2015-16Regular SeasonRound 5
November 13, 2015 CET: 20:45

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
68.8 Points 71.5
31.3 Rebounds 32.8
7.8 O. Rebounds 7.8
23.5 D. Rebounds 25.0
19.0 Assists 17.3
8.0 Steals 4.8
3.3 Blocks 0.8
14.3 Turnovers 13.3
53.3 % 2PT 56.4 %
27.9 % 3PT 29.6 %
63.1 % FT 82.5 %
74.8 Index 78.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.7 / Gist Points 13.5 / Jankunas
5.8 / Calathes Rebounds 7.5 / Jankunas
2.0 / Kuzmic OR 2.3 / Javtokas
4.5 / Calathes DR 5.8 / Jankunas
7.3 / Calathes Assists 4.8 / Kalnietis
1.7 / Jankovic Steals 1.3 / Kalnietis
1.0 / Gist Blocks 0.5 / Jankunas
2.8 / Diamantidis Turnovers 2.5 / Kalnietis
100.0 % / Charalampopoulos 2PT 72.7 % / Vougioukas
50.0 % / Charalampopoulos 3PT 50.0 % / Pocius
92.3 % / Raduljica FT 100.0 % / Hanlan
15.3 / Gist Index 18.5 / Jankunas


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
1-3 Regular Season 2-2
1-3 Overall 2-2


Crew Chief

The Take

Two former continental champions meet again. Panathinaikos has a 9-0 home record against Zalgiris, which is 2-0 outside Kaunas this season. Zalgiris big men Ian Vougioukas and Robertas Javtokas won Euroleague championships with Panathinaikos and must join forces against Miroslav Raduljica. The Greens are one of the lowest scoring teams in the competition (68.8 ppg.) but is sixth in assists (19 apg.) due to its elite point guard duo, Dimitris Diamantidis and Nick Calathes, who face a tough matchup against Mantas Kalnietis and Olivier Hanlan. Both teams are at the bottom of the offensive rebounds rankings (7.8 orpg. each), so second-chance options could be critical in this game. If James Gist remains sidelined, Paulius Jankunas and Brock Motum are ready to put pressure on Antonis Fotsis. Panathinaikos should improve its free throw shooting percentage (63.1%), too. Zalgiris ranks low in rebounds, steals and blocks (last overall, 0.75 per game), so it will need more hustle, especially guarding Diamantidis and Calathes, in which Renaldas Seibutis and Hanlan will play a big role. Zalgiris has been shooting well (56.4% 2FG, 82.5% FT) but a the always-loud basketball atmosphere in Athens could pressure the visitors and help Panathinaikos in this interesting game.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Game Notes

Panathinaikos Athens

When Zalgiris defeated Panathinaikos in the Top 16 last season, it ended a 10-game winning streak for the Greens against Zalgiris. Panathinaikos is 16-2 all-time against Zalgiris.

Dimitris Diamantidis is 6 points behind former teammate and four-time Euroleague champ Sarunas Jasikevicius for eighth place on the Euroleague career scoring charts. Diamantidis enters this week’s game with 2,337 career points.

James Gist needs 5 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Gist has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last seven Euroleague appearances.

Antonis Fotsis is 7 blocked shots away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Fotsis has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Nikos Pappas has scored in double figures and made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last five Euroleague appearances.

Vladimir Jankovic has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last six Euroleague games.

Nick Calathes recorded separate Euroleague career-highs in scoring and assists in games against Zalgiris in the 2011-12 regular season. Calathes led the Greens to a 92-75 home win in November 2011 with 7 assists and then scored 17 in 20 minutes a month later in a 59-94 victory in Lithuania.

Sasha Pavlovic scored a Euroleague career-high 22 points against Zalgiris back in November 2002 to lead his team, Buducnost, to a 106-102 overtime victory.

Zalgiris Kaunas

Ian Vougioukas won the Euroleague with Panathinaikos in 2011. He spent two seasons with the club, from 2010 through 2012 and played alongside current Greens Dimitris Diamantidis, Antonis Fotsis and Nick Calathes.

Mantas Kalnietis and Nick Calathes made up a dynamite backcourt for Lokomotiv Kuban during the 2012-13 season; together they led Lokomotiv to the Eurocup championship.

Robertas helped Panathinaikos win the Euroleague title in 2007.

Javtokas and Panathinaikos forward Antonis Fotsis were teammates at Dynamo Moscow during the 2007-08 season. They led the club to the ULEB Cup semifinals.

