2010-11PlayoffsGame 4
March 31, 2011 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 OAKA
Batiste and Calathes celebrates - Panathinaikos Athens - EB10

Panathinaikos dethroned defending champion Regal FC Barcelona with a 78-67

Panathinaikos advanced to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four on Thursday and in the process dethroned Regal FC Barcelona with a 78-67 victory in Game 4 of their Quarterfinal Playoffs series in front of a sea of 19,000 green fans at OAKA in Athens, Greece. Panathinaikos won the best-of-five series 3-1 and reached the Final Four for the 10th time in club history. Barcelona lost a chance to become the ninth team to win back-to-back titles in Euroleague history in its own city, home of the 2011 Final Four. Nick Calathes led the winners with 12 points. Dimitris Diamantidis and Antonis Fotsis each added 11 while Ian Vougioukas and Romain Sato had 10 apiece for Panathinaikos. Fran Vazquez had 14 points to lead Barcelona while Alan Anderson added 13. Barcelona stayed in the game for almost 25 minutes, as a hook shot by Boni Ndong kept the guests within 40-38. Fotsis and Diamantidis shined late in the third quarter to give Panathinaikos a decisive 56-47 margin after 30 minutes. A fast break layup by Diamantidis soon made it a 13-point game, 63-50, an outstanding defense allowed the Green giant to seal a Final Four berth and write a brilliant new page in club history.

Coach Xavi Pascual opted to place team captain Roger Grimau in his team's starting lineup, replacing Juan Carlos Navarro. Calathes got Panathinaikos going with a layup and Sato added a jumper for a 4-0 lead. Barcelona could not find the way to the basket and Calathes took over with a coast-to-coast layup. Anderson rescued the guests with a six-meter jumper and free throws on Diamantidis' second foul. Vougioukas dunked it but a three-pointer by Ricky Rubio got Barcelona within 8-7. Erazem Lorbek shined with an off-balance basket, forcing coach Zeljko Obradovic to bring Mike Batiste into the game. Calathes split free throws but a rainbow jumper by Ndong gave Barcelona its first lead, 10-11. Calathes kept pacing the Greens with a fast break layup, as Drew Nicholas left the game with a sprained ankle. Ndong and Fotsis traded foul shots but Stratos Perperoglou singlehandedly restored a 16-12 Panathinaikos lead after 10 very intense minutes.

Vazquez shined with a backdoor reverse layup early in the second quarter that Batiste erased with his trademark turnaround jumper. Vazquez insisted with a mid-range jumper off the pick but a layup by Fotsis gave the Greens a 20-16 edge. Grimau took over with a wild coast-to-coast layup and back-to-back jumpers by a red hot Vazquez gave the guests a 20-22 edge. Panathinaikos brought Diamantidis back on court but Barcelona kept its momentum going. Jaka Lakovic provided a highlight with a driving layup that Perperoglou matched in the other end. Fotsis soon struck from downtown to force Barcelona to stop the game at 25-24. Diamantidis fed Batiste for an uncontested dunk that Navarro matched with his classic 'bomba'. Batiste stayed on fire with an alleyoop layup, as Barcelona stopped the game again at 29-26. Kostas Tsartsaris scored down low but Navarro quickly answered with a big triple and added another 'bomba' that tied the game, 31-31. A three-point play by Tsartsaris and a buzzer-beating basket by Lorbek fixed the halftime score at 34-33.

Panathinaikos struggled to score immediately after the break and free throws by Lorbek put Barcelona back ahead, 34-35. Vougioukas sank a rainbow jumper and added a left-handed jump hook that gave the Greens some fresh air, 38-35. Barcelona kept powering the offensive board and Panathinaikos struggled to find open shots. Ndong split free throws and matched Vougioukas' jumper with a hook shot, good for a 40-38 score. Barcelona had entered the foul bonus and Panathinaikos opted to play with even more intensity. Fotsis scored in penetration and added an easy layup to set the crowd on fire at 44-39. Lakovic split foul shots but Diamantidis followed a driving layup with free throws to make it an eight-point game, 48-40. Joe Ingles tried to change things with a layup but Sato and Batiste boosted the Greens' lead to 51-42. Anderson buried a three-pointer but a mid-range jumper by Sato kept Panathinaikos way ahead, 53-45. Vazquez shined with an alleyop layup that Diamantidis bettered with a corner triple for a 56-47 Panathinaikos margin after 30 minutes.

Barcelona needed to improve its defense to return to the game and Vazquez delivered with a huge block on Sato. Lorbek buried a corner three-pointer but he didn't find much help around. Fotsis sent the crowd to their feet with a two-handed dunk, as the Greens had started to use long possessions to run the game clock down. A three-pointer by Diamantidis gave Panathinaikos its first double-digit lead, 61-50, making Barcelona call a much-needed timeout with 7 minutes left. Diamantidis collected a long rebound and raced downcourt for an easy basket that Anderson improved with a three-pointer. Calathes answered from downtown, as Barcelona needed a miracle comeback now. Terence Morris joined the three-point shootout and soon added a layup to make Panathinaikos call timeout, 66-58, with 3 minutes left. Sato finished a long possession with free throws but back-to-back dunks by Vazquez gave Barcelona some hope, 68-62. Free throws by Perperoglou and Diamantidis sealed the outcome, allowing Panathinaikos to celebrate a historical win that came with a ticket to the 2011 Final Four!

