2007-08Regular SeasonRound 13
January 24, 2008 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 O.A.K.A.
Sarunas Jasikevicius  - Panathinaikos Panathinaikos became the Group C champion by thrashing Fenerbahce Ulker 88-68 at the Athens Indoor Olympic Arena on Thursday. Panathinaikos improved to 12-1, kept the best record in the competition and enters the Top 16 draw as one of the top-seeded teams. Meanwhile, Fenerbahce dropped to 6-7, but had already qualified for the Top 16 on Wednesday, when Cibona’s loss meant sent the Turkish champs through. Sarunas Jasikevicius paced the winners with 23 points, Vassilis Spanoulis added 12 and Mike Batiste grabbed 11 rebounds for the Greens. Tarence Kinsey led Fenerbahce with 20 points and Gasper Vidmar and James White added 12 each for Fenerbahce, which played without rebounding ace Mirsad Turkcan and whose superstar Willie Solomon was limited to just 5 points. Panathinaikos led 16-15 after 10 minutes but an outstanding Jasikevicius helped the Greens to a 42-29 halftime lead. Nothing changed after the break, as outstanding ball circulation allowed Panathinaikos to boost its margin to 70-47 after 30 minutes, enough to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.

In front of a boisterous crowd, both teams came out flat committing back-to-back turnovers. After two scoreless minutes, Omer Onan fired in a triple from the corner to get the scoreboard rolling. Andrija Zizic responded with a layup, only to be followed by Vidmar’s three-point play that made it 2-6. Panathinaikos was clearly out of rhythm offensively, until Nikos Hatzivrettas came up big with 4 quick points to tie the game at 9-9. The hosts did not capitalize on their opponents struggles at the free-throw line, so when Solomon unleashed a three-ball, Fenerbahce regained the lead. However, Batiste saved the last word for himself, as he muscled his way for a basket and the free-throw that came with it to put the Greens in front 16-15 after 10 minutes.

Gasper Vidmar - Fenerbahce UlkerThe second quarter got underway with Jasikevicius providing the brains and Demos Dikoudis scoring, so it wasn’t long before Panathinaikos built a double-digit lead. A pair of Jasikevicius free throws capped a decisive 9-0 run that boosted the margin to 32-19, while at the other end Fenerbahce was struggling against the zone-defense – scoring only with free throws and missing numerous open shots. Eventually, after almost seven minutes and a couple of timeouts by Fener head coach Bogdan Tanjevic, White found his way to the basket. However Panathinaikos was now in high gear offensively. As a result, the momentum of the game did not shift and the hosts widened the gap to 42-29 at intermission.

Early on in the second half, Kinsey picked up the scoring slack, but so did Jasikevicius. He drilled a triple and then after Kinsey was given a technical foul, Saras knocked down 2 free throws and a long jumper to extend the lead to 49-33. Fragiskos Alvertis came off the bench to up the ante with back-to-back three-pointers, which widened the lead to 59-39 and brought the crowd to its feet. With admiral Jasikevicius navigating the ship, the Greens were unstoppable offensively. Soon a corner triple by the Lithuanian master put any hopes of a Fenerbahce comeback out of reach, as Panathinaikos rushed to a 70-47 lead with one period remaining.

Kinsey opened the fourth quarter with a three-point play to show that he was not willing to go down without a fight. However, as indicated by the subsequent jaw-dropping fast-break passing play by Panathinaikos’s backcourt players that led to an uncontested Spanoulis layup, the hosts were too confident to be stunned by any late heroics now. Even though down the stretch White threw down a thunderous dunk and Omer Asik rejected Dikoudis’s dunk attempt, there was no turning back as Panathinaikos cruised to the win.

