Playoffs Round 2 - March 26, 2009 CET: 20:45 Local time: 21:45 - O.A.K.A.
PLAYOFFS, ROUND 2
GROUP Quarterfinal 1
GROUP Quarterfinal 4

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
1-0 Playoffs 0-1
5-1 Top 16 4-2
7-3 Regular Season 8-2
13-4 Overall 12-5

Referees

Crew Chief
ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Referee
BACHAR, SHMUEL, Israel
Umpire
ANKARALI, RECEP, Turkey

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.8 Points 81.9
32.2 Rebounds 30.5
9.2 O. Rebounds 9.2
22.9 D. Rebounds 21.3
14.0 Assists 12.6
9.1 Steals 11.7
2.9 Blocks 2.2
14.2 Turnovers 12.9
58.4 % 2PT 53.1 %
35.7 % 3PT 38.1 %
77.0 % FT 80.9 %
90.1 Index 88.4

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.6 / Batiste Points 16.0 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
5.0 / Batiste Rebounds 5.8 / STONEROOK, SHAUN
1.9 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA OR 1.6 / Eze
3.4 / Batiste DR 4.9 / STONEROOK, SHAUN
3.2 / Diamantidis Assists 4.6 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
1.7 / Diamantidis Steals 2.3 / STONEROOK, SHAUN
0.8 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA Blocks 1.1 / Eze
2.3 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA Turnovers 2.3 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
67.6 % / Fotsis 2PT 66.7 % / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
47.1 % / Diamantidis 3PT 61.1 % / Carraretto
100.0 % / KECMAN, DUSAN FT 100.0 % / FINLEY, MORRIS
16.8 / Diamantidis Index 18.6 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL

THE TAKE

Panathinaikos aims to take a step closer to a return to the Euroleague Basketball Final Four when it hosts Montepaschi Siena in Game 2 of their best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs series on Thursday at the Athens Indoor Olympic Hall. The Greens held off a late Montepaschi rally to secure a 90-85 win and a 1-0 series lead in front of 18,000 fans in Game 1 on Tuesday. Both teams were missing injured All-Euroleague performers – point guard Dimitris Diamantidis for Panathinaikos and big man Ksistof Lavrinovic for Montepaschi – but Panathinaikos used its superior depth as its reserves outscored Siena’s 39-7. That could also play a factor in Game 2 as Panathinaikos head coach Zeljko Obradovic was able to share minutes among his players, while Montepaschi head coach Simone Pianigiani was forced to play three players – Terrell McIntrye, Rimas Kaukenas and Romain Sato – an average of 35 minutes. Montepaschi captain Shaun Stonerook suffered from fouled trouble, a fact combined with the injury to Lavrinovic led to little used Luca Lechthaler playing nine minutes and the 1.94-meter Sato seeing time at power forward. Sato responded to the challenge with a career-high 29 points and 9 rebounds, but was no match defensively for the much bigger Nikola Pekovic, Mike Batiste or Antonis Fotsis as the Panathinaikos frontcourt outscored its counterparts 48-9. The Game 1 outcome implies that Panathinaikos will again be the favorite in Game 2, but as Montepaschi proved on its march to the Final Four last season and its fourth-quarter comeback to get within 2 points with five minutes remaining on Tuesday, McIntyre and co. cannot be counted out. The three players Pianigiani needs to step up most after Game 1 are the starting frontcourt of Ben Eze and Stonerook and shooting guard Henry Domercant. Panathinaikos will aim to duplicate its balanced Game 1 effort led by Pekovic inside and Vassilis Spanoulis outside. Both teams will give it all they have in what is arguably their biggest game of the season yet as both know how damaging a loss can be to their travel plans for Berlin. The game could be decided once more by depth, since Montepaschi can hold its own against Panathinaikos when measuring experience and quality. However without any real production from its frontline again could be too much for even stars like McIntyre and Sato to overcome on the road.

