2014-15Top 16Round 7
February 13, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Panathinaikos holds off Zvezda at home

In a back-and-forth battle that went down to the wire, Panathinaikos Athens edged Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade 74-69 in the Greek capital on Friday. Panathinaikos stayed undefeated at home in Group E and improved to 5-2, while Zvezda dropped to 1-6. A.J. Slaughter paced the winners with 16 points. Esteban Batista added 13, James Gist had 12 while Dimitris Diamantidis tallied 11 points, 10 assists and 4 steals for Panathinaikos. Boban Marjanovic and Charles Jenkins led Zvezda with 17 points apiece. Marjanovic also collected 10 rebounds. Marcus Williams added 10 points for the guests. Panathinaikos had a great start on defense, holding Zvezda scoreless for five minutes, with Batista shutting down Marjanovic. Meanwhile, Slaughter and Gist paced the Greens throughout the first quarter and a triple by Diamantidis made it 26-6, after 10 minutes. Williams and Maik Zirbes fueled a 0-10 run that brought Zvezda back to life. A layup by Luka Mitrovic got the guests within 31-27, but Batista and DeMarcus Nelson extended Panathinaikos's margin to 37-29 at halftime. Zvezda finally got Marjanovic involved; he had 14 third-quarter points to bring his team within 52-51 late in the third quarter. A red-hot Jenkins and a jumper by Nikola Kalinic gave Zvezda a 60-65 lead midway through the fourth quarter. Diamantidis and Slaughter fueled a 10-0 run from which the Greens regained the lead, 70-65. Zvezda kept its chances alive until the final seconds, but Slaughter sealed the outcome with a fast break layup.

First quarter: Panathinaikos shines at both ends

Both teams struggled to score early until Gist stepped up with a one-handed slam in transition and followed that with a close basket for a 4-0 lead. Zvezda was held scoreless for more than five minutes. After a three-pointer by Dimitris Diamantidis, the guests called timeout. A.J. Slaughter sank a four-meter jumper to cap a 9-0 run, before Luka Mitrovic finally got Zvezda going with a layup. Slaughter scored in penetration and a second-chance layup by Gist made it a double-digit game. Slaughter hit another triple and a layup by Batista made it 18-2. Charles Jenkins scored in penetration and a layup by Boban Marjanovic brought Zvezda within 12. Gist struck from downtown and collected a steal that allowed Slaughter to give the Greens a 23-6 margin. Diamantidis nailed another one from beyond the arc to give Panathinaikos a 26-6 advantage after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: 0-10 run sparks Zvezda's rally

Gist took over with a high-flying layup early in the quarter. Jenkins tried to change things with a driving basket, which Marko Tejic followed with a layup that made it 28-10. Jenkins shined with a power layup – and the free throw that came with it, but DeMarcus Nelson stepped up with a driving layup and Tejic got the guests closer, 30-14. Maik Zirbes showed good timing with a tip-in and Marcus Williams followed free throws with a three-pointer that brought Zvezda within 9. Panathinaikos could not find the way to the basket and a put-back basket by Tejic capped a 0-10 run. Batista split foul shots and a dunk by Zirbes made it 31-25. Batista and Luka Mitrovic exchanged close baskets and a coast-to-coast layup by Jaka Blazic got Zvezda even closer, 33-29. Another layup by Batista and a buzzer-beater jumper by Nelson gave Panathinaikos some fresh air, 37-29, at halftime.

Third quarter: Marjanovic takes over

Batista made free throws immediately after the break and soon added a close basket for a 41-29 Panathinaikos lead. Williams stepped up with a three-pointer, but Gist split foul shots and Vlantimir Giankovits struck from downtown, which caused the guests stop the game at 45-32. Mitrovic and Batista exchanged dunks and consecutive layups by Marjanovic brought Zvezda within 47-38. Mitrovic provided a highlight with an off-balance layup and Marjanovic dunked twice in traffic to make it a 3-point game. Panathinaikos called timeout, but a red-hot Marjanovic dunked again. Giankovits split free throws and Loukas Mavrokefalidis gave the Greens a 50-46 edge. Marjanovic had his fourth consecutive slam and erased Mavrokefalidis's driving layup with yet another dunk. He split free throws to fix the score at 52-51.

