Panionios On Telecoms registered its first win in ULEB Cup Group G by downing Asco Slask Wroclaw 72-61 at home on Tuesday. Both teams join a four-way tie for the second place in Group G, each with a 1-1 record. Giannis Giannoulis paced the winners with 16 points on 6-of-9 two-pointers. Ioannis Kalampokis added 14 points while Brad Newley barely missed a double-double with 9 points and 11 rebounds for Panionios. Torrell Martin had 15 points for Slask, Oliver Stevic added 12 while Dawan Robinson got 10 for the guests. Panionios got an early 10-4 lead but Martin and Jared Homan allowed Slask got get back in the game, 23-23, midway through the second quarter. An 11-0 run allowed Panionios to regain the lead, 36-27, at halftime. Dusan Sakota and Ivan Zoroski helped Panionios to make it a 16-point game, 43-27. Slask never got within striking distance, as Panionios kept a safe cushion all the way until the final buzzer.
Giannoulis dominated in the paint early in the game while Zoroski led a 6-0 run to make the hosts take a 12-4 lead. Slask called timeout and Rashid Atkins came off the bench to hit a triple that ended a four-minute draught. Panionios kept its momentum going behind drives by Kalampokis and Mateen Cleaves for a double-score gap, 18-9. Atkins stroke from downtown to make it 18-12 after 10 minutes of play. Sakota opened the second quarter with a triple and Kalampokis followed with a reverse layup to hold a 23-16 lead. Martin shined with 5 points in a 0-7 run that Homan capped with a wild dunk for a 23-23 tie. Panionios did not panic, however, as Giannoulis, Kalampokis and Sakota combined for all points in a 11-0 run orchestrated by Vassilis Xanthopoulos, who kept everyone involved. Slask trimmed its deficit to 36-27 at halftime. Sakota hit one from downtown and Zoroski scored off a steal to break the game open, 43-27, after the break. Martin tried to change things with 7 quick points while Stevic scored twice in a 3-14 run to get the guests back in the game, 46-41. Giannoulis stepped up with a driving layup and fed Levon Kendall for a dunk. Even when Martin was unstoppable, Cleaves fed Kendall for an easy layup that allowed Panionios to keep a 53-46 edge after 30 minutes. Panionios slowed down the game tempo and Slask struggled to score down the stretch. A third-chance layup by Kalampokis and a big triple by Cleaves broke the game open, 60-48, midway through the fourth quarter. Panionios kept committing unsportsmanlike fouls while Robinson got Slask within 62-55, but it happened to be too little, too late for Slask.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Danos Tsakalos, Athens