Paulius Jankunas needs 3 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"We suffered two straight losses and now we are back in our home. Our goal is to be back in successful results and we are sure that our fans will support us against a very tough team that we respect."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"It is obvious that our opponents aren’t happy with their results, so this game means a lot to them. Panathinaikos has a big name, but this year they are still adjusting, because they have a new coach and some new players. Like us they had some players and head coach returning late from Eurobasket, so the early struggle is understandable. But nobody should be fooled, it is a team of highest quality and they have a balanced roster. We can’t allow them to run away early. We have to stay in the game and if we play solid and keep to our plan, we can have a game in our hands."


Zalgiris Kaunas
"It is always hard to play in Athens. I know it from experience. It will be an important game for both teams. It is just a matter of time when will Panathinaikos start showing their true game. I hope that we will be able to delay their resurrection for one more week."

Panathinaikos rebounds with 35-point home win

Panathinaikos Athens righted its ship in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague by racing past Zalgiris 91-56 to snap a two-game losing streak in Group C. Miroslav Raduljica's 18 points paced five players in double figures for Panathinaikos, which improved to 2-3 and stayed perfect at home. Panathinaikos made 11 of 19 three-pointers (57%) with James Feldeine nailing 5 for all of his 15 points. Vladimir Jankovic added 12 points and both Nick Calathes and Ognjen Kuzmic chipped in 11 points. Ian Vougioukas collected 15 points and 7 rebounds in a losing effort for Zalgiris, which dropped to 2-3 with its first road loss of the season. Brock Motum added 10 points off the bench.

First quarter: Panathinaikos starts hot

Both coaches made changes to their lineups with James Gist and Kuzmic starting for Antonis Fotsis and Raduljica alongside Jankovic, Calathes and Feldeine for Panathinaikos. Zalgiris started with Olivier Hanlan for Renaldas Seibutis with Mantas Kalneitis, Paulius Jankunas, Vougioukas and Edgars Ulanovas. Vougioukas opened the scoring with a free throw. Feldeine got the hosts on the score board with a three-pointer. Zalgiris struggled with its shooting early while Panathinaikos moved ahead 7-1 on scores from Kuzmic and Jankovic. Zalgiris's first basket was a Hanlan layup after a Vougioukas steal to make it 7-3. Feldeine knocked down his second three-pointer before Vougioukas followed up his own miss. Raduljica came into the game and dominated play, first finding Jankovic for an easy basket and then scoring in the lane. Hanlan knocked down a three-pointer as Zalgiris tried to stay close but Calathes's layup opened a double-digit lead at 19-8. Motum nailed a three-pointer and Robertas Javtokas scored inside to keep the gap at 21-13. But Raduljica hit an inside score and Dimitris Diamantidis found Kuzmic for a layup and a 27-13 Panathinaikos lead after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Panathinaikos with 12-1 close to first half

Sasha Pavlovic opened the second quarter with a three-pointer from the left side to push the margin to 30-13. Lukas Lekavicius responded with a three ball of his own before Raduljica came up with a follow-up dunk for a 32-16 lead. Zalgiris followed with its best phase of the first half with 8 straight points as Vougioukas scored two baskets and Edgars Ulanovas hit a three-pointer on the shot-clock buzzer to pull the guests within 32-24. Ulanovas had a chance to get it closer but Gist raced back to block his fastbreak layup attempt. Feldeine followed with a three-pointer and Calathes converted on the break to make it 37-24. Ulanovas stopped the bleeding temporarily with a free throw but Raduljica converted 2 of 2 and Calathes scored again on the break before Dimitris Diamantidis had a three-point play to give the hosts a 44-25 lead at intermission.

Third quarter: Three-pointers just keep falling

Jankunas opened the second half with a put-back basket but was answered by a Kuzmic reverse layup. Gist's free throws made it 48-27. Feldeine and Calathes both knocked down three-pointers and the advantage swelled to 54-31. Vougioukas scored his second basket of the quarter but the Greens were on a roll, with Raduljica grabbing the ball and going coast to coast for a layup plus one and a 57-33 cushion. After a Jankunas put-back, Pavlovic nailed a long ball and Kuzmic hit a jump hook and Panathinaikos had opened a 30-point margin at 65-35. Siim-Sander Vene and Lekavicius scored for the guests but Diamantidis buried a three-pointer and Vasilis Charalampopolous came up with a big block on Lekavicius and then a dunk for a 70-41 score after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos never let up

Motum hit the first basket of the fourth quarter but Zalgiris could not get any defensive stops as Raduljica scored, Jankovic nailed a three and Gist converted free throws for a 77-43 margin. Vougioukas made two foul shots and Motum got out on the break for a dunk. But even though Vene’s basket trimmed the deficit to 77-49, Panathinaikos did not cool down with Jankovic and Feldeine both hitting three-pointers and 17-year-old Michalis Lountzis scored his first points of the season for the hosts down the stretch.