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Epameinondas Tsakalos, Athens
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Referees: SUDEK, PETR (SVK), GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 0
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Fenerbahce Ulker15141821
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Panathinaikos16427088
Fenerbahce Ulker15294768
Panathinaikos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS 8:08 8   2/3 2/3   1 1           2 1 6
5 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 8:43 9 3/5 1/1         1       1 3   4
6 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 25:07 12 3/6 1/1 3/4   1 1 1 2 4   1 2 3 8
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 19:05 6 1/2 0/2 4/6   4 4 4   1   1 3 4 8
8 BATISTE, MIKE 19:17 7 3/4   1/1   11 11     1     2 2 16
9 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 12:47 4 2/5     2   2   1     1 3 1 1
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 12:06 6 2/2 0/1 2/2   1 1   2 1     2 2 7
11 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 15:42 6 3/5     2 3 5         1     8
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 15:23 4 1/2 0/1 2/2 1 1 2     1     1 2 4
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 24:20 3 1/2 0/1 1/2 1 2 3 6 3 4     4 1 5
14 WINSTON, KENNEDY 14:44   0/3 0/2     2 2 1 1         3 2
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 24:38 23 3/5 3/5 8/8   2 2 1   1     2 3 22
Team                                
Totals 200:00 88 22/41 7/17 23/28 6 28 34 14 9 13 0 5 24 22 91
        53.7% 41.2% 82.1%
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
Fenerbahce Ulker
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WHITE, JAMES 22:16 12 4/6 0/3 4/5 1 3 4 1 1 3     3 3 9
5 SOLOMON, WILLIE 21:29 5 1/2 1/4     1 1 3   4     2 2 1
7 ONAN, OMER 12:28 4   1/3 1/3   1 1     2     2 1 -2
8 BASAK, RASIM 20:32   0/1 0/3     5 5 1 3 3 1       3
12 MRSIC, DAMIR 11:58   0/1 0/1     1 1   1 1     2   -3
14 VIDMAR, GASPER 16:59 12 5/7   2/4 3 2 5     1 2   3 4 15
15 DEMIREL, HAKAN 8:43   0/1 0/2         3         1   -1
16 MUTAF, MAXIM 1:37                              
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 19:28 6 0/3 2/4   2 3 5 2         3 1 6
22 KINSEY, TARENCE 23:17 20 6/9 0/2 8/9 1 4 5 1 2 1     3 5 23
24 ASIK, OMER 23:01 7 2/7   3/6 5 4 9 1 1 3 2   2 3 10
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 18:12 2 0/2 0/3 2/4 2 1 3 2         2 4 2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 68 18/39 4/25 20/31 14 25 39 14 8 18 5 0 23 23 63
        46.2% 16% 64.5%
Head coach: TANJEVIC, BOGDAN

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"It was a very important game for us. I am very satisfied with the way we played tonight and for having secured the first place in our regular season group. We played good defense and managed to stop their key players, such as Willie Solomon. Our problem was that the tempo of the game was very slow in the first half, so we decided to play with 3 guards in order to play faster. Congratulations to my players for everything they have done so far and thanks to the fans for once again creating a great atmosphere to play in."
TANJEVIC, BOGDAN
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Tonight I did not expect to be beaten this easily. I thought it was going to be a much closer game, not one that would finish with a 20-point margin. We played defense for only two quarters, unlike our opponents who were effective throughout the game. We will try to win the next game against Partizan and manage to finish fourth in our regular season group. We will also wait for our injured players to come back to play better basketball. Finally, I want to add that the fans were fantastic tonight."

Players

HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS
Panathinaikos
"It was a crucial game for us, because the win gave us the first place in this group. We achieved one of the goals that we set at the start of the season. We should keep going and get ready for the Top 16. We played very well tonight, even though we came out flat early in the game. However, minute after minute, we improved our performance and overall I hope that we pleased our fans."
WHITE, JAMES
Fenerbahce Ulker
"Panathinaikos is a very good team, so coming in to the game we knew that it was going to be difficult playing them at home. They are one of the best teams in Europe. We tried our best, but things didn’t turn out right in the beginning so everything went downhill. One of the problems tonight was that we missed a lot of open shots and we committed many turnovers. I think that we played good enough defense in the first half, but it just didn't pay off in offense. I played OK, but I didn’t get to play as much as I wanted to due to foul trouble."
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