2010-11Regular SeasonRound 1
October 21, 2010 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 FUENTE DE SAN LUIS
Mike Batiste - Panathinaikos Athens - EB10

Panathinaikos, which beat Power Electronics Valencia 56-72

Panathinaikos turned on some serious defense to open the new Turkish Airlines Euroleague season by downing host Power Electronics 56-72 on the road in Valencia, Spain on Thursday. Panathinaikos starts 1-0 in Group D along with a pair of upset winners, Union Olimpija and Armani Jeans Milano. The Greens took over with an early 0-10 run and enjoyed leads as high as 16 points before Valencia cut it to 45-51 in the 29th minute. From that point forward, Panathinaikos kept raising the difference again to win going away. Mike Batiste led a true ensemble effort with 13 points while Stratos Perperoglou added 10 for the winners. Dimitris Diamantidis directed the show, however, finishing with 8 points, 7 assists and 4 steals for Panathinaikos, while Aleks Maric pulled 9 rebounds. Valencia got 16 points from Rafa Martinez and 15 from Victor Claver, but suffered from 22 turnovers, 11 of which those two players shared.

Martinez sparked the hosts with a jumper, and after a block on the defensive end, Omar Cook blasted a triple for a 5-0 Valencia lead. Batiste made 2 of 2 free throws to get Panathinaikos on the board. A steal by Diamantidis then led to a fastbreak layup by Drew Nicholas as the Panathinaikos defense tightened, and when Perperoglou struck from downtown, the Greens were ahead 5-7. Batiste ruled the defensive boards and ball movement gave Nicholas an open triple, good for a 5-10 score. After a timeout, Serhiy Lishchuk's dunk and free throws by Cook helped Valencia recover, even though Perperoglou and Kostas Tsartsaris kept Panathinaikos ahead 10-14. Next, Claver got loose for an open triple and then finished a subsequent break with a two-hand slam for a 15-15 tie. Perperoglou had the last word of the quarter, however, as his block at one end and corner triple at the other gave the Greens a 15-17 lead after 10 minutes.

Dusko Savanovic opened the second quarter with 2 quick free throws to tie before Milenko Tepic hit a turnaround to keep Panathinaikos ahead. Robertas Javtokas tied again with a hook that Antonis Fotsis matched with free throws for the Greens. Marco Fernandez detonated a ferocious dunk to take another lead for Valencia, which Jose Simeon maintained with the host's next layup at 23-22. By then, the Panathinaikos defense had seen enough. Ian Vougioukas scored on a reverse then stepped out for a jumper to make it 23-26 before Diamantidis added 3 points for Panathinaikos with a fall-back layup and free throw. Out of timeout, Omar Cook revived Valencia with a layup, but the Greens quickly went about amplifying the difference again, with Nicholas from downtown instigating another 0-7 run to a double-digit 26-36 edge as Diamantidis fed Batiste for an alley-oop dunk. Batiste's next shot was high over Lishchuk while falling down, good for a three-point play to which Maric added his own 3 points to finish a 12-25 second quarter with the scoreboard showing the game's biggest difference until then, 27-42.

Martinez tried to inspire the hosts with a gutsy jumper out of the break, but Diamantidis answered from long range to make it 29-45. Good plays let Maric and Savanovic exchange baskets before Diamantidis assisted Perperoglou from halfcourt for a layup at 33-49. Claver drilled an open triple and Martinez turned a steal into 2 free throws to get Valencia within 38-49. Valencia's defense, starting with full-court pressure, was more aggressive now, and when Claver got 2 more free throws, the hosts were within single digits, 40-49. Nick Calathes got the free throws back for Panathinaikos, but Claver one-upped him with a long triple from the top. Except for a Javtokas free throw at 44-51, neither team could get past the other's defense for a while. Eventually, Florent Pietrus also hit a free throw for the hosts for the lowest difference for some time, 45-51, but 4 perfect free throws between Tsartsaris and Diamantidis offset a quarter-ending layup by Cook to keep Panathinaikos in charge at 47-55.

