milan improved to 2-1 in the standings while Panathinaikos dropped to 1-2. Vladimir Micov led the winners with 18 points. Luis Scola added 17, Michael Roll had 16 while Sergio Rodriguez added 10 for Milan. Nick Calathes led Panathinaikos with 23 points while Jacob Wiley added 17. Three-pointers by Micov, Scola, Rodriguez and Roll allowed Milan to get a 20-24 lead after 10 minutes. Wiley and Dinos Mitoglou rescued Panathinaikos and a three-pointer by Calathes tied the game, 38-38, at halftime. Scola and Micov took over after the break and Roll struck again from downtown to give Milan a 57-61 margin at the end of the third quarter. Calathes and Wiley gave Panathinaikos a 68-61 edge but a rain of three-pointers and an outstanding Micov made Milan regain the lead, 76-77. Calathes scored in the lane but free throws by Riccardo Moraschini allowed Milan to win the game.
Scola got Milan going with a layup but Calathes and Jimmer Fredette fueled a 6-0 run that Georgios Papagiannis capped with an alley-oop dunk, good for a 6-2 Panathinaikos lead. Scola and Micov each struck from downtown to make Milan regain the lead, 6-10, after a 0-8 run. Calathes and Papagiannis tried to change things for the Greens but Scola kept Milan ahead, 10-15. A couple of put-back layups by Wiley ignited an 8-0 run in which DeShaun Thomas and Ioannis Papapetrou dunked for a 18-15 score. Scola scored again and three-pointers by Rodriguez and Roll made Milan regain the lead, 20-24, after 10 minutes. Wiley scored down low early in the second quarter and Calathes added a floater for a 24-24 tie. Roll downed back-to-back jumpers and Rodriguez added another one for a 28-30 Milan lead. Panathinaikos found a go-to guy in Mitoglou but three-pointers by Roll and Amedeo Della Valle kept the guests ahead, 35-36. Calathes bettered Scola's layup with a triple for a 38-38 tie at halftime. Scola scored again soon after the break, Micov added a three-pointer and a jumper by Aaron White gave Milan a 42-45 lead. Scola and Micov kept pacing Milan but Papapetrou dunked and Wiley added a couple of put-back layups to make the guests call timeout at 50-49. Rodriguez and Jeff Brooks each sank a triple but Fredette kept Panathinaikos within 55-56. A layup by Kaleb Tarczewski and a bomb from beyond the arc by Roll boosted the guests' lead to 57-61 after 30 minutes. Calathes and Wiley combined for 9 points in an 11-0 run that ignited the crowd at 68-61. Micov, Brooks and Roll rescued Milan from the three-point line, 68-70, but Calathes laso struck twice from downtown and added a driving layup for a 76-72 score. Micov followed a three-point play with a jumper to make Milan regain the lead, 76-77, in the next-to-last minute. Calathes - who else? - hit a close jumper but Moraschini drew a foul with 8.8 seconds to go. He hit both attempts and Calathes missed a floater at the buzzer.
Micov hit some big shots down the stretch and ended up leading Milan with 18 points. He hit 4-of-7 two-point shots, 3-of-6 three-point shots, adding 4 rebounds, an assist, a steal and 4 fouls drawn for a PIR of 18.
Moraschini was in a pretty unique situation at the end of the game, going to the free throw line for the first time in his EuroLeague career with his team down by one points and 8.8 seconds remaining. He hit both attempts to give Milan the win, as Calathes missed at the other end.
Three-pointers definitely made the difference in the game. Milan hit 14-of-26 shots from downtown (53.9%) and Panathinaikos only downed 3-of-20 from beyond the arc (15%).
Did you notice?
Scola was back to OAKA for the first time in a EuroLeague game since the 2007 Final Four. After 144 career games with Baskonia, he left the competition after the 2007 Third Place Game. He returned to OAKA almost 12 years later to offer a solid performance.
Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action next week. Panathinaikos visits Zenit St Petersburg on Thursday, October 24 at 19:00 CET. A day later, on Friday, October 25, Milan welcomes Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul at 20:45 CET.
Thursday, October 17, 2019