2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 04, 2015 CET: 20:45

Diamantidis, Raduljica lead Panathinaikos past Barcelona.

In a battle of Turkish Airlines Euroleague giants, Panathinaikos Athens took a critical step towards to the Top 16 by downing FC Barcelona Lassa 93-86 in the Greek capital on Friday. Panathinaikos improved to 4-4 in Group C and broke its nine-game losing streak against already-qualified Barcelona, which dropped to 6-2. Miroslav Raduljica led the winners with a Euroleague career-high 25 points on 8-of-9 two-point shooting and 9-of-9 free throws. Dimitris Diamantidis had a season-high 20 points, James Gist added 10 while Nick Calathes dished 10 assists for Panathinaikos. Alex Abrines led Barcelona with a career-high 21 points. Stratos Perperoglou added 13 while Ante Tomic had 11 points and 11 rebounds for the guests. Raduljica shined early and a layup by Gist gave the Greens a 13-10 lead. Tomic and Abrines stepped up for Barcelona to put the guests ahead, 21-22, after 10 minutes. Raduljica remained unstoppable throughout the second quarter. Panathinaikos kept excelling on defense and a floater by Vladimir Jankovic made it a double-digit game, 45-35, at halftime. A three-pointer by Diamantidis made it a 16-point game, late in the third quarter. An outstanding Perperoglou brought Barcelona as close as 82-78 with two minutes left but a critical three-pointer by James Feldeine and free throws by Raduljica and Gist sealed the outcome down the stretch.

First quarter: Abrines puts Barceona ahead

Juan Carlos Navarro got Barcelona going with a driving layup, as the guests held Panathinaikos scoreless for more than two minutes. Calathes stepped up with a mid-range jumper, which Ante Tomic erased with a layup. Ognjen Kuzmic shined with a put-back basket and a jump hook by Raduljica gave the Greens their first lead, 6-4. Tomas Satoransky made free throws and erased Raduljica's one-handed jumper with a layup for an 8-8 tie. After Calathes split free throws, Abrines shined with a fast break slam. Raduljica hit foul shots and a layup by James Gist gave Panathinaikos a 13-10 lead. Satoransky fed Tomic for a backdoor layup, which Abrines followed with a corner triple to put Barcelona back ahead. Nikos Pappas nailed a turnaround jumper, but Tomic dunked. A three-point play by Raduljica put the Greens back ahead, 18-17. Carlos Arroyo buried a big triple and Abrines made free throws, but Diamantidis and Vladimir Jankovic brought Panathinaikos within 21-22 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Greens surge ahead

Both teams struggled to score early in the quarter until Diamantidis made free throws. Antonis Fotsis soon added a reverse layup for a 25-22 Panathinaikos lead. Arroyo took over with a driving layup, which Raduljica matched with a close basket. Fotsis struck from downtown to boost the hosts' lead to 30-24. Barcelona could not find the way to the basket until Sasha Vezenkov stepped up with a corner three-pointer. Panathinaikos kept running its offense through Raduljica, who followed a layup with a six-meter jumper, which caused Barcelona to stop the game at 34-27. Pau Ribas hit a technical free throw and Perperoglou buried a triple to bring Barcelona within 3. Gist ignited the crowd with a one-handed slam, which James Feldeine followed with free throws to extend the Greens' margin to 7. Diamantidis, Justin Doellman and Pappas all made free throws. Then Shane Lawal took over with a tip-in and a floater by Jankovic fixed the halftime score at 45-35.

Third quarter: Barcelona tries, Panathinaikos keeps lead

Gist shined with a dunk right after the break and Calathes added a fast break layup, wfter which Barcelona called timeout at 49-35. Doellman swished a mid-range jumper, which Gist erased with a one-handed slam. Tomic split free throws and a reverse dunk by Sasha Pavlovic brought the crowd to its feet at 53-37. After Arroyo made free throws, Raduljica scored again and a three-pointer by Abrines gave Barcelona hope at 55-42. Abrines and Samardo Samuels combined for 6 free throws to bring the guests within single digits, 56-48. Diamantidis hit foul shots, but Abrines shined with a driving layup. A three-pointer by Pavlovic gave Panathinaikos some fresh air at 61-50. Pavlovic made free throws and a catch-and-shoot triple by Diamantidis made it a 16-point game. Satoransky provided a highlight with a fast break dunk and Abrines followed free throws with a buzzer-beating three-pointer that carried Barcelona within 66-57 through three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Diamantidis wins it for Greens

Perperoglou, now playing power forward, struck from downtown early in the quarter, but Calathes quickly answered with a corner triple for a 69-60 lead. Shane Lawal followed an alley-oop dunk with a tip-in that saw Panathinaikos call timeout at 69-64. Raduljica hit free throws and Perperoglou buried one from way beyond the arc to bring the guests as close as 71-67. Brad Oleson joined the three-point shootout. Raduljica and Perperoglou traded foul shots and a layup by Diamantidis restored a 75-72 Panathinaikos lead. Raduljica shined with a backdoor slam, Perperoglou scored down low and an eight-meter bomb by Diamantidis boosted the hosts' lead to 80-74. Diamantidis and Tomic traded free throws and Doellman kept Barcelona within 82-78 with under 2 minutes left. Feldeine and Navarro exchanged three-pointers, but free throws by Raduljica and Gist sealed the outcome, 89-81, already in the final minute.

