2012-13Regular SeasonRound 9
December 07, 2012 CET: 21:00
Local time: 22:00 OAKA

Panathinaikos routs Fenerbahce and grabs top spot in Group A

Panathinaikos Athens jumped into a tie for first place in Group A with a great defensive display in a win over Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 69-55 at O.A.K.A. in the Greek capital on Friday night. The win improved Panathinaikos’s record to 6-3, and Greens will win the group if they beat BC Khimki Moscow Region next week. Fenerbahce dropped to 4-5 record and fourth place and needs a win at home against Mapooro Cantu in order to advance into the Top 16. Panathinaikos grabbed control of the game with an 8-0 run in the second quarter that gave it a 28-19 lead, and the visitors never got closer than 3 points rest of the way. The Greens sealed the win in the fourth quarter with triples from Marcus Banks and Michael Bramos. Both Bramos and Banks finished with 9 points, Bramos added 6 rebounds and 4 assists, and Banks scored all his points in the fourth quarter. Andy Panko led Panathinaikos with 15 points, Sofoklis Schortsanitis scored 11, while Dimitirs Diamantidis had 9 points and 9 assists. For Fenerbahce, Romain Sato scored 20 points plus 8 rebounds, David Andersen added 8 points, Bo McCalebb scored 7, while an emotional Mike Batiste scored 4 points in his first game back at O.A.K.A.

First quarter: Fenerbahce gets off to a quick start

David Andersen scored from close range before Bojan Bogdanovic made a fastbreak layup and a baseline jumper for Fenerbahce's quick start. While Panathinaikos opened the game with 4 consecutive turnovers, Batiste’s uncontested two-handed slam made it 0-8. Stephen Lasme opened the hosts’ account with a pair of free throws before Panko and Batiste traded baskets. The Panathinaikos offense started clicking once Sofoklis Schortsanitis entered the game. Big Sofo scored inside on back-to-back possessions, and a put-back from Dimitris Diamantidis cut the deficit to 10-12. Fenerbahce stayed in front with a driving layup from Romain Sato, before Diamantidis ended the scoring in the quarter from the free throw line, 12-14.

Second quarter: 8-0 run puts Greens in control

A put-back from a dominant Schortsanitis tied the game at 14-14 at the start of the second quarter, but that was a lone basket in the first three minutes of the period before a couple of layups from Panko on assists from Diamantidis gave the Greens their first lead of the night. The visitor’s drought, though, prolonged for a full five minutes before Andersen scored on a nifty move in the paint. But it was Diamantids who continued to run the show, while Lasme and Ukic scored inside for the hosts. Fenerbahce cut it to 20-19 with the first triple of the game from Bo McCalebb, however a string of fastbreak baskets from Michael Bramos and Panko pushed the lead to 28-19. Ilkan Karaman scored a rare basket for Fenerbahce, and McCalebb hit a baseline jumper as time expired to make it 29-23 at the half.

Third quarter: Panathinaikos assumes control

Panathinaikos honored Fenerbahce's Batiste during halftime for his nine-year tenure at the club, and the three-time Euroleague champion was so emotional he could not start the third quarter. Schortsanitis used Batiste’s absence on the floor to muscle his way inside to open the quarter, but Sato hit a triple and McCalebb made an easy layup for 31-28. Lasme answered with couple of baskets inside to make it a 7-point game, before McCalebb made a layup of his own to prevent the hosts from pulling away. After a 3-minute period with no field goals and as pace of the game slowed down, Diamantidis and Sato traded triples for 38-34. Panko and Schortsanitis scored inside giving Panathinaikos another 9-point advantage before Sato hit a triple just before the buzzer to make it 43-37 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter: Greens warp up important win

The fourth quarter started with layups from Marcus Banks and Roko Ukic, making it a 10-point affair for the first time, 47-37. At the other end, Sato was fouled behind the arc and made all 3 free throws, but Banks drove to the hoop for a layup and Panko sank a triple from the left corner to keep the host at comfortable distance. Andersen hit couple of jumpers cutting the lead to 7 points, but Bramos made a jump shot of his own for 53-44. Panko and Onan traded jumpers before Banks hit a triple from the left corner making it 58-48. Sato replied with a jumper, but Diamantidis made a layup and Bramos sank a triple to seal the deal. Margin reached 69-51 with baskets from Kostas Tsartsaris and Banks before Emir Preldzic and Omar with a triple rounded out the scoring.

