2012-13Top 16Round 5
January 25, 2013 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 O.A.K.A.

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.0 Points 81.3
34.7 Rebounds 36.5
10.1 O. Rebounds 12.9
24.6 D. Rebounds 23.6
16.4 Assists 16.1
4.8 Steals 7.0
3.4 Blocks 3.6
15.1 Turnovers 12.1
54.9 % 2PT 53.6 %
36.1 % 3PT 33.5 %
69.3 % FT 73.7 %
82.3 Index 90.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.9 / Maciulis Points 13.5 / Fernandez
6.4 / Lasme Rebounds 5.2 / Reyes
2.6 / Lasme OR 2.2 / Slaughter
3.8 / Lasme DR 3.2 / Mirotic
5.9 / Diamantidis Assists 3.9 / Llull
0.9 / Diamantidis Steals 1.2 / Fernandez
2.0 / Lasme Blocks 1.1 / Slaughter
3.4 / Diamantidis Turnovers 1.9 / Rodriguez
72.7 % / Bramos 2PT 61.8 % / Slaughter
52.6 % / Banks 3PT 38.5 % / Rodriguez
74.2 % / Maciulis FT 100.0 % / Pocius
14.2 / Lasme Index 14.2 / Fernandez


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-1 Top 16 4-0
6-4 Regular Season 7-3
9-5 Overall 11-3


Crew Chief

The Take

Euroleague giants Panathinaikos Athens and Real Madrid will clash for the third time this season on Friday at OAKA in the Greek capital. The previously split two entertaining regular season games, with each team winning at home. While Los Blancos feature essentially the same roster as in their past clashes, the Greens unveil a new look since they last faced Madrid through the additions of James Gist, Marcus Banks and Jason Kapono, while further complicating matters is star point guard Dimitris Dimantidis's availability after suffering an ankle injury.

These two teams feature serious firepower and there are several important matchups that will greatly impact the outcome. Panathinaikos will lean heavily on its frontcourt led by Sofoklis Schortsanitis, who dominated in Madrid, and Stephane Lasme, who put up big numbers in their second meeting. Madrid has no shortage of big men to counter them, starting with Mirza Begic and Rafael Hettsheimeir at center. The athletic Marcus Slaughter could be an ideal matchup for Lasme, while Felipe Reyes has the power to create trouble for Big Sofo. The visitors could look to create mismatches of their own through Rising Star Nikola Mirotic. Madrid’s firepower is in the backcourt, where guards Sergio Llull and Sergio Rodriguez run the show and Rudy Fernandez and Jaycee Carroll are elite scorers. Diamantidis, if fit, will lead the Greens' defensive effort alongside Roko Ukic at point guard and Banks, Kopono, Mike Bramos and Jonas Maciulis on the wings. In a fast-paced game, Kapono, Bramos and Maciulis all have the ability to tear down a defense in a hurry with their three-point shooting, which also opens up space for Schortsanitis. The trick for Coach Argiris Pedoulakis is to limit the intense bombing to those guys. Similarly, Panathinaikos will need Bramos, Banks et al to cause problems for Fernandez and Carroll.

One thing that is certain is that when these teams meet, offensive power will be on display. Madrid as the momentum this time with a five-game winning streak and a 3-0 road record in the Top 16. Panathinaikos isn’t far behind at 3-1 in Group E. The ability of Diamantidis to make an impact will also play a major role for Panathinaikos. Regardless it should be a highly competitive and entertaining contest.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Game Notes


Panathinaikos committed more turnovers (16.3 TOpg.) in the regular season than any other team to reach the Top 16.

Kostas Tsartsaris is 5 three-pointers shy of 100 for his Euroleague career.

Stephane Lasme leads the Euroleague in blocked shots with 2 per game.

Dimitris Diamantidis is due to overtake Pablo Prigioni for sole possession of second place on the Euroleague's all-time steals list. Diamantidis is tied with Prigioni with 320 steals.

Diamantidis needs 4 more blocked shots to become the first guard in competition history to reject 100 shots.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis had his best game in a Panathinaikos uniform with 23 points in perfect shooting in just 19 points in an opening night loss at Real Madrid.

