2008-09Regular SeasonRound 10
January 14, 2009 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 O.A.K.A.
Sarunas Jasikevicius - PanathinaikosPanathinaikos cruised to an easy 75-53 win over Asseco Prokom on Thursday night at OAKA, but the losing team still had a reason to celebrate. Prokom was clearly outclassed from the start as it played without three of its top players so far this season – Pat Burke, David Logan and Dan Ewing – as well as head coach Tomas Pacesas, who was too ill to coach, but was fortunate to back into the Top 16 nonetheless when the two teams competing with it for fourth place in Group B, SLUC Nancy and Zalgiris Kaunas, also came up short. The Greens dominated the game and despite a spirited effort from the Prokom players on hand, the result was never in doubt. Sarunas Jasikevicius paced Panathinaikso with 14 points, Antonis Fotsis recorded 13 points and 8 rebounds, Dusan Sakota scored a season-high 13 and Dimitris Diamantidis matched his career-high with 8 assists, although his streak of a three-pointer made in 16 straight Euroleague appearances dating back to last season came to an end. Filip Dylewicz scored a Euroleague career-high 19 points to lead Prokom in defeat.

Panathinaikos started slowly against Prokom’s zone defense, but so did the guests who missed their first 3 shots and remained scoreless for almost three minutes. Eventually, Aleksej Nesovic unleashed a triple to get the scoreboard rolling, only to be copied in the next possession by Kostas Tsartsaris. The hosts were clearly lackluster in the offensive end and head coach Zeljko Obradovic called for a timeout only 4:20 into the game as his players had already committed 4 turnovers. And then, after another empty possession, the legendary coach took the rare decision to send all his starters to the bench. Nesovic drove to the basket to make it 3-7. However it wasn’t long before Panathinaikos’s superior depth earned it the lead. Jasikevicius scored 6 points to fuel an 11-0 run, good enough for a 14-7 lead. Adam Lapeta missed a pair of free throws, however Prokom got the offensive rebound – its fifth so far – and Tomasz Swietonski knocked down a triple to cut the deficit to 14-10 after 10 minutes of play.

Filip Dylewicz - Asseco ProkomFotsis opened the second quarter with a three-pointer and, despite a triple by Dylewicz, Panathinaikos was in the driver’s seat. Sakota swished a triple of his own, Nikola Pekovic muscled his way inside for 3 quick baskets and Fotsis hit another one from downtown to soar the lead to double-digit territory, 29-16. The guests were in trouble, shooting only 2-out of-13 from within the arc, yet Panathinaikos got complacent on defense and allowed Prokom to get the monkey off its back and pull within 34-27 at halftime.

As the second half commenced, Drew Nicholas and Sakota buried triples and Fotsis scored in transition to break the game open, 42-27. After of a Prokom timeout, Ronnie Burrell ignited a 0-5 spurt, but still scoring looked like an uphill battle for the guests. As a result, albeit Panathinaikos was playing in low gear and its players relied way too much on three-point shooting -3-out of-10 in eight minutes- the Greens did not face any trouble to keep Prokom out of reach. Free-throws by Fotsis, Diamantidis and Jasikevicius allowed Panathinaikos to breeze to a 53-35 lead by the end of the third quarter.

