2001-02Regular SeasonRound 10
January 10, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 O.A.K.A.
Say hello to the first team to mathematically assure itself of a place in the Top 16: Panathinaikos of Greece! Pau-Orthez of France came close to achieving one of the most surprising wins of the 2001-02 Euroleague, but even on a bad night without Damir Mulaomerovic, Panathinaikos stayed untouchable with a 67-63 Group C victory at home in Athens. The Greens (9-1) remains the team with the best record in the competition behind 21 clutch points by Frangiskos Alvertis and 17 from Dejan Bodiroga. Although both teams missed a lot of shots and emphasized defense more, the game became a thrilling one during the last minutes, when Pau-Orthez took its first lead since the early going, but Panathinaikos answered by a 7-0 run and registered the win. Pau drops to 5-5, but that is still good enough for sole possession fourth place in the group with four games left to play.

The Greens tried from the very first moment of the game to show they were boss on the court. Despite the absence of the injured Mulaomerovic, they ran ahead 6-0 on the way to an early 12-5 lead after six minutes. Pau-Orthez would come up big and quickly, however. Florent Pietrus grabbed an offensive rebound and scored to finish off an 0-8 run and put his team ahead 12-13. Panathinaikos coach Zeljko Obradovic called a timeout and when the teams returned to the court, Bodiroga hit a three-pointer which put Panathinaikos ahead 15-13 at the end of the first period. Bodiroga was the best scorer with 7 points in a game already characterized by defense, quick moves made by both teams and a lot of missed shots as well.

Giorgos Balogiannis, a player from the support cast of Panathinaikos, didn' t hesitate to show his shooting abilities in the second quarter. The 31-year-old guard sank two consecutive three-pointers to open the gap to 25-19, but unfortunately was injured during the second shot and returned to the bench to be treated by the doctors. Pepe Sanchez added his quickness and baseball passes to finish a couple fastbreaks and give the home team its first double-digit lead, 33-21, one minute before the end of the second quarter. Four seconds before the end of the first half, Obradovic called another timeout, and when his team returned, Alvertis found the time, the space and the move to hit a tremendous three-pointer for a 36-24 lead. The athletic Pau players had missed a lot of easy open shots, which explained the gap at that point.

By the beginning of the third quarter, Pau seemed more aggressive and competitive. The French team played great defense, especially against Bodiroga, and at the same time it found the offensive solutions they missed earlier from Dragan Lukovski, Rod Sellers and Roger Esteller.The latter scored five consecutive points from Giannis Giannoulis and Giannis Sioutis turnovers to push Pau to within 42-40 at the conclusion of a 6-16 run. But then it was Alvertis's turn. The captain of Panathinaikos punished a Pau zone by scoring eight consecutive points and a total of 10 in five minutes as the Panathinaikos soared back to eight, at 55-47, to end the quarter.

Neither Panathinaikos, nor Pau-Orthez managed to score a single point during the first three minutes of the fourth quarter. The Greens scored only one basket in seven minutes, in fact, as the visitors, due to their superb defense and a three-pointer by Esteller, took its first lead of the second half, 57-58, just three minutes before the final buzzer. Alvertis came up big again in scoring one of the most important baskets of the game at 59-58. He was followed by Johnny Rogers and Dejan Bodiroga, who buried a three-pointer to punctuate a 7-0 run to a 64-58 lead with under two minutes left. Rod Sellers cut the margin to 64-60, but the veteran Rogers once again put his signature on a jumper that opened the lead again to 66-60 and decided the winner.
Thursday, January 10, 2002
Vassilis Skountis, Athens
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Referees: BETANCOR, MIGUEL (ESP), LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR)
Attendance: 5000
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Panathinaikos15211912
Pau-Orthez13112316
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Panathinaikos15365567
Pau-Orthez13244763
Panathinaikos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS 39:12 21 4/8 2/5 7/8   6 6 1   2   1 3 5 19
5 SANCHEZ, PEPE 6:21 5 2/2   1/2       3 1 1     1 1 7
6 SIOUTIS, GIANNIS 33:39   0/3 0/2   1 3 4     2     4 1 -6
7 ROGERS, JOHNNY 23:45 6 2/4 0/2 2/2 1 4 5     1     4 4 6
8 SVORONOS, MIKHAIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BALLOGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 4:39 6   2/2     1 1       1       8
10 BODIROGA, DEJAN 36:09 17 5/12 1/3 4/4 1 3 4 2   4   1 3 5 11
11 MIDDLETON, DARRYL 15:52 2 0/2   2/2 1   1     1     4 5 1
12 THEOS, SERAFIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 ALBANO, COREY 8:04 2 1/2 0/1     3 3 1   2       1 3
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 18:50 6 3/3     3 3 6 1 2 2     4 1 10
15 GIANNOULIS, YANNIS 13:29 2 1/1     1 2 3 1   4 1   4 1  
Team                                
Totals 200:00 67 18/37 5/15 16/18 8 25 33 9 3 19 2 2 27 24 59
        48.6% 33.3% 88.9%
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
Pau-Orthez
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 FAUTHOUX, FREDERIC 15:31 1 0/1 0/4 1/2   1 1 1   2     1 2 -4
5 LUKOVSKI, DRAGAN 24:29 9 1/5 0/1 7/8 2 2 4 2 2       1 8 18
6 PIETRUS, MICKAEL 6:17     0/1         1 1 2     3   -4
8 DROZDOV, ARTUR 14:16 4 1/2 0/2 2/4 2 2 4           1 2 4
9 ESTELLER, ROGER 26:44 13 2/7 2/4 3/4 1 1 2 2   1   1 4 2 5
10 GADOU, DIDIER 10:00 3 1/1   1/1 1 1 2   1 2     1 1 4
11 PIETRUS, FLORENT 22:18 10 3/5   4/4 3 1 4   1 2 1   4 5 13
12 LEWIS, DERRICK 17:42 2 1/2 0/1 0/1   1 1   1 1   1 3 1 -3
13 DIAW, BORIS 22:43 6 3/6 0/2 0/2 2 2 4 1   2     2 1 1
14 MILLING, KYLE 9:11   0/1     1 3 4   2 2     2   1
15 SELLERS, ROD 30:49 15 4/9   7/10 2 7 9 1   3 1   2 5 18
Team                                
Totals 200:00 63 16/39 2/15 25/36 14 21 35 8 8 17 2 2 24 27 53
        41% 13.3% 69.4%
Head coach: BERGEAUD, CLAUDE
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
Our defense and some personal offensive performances gave us a tough win. I had said to my players that Elan Orthez is a very athletic team with good players. There were periods in which we performed perfectly in offense, but we made mistakes defensively and the opposite as well. I have to congratulate my players though, who won this game despite the injuries. We played without Mulaomerovic, Kutluay and Kalaitzis. Baloyiannis and Sanchez left the game with sprained ankles. Fortunately, the coaches are healthy in this team!
BERGEAUD, CLAUDE
Pau-Orthez
"Even though we lost the game we are satisfied because tonight we had the opportunity to get a big win on the road against a top European club. In the last minute the difference between the two teams was Panathinaikos' experience! We made many turnovers, but I think that this game will be useful for us in the future."

Players

ESTELLER, ROGER
Pau-Orthez
"When you face a great team like Panathinaikos, it is very difficult to win the game. Every time that we cut the deficit to two or three points, Panathinaikos had the answer. This happened in our home too, as the Greeks made some incredible shots to win the game. I would say some magic shots! We are satisfied though, since we fought till the end of the game and I think that it is going to help in the next couple of Euroleague games that are so important for my team."
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