2010-11PlayoffsGame 1
March 22, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAU BLAUGRANA
Alan Anderson - Regal FC Barcelona_31758

Regal FC Barcelona edged Panathinaikos 83-82

Regal FC Barcelona held on for a thrilling 83-82 victory over Panathinaikos in the opener of a Quarterfinal Playoffs series between the last two Euroleague champs. The game went down to the final shot, but Panathinaikos star Dimitris Diamantidis came up short on a night when he went for a career-high 26 points. The visitors led 57-60 through three quarters, but an 11-0 run that Juan carlos Navarro capped with a three-pointer gave Barcelona the upper hand midway through the fourth quarter. Still the visitors never gave up, closed the gap to 1 several times and had their chances, but Barca was just tough enough when it mattered most. Navarro paced the champs with 13 points, Jaka Lakovic and Erazem Lorbek added 12 apiece and Alan Anderson scored 10. Drew Nicholas scored 16 and Mike Batiste tallied 15 points and 6 rebounds for Panathinaikos. Game 2 of the best-of-five series is Thursday in Barcelona before the series switches to Athens next week.

Panathinaikos surprised everyone by placing both Nick Calathes and Diamantidis in its starting lineup. Anderson got Barcelona going with a three-pointer, as the Greens missed their first 4 shots until Ian Vougioukas stepped up with a put-back dunk. Diamantidis soon added free throws for a 3-4 Panathinaikos lead. Lorbek nailed a five-meter jumper, but the Greens kept powering the offensive board. Antonis Fotsis shined with a put-back basket that Navarro matched with a driving layup. Lorbek hit a turnaround jumper and soon added a jump hook for a 11-6 lead, after a 6-0 run. Vougioukas scored down low, as Panathinaikos called timeout to adjust its offense once Barcelona entered the foul bonus. Nicholas fired in a fall-away jumper, but he didn't find much help. Victor Sada set the crowd on fire with a dunk in traffic only for a layup by Stratos Perperoglou to keep the Greens within 2. Diamantidis scored in transition to tie the game at 14-14 at the end of a very intense first quarter.

Barcelona tried twin point guards with Sada and Lakovic together on court early in the second quarter. Diamantidis followed a wild driving layup with an easy basket off a steal for a 14-18 Panathinaikos lead. Boni Ndong split free throws and an off-balance three-pointer by Roger Grimau tied the game again, 18-18. Ndong took over with a layup-plus-foul and a driving layup by Lakovic gave Barcelona some fresh air, 23-19. Nicholas buried a step-back jumper that Lakovic bettered with a bomb from downtown. Barcelona, however, had entered the foul bonus and could not play defense with the same intensity. Nicholas hit free throws and a turnaround jumper by Batiste made it 26-25. Anderson buried his second triple, however a put-back dunk by Kostas Tsartsaris kept his team within 2. Lakovic hit free throws, but an incredible triple by a red-hot Nicholas tied things at 30-30. Kosta Perovic and Lorbek stepped up before Navarro struck from downtown off a screen, but a layup by Nicholas and a big three-pointer by Diamantidis got the guests within 37-35 at halftime.

The second half started just as the first one ended, as Diamantidis struck from downtown for a 37-38 Panathinaikos lead. Anderson nailed a triple but a turnaround jumper by Diamantidis tied it at 40-40. The Greens kept following their game plan, powering the offensive board to avoid fast break points. Batiste scored down low, but a buzzer-beating triple by Lorbek sent the crowd to its feet at 43-42. Batiste scored again and Calathes improved on Ricky Rubio's reverse layup with a shot from beyond the arc for a 45-47 score. Rubio and Anderson made free throws, but an unstoppable Diamantidis single-handedly boosted the guests' margin to 48-52. Navarro did not miss from the foul line. Batiste silenced the crowd with a high-flying three-point play. Barcelona kept getting to the foul line and a driving layup by Lakovic got the hosts as close as 54-55. Coach Zeljko Obradovic brought Aleks Maric into the game and he made a sudden impact with 5 free throws. Perovic took over with an off-balance basket to get Barcelona within 57-60 through three quarters.