Thursday, March 31, 2011
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Attendance: 19000 (Tentative)
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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 7:56   0/1 0/1     1 1   1 1         -1
6 MARIC, ALEKS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 17:29 8 1/1   6/8   2 2     2     3 5 8
8 BATISTE, MIKE 22:19 8 4/6       6 6 1         2   11
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 28:29 11 3/3 1/2 2/4   6 6   2       2 2 16
10 SATO, ROMAIN 30:24 10 3/5 0/1 4/6   3 3 3       1 2 3 11
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 4:41   0/2           1 1         1 1
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 13:26 8 2/2 1/1 1/1 1 2 3   1 1     3 2 10
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 25:22 11 2/4 1/4 4/4 1 3 4 5   3     2 5 15
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 15:29 10 5/10     1 1 2   2   1   1 5 14
15 CALATHES, NICK 34:07 12 3/5 1/3 3/4 1 2 3 3 3 4     3 4 13
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 0:18                              
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 78 23/39 4/12 20/27 4 27 31 13 10 11 1 1 18 27 99
        59% 33.3% 74.1%
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
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 3:55     0/1     1 1     1         -1
9 RUBIO, RICKY 29:32 3 0/2 1/3   2 1 3 3 1 1     3 2 4
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 19:05 5 1/2 0/1 3/4       6   2     5 2 3
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 23:32 7 2/3 1/4         5   3     4 2 3
13 PEROVIC, KOSTA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 24:50 14 7/9     1 4 5     2 1   3   13
20 INGLES, JOE 4:39 2 1/1     1   1           1   2
21 NDONG, BONIFACE 10:46 7 2/4   3/6   2 2           1 3 6
23 MORRIS, TERENCE 16:43 5 1/1 1/4     5 5   2 1     3   5
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 27:41 9 2/4 1/3 2/2 1 3 4 4 2 1       4 18
32 ANDERSON, ALAN 29:40 13 1/4 2/5 5/5   4 4 1 1 3     4 4 10
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 9:37 2 1/3 0/1                 1 3 1 -4
Team           2 2 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 67 18/33 6/22 13/17 7 22 29 19 6 15 1 1 27 18 62
        54.5% 27.3% 76.5%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"I want to thank my players for everything they have done and succeeded in in this series against Barcelona. They had faith in our success and they were ready to fight and give their best in order to make it to the Final Four. This is teamwork and the glory belongs to the players. We played exceptionally well in all four games and we kept our concentration, which is very difficult, but crucial. Motivation is always a key point for the success. We lost in Game 1, but we kept believing that we could return and get the qualification. I also want to congratulate our fans because they created a fantastic atmosphere and pushed us for 40 minutes."
Regal Barcelona
"Congratulations to Panathinaikos for their victory and advancing to the Final Four. I wish the best to the team and to coach Obradovic. We played a very close, competitive and balanced quarterfinal series. At least for three and half games. When Panathinaikos beat us at home, we didn't believe in coming back and this cost us a lot. We needed big heart and faith to do it, but we missed that. Ian Vougioukas was very decisive tonight and made the difference. We will not defend our title at home and this hurts, since we were dreaming about this. I repeat once again that we missed our confidence after Game 2. Diamantidis was the MVP of the series, but Calathes was the key player."


Panathinaikos Athens
"Barcelona had the home court advantage, but we went there to win one game and after we did that, it was another story. We proved in every single game that our desire was great and at the end of the day that counts a lot. All the players gave more than 100% and showed big character. I don't care who we will play against, because all the teams that will be there deserve it."
Panathinaikos Athens
"Barcelona is a very nice city where we have already traveled, but now it’s another story. We will go there to win the Euroleague crown. We proved that we deserve to be in the Final Four. When you have great players like Diamantidis, Batiste, Fotsis and Nicholas, you can beat everybody at that level. Calathes played four outstanding games, especially in defense and was a key for us. Today it was my turn to help and I am very glad, because I contributed to this success. Coach Obradovic has done an unbelievable job with all the teams he has worked for, but especially at Panathinaikos. I would say that he is a diamond for Greek basketball and we are happy because he is still here."
Regal Barcelona
"Panathinaikos played better than us but we made a lot of mistakes, and you pay a high price for that in a series like this. It is difficult to lose, but we have to congratulate Panathinaikos because they played well and will be one of the favorites to win the title. We still have a long way to go before the Spanish League playoffs."
Regal Barcelona
"I feel helpless. They won the series, completely. We didn't have any confidence, especially in this game. We let Games 2 and 3 go their way and we paid a high price for that. We ran out of strength tonight."
Regal Barcelona
"I am not 100% fit, but that is not important. Panathinaikos played better than us tonight. We have to bounce back, carry on and win the title that we have left to play - the Spanish League. We were not as focused in the second half as we were in the rest of the series. We didn't play well in defense or offense."
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