2019-20Regular SeasonRound 1
October 03, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 OAKA

Thomas, Calathes lead Panathinaikos past Zvezda

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens overcame a slow start to defeat Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade 87-82 at OAKA on Thursday. The visiting team was ahead for the entire first quarter, but Panathinaikos soon hit its stride and produced a high-scoring third quarter to take the lead for good, establishing a big enough margin to withstand a fourth-quarter fightback from Zvezda. Nick Calathes led his team’s efforts by pairing 21 points with 7 assists, and there was an outstanding effort from DeShaun Thomas with a double-double of 18 points and 11 rebounds. New signings Tyrese Rice (12) and Jimmer Fredette (11) also reached double figures in points. Zvezda debutant James Gist led all scorers against his former team, registering 22 points and 7 rebounds. Billy Baron and Stratos Perperoglou, another ex-Panathinaikos man, both added 15 points in defeat.

Gist helped Zvezda make a fast start for a 0-5 lead and the visiting team stayed ahead through the remainder of the first quarter despite a flurry of points from Calathes, who matched Gist by netting 8 in the first quarter, which ended with Zvezda leading 14-17. Rice orchestrated the Panathinaikos offense to a 10-2 surge at the start of the second quarter to take the lead, but Gist and Michael Ojo from close range and Baron from deep made it 24-26 with a 0-7 run. Ojo fouled out before halftime as Calathes completed a three-point play and a flurry of free throws made it 37-35 at the interval. A pair of Calathes-to-Georgios Papagiannis alley-oops and consecutive baskets by Thomas preserved the lead early in the second half before another Papagiannis dunk gave Panathinaikos a double-digit lead. Three-pointers from Calathes and Fredette stretched the advantage and it was 66-53 at the end of the third. The scoring was even early in the final quarter before 5 straight points from Perperoglou helped make it 76-70 with 4 minutes remaining. Another basket from Thomas and a deep strike from Calathes reassured Panathinaikos, and even a trademark alley-oop slam by Gist wasn’t enough to bring Zvezda back.

Panathinaikos fixes rebounding deficit

Zvezda’s first-quarter dominance was largely explained by its rebounding prowess – the Serbian team grabbed 16 boards in the opening 10 minutes, 8 of them coming at the offensive end. But Panathinaikos made a massive improvement in its rebounding and restricted the visitors to just 18 boards the rest of the way, and the rebounding battle was eventually closely matched at 32-34.

Foul trouble bothers Zvezda

The visiting team’s attempts to control the paint after that powerful first quarter were severely dented by foul trouble. Michael Ojo couldn’t even reach halftime, fouling out in just over 8 minutes on the floor, while Gist had to tread carefully after reaching 4 fouls early in the third quarter.

Promising start for new backcourt duo

The old guard of Calathes and Thomas dominated the scoring for Panathinaikos, but there were also promising signs from a pair of summer signings in the backcourt: Rice had 12 points, 2 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal, while Fredette contributed 11 points in 25 minutes on the floor.

Next round

Round 2 will see Panathinaikos head on the road to take on LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne, while Zvezda will enjoy its home opener with a high-profile showdown against Fenerbahce Beko Istanbul.

Deshaun Thomas - Panathinaikos OPAP Athens - EB19
Thursday, October 3, 2019
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Referees: GARCIA, JUAN CARLOS; MOGULKOC, EMIN; VILIUS, GYTIS
Attendance: 10133
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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 31:51 18 6/13 0/1 6/7 4 7 11 2 2 1     2 4 25
5 RICE, TYRESE 14:12 12 2/3 1/2 5/6 1 1 2 2 1 1     1 4 16
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 16:51 8 4/6   0/2   5 5   1   2   1 1 12
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 25:08 2 1/2 0/1     2 2       1   3 1 1
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 9:24 4 2/2       2 2     4     1 2 3
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY 20:05 3 1/1   1/4   3 3 1 2       2 2 6
25 BROWN, RION 6:36           1 1           1 2 2
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER 25:16 11 2/4 1/2 4/4   1 1 1   2     2 3 9
33 CALATHES, NICK 32:06 21 5/8 3/6 2/3   3 3 7 1 5   2 1 6 23
35 WILEY, JACOB 10:16 2 1/2 0/1   1   1 1 1   1   2   2
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 8:15 6 2/2   2/2                 1 2 7
50 BENTIL, BENJAMIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 87 26/43 5/13 20/28 7 25 32 14 8 13 4 2 17 27 107
        60.5% 38.5% 71.4%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
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
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 BROWN, DERRICK 12:17 5   1/2 2/2   1 1 1   1     1 1 5
3 COVIC, FILIP 9:57           2 2     3       1  
4 BROWN, LORENZO 9:46 3 0/3 1/1   1 1 2   1 2       1 2
5 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 25:20 15 3/8 2/4 3/4 1 2 3   3 2     4 4 11
7 DAVIDOVAC, DEJAN 18:13 3 0/1 1/2   2 1 3   1       2 2 5
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 12:36   0/1 0/1   1   1 1         3 1 -2
11 FAYE, MOUHAMMAD 10:26 3   1/2     2 2           2   2
12 BARON, BILLY 27:52 15 2/7 3/6 2/2   5 5 6 1 2 1 2 1 2 17
13 DOBRIC, OGNJEN 11:35 6 3/4 0/1         1 1 1     2 1 4
15 GIST, JAMES 27:25 22 9/18 0/2 4/5 6 1 7 1       1 4 4 17
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 26:18 8 4/6 0/1     2 2   1       3   5
50 OJO, MICHAEL 8:15 2 1/2       1 1     2 1 1 5   -5
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 82 22/50 9/22 11/13 15 19 34 10 8 13 2 4 27 17 66
        44% 40.9% 84.6%
Head coach: TOMIC, MILAN

Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens

"In the first half, we were stressed and trying to finish off the game with one pass. We were rushing at times and that’s something we want to change. After the second quarter, we were more aggressive on defense and started balancing off the rebounds, and in the third quarter, everyone can see that Nick [Calathes] did a good job. We should have the killer instinct of a boxer – when somebody is on the ropes you have to knock him out. But that’s logical at this time of the season, we haven’t been together for long and it’s something we have to work on."

"[Jimmer] Fredette was very important as a creator on the floor, he created the whole game, and [Georgios] Papagiannis with his defense helped us. It was a difficult game, the opening game of the season, we weren’t where we wanted to be in the first half, but in the second half we were better and I think we deserved to win."

TOMIC, MILAN
Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade
"For the first game in the EuroLeague, this game showed that both teams need time to become better. Congratulations to Panathinaikos for the win. We have to work; this is only one game and we have to prepare a better game for the next game."

Players

THOMAS, DESHAUN
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I’m in my seventh year in EuroLeague, I’ve got the experience and I know what my team wants me to do. I want to be a leader out there, stay consistent and do what I can each and every day – score points, take rebounds and win games."
CALATHES, NICK
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"The first game of the season is always tough – a lot of people have jitters and we had a lot of new guys. In the second half we were better, it’s nice to get the win and everyone contributed."