Calathes shined with an acrobatic basket early in the fourth quarter, but a rainbow jumper by Grimau got the crowd involved at 59-62. The game had turned into a physical battle and Barcelona made the most out of it. Terence Morris bettered Batiste's tip-in with a wide open triple and Lakovic copied him soon after that to set Palau Blaugrana on fire at 65-64 with seven minutes left. Panathinaikos called timeout, but Navarro followed free throws with a big triple that made it 70-64, capping an 11-0 run. Nicholas quickly answered with a seven-meter bomb, however a tip-in by Ndong kept the hosts out of trouble, 72-67. Batiste shined with a power layup that Grimau matched with a six-meter jumper. Nicholas and Ndong traded baskets, but free throws by Batiste kept the Greens within 74-71 with over three minutes left. Panathinaikos improved its defense right when it mattered most and a layup by Perperoglou made it 76-75 with 1:10 to go. Panathinaikos fouled Fran Vazquez, who made both attempts, but a driving layup by Perperoglou kept the Greens within 78-77 with 37.8 ticks on the clock. Vazquez returned to the foul line and hit both attempts with 24.1 seconds left. Nicholas missed around the basket and Morris lifted the margin to 82-77 from the line. But Diamantidis connected for another triple and Lakovic made just 1 from the line. Sada was called for a flagrant foul on Diamantidis as the latter tried to launch a halfcourt shot with 1.7 seconds left. The Greens’ leader sank 2 free throws, but on the resulting possession could not hit a long three at the buzzer for the win and Barcelona breathed a sigh of relief with a Game 1 victory.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Javier Gancedo, Barcelona
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Regal Barcelona
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 8:35 2 1/4 0/2   1   1     1     2   -5
9 RUBIO, RICKY 16:16 4 1/1 0/2 2/2   1 1 1 1 1     1 1 4
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 22:30 12 2/3 2/4 2/4   1 1 3   2       2 11
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 32:02 13 1/2 2/4 5/6       3 1 2     2 7 16
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA 13:04 6 1/2   4/7 1 3 4           2 4 8
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 14:46 4 0/2   4/4 1 1 2   1 1     4 3 3
20 INGLES, JOE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 NDONG, BONIFACE 10:16 8 3/4   2/3 3 1 4 1   2   1 4 2 6
23 MORRIS, TERENCE 21:55 5 0/2 1/3 2/2   3 3 1 2         1 8
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 19:59 12 4/4 1/2 1/2 1 2 3           1 1 13
32 ANDERSON, ALAN 24:10 10 0/2 3/3 1/2 1 3 4 2   1     3 5 14
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 16:27 7 2/4 1/1     1 1 1   1   1 4 2 3
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 83 15/30 10/21 23/32 9 17 26 12 5 12 0 2 23 28 82
        50% 47.6% 71.9%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 TEPIC, MILENKO 2:05                 1           1
6 MARIC, ALEKS 1:57 5     5/6             1   2 3 6
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 11:43 6 3/3   0/2 1 1 2     2     3 2 3
8 BATISTE, MIKE 28:48 15 6/9   3/3 2 4 6 1 1 2     4 4 18
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 15:37 2 1/3     4 4 8           5 2 5
10 SATO, ROMAIN 16:58   0/2                     1 2 -1
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 28:46 16 4/9 2/5 2/2   2 2 1   1     1 2 11
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 14:21 2 1/1     2 1 3 1   1     4   1
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 35:58 26 4/10 4/7 6/6 1 3 4 2 1 4 1   4 6 23
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 7:19 4 2/5     1   1     1         1
15 CALATHES, NICK 20:45 5 1/4 1/1     1 1 1         2 1 3
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 15:43 1     1/2   3 3 1 1 2     2 1 2
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 82 22/46 7/13 17/21 12 21 33 7 4 13 2 0 28 23 76
        47.8% 53.8% 81%

Head Coaches

Regal Barcelona
"People were able to enjoy a game you can expect from the Euroleague Quarterfinals, between the last two champions of the competition. It was exciting, very intense and with a lot of lead changes. We managed to get a 37-30 lead before halftime, but a 0-5 run brought them back in the game. When Panathinaikos was up by 5 points after the break, we had the right mentality to carry on despite missing several free throws. We seemed to have full control of the game, but it became complicated and we might have paid a high price for it. I expect tough games. Panathinaikos is aware of our skills and obviously tries to stop them. They tried mixed defenses and zones that brought us out of our game tempo. We returned to the game with two consecutive three-pointers. I am sure it will be a tough series. We expected this from Panathinaikos. They played mixed defenses against their last two Spanish League opponents. We know this defense and know how to attack it, but lost our feeling and timing. Game 1 is the toughest one to play from a psychological point of view, at home and against a tough team. We now have to get ready for Game 2. They had a lot of second options, especially in the first half. They got 8 offensive rebounds in the first half and finished the game with 12. We played good defense in the early going, but offensive rebounds kept them in the game early."
Panathinaikos Athens
"I am very proud of how my team played tonight. We came here to fight and that is what we did. Small details, as always, were decisive. What we have to do now is be ready for the next game, which I think will be very different, tactically speaking, from tonight's showdown. We were ready for the game and I am proud of the play we played. We knew what we needed to do at any time. The game was decided by a defensive action or an offensive action. It is always like that. We tried to play the game that interested us. We are fully aware of Barcelona's talent, each and every player. We came here to play and everything we tried went right. We have to analyze the game, but like I said, it all went to small details."


Regal Barcelona
"We knew the game would be hard but we wanted to take the win with us. We are proud of this win, even if it only was by one point. They exploited our weak spots but I think we knew how to attack their switching defenses. Sometimes you couldn't even figure out what you were playing against but we stayed strong mentally. That is the key."
Regal Barcelona
"The first goal is accomplished, we are 1-0 in the series. Now we have to rest and get ready for the Thursday game. We will have to improve many things for Game 2. It was a tough game but we knew something like this would happen. I am sure we would all settle now for winning all games against Panathinaikos by one point. The fans were great, they really helped us tonight."
Regal Barcelona
"Panathinaikos played switching defenses and that made it harder for us. I think we played great in the last quarter as we had the accuracy in offense that we lacked the rest of the game, plus we defended well. Both are physical teams and we defend to the limit of the foul. The fans were great tonight, we know that all games will be tough and that they can be decided by a single ball like tonight."
Panathinaikos Athens
"It all came down to small details. At some point we were 4 points up, but they hit two three-pointers and we lost our concentration for a moment. This is basketball and life. The series will be really long. We lost one game, but we didn't lose the battle. We are looking forward to playing hard in Game 2 and going back to Athens with a win in our pocket."
Panathinaikos Athens
"We lost the game, but must be ready to fight on Thursday. We have to play good basketball in every game and be concentrated for all 40 minutes. Panathinaikos has the chance to win Game 2. We must show we are a good team and try to steal a win here in Barcelona. I don't really care about how many points I had tonight; Basketball is a team sport and it is all about winning games."
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