Jonas Maciulis scored a season-high 28 points – 1 short of his career high – to lead the Greens to a 73-79 road win in Berlin last week.

Maciulis has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight Euroleague games; he is 14 for 24 (62.5%) from downtown during that stretch.  

Maciulis needs 15 more points to reach the 1,000-point barrier for his Euroleague career.

James Gist has blocked at least 1 shot in all four Top 16 games since joining Panathinaikos.



Real Madrid leads the Euroleague in offensive rebounding this season with an average of 12.9 per game.

Rudy Fernandez has made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Fernandez scored a season-high 23 points in an opening night victory over Panathinaikos.

Jaycee Carroll has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 straight and 29 of his last 30 Euroleague games.

Carroll was a teammate of Panathinaikos swingman Michael Bramos on Gran Canaria during the 2010-11 season.

Mirza Begic is 1 blocked shot outside of 10th place on the all-time Euroleague list. He sits in 11th place with 105 career rejections.  Gregor Fucka is 10th with 105 blocks.

Felipe Reyes needs 29 more rebounds to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career. He will become the fifth player in competition history to accomplish that feat.

Marty Pocius was a teammate of Panathinaikos forward Jonas Maciulis on the Lithuanian national team that won the bronze medal at the 2010 World Championships in Turkey.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"We know each other very well, since we have already played twice during the regular season. Some things have changed for Real Madrid, but not its overall style of play. They have a certain way to play on the floor based on the speed and the depth of their roster. The first thing any team must do against Real Madrid is not allow them to get into rhythm, because they are one of the best team in the fast break. Both times we faced each other, we witnessed strong games. Some things will be different; we are different. It’s very important for us to have the support of our fans. It’s important for them to help the players whenever we experience a difficult moment on the court. But we must also keep in mind that we, the team, must be the ones to give the fans something to cheer about, in order for them to create the atmosphere that we enjoy when playing in OAKA."
Real Madrid
"Panathinaikos is maintaining the same philosophy it had at the start of the season, but it has adapted well to the changes it had in the roster. From playing really open they are maybe a little more physical now. Maybel ess of a threat from the long range but with more versatile playerseverywhere. They are in a good line of play, they are defensively solid and that's where all their games stand on. The regular season we played in Athens must serve us as a lesson as how we must play this one. That time we started with flowing offense and with a good lead but PAO came back and after that it was hard for us to attack their defense."


Panathinaikos Athens
"Real Madrid is a team loaded with talent. I have watched them play. I saw them fall behind in a game and come back in order to claim victory. They can easily score a lot of points in a very short period of time. We have advantages, we have our good defense and we have to use these elements against them. The same goes for Real, though, especially if they manage to impose their rhythm. I believe that we can beat any team, I believe in our team, but I know that it's not going to be easy. In order to get that win, we have to fight for 40 minutes. Real is not going to hand to us a positive result. We have to get out there and get the win we need."
Real Madrid
"I don't think we find a very different team than the one we met in regular season. It's true that Panathinaikos has new players but I don't think they change their philosophy much form that game in which it served them well. We must play hard and focused because it's very difficult to win in Athens."

Real Madrid shuts out Panathinaikos at finish for comeback win

Real Madrid held Panathinaikos scoreless for the game's final 6 minutes, 30 seconds to nail down a 54-58 comeback victory in Athens on Friday and remain the only undefeated team in Group E of the Top 16. Madrid is now 5-0 and alone in first place, while Panathinaikos dropped to fourth place at 3-2. Madrid trailed for more than 34 minutes of the game, by as many as 14 points, before its closing 0-10 run shocked Panathinaikos and its home crowd. On a night when its leading scorers were limited to single digits, Felipe Reyes led Madrid with 13 points, while rookie Rafael Hettsheimeir added 11 on near-perfect shooting and 5 rebounds. Panathinaikos had only one double-digit scorer, Michael Bramos with 11 points, as it was held to just 17 points in the second half by Madrid's defense. Its 54 points were the lowest total scored by Panathinaikos in the 252 Euroleague game the team has played this century.

Diamantidis returns in style!