GAME NOTES

Panathinaikos
  • Guard Sarunas Jasikevicius is just 1 steal shy of the 100-steal plateau for his Euroleague career.
  • Guard Drew Nicholas scored the 1,000th career point in his Euroleague career on Tuesday against Montepaschi.
  • Power forward Antonis Fotsis and Montepaschi guard Henry Domercant were teammates at Dynamo Moscow last season, helping the club reach the ULEB Cup semifinals.
  • Jasikevicius was a teammate of Montepaschi big man Ksistof Lavrinovic and guard Rimas Kaukenas on the Lithuanian Olympic team last summer. Jasikevicius and Lavrinovic were also teammates on the Lithuanian side that won the 2003 European championships in Sweden.
  • Big man Mike Batiste scored a season-high 28 points against Montepaschi when they met in January.
Montepaschi Siena
  • All-Euroleague playmaker Terrell McIntyre has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 straight appearances.
  • Guard Henry Domercant has made his last 22 free throws over a space on 10 games. He is shooting 93.1% from the line for the season.
  • Forward Romain Sato set Euroleague career highs with 29 points and a 40 index in the Game 1 loss at Panathinaikos.
  • Domercant matched his Euroleague career high with 29 points against Panathinaikos in an April 2005 Quarterfinal Playoff game. Domercant, then with Efes Pilsen, scored 29 points and grabbed 7 rebounds in a 102-96 overtime loss at OAKA. Current Panathinaikos swingman Dusan Kecman was a teammate of Domercant on that team.
  • Ariel McDonald spent two seasons playing for Panathinaikos, winning two Greek championships and one Greek Cup. Aside from head coach Zeljko Obradovic, McDonald will be reunited with former teammates Fragiskos Alvertis, Mike Batiste, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Dusan Sakota and Kostas Tsartsaris.
  • Reserve shooting guard Marco Carraretto set Euroleague career bests in points and three-point shooting when he went 5 for 5 from downtown and finished with 15 points in Montepaschi’s win over Panathinaikos in January.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
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Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"Things are too simple: after we beat them and took the lead, now we have to play much better and go to 2-0, which is very important. My experience says that in this kind of series you have to forget what happened the last night and only think of the next game. Sure, we keep some things, like conclusions from Game 1 and we will try to do it better. Montepaschi Siena is a team with a lot quality and you cannot underestimate them because they miss Lavrinovic. Talking on special needs, I would say that we have to take care of our defensive rebounds. On Tuesday they grabbed 17 and this is not normal, because they played most of the time with four perimeter players."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"We can change some small things and adjust our play a bit. But not many changes though, because we don't have much time in between the two games. Thankfully, the same applies to Panathinaikos. For us is something new to play without big men like we did tonight. As a matter of fact, it was the first time this season. I only hope that in the next game, the score will be close, we'll have, more or less, the same points with Panathinaikos. Only this time my players will have more confidence to play with such a small line-up and will win the game."

Players

FOTSIS, ANTONIS
Panathinaikos
"On Tuesday we made the first step, but it's too early for conclusions. In such a situation you must always let the previous game behind and look forward to the next game. I think that we have to improve our performance in several parts, because Game 2 is another story and maybe a similar performance will not be enough for us. The most crucial point in Game 2 is to steady our performance, not waiting the last five minutes for sealing the victory and not allow them to come back and have chance for the break ."
LECHTHALER, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"It was a very hard fight in Game 1, we made many mistakes but we stayed in the match untill the end. We have to improve in a lot of defensive situations, first of all we have to adjust our defense on the pick and roll. I'm confident for tomorrow night's game, there will be big pressure and will be a battle that could be decided by little things. We have just to make some adjustments and we already showed we can take the success."
Terrell McIntyre - Montepaschi SienaMontepaschi Siena stunned Panathinaikos 79-84 on Thursday at the Athens Indoor Olympic Hall to even their best-of-five Quarterfinal Series at 1-1. The visitors shook off major foul trouble to their frontcourt and rallied from a 16-point third quarter deficit thanks to a tremendous effort from the backcourt of Terrell McIntyre and Rimantas Kaukenas, who combined for 46 points and 7 assists. The series now heads to Siena for Game 3 and 4. Game 5 – if needed – would be in Athens. Montepaschi’s chances took an early hit when starting center Ben Eze was saddled with 3 early fouls. But Tomas Ress stepped up with 9 first-quarter points to keep the visitors in the picture. McIntyre kept the Italian champs going and Ksistof Lavrinovic came on despite a broken hand. Vassilis Spanoulis and Mike Batiste helped Panathinaikos take control, but Montepaschi remained within 43-38 at halftime. The Greens made their move in the third quarter, climbing to 58-42 on a point from Nikola Pekovic and a Sarunas Jasikevicius triple, however Kaukenas fired up Montepaschi to give hope for a fourth-quarter comeback. And Montepaschi continued to battle and claw away as the McIntyre-Kaukenas duo answered the call and led their team to a series tying victory. McIntyre finished with 24 points and 4 assists, Kaukenas added 22 points and 4 steals and Lavrinovic posted 9 points, 4 rebounds and 3 steals in 16 minutes. Batiste led the Greek champs with 16 points, Drew Nicholas and Pekovic added 13 each, Spanoulis scored 11, Jasikevicius had 11 points and 5 assists and Antonis Fotsis grabbed 10 rebounds.