One Team - Panathinaikos Athens vs. FC Barcelona Lassa - EB15
Friday, December 4, 2015
Attendance: 13972
By Quarter1234
Panathinaikos Athens21242127
FC Barcelona Lassa22132229
End of Quarter1234
Panathinaikos Athens21456693
FC Barcelona Lassa22355786
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 25:44 7 1/7 1/1 2/3 1 2 3 2 1   1 1 3 3 6
5 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 10:48 4 2/2   0/2   1 1           1 1 3
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 17:22 5 1/2 1/2   1 1 2 2         3 1 5
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 26:23 25 8/9   9/9   4 4 1   2 1 1 3 7 31
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 6:18 4 1/1   2/2                 1 2 5
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 25:37 7 1/2 1/1 2/2   2 2 4 1 1 1   3 1 11
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 18:34 20 1/2 2/4 12/14   4 4 4 1 2 1   2 8 29
14 GIST, JAMES 22:15 10 4/4 0/2 2/2   5 5 1 1 1 1   4 1 12
15 CALATHES, NICK 34:33 9 2/3 1/2 2/4   7 7 10 1 2 1   5 3 20
19 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 12:26 2 1/7     1 1 2 1 1       1 1  
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 93 22/39 6/12 31/38 4 27 31 25 6 8 6 2 26 28 123
        56.4% 50% 81.6%
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
FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 16:40 6 1/6   4/4   3 3     1   2 3 3 1
8 RIBAS, PAU 5:53 1     1/1   2 2           1 2 4
9 LAWAL, SHANE 13:04 6 3/3     3   3 1 1   1   5 1 8
10 ABRINES, ALEX 23:22 21 2/3 3/7 8/8   1 1   1 1     5 4 16
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 20:03 5 1/4 1/3     2 2 3   1     2 2 4
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 21:07 6 2/4 0/2 2/2 1   1 4 1 2   2 2 2 4
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA 9:05 3   1/3     2 2     1     2    
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 12:07 2 0/2   2/2   1 1 1       1 1 1 1
24 OLESON, BRAD 17:01 3 0/1 1/3   1   1 3 1       1   4
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 18:49 9 1/3 1/5 4/5 1 1 2 2   2     2 3 5
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 22:10 13 1/3 3/5 2/2 1 1 2 1   1   1   2 12
44 TOMIC, ANTE 20:39 11 4/6   3/8 4 7 11 2     1   4 6 20
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 86 15/35 10/28 26/32 13 21 34 17 4 9 2 6 28 26 82
        42.9% 35.7% 81.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"It was about time that we break it (Panathinaikos's winning streak against Barcelona). We played to win the game from the first second until the last moment. That was the key - we played to win. We played seriously and this is the right path to reach success. I told my players that the only option to win this game was to prove that we would wanted to. It has been a great team effort and I like that very much. We scored 93 points against a solid defense and our defensive intensity was at a very good level, with the exception of the last minutes when Barcelona played small ball with Perperoglou at power forard. We reacted very well in general, thanks to our good playmaking and the ability to read situations. Diamantidis made some big shots, while Raduljica had an amazing performance and I am happy because he is working hard and progressing. Nothing is over yet. The most important game is waiting for us next week and we have to keep our focus, concentration and desire. I always believe that for a good and ambitious team, the sky is the limit and this is what I want to teach my players."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Congratulations to Panathinaikos for its win. Stats sometimes don't reflect the reality of the game, but they do this time. We are able to win three quarters here in Athens but a very bad second quarter was definitive for us. We lost control of everything in the second quarter on defense and offense. We had 5 turnovers - 9 in the entire game, but 5 of them in this second quarter. We had our options and managed to get within one point but Panathinaikos had gained a lot of confidence throughout the game and it was impossible to complete our comeback. We had a moment in which we didn't play well but the team was able to react. We bounced back with our offense, not with out defense. If you are not solid on defense in a Euroleague road game, it is very difficult to win and this is what happened today."


Panathinaikos Athens
"Passion, toughnes, determination and the big desire to win them have been the main factors of our victory. The orders given by the coach were simple: be tough for the entire game. We were all ready to play and give the best we could. The whole team played simple basketball, got the right decisions and didn't have second thoughts,. Barcelona is a great team, but we had more will and needed to win it. Regarding myself, it is always nice to hear your name from the fans and I appreciate it very much"
Panathinaikos Athens
"We took this game as an opportunity to make a statement and prove that we can play and beat every opponent. Barcelona is a great team and they have beaten us in nine consecutive games, but tonight it was our turn. I think that the key point for us to win was the toughness and concentration we showed for 40 minutes."
Panathinaikos Athens
"The most important thing is that we won the game. I feel glad about personal records, but even happier because my team won. We played with energy since the start of the game and you saw the result."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"If you don't play good defense, you have no chance to survive and win, that's simple. We allowed Panathinaikos to score 93 points, including a career-high performance by Raduljica and some big shots made by Diamantidis. We lost our concentration and had a lot of bad reactions on defense, which caused us to lose this game. Regarding the defense on Raduljica, our plan was to trap him, but it didn't work out. We came back from a 16-point deficit, but once again made some mistakes. At the end of the day, I don't think that we have something to keep from this game."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Unfortunately, we didn't play good defense and allowed Panathinaikos to score easy points. Since they outscored us in the third quarter and led by 16, it was almost impossible to catch them. We managed to recover, however, and cut the margin to one point, but then we made some big mistakes. Now it is over, so we have to focus on the next game and try to keep first place in this group"
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