2015-16Top 16Round 10
March 11, 2016 CET: 20:00
Local time: 20:00 KOMBANK ARENA

Crvena Zvezda completed sweep of Panathinaikos

In an exciting and highly-entertaining clash of two playoff hopefuls, Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade held off Panathinaikos Athens 69-67 in a jam-packed Kombank Arena in the Serbian capital on Friday night. Both teams now have 6-4 records in Group E and Zvezda’s sweep of the series gives it third place in the standings over Panathinaikos, which sits in fourth. The night started with a moment of silence for the passing of Mr. Dragan Nikolic, one of Serbia's most popular actors and a Crvena Zvezda Media Person Award winner. The Greens, led by James Gist, took control early, and led by as many as 9 points in the first half, but Zvezda rallied to within 28-31 at halftime and then used a 15-4 charge in the third quarter to build an 11-point margin. The lead increased to 55-42 early in the fourth, but Elliot Williams caught fire, fueling a 0-13 run that got things square at 55-55. However, Panathinaikos never went in front again, as Tarance Kinsey and Quincy Miller made key plays down the stretch to bring joy to the home fans. Kinsey scored 12 of his 19 points in the second half, and Miller finished with 16 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks in victory. Nemanja Dangubic contributed with 9 points for Zvezda. Williams netted 15 of his 17 points after halftime for Panathinaikos which saw its five-game winning streak snapped. Big man Miroslav Raduljica collected 11 points, 7 rebounds and 3 steals for the visitors, and Gist scored all of his 9 points in the first half in defeat.

First quarter: Panathinaikos shakes off slow start in style

Both teams struggled to score in the first two minutes, probably overwhelmed by the outstanding basketball atmosphere at Kombank Arena. Kinsey got Zvezda going with free throws and Dangubic copied him right after that for a 4-0 lead. Panathinaikos committed 4 turnovers in as many minutes, but Gist rescued the Greens with a huge alley-oop slam. Dangubic kept pushing Zvezda with a turnaround jumper, which Sasha Pavlovic matched with a power layup. Raduljica scored off a spin move in the low post and collected a steal, which allowed Nick Calathes to give Panathinaikos its first lead, 6-8. Raduljica made free throws and a dunk by Gist boosted the Greens' edge to 6-12, after a 0-10 run. Miller struck from downtown, but Gist took over with another huge alley-oop dunk and Pavlovic added a jumper for a 9-16 advantage. Vasilije Micic split free throws and a reverse layup by Ognjen Kuzmic gave Panathinaikos a 10-18 lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Zvezda closes the gap

Vladimir Stimac split free throws early in the quarter, but Zvezda kept committing turnovers - 9 in 11 minutes - and was outrebounded 5-10 by the Greens until that point. Raduljica remained on fire with a put-back layup, which Marko Simonovic matched with a backdoor basket to make it 13-20. Panathinaikos called timeout and faced early trouble with Raduljica heading to the bench with 3 fouls. Micic split free throws and a driving layup by James Feldeine gave Panathinaikos a 14-22 cushion. Stimac ignited the crowd with a slam, but Gist did better with an off-balance triple. After free throws from Miller and Zirbes, Vince Hunter had a tip-in. Kinsey cut it to 22-27 with a corner triple, but Hunter dunked. But foul shots from Kinsey and Zirbes brought Zvezda within 28-31 at halftime.

Third quarter: Home team makes a big run

A jumper apiece from Jovic and Kinsey tied the game at 32-32. Jovic took it coast-to-coast for a layup, then dished a no-look pass for a Miller dunk and a 4-point lead. Kuzmic had a layup-plus foul on the other end that snapped an 8-1 run, but Dangubic hit a wide-open triple, Kinsey added another short jumper and Zibes scored a layup for a 43-35 lead with Kombank Arena erupting. After a timeout, MarQuez Haynes knocked down a three-pointer for Panathinaikos, but Kinsey made a pair of foul shots and a jumper in transition to open a 9-point margin. Feldeine hit a long jumper for the visitors, but Micic answered with a driving layup and Guduric added a reverse layup to make it 51-40. Haynes made a corner jumper, but Miller gave the hosts a 53-42 advantage.

Fourth quarter: Kinsey and Miller help Zvezda hold on

Micic drove for a layup on the opening possession of the quarter to make the margin 13 points. However, Williams made free throws and buried a jumper before Nick Calathes picked Guduric’s pocket and raced for layup to cut the margin to 55-48. After a Zvezda timeout, Williams strung together 7 points, a run that featured him making 3 of 4 free throws and a pair of jumpers, including a step-back shot that tied it at 55-55 with 5:55 to play, forcing another timeout by Zvezda. Miller battled for a tough spinning runner to snap a 0-13 run, and Kinsey made 2 from the foul line. Raduljica slammed home a put-back for the Greens, but Miller’s foul shots restored a 4-point gap. The hosts made two defensive stands, before a short jumper from Kinsey put Zvezda ahead 63-57. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Zvezda forced another turnover and Zirbes split free throws to get the lead to 7. Raduljica kept Panathinaikos’s hopes alive with a three-point play and Williams buried a three-pointer with 27 seconds left to cut the deficit to 64-63. But Williams fouled out a second later and Dangubic made a pair of free throws. After Calathes only split foul shots on the other end, Dangubic fed Miller for a basket-plus-foul that sealed the deal with 9.7 seconds to go at 69-64. Pavlovic’s triple only rounded out the scoring with Zvezda’s fans and players already celebrating a huge win.