Andy Panko - Panathinaikos Athens
Friday, December 7, 2012
Attendance: 15000 (Tentative)
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Panathinaikos Athens12171426
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul1491418
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Panathinaikos Athens12294369
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul14233755
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BRAMOS, MICHAEL 35:45 9 3/4 1/5     6 6 4 1 1     2 3 15
7 PANKO, ANDY 33:06 15 7/10 0/2 1/2 1 5 6     1     3 2 13
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 8:58           1 1     2     2   -3
10 UKIC, ROKO 21:32 4 2/5 0/1   1   1           3 1 -1
11 LASME, STEPHANE 15:07 8 3/5   2/4 1 3 4   1 1 3   3 2 10
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 13:33 4 2/2     2 1 3       1   3   5
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 33:32 9 2/3 1/2 2/2 2 4 6 9 1 5 1   1 4 22
14 KITCHEN, DERWIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 BANKS, MARCUS 23:34 9 3/6 1/4     3 3 3 1 1     2 4 11
16 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 0:29                              
19 SKORDILIS, GAIOS 1:56                              
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 12:28 11 5/8   1/2 3 3 6 1   1     2 3 14
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 69 27/43 3/14 6/10 10 28 38 17 4 12 5 0 21 19 88
        62.8% 21.4% 60%
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
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MCCALEBB, BO 26:26 7 2/9 1/3     1 1 1   2   2 1 1 -4
7 ONAN, OMER 23:13 5 1/2 1/4 0/2       1   1     3 2 -2
9 ERMIS, BARIS 12:33   0/3 0/1     1 1 2   1   1 2 1 -4
10 SATO, ROMAIN 33:14 20 3/5 3/4 5/5 3 5 8 3 1 2     4 4 27
12 BREMER, JR 2:00   0/1               1         -2
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 24:22 8 4/6 0/1     5 5     4   1 2 4 7
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 4:37           1 1           2 1  
22 BIRSEN, METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 BATISTE, MIKE 20:19 4 2/4     1 1 2   2 1     2 4 7
41 KARAMAN, ILKAN 12:24 2 1/1     2 1 3               5
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 22:34 6 2/7 0/4 2/2 1 1 2 2       1 2 1 -1
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 18:18 3 0/2 0/2 3/6   1 1 1   1     1 3 -1
Team           5 1 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 55 15/40 5/19 10/15 12 18 30 10 3 14 0 5 19 21 37
        37.5% 26.3% 66.7%

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
“We tried to keep our concentration and have a special motivation. Panathinaikos is a great club and tonight the guys showed to the fans that the team is still here and can overcome difficulties on and off the court. The game was strange for several reasons. Fenerbahce Ulker wanted to win and we allowed them to take an early lead. In the last fifteen minutes of the match we improved our game, had a much better passing game and cut down our turnovers. Sofoklis Schortsanitis is a main part of our team, and he helps us a lot. He had an injury and is not ready yet. Markus Banks is here to help him. Defense is always the key and the power which drives our team.”
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“Congratulations to Panathinaikos for their victory. This game is a mirror of the situations we had at the beginning of the season. We had several injuries and we had few practices with all our players. It is difficult to work like this. One detail is enough for a loss, and it happened to us in Moscow. My players know that we feel pressure to make the Top 16. This may be an explanation for the layup we missed. I don’t need to look at the stats sheet. It’s all clear. Despite the gap in rebounds, where Panathinaikos are ranked 1st in the Euroleague, we tried to remain competitive. But it didn’t happen. Now we have to concentrate on the game versus Mapooro Cantu, and I hope that the pressure of a possible elimination will help us to play with heart and improve our game. The reception of Batiste was amazing, and it is something that all big players deserve to enjoy. It was a big honor to Bastiste – not only as a player but also as a man. He was influenced by the feelings and the emotions and this is the reason why I kept him on the bench in the beginning of the second half. We lost and we lacked the opportunity to enjoy a double fiesta here.”


Panathinaikos Athens
“We have made it to the Top 16, and this is a first success for Panathinaikos. Now we have to give the best we can and be ready for each challenge. In the second half, we played better defense with fewer mistakes and thanks to the defense we found good shooting options and fast break opportunities. I am always trying to transfer my experience to the younger teammates and it still works. Regarding the return of Batiste, Mike is one of us, and he will remain so. He is a very good man and a great basketball player. He played here for nine seasons and became our… Michalis. And he deserved this emotional reception”
Panathinaikos Athens
“I am very glad that we won the game. I am also very happy about the reception for Mike Batiste, which is recognition for his great contribution to our success in the previous nine seasons. We got the victory and we look forward to improving our game and playing better. The 2012-013 season is a totally different one for Panathinaikos in all the levels. Everybody must understand that. I am not satisfied yet with our performance. But we are working hard to make our team better.”
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“It was a great and unforgettable night for me. I came back home with so many friends around and with lots of great memories and strong emotions I experienced in the last nine years. I was very welcomed by the fans and that is something I will never forget. I will keep these icons into my heart until the day I die. The future is unpredictable. You may see me again here as a player, you may not. But the memories will last for a lifetime. Although we lost the game, I am full of happiness and pride. Panathinaikos is always strong with Diamantidis and Tsartsaris guaranteeing the competitive spirit."
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“I feel good being back here and I enjoyed the cheers from the fans. We played good for only twenty minutes, but it was not enough to beat Panathinaikos. In the second half, we didn’t focus on what we needed to do and practically weren’t in the game. Now we have to go back and see what happened. Panathinaikos played a great defense. We also performed well at that end of the court, but our offense was very bad.”
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