Fourth quarter: Zvezda completes rally, Greens fight back

Tejic dunked to complete the guests' comeback, 52-53. Mavrokefalidis hit a one-handed floater in the paint, but Jenkins beat the shot clock with an acrobatic jumper. Nelson stepped up with a layup-plus-foul, but Jenkins insisted from downtown for a 57-58 Zvezda edge with over six minutes left. Antonis Fotsis joined the three-point shootout, however Branko Lazic answered with a layup and Jenkins added a wild three-point play for a 60-63 Zvezda lead. Nikola Kalinic swished a five-meter jumper for a 5-point edge. Slaughter came right back with a fast break layup. A three-pointer by Diamantidis tied the game and another one by Slaughter restored a 68-65 Panathinaikos lead. Diamantidis and Jenkins exchanged free throws and Giankovits gave the Greens a 72-67 edge with 59.4 seconds left. Williams hit foul shots, but missed a key shot from downtown that allowed Slaughter to seal the outcome with a fast break layup in the closing seconds.

Dimitris Diamantidis - Panathinaikos Athens - EB14
Friday, February 13, 2015
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Referees: BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), ZASHCHUK, SERGEY (UKR)
Attendance: 10101
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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 26:33 16 4/6 2/6 2/3   2 2 3 1 1     3 4 15
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 6:20           1 1           1 1 1
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 31:44 6 0/5 1/3 3/4 3 1 4   2       5 4 3
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 13:22 3 0/1 1/4   3 2 5       1   2 1 4
10 NELSON, DEMARCUS 19:17 7 3/5 0/3 1/1 1 1 2   1 2 1   2 2 4
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 14:31 6 2/5 0/1 2/2 1   1 1         1 2 5
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 32:17 11 0/3 3/8 2/2 2 2 4 10 4 1   1 2 2 19
14 GIST, JAMES 26:38 12 4/5 1/3 1/2 1 4 5 2 6 2 1 1 1 2 20
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 25:17 13 5/9   3/4 1 2 3 1 2 2 1 1 1 4 15
18 BLUMS, JANIS 4:01     0/1                   1   -2
19 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 74 18/39 8/29 14/18 13 18 31 17 16 8 4 3 19 22 88
        46.2% 27.6% 77.8%
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
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 33:43 10 0/3 2/7 4/4 1 1 2 2   7     1 5 3
4 REBIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 16:59 8 4/8 0/1 0/1 3 6 9 3 2 3   1 4 2 10
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 23:33 2 1/2 0/1     4 4 2         1 1 6
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 18:49 2 1/2 0/2     1 1 1   2   1 1   -3
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 23:59 2 1/3 0/2     2 2 4   2 1   3 3 3
13 MARJANOVIC, BOBAN 24:08 17 8/8   1/2 5 5 10 1   4 1   2 2 24
15 TEJIC, MARKO 15:41 7 3/4 0/2 1/2 2 2 4     1     5 2 3
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 27:16 17 5/9 1/3 4/4 2   2 1 1 1   1 3 3 13
24 JOVIC, STEFAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 15:52 4 2/5     1 8 9   1   1 1 2 1 10
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 69 25/44 3/18 10/13 17 30 47 14 4 20 3 4 22 19 73
        56.8% 16.7% 76.9%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"In the first quarter, we played great on offense and defense. In the second quarter, our opponent played harder and we lost our patience. The win is very important for us and I am satisfied with the reaction from my players at the last 5 minutes of the game. I think that patience and good defense in the fourth quarter were the keys to this game. I think that our main problem tonight and is that we had an easy start and got a 20-point lead and after that, we lost our intensity. We recovered in the fourth quarter."
RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
"Panathinaikos started the game great, with good defense. We came back because we played smart in the second quarter. In the last quarter, we were up by 5 points, but Panathinaikos's experience punished every turnover we made on the floor. I am satisfied in general with my players' performance."

Players

MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS
Panathinaikos Athens
"Our opponent is a very good team despite its one win so far. The result is very important for because now we can look up a little further. We will go game by game and we will see what we will achieve."
SLAUGHTER, AJ
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a great game. We started playing very aggressive and we got a big lead. We let them get back in it in the second quarter, and that made it tougher than it should have been. But I'm proud of my guys. At the end we