2014-15Top 16Round 1
December 30, 2014 CET: 21:00
Local time: 22:00 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Panathinaikos outlasts rival Maccabi in thrilling opener

Panathinaikos Athens started the Top 16 in style by holding on for an 83-76 victory over reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv on Tuesday at Olympic Sports Center Athens. The Greens came back from a double-digit third quarter deficit to tie it at 68-68 on an A.J. Slaughter triple midway through the fourth quarter. Strong defense, a big jumper by Slaughter and a clutch bank shot by Dimitris Diamantidis caused the visitors to throw in the towel before the final buzzer. Esteban Batista paced the Panathinaikos attack with 16 points, Slaughter scored 8 of his 15 in the fourth quarter and James Gist scored 10 of his 15 from the free throw line. DeMarcus Nelson added 12 points and 5 assists and Diamantidis posted 11 and 7. Nate Linhart, who started in place of injured bwin December MVP Devin Smith, and Brian Randle scored 18 points each for Maccabi, while Alex Tyus posted 14 points, 11 rebounds and 3 blocks and Jeremy Pargo dished 9 assists.

First quarter: Pargo leads Maccabi on the break for slim advantage

Tyus shot over Batista for the game’s first points. The Panathinaikos center put in his own miss to get the Greens on the scoreboard. Pargo dished to Linhart for a layup in transition. Batista’s steal led to a Slaughter basket. Pargo went for more highlights with alley-oop passes to Tyus; the first resulted in a dead ball, the second in a spectacular slam. Vlantimir Giankovits hit twice from the line for the hosts, but Linhart and Randle went at the basket to give the visitors a 6-10 lead. Batista scored over Sofoklis Schortsanitis and then drew an offensive foul from the big man. Linhart nailed a three to put the champs up 8-15. Nelson’s step-back jumper and Loukas Mavrokefalides’s free throw trimmed the deficit. Pargo turned on the highlight machine again with another alley-oop pass to MarQuez Haynes for a slam. Gist countered with a triple to get the hosts within 2. Pargo mad a short-jumper to give the visitors a 15-19 lead through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Tyus shines first, but Panathinaikos rallies to get back within 2

Tyus fought to corral Randle’s missed three and then attacked the basket for a two-hnaded slam. After Nelson split free throws, Haynes found Tyus for a layup and Randle scored in the offensive glass for a 16-25 Maccabi lead. Mavrokefalides scored on the offensive glass, but Hayes’s three-pointer gave the champs a double-digit advantage. Randle added free throws before Tyus came through with a remarkable play that he started with a block and finished with a slam for an 18-32 lead. Panathinaikos came out of its slump with Gist free throws and a Slaughter jumper. Haynes buried a three, but Batista scored on back-to-back possessions – the second a three-point play – as the hosts closed within 27-35. Linhart banked in a shot, but a Giankovits triple made it 31-37. Pargo turned in another fantastic layup, however Diamantidis’s long pass set Giankovits up with a layup too. Pargo tossed another alley-oop layup, this time to Randle. Diamantidis sank a three to cut the gap to 5. Nelson then hit from behind the arc to make it 39-41. Jake Cohen rejected Giankovits at the rim and Pargo’s layup made it 39-43 at the break.

Third quarter: Randle gives visitors 10-point edge; Diamantidis keeps Greens in it

Batista read a pass perfectly from Pargo for a steal and slam just seconds into the second half. Nelson did the same moments later to tie the game at 43-43. Linhart drilled a triple to put the visitors back on top. With the 24-second clock winding down, Linhart was forced into a deep three and made it to restore a 6-point edge. Batista countered with a basket-plus-foul. Nelson made it a 1-point game, but Yogen Ohayon hit a three followed by a jumper from the elbow to make it 48-54. Slaughter halved the Greens’ deficit with a triple. Pargo fed Tyus to make it 51-56 midway through the quarter. Then Ohayon lobbed a pass to Tyus for a slam. A Diamantidis triple brought Panathinaikos within 54-58. Six straight points by Randle – 2 from a Pargo pass, 2 from Ohayon and 2 on the offensive glass – gave Maccabi its first double-digit lead of the second half. Gist and Mavrokefalides made free throws and Diamantidis came through with a steal and three-point play to bring the Greens back within 60-64.