Batiste with a neat lefty basket, Tsartsaris getting free throws off an assist from Diamantidis and Romain Sato with a tip-in boosted the visitors to a new 14-point lead, 47-61, to start the final quarter. Valencia needed hope and got it from Martinez in the form of back-to-back triples that cut the difference to 53-61. But without any hesitation, Nicholas found Sato in the corner for a triple in response. It was not long, either, before Sato's next triple made it 53-67. That forced a Valencia timeout, but the hosts cold not solve the Panathinaikos defense that quickly. By the time Batiste dunked off a steal, it was 53-71 in the next-to-last minute. Martinez canned another triple, but visitors were just too tough and Valencia could not celebrate its home return to the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.

Thursday, October 21, 2010
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO)
Attendance: 7900 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Power Electronics Valencia1512209
Panathinaikos Athens17251317
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Power Electronics Valencia15274756
Panathinaikos Athens17425572
Power Electronics Valencia
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 30:43 9 2/6 1/3 2/2 1 4 5 3   4     2 1 6
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 25:00 15 1/2 3/5 4/4 1 5 6     5     4 3 12
10 SIMEON, JOSE 17:01 2 1/6 0/1   1 1 2 1       1 2 2 -2
12 LISHCHUK, SERHIY 21:55 4 1/3 0/1 2/4   3 3     1 1   4 4 2
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 34:26 16 2/3 3/6 3/4   2 2 1   6   1 3 5 9
19 PIETRUS, FLORENT 24:30 1 0/1   1/2 1   1       1   3 2  
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 23:46 4 1/4 0/2 2/2 1 6 7 2 1 4   1   2 6
23 FERNANDEZ, MARC 11:17 2 1/2       1 1           1   1
30 ARNAU, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 ABIA, LARRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 NAVARRO, JUANLU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
51 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 11:22 3 1/1   1/2 1 3 4 1   2     4 1 2
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 56 10/28 7/18 15/20 6 26 32 8 1 22 2 3 23 20 37
        35.7% 38.9% 75%
Head coach: HUSSEIN, MANUEL
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
5 TEPIC, MILENKO 5:43 3 1/2   1/2   1 1           1 1 2
6 MARIC, ALEKS 10:12 5 2/6   1/2 6 3 9   2       1 1 11
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 19:48 10 2/5 2/5 0/2       2   1 2   3 2 4
8 BATISTE, MIKE 19:56 13 4/9   5/5 1 3 4   3 3   1 3 4 12
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 17:34 3 1/1   1/2 2 1 3 3 1       2 2 9
10 SATO, ROMAIN 28:13 8 1/5 2/5   1 5 6 1 1 1   1 3 2 6
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 27:23 8 1/1 2/8 0/2   1 1 2   1     4 1 -1
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 20:28 8 1/1   6/6   3 3   2 2 1     3 15
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 29:24 8 1/2 1/3 3/3 1 3 4 7 4 1     1 4 22
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 9:17 4 2/2       1 1     1     2 1 3
15 CALATHES, NICK 5:51 2     2/4           1       2 1
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 6:11   0/1       1 1                
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 72 16/35 7/21 19/28 11 24 35 15 13 11 3 2 20 23 86
        45.7% 33.3% 67.9%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

HUSSEIN, MANUEL
Power Electronics Valencia
"Panathinaikos deserved the win. We played four games in one. In the first and the third quarters, we were better at defense. We had problems with the rotations and that was really bad for the team. We lowered our level of intensity at some moments and we were dominated. "
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"It is still only our second match of the season, and there is an evident lack of rhythm in our attack. In the third quarter, the Valencia defense was effective and we did not react well. It's important to have won here in Valencia. I think it's a difficult place to win, and not many teams will do it."
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