Jasikevicius fired in 2 triples to keep the guests at bay and Prokom was unable to find any rhythm offensively. Nesovic stole the ball from Mike Batiste and finished a fast break with an impressive dunk, but once again the short-handed guests could not swing the momentum of the game. Batiste contributed 4 points to extend the margin to 69-44, so in the waning minutes the only thing that mattered was the results coming in from the other Group B games as it was clear that the outcome in Athens would be Green.
Wednesday, January 14, 2009
Danos Tsakalos, Athens
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Referees: BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), LOPES, LUIS (POR)
Attendance: 5200
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Panathinaikos14201922
Asseco Prokom1017818
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Panathinaikos14345375
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Panathinaikos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 KECMAN, DUSAN 13:13 5 1/1 1/3     3 3 1   1     3   3
6 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 19:57 4   0/1 4/4 1 1 2 2 3 1     1 5 13
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 12:08     0/1           1 1     1 1 -1
8 BATISTE, MIKE 22:11 8 4/6     2 2 4     5 1   1 1 6
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 26:58 13 1/3 3/5 2/2 1 7 8 2 2 3     2 1 17
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 5:18           1 1           1    
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 16:46 3   1/4         2         2    
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 7:34 3   1/3     1 1     1 1   1 1 2
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 20:03 4 0/1 0/1 4/4 1 5 6 8           5 21
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 14:39 8 4/4   0/2 1 2 3   3       2 4 14
15 SAKOTA, DUSAN 23:17 13 2/3 3/8   2 3 5 1         4   9
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 17:56 14 3/4 2/9 2/2   3 3 2   1       1 11
Team             2 2   1           3
Totals 200:00 75 15/22 11/35 12/14 8 30 38 18 10 13 2 0 18 19 98
        68.2% 31.4% 85.7%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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
Asseco Prokom
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
7 ARCHIBONG, KOKO 14:51   0/3 0/1   1 3 4 1   2     5 1 -5
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 27:49 19 4/9 3/4 2/3 2 4 6 2 1 2     1 2 20
10 NESOVIC, ALEKSEJ 21:37 9 3/5 1/4   1 3 4 1 1 6     2 1 3
11 SIKORA, SLAWOMIR 14:48 5 1/2 1/1     2 2 1   1     2 1 5
15 SWIETONSKI, TOMASZ 16:47 3 0/2 1/4     1 1 2   1   1 4 1 -4
16 LAPETA, ADAM 8:52 1     1/4                 2 2 -2
17 ZAMOJSKI, PRZEMYSLAW 26:48 4 1/4 0/5 2/4 2 2 4 1   1   1   5 2
20 SZCZOTKA, PIOTR 25:09 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   3 3     1     1 2 1
30 BURRELL, RONNIE 26:31 9 1/5 1/3 4/4 3 3 6 1   3       3 10
34 HRYCANIUK, ADAM 16:48 2 1/4 0/1   2 4 6 1 3 1     2   5
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 53 11/35 7/24 10/17 12 26 38 10 5 18 0 2 19 18 37
        31.4% 29.2% 58.8%
Head coach: DEDEK, DAVID

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
" I feel ashamed of the way we started the game and of how we played for some time during the match. Some players tried hard, but others do not understand that they should play hard every time they have the opportunity to enter the game. This must change. On a daily basis we talk about turnovers, but today we committed 5 turnovers in the first four minutes. Yes, we played good defense and had the chance to run and score points in transition, yet we did not do so. Very bad decision making. It is true that in the second half we played good in half-court situations. However we failed to hit many open shots. Turnovers and missed easy shots are perhaps our main problems this season. If we don’t play better, the future will be full of problems for us. We’ll try to do anything possible to help the team. But, when 10 seconds after a timeout, some players do not follow my orders, this means that next time some of them will have to sit on the bench. Some players do not deserve to wear the shirt of Panathinaikos the way they play at the moment. They have to understand that Panathinaikos has millions of fans. They have to respect themselves. We have to play much better in order to make it to the Final Four."
DEDEK, DAVID
Asseco Prokom
"I would like to start with an apology, as coach Pacesas has got some health issues that didn’t allow him to be here. He is very sorry and wants to apologize to all the fans and to all the people involved to basketball. Now, regarding the game, we knew it was going to be a very hard game and that Panathinaikos would try to build up the difference to over 25pts. In the first quarter it was good for us that our opponent was bad in shooting. In the second half we got a little bit tired. We had on the court a lot of players who are not used to play on this level, so Panathinaikos jumped on us, managed to boost the lead and keep it ‘til the end. I would like to congratulate our players, because they fought and showed character. I wish that Panathinaikos does well in Top 16."

Players

PEKOVIC, NIKOLA
Panathinaikos
"Prokom was missing a lot of players and we were not focused tonight. We beat them by 22 points, but we did not play a good game. We now have two weeks to improve our game. And we must improve our performance in order to qualify to the Final Four. I am sure though that we’ll play better because we have an excellent coach and a deep roster."
KECMAN, DUSAN
Panathinaikos
"We know that we played a bad game. We should see what we did wrong tonight and not repeat it in future matches. We actually have to forget this match and get ready for the Top 16. We’ll wait for the draw, but I want to clarify that I’m not afraid of any opponent."
SZCZOTKA, PIOTR
Asseco Prokom
"We missed our best players tonight, so we played with our young guys. We tried to play well and fight hard, but Panathinaikos was much better. Everybody knows that it is one of the best teams in Europe. We committed a lot of stupid turnovers against a very experienced team, which is one of the reasons why we lost the game."
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