Jonas Maciulis got the scoreboard rolling with a layup for Panathinaikos. Rudy Fernandez went the free throw line to tie the game as Panathinaikos got its first substitute after just a minute, Dimitris Diamantidis, who was out injured two of the previous three games. Nikola Mirotic hit a baseline one-hander for Madrid's first lead. Diamantidis connected with Roko Ukic for a layup before Kostas Tsartsaris dropped a baseline shot, too. Then Diamantids changed hands for a layup, Lasme blocked Mirotic's shot and Tsartsaris downed a three-pointer for an 11-6 Panathinaikos advantage. Madrid center Hettsheimeir hit the first three-pointer of his Euroleague career, but after a timeout, Bramos downed the same shot, his specialty, to make it 14-9. When Ukic came from beyond the arc for a driving layup, it was 16-9. The quarter hit a crescendo when Diamantidis stole and went behind his back twice, the second time with a pass to Bramos for a fastbreak dunk. When Sofoklis Schortsanitis joined the scoring, Panathinaikos led 20-11 after 10 minutes.

Group effort keeps Greens ahead

Schortsanitis opened the second quarter by giving the Greens the game's first double-digit lead on an inside bucket. Reyes broke Madrid's scoring slump all by himself, first with a three-point basket-plus-free throw and then with a single strike from the arc to cut the difference in half, 22-17. Madrid had only scored 2 free throws in the 10 minutes before that. Tsartsaris returned after a timeout to back down for a jump hook, and when his next one missed, Lasme collected the rebound and slammed to make it 26-17. Madrid answered with a jump hook by Mirza Begic that Jason Kapono matched with free throws for Panathinaikos. But with a second steal in a row, Ukic scored and Tsartsaris soon added a free throw for the highest lead yet, 31-19. After a touch pass from Schortsanitis to James Gist, Fernandez had Madrid's answer from downtown to make it 33-23. After a technical foul on Real Madrid coach Pablo Laso, dueling three-pointers by Bramos and Rodriguez left a 37-27 halfitme scoreboard.

Behind big men, Madrid hangs in

Hettsheimeir gave Madrid a spark again to open the third quarter with a layup and free throws that cut the difference to 37-31. Just when Panathinaikos was hurting for points, Gist hit a big three-pointer that Maciulis copied the next time down the floor to restore a double-digit lead, 43-33. Llull buried his first triple in response, then Hettsheimeir became Madrid's first double-digit scorer with free throws to make it 45-38. But then Schortsanitis gave Panathinaikos a four-point possession and a 49-38 lead by drawing an unsportsmanlike and a normal foul, after a basket, on Marcus Slaughter. Fernandez miraculously fed Begic for a dunk before Reyes dropped free throws and scored inside for a 0-6 run. Madrid got three chances to make it closer in the final possession, and despite missing each of them, was as close as 49-44 after 30 minutes.

Madrid defense leads comeback!

Dueling baskets by Ukic and Dontaye Draper started the fourth quarter. But the biggest cheer came for Lasme stopping a breakaway layup by Draper with another huge block. Bramos made it 54-46 with a triple, but Reyes answered with a jump-hook and Fernandez scored high over Lasme for Madrid's closest approach since the game's opening minutes, 54-50. Begic blocked Gist at one end and scored over him at the other to make it 54-52. Madrid missed two three-pointers to take the lead before Rodriguez hit from the arc on the third try for his team's first advantage, 54-55, in more than three quarters. The next basket, Draper over Schortsanitis with a deep two-pointer, made it 54-57. The Greens couldn't buy a basket, as Kapono and Maciulis missed from downtown while the clock ran below 2 minutes. Lasme's shot inside rolled around and out, but Madrid couldn't score either. After a timeout with 37 seconds left, Panathinaikos came up empty again while Reyes went to the free throw line to seal the victory that kept Madrid perfect so far in the Top 16.