Mike Batiste - PanathinaikosThe game started with Batiste and Kaukenas exchanging free throws for the opening points. Soon Nicholas swished a triple to give Panathinaikos a 7-3 lead. The visitors faced trouble inside when center Eze took a seat with 3 early fouls, but McIntyre responded with tough back-to-back layups and Ress dunked off a Shaun Stonerook pass as Siena went ahead 8-9. With the score 10-11 and six minutes into the game, Panathinaikos captain Dimitris Diamantidis checked in and the crowd exploded. A few possessions later, Pekovic worked his way into the paint and scored a layup, only to be bettered by Ress’s triple. Then Kaukenas knocked down a jumper and Ress boosted the margin to 15-20. Pekovic hit only one from the charity stripe and Ress grabbed a huge offensive rebound that allowed McIntyre to slash to the basket and keep the guests firmly ahead, 16-22. Panathinaikos scored once again from the free-throw line, but on the other end Siena gobbled another offensive rebound – its sixth of the game – en route to an 18-24 advantage that was sliced by Fotsis’s triple at the buzzer.

Fotsis swatted away Romain Sato’s attempt to score and then Nicholas unleashed a bomb from downtown to bring the fans to their feet and tie the game at 24. Lavrinovic entered the game, but it was Kaukenas who got Siena going in the second quarter with a triple. The hot-handed Nicholas answered for the Greens on the next possession. Morris Finley stepped up with a drive before Batiste hit a jumper and later Spanoulis drained a three-pointer to make it 32-29 halfway through the quarter. The game was turning into a battle of epic proportions, however an unsportsmanlike foul by Henry Domercant helped the Greens build a 36-29 advantage. McIntyre scored in penetration and then nailed a triple as the guests closed the gap to 36-34. Spanoulis copied him on the other end and then Diamantidis’s defensive effort led to a basket by Pekovic for a 41-34 lead. Spanoulis and Marco Carraretto misfired from beyond the arc, but the former hit later on a couple of free throws to keep Panathinaikos in the driver’s seat. Fotsis reached high to reject Stonerook, but Siena’s forward saved the last word of the first half for himself as he finished the break with authority to bring the guests within 43-38.

Rimantas Kaukenas - Montepaschi SienaPekovic scored in the paint after the break and Stratos Perperoglou sandwiched McIntyre’s basket with a buzzer-beating triple to make it 47-40. Panathinaikos began to look more focused and Spanoulis shined with a driving layup that caused coach Pianigiani to use a timeout. However Nicholas extended the run to 7-0 and after Domercant’s three-point shot failed to ignite Siena’s comeback, Pekovic stepped up with 4 more points to break the game open, 55-40. The guests had trouble finding their rhythm on offense and they were held scoreless for more than five minutes until Kaukenas finally nailed 2 from the charity stripe. Jasikevicius upped the ante with a triple, however Kaukenas responded with 4 quick points, Lavrinovic scored off an offensive rebound and Carraretto drove in transition to cap a rather unexpected 0-8 spurt that cut the lead to 58-50. Jasikevicius picked up the scoring slack with a jumper, but Lavrinovic and Stonerook brought Siena within 61-55 to give the visitors hope for the fourth quarter.