Tarence Kinsey - Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade - EB15
Friday, March 11, 2016
Attendance: 18150
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade10182516
Panathinaikos Athens18131125
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade10285369
Panathinaikos Athens18314267
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 KINSEY, TARENCE 28:34 19 4/7 1/2 8/8   4 4   3 2     1 5 24
4 REBIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 20:29 9 1/1 1/3 4/4       1   2     1 3 8
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 13:43 2   0/1 2/2           2     1 1 -1
13 MICIC, VASILIJE 17:45 6 2/3 0/1 2/4   1 1 1 1 3     1 3 4
15 TEJIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SIMONOVIC, MARKO 10:51 2 1/1 0/1   1 1 2     1     2    
23 GUDURIC, MARKO 13:25 2 1/1 0/4 0/2 1 2 3 2   3     1 5 2
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 23:11 4 2/4     1 4 5 6 1 3     5   6
30 MILLER, QUINCY 32:23 16 3/4 1/3 7/7 1 4 5 2 2 2 3   2 6 27
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 28:53 6 1/3   4/6 1 4 5   2 4   1 5 4 3
51 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 10:46 3 1/2   1/2   3 3   1       2 2 5
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 69 16/26 3/15 28/35 5 26 31 12 10 22 3 1 21 29 81
        61.5% 20% 80%
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
0 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 11:45 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 1   2         4
3 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 18:56 7 2/3 1/1   1 2 3 2   1 1   4 1 8
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 4:37                   2         -2
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 9:10     0/3     1 1 1             -1
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 14:42 11 4/9   3/3 2 5 7 2 3 1   1 4 4 16
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 17:44 4 2/2 0/2     2 2 1 1       2   4
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 20:45     0/2     2 2 3 1 3     3 2  
14 GIST, JAMES 26:11 9 3/4 1/4 0/3 1 1 2 1   3   1 4 3  
15 CALATHES, NICK 24:19 5 2/6 0/4 1/2   2 2 2 3 1     2 2 2
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 14:23 5 2/4   1/1 1 1 2   1 1     2 1 4
22 WILLIAMS, ELLIOT 26:58 17 3/5 1/4 8/9   3 3   3 3     5 7 16
32 HUNTER, VINCE 10:30 4 2/4     2   2         1 3    
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 67 21/38 4/22 13/18 9 21 30 13 12 17 1 3 29 20 54
        55.3% 18.2% 72.2%

Head Coaches

Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"We opened the game playing pretty good in defense, but there were lot of problems in offense. Too many mistakes. I was afraid Panathinaikos would take a huge lead, but we came back thanks to our defense. In the second half we played cleverer even though there were black minutes at the beginning of the fourth quarter. I am not calculating and the standing in our group do not interest me at the moment."
Panathinaikos Athens
"Congratulations to Crvena Zvezda. Very hard game. We were ready mentally and physically and we guarded Zirbes well. But in the third quarter we played five minutes without energy and desire. It is so bad and in those moments Crvena Zvezda pushed by their fans blew us out of the court. The hosts had more energy and they won even though we managed to break their playmaker-center connection and limit their assists numbers. But Kinsey and Miller showed their individual quality as we played only 35 minutes. Those 5 minutes decided the winner."


Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This was the best atmosphere in the world. There is no comparison. We have a huge home advantage. It’s crazy here, and it’s hard to play against us with these type of fans and motivation. In the second half we wanted to stay together. Sometimes we have small little lapses that allow teams to get ahead. We just had to stay together and play better defense. It is not about our offense, our offense is gonna click because we have players who can score. So we just had to get better at defense and stay together. In the fourth, we just wanted to win, basically. If you want something bad enough, you are going to get it. We kept fighting for it, and came out with a win."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"This one is the biggest win this season, I think. We played two times against Panathinaikos, a favorite in this group compared to us, and we showed that we can play against them. They are definitely a team that improved their shape and is playing very well, but we showed today that we can also play important games. I want to congratulate my teammates and Panathinaikos. This is the first time I played in Kombank and the fans were unbelievable. We were a little bit shy and couldn't play relaxed, but in the end we won and that's the only important thing, the result, because this victory can help us a lot for the next round."
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"First I want to thank god. There was a lot of prayer. I know we needed this win, the team knew we needed it, the city knew we needed it. And I just want to thank god because it was one of those wins that we needed. We had problems during the year losing big games after losing some we could have won, like in Fenerbahce. It showed a lot of guts from us and I'm proud of my guys."
Panathinaikos Athens
"In the second quarter we came on strong as we knew it would be physical game. Our intensity fell in the third. We came back in the fourth quarter, but it was not enough to win the game."
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