Fourth quarter: Slaughter makes big shots for the hosts

Mavrokefalides split free throws to bring his team within a single shot. Randle’s jumper was matched by a Gist tip-in. After Sylven Landesberg and Gist traded free throws, it was 65-68 with six minutes remaining. A second-chance Slaughter three evened the score. Mavrokefalides’s baby hook gave Panathinaikos a 70-68 lead. Maccabi answered through a Pargo basket, but missed free throws by both Pargo and Ohayon kept the score even. Gist rejected Pargo at the rim before Nelson gave the hosts a 72-70 lead from the line. Pargo fouled out with 2:11 to go and Batista sinks the resulting free throws. Linhart drains a three to make it 74-73. Gist added 2 from the charity stripe with 1:23 left. Ohayon matched him 21 seconds later. Slaughter knocked down a mid-range jumper and Diamantidis banked in a clutch shot with 14.7 seconds left. After Haynes split free throws, Slaughter put in a three at the buzzer to complete an 83-76 victory.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014
Euroleague.net

Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 11561
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Panathinaikos Athens15242123
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv19242112
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Panathinaikos Athens15396083
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv19436476
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SLAUGHTER, AJ 29:47 15 3/6 3/5     1 1     1     4 1 7
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 22:31 7 1/5 1/2 2/2   2 2 2       2 3 2 3
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 11:49     0/1     1 1 2         2 2 2
10 NELSON, DEMARCUS 23:28 12 3/6 1/1 3/4 2 3 5 5 1 2     2 2 17
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 15:03 7 2/6 0/2 3/6 1 5 6 1       1 1 4 7
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 34:24 11 2/5 2/5 1/1   1 1 7 1 2     3 1 10
14 GIST, JAMES 28:11 15 1/2 1/1 10/12 2 4 6 1   1 2   1 7 26
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 24:57 16 6/9   4/4 1 5 6 1 2 2   1 2 5 22
18 BLUMS, JANIS 9:50     0/2                   1 1 -2
21 WRIGHT, JULIAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 83 18/39 8/19 23/29 8 25 33 19 4 8 2 4 19 25 97
        46.2% 42.1% 79.3%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PARGO, JEREMY 37:46 8 4/10 0/4 0/1   6 6 9   3   1 5 7 10
5 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 15:03 9 1/2 2/3 1/2       1   1     3 1 4
6 SMITH, DEVIN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 RANDLE, BRIAN 38:07 18 7/10 0/3 4/6 4 4 8 1 1 1   1 4 4 18
8 LINHART, NATE 26:53 18 3/3 4/6 0/2   2 2 1 1 1     4 1 14
9 TYUS, ALEX 31:14 14 7/10     4 7 11   1   3   3 1 24
11 COHEN, JAKE 1:16           1 1       1       2
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 27:48 7 1/2 1/4 2/4 1 3 4 4   2     3 2 6
14 HARARI, ARAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 13:07 2 0/5 0/1 2/2 1 1 2           1 1 -2
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 8:46           1 1 1 1 3     2 2  
23 ALEXANDER, JOE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 76 23/42 7/21 9/17 12 25 37 17 4 12 4 2 25 19 77
        54.8% 33.3% 52.9%
Head coach: GOODES, GUY

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
“No doubt that it is a very important victory. We beat the reigning Euroleague champion and this is something special. The most important thing is that we defended our home court and we proved, especially in the second half, that we are a team that can play with patience and good defense. We had to play a very difficult game and it took us 20 minutes to make the adjustments. We knew that they run and maybe they have the best transition game in the Euroleague, but there is always a difference between what the coach says and what the players do on the court.”
GOODES, GUY
Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv
"It’s a very disappointing loss, because for three quarters we played fantastic. It was a very good game for us tactically, we brought them to exactly where we wanted, but we messed up the little things and that worked against us. So it goes in close games. We suffered from missed free throws and 12 turnovers that led to 21 points for them, which is a lot. We missed a few rebounds in the end and that's how the victory slipped away from us. "

 

“We didn’t have Jeremy Pargo in the last minutes, but that is not an excuse for the loss. We committed serious mistakes in the crucial moments, including missed free throws and rebounds. Although we had a lead in double digits and we were controlling the tempo of the game, we allowed Panathinaikos to come back and get the win. When you play at OAKA , with this atmosphere, you have to keep concentration for 40 minutes and not be naïve”

Players

NELSON, DEMARCUS
Panathinaikos Athens
“I explained to my teammates that there is no reason to be afraid of Jeremy Pargo. Fortunately we overcame their lead and made the proper adjustments to beat them and start the Top 16 in the best way. We managed to keep them out of the paint and thanks to the defensive switches and the smart game we changed the rhythm. I played better than in the two previous games, but I am still searching to be part of the chemistry of the team."
GIST, JAMES
Panathinaikos Athens
“I cannot accept for any team to play with more energy and be stronger than us at OAKA and this is what I told to my teammates in the last minutes. I came off the bench and I gave everything possible to my team. This is my role, to play with energy, passion and dedication both in defense and offense.”
BATISTA, ESTEBAN
Panathinaikos Athens
“It was the best way to say goodbye to this year and look forward to playing better and achieving our goals in 2015. We started on the right foot in the Top 16 and I am very happy for the whole team and for myself because some injuries affected my performance and I didn’t play well in the last games. We came back twice in the game and we fought until the end to win it. We didn’t give up although they had a 14-point lead and we played with passion and energy. I am optimistic that we will keep fighting and make it to the next round.”