Batiste opened the fourth quarter with 2 free throws, but Lavrinovic came up big with a triple that pulled Siena within 63-60. Perperoglou answered from beyond the arc, but as Carraretto knocked down a jumper it was obvious that the outcome of the game could go either way. Jasikevicius scored in transition only to see the backcourt tandem of McIntyre and Kaukenas turn it on and close the gap to 70-69 with 5:22 left to play. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Kaukenas first intercepted Spanoulis’s pass and found Sato and who scored on a layup to silence the crowd. Pekovic failed to punish the guests in the paint and what followed was another layup by Kaukenas. Nicholas hit a tough off-balanced jumper to end the guests’ 0-9 run, but Eze got a huge offensive rebound for a 72-77 advantage. Fotsis split a pair of free throws, McIntyre turned the ball over but Kaukenas came to stop Panathinaikos's fast break attempt and on the other end Lavrinovic unleashed a monster one-handed slam for a 73-79 Siena lead. In the waning minute of the game and with the score at 75-81, the guests capitalized on the fact that Panathinaikos had committed only 2 fouls and nibbled away at the clock to escape from OAKA with a crucial, morale-boosting away victory.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Epameinondas Tsakalos, Athens
Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR)
Attendance: 18000
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Panathinaikos21221818
Montepaschi Siena24141729
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Panathinaikos21436179
Montepaschi Siena24385584
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 KECMAN, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 24:41 11 1/2 2/4 3/4 1 4 5 2 1 4     4 5 12
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 18:27 9 2/3 1/1 2/2                 3 2 7
8 BATISTE, MIKE 25:03 16 2/2 0/1 12/14   2 2 1 3 3     3 10 23
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 29:02 4 0/1 1/3 1/2 2 8 10 1   1 3   2 2 13
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 7:20           1 1   1       3   -1
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 26:20 13 2/4 3/7     1 1 1   1     2 1 7
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 6:12   0/1           1   1     2   -3
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 22:07 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 2 1 3     1 2 5
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 14:57 13 4/8   5/8 2 1 3     1   1 3 5 9
15 SAKOTA, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 25:51 11 3/4 1/2 2/2       5 2 3     1 2 14
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 79 14/26 8/19 27/34 7 20 27 13 8 17 3 1 24 29 87
53.8% 42.1% 79.4%
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
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 DOMERCANT, HENRY 9:26 2 1/5 0/3   2 1 3     3   1 3   -9
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 35:48 24 6/7 2/9 6/7   2 2 4 1 2     3 10 27
7 FINLEY, MORRIS 4:12 2 1/1 0/1     1 1               2
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 11:24 2 1/2     1   1     1     5   -4
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 15:07 4 2/2 0/2     1 1 1   1     1   2
10 SATO, ROMAIN 26:55 4 1/3 0/2 2/2 2 2 4 1   1   1 3 1 1
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 16:06 9 2/2 1/1 2/2 3 1 4   3 1 1   3 4 17
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 35:13 22 7/10 1/1 5/7 1 1 2 3 4 1     4 5 26
14 RESS, TOMAS 16:23 9 1/1 1/2 4/4 1 1 2     1     1 2 10
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 3:02           2 2           2    
19 MCDONALD, ARRIEL 2:09           1 1     1          
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 24:15 6 1/2 1/5 1/2 1 2 3 1 2 1   1 4 2 2
Team           2 2 4   1           5
Totals 200:00 84 23/35 6/26 20/24 13 17 30 10 11 13 1 3 29 24 79
65.7% 23.1% 83.3%
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"I truly believe that tonight we lost a great opportunity to lead our series 2-0. We had control of the game, we were playing well, we were up by 16 points and then we stopped playing. It's normal to commit turnovers or not to shoot well sometimes, but then you have to react, play defense and start scoring. Especially against a team like Siena that fights to the last second. I would like to thank the fans for creating a beautiful atmosphere. Now, we have a few days to prepare for our next games versus Siena. The rule is very clear for everyone: You need three victories to qualify to the Final Four and that's what we’ll try to do."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"We missed a lot of shots early in the game and we got into foul trouble. I want to underline the pride of my players. Lavrinovic, for instance, hadn't practiced for a month and we expected him to play for only a couple of minutes if we faced foul trouble. However, he stayed on the court and contributed. It was impossible for us to play defense in the low post, as we had no big players. We were down by 16 points in the second half and most importantly in this kind of atmosphere, but my players showed great mentality. They believed that they could recover and they did it. The series are still completely open. Panathinaikos can beat us in Siena, as the two teams are at the same level in the last two years. But, if we have to in order to qualify, we showed to everybody that we can win again here."

Players

FOTSIS, ANTONIS
Panathinaikos
"We relaxed way too much and allowed them to come back. This is unacceptable. We have to fix some things so as to come back from Siena with at least a victory in our pocket. The fans helped us a lot once again and we must improve our play in order to make them happy. You asked me about whether it is a major challenge for us to beat Siena at home, where it seems to be almost unbeatable. Well, traditions don’t last forever. We don’t care about its winning record. We only care about beating them."
RESS, TOMAS
Montepaschi Siena
"We started off playing hard, trying to be aggressive and to control the game. We knew that it was going to be difficult and we knew that we had to keep the difference tight till the end in order to fight for the win. When we fell 16 points behind, we tried to stay focused and to increase the level of our aggressiveness in defense. We got a couple of steals and some easy baskets in transition and we made the game close again. Lavrinovic came up big. He is a player that can change our style of play and he is very important for the team."
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