Miroslav Raduljica - Panathinaikos Athens - EB15
Friday, November 13, 2015
Attendance: 6412
By Quarter1234
Panathinaikos Athens27172621
Zalgiris Kaunas13121615
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Panathinaikos Athens27447091
Zalgiris Kaunas13254156
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 12:47 6 0/3 2/2   2 3 5 1 1 1   1 2   6
5 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS 18:05 2 1/2 0/2 0/1   1 1 1     1     1 2
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 27:13 12 2/3 2/3 2/2   2 2 4 2 1     3 3 17
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 17:37 18 6/13   6/6 3 1 4 2 3 3   1 4 4 16
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 26:11 15   5/7     2 2   2 1     1   15
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 19:16 6 1/1 1/2 1/1   1 1 5 1 3     2 5 12
14 GIST, JAMES 22:25 8   0/1 8/8   5 5 2   3 1   1 5 16
15 CALATHES, NICK 25:48 11 4/7 1/2     3 3 8 2 2     4   14
20 LOUNTZIS, MICHALIS 8:45 2 1/1     2 3 5 3 1 1     1   9
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 21:53 11 5/7   1/3   5 5 1   2 1   2 3 13
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 91 20/37 11/19 18/21 8 26 34 27 12 17 3 2 20 21 121
        54.1% 57.9% 85.7%
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
Zalgiris Kaunas
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 VENE, SIIM-SANDER 13:45 6 3/6 0/2   1 2 3 2 1       1 1 7
4 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 24:39 5 1/3 1/2   1 2 3 1 4     1 3 3 9
7 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 5:22           1 1     3         -2
9 KALNIETIS, MANTAS 15:17   0/4 0/1         1   3         -7
10 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 14:02   0/3           2   2     3   -6
12 MOTUM, BROCK 21:10 10 3/10 1/2 1/2 2 2 4 1   3     1 2 4
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 21:27 4 2/6 0/1   1 2 3     2     3 3  
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 22:46 15 6/9   3/4 4 3 7 1 2   1   4 2 20
15 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 14:37 4 2/4     3 1 4     1 1 1 2 2 5
20 VECVAGARS, KASPARS 6:38 1     1/2           1       1  
21 HANLAN, OLIVIER 21:46 7 2/4 1/2   1 2 3   2 2     3 2 6
92 ULANOVAS, EDGARAS 18:31 4 0/3 1/3 1/4   1 1 1 1 4   1 1 4 -3
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 56 19/52 4/13 6/12 17 18 35 9 10 21 2 3 21 20 39
        36.5% 30.8% 50%

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"I am satisfied because we has a solid game and kept our seriousness and team spirit for 40 minutes. When you practice well, then you play well, this is the story. Our defense worked very well in all aspects, including the double team, the aggressive style and the hedge-out against their pick-n-roll game. I also had the opportunity to give some time to our young players and open the rotation. Antonis Fotsis didn't play because I would like to give him some rest and play more with James Gist, who came backe after his injury. This is what I am planning to do soon with Diamantidis, who will stay with us at least for five more years (laughing). We play well enough at home in such a beuatiful atmosphere, but there's no doubt that we have to improve our perfomance in road games."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"Congratulations to Coach Djordjevic and to his team for their great win . We knew that after being 1-3, they would play a very aggresive game and this is exactly what happened tonight. We didn' t have any opportunity and chance to play them and avoid the defeat."


Panathinaikos Athens
"We stayed focused on our game plan for 40 minutes and this is very important. We did a good job, thanks to the energy taken by our fans, and bounced back after the two losses. The first round is now over, let't try to improve our game and take care of our business."
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a very good team effort that gave us this impressive victory. The game was not easy, but fortunately we made it look like that. We had some rough weeks and I hope that now they are behind us. Honestly, I can't explain the difference of our perfomance in home and away games. A possible reason is the tough schedule, but we have to adjust to this situation, to try harder and play the best we can."
Panathinaikos Athens
"After losing to Barcelona and to Zielona Gora, we wanted to win tonight, no matter the margin. I think that the energy we showed from the very first moment of this game has been the key for us to beat Zalgiris. James (Gist) and myself entered the court very aggressive and the whole team followed that style. We moved the ball well, we had high shooting percentages and we made things simple. Now it is over: let's get prepared to have another great performance against Lokomotiv Kuban."
Zalgiris Kaunas
"I feel ashamed for what happened tonight. We had a terrible game that was decided in the first quarter and since then we didn't react at all. Panathinaikos had pereviously lost two games in a row and they wanted to win at any cost. They took advantage of our poor performance. We must take our lesson from that game and look forward in the next one, aganist Zielona Gora. I am happy to be back in Greece and especially at OAKA where I played for Panathinaikos, but I am very sad for the result."
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