Rudy Fernandez - Real Madrid - EB12
Friday, January 25, 2013
Attendance: 14909
By Quarter1234
Panathinaikos Athens2017125
Real Madrid11161714
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Panathinaikos Athens20374954
Real Madrid11274458
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BRAMOS, MICHAEL 26:05 11 1/3 3/6   1 2 3   1       4   6
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 18:27 5 1/1 1/3             2     3   -2
9 KAPONO, JASON 16:52 4 0/2 0/2 4/4   2 2 1         1 2 4
10 UKIC, ROKO 24:17 8 4/6 0/2 0/1 2 3 5 1 1 2   1 1 1 7
11 LASME, STEPHANE 19:41 2 1/2     2 2 4     4 2   5 1 -1
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 23:03 8 2/5 1/5 1/2 2 5 7     1   1 3 1 3
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 30:46 3 1/1 0/5 1/2   7 7 6 4 3 1   1 7 18
14 GIST, JAMES 18:23 5 1/3 1/3   2 5 7     2 1 1 3 3 6
15 BANKS, MARCUS 9:55     0/1                     2 1
16 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 0:04                              
19 SKORDILIS, GAIOS 0:01                              
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 12:26 8 3/7   2/3   1 1 3       1 1 3 8
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 54 14/30 6/27 8/12 10 28 38 11 6 15 4 4 22 20 51
        46.7% 22.2% 66.7%
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 22:08 4 2/5 0/1     5 5   2     2 3 1 3
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 27:29 8 1/1 1/4 3/4   4 4 2 1 2     1 4 12
8 SUAREZ, CARLOS 14:41   0/2 0/1         2   1   1 1 1 -3
9 REYES, FELIPE 16:34 13 3/4 1/2 4/5 1 1 2   1   1   2 5 17
12 MIROTIC, NIKOLA 23:28 3 1/3 0/2 1/2 1 3 4   2 2   1 2 6 5
13 RODRIGUEZ, SERGIO 21:47 6 0/1 2/9         3   2     1 1 -1
15 HETTSHEIMEIR, RAFAEL 16:36 11 2/3 1/1 4/4 3 2 5     1     2 2 14
16 BEGIC, MIRZA 16:33 6 3/3     1 4 5       3   3   11
20 CARROLL, JAYCEE 12:31   0/2 0/3   2 3 5     1     1   -2
23 LLULL, SERGIO 21:39 7 1/2 1/5 2/2   1 1 1 1 2     2 2 3
44 SLAUGHTER, MARCUS 6:34   0/1                     2   -3
Team           2 5 7           1   6
Totals 200:00 58 13/27 6/28 14/17 10 28 38 8 7 11 4 4 21 22 62
        48.1% 21.4% 82.4%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a game with a lot of tactics in the defensive part. We forced a great offensive team to score only 58 points, but we played bad in the second half. Unfortunately the injuries, the lack of energy and freshness and the foul trouble had a big cost. It was clear that in the last 15 minutes we didn’t have fuel in our tank. It is a very tough and competitive group, but I repeat that the key point for us is to stay healthy. Tonight we had limited creativity and were one dimensional on offense. I think that all teams are affected because we play every week and didn’t have a break to get some rest. This is the reason for some strange results. However I remain optimistic and I am sure we can play better. "
Real Madrid
"As always I want to congratulate my players. We got a very important win against a great opponent. It was not the best game for the spectators, but tactically both teams tried hard to limit each other. Offensively we played bad, but we remained alive thanks to our defense. The rotation was important and the players understand that sometimes victory comes in extremes. We kept our concentration and didn’t allow Panathinaikos to open the margin. We had patience as well and we were expecting our momentum to come. However it is a tough and difficult group and you can win or lose in every game. Sure it is an important victory for us, but there are a lot of games to play and nothing is decided yet. "


Panathinaikos Athens
"We did a very good job in defense, but we need to work more in the offensive part of the game. We controlled the game and kept the lead for 37 minutes, but Real Madrid had the last word. Nobody likes to lose a game, but there is still a long road to walk."
Panathinaikos Athens
"We missed a lot of opens shots, but that’s basketball. We had open shots and the chance to score and win the game, but it didn’t happen. Bramos, Kapono and myself, we all missed open shots and this was the main problem. The ball didn’t go inside and Real Madrid won the game. I am sorry for the defeat, especially because we played a great defense and we forced our opponents to score 24 points less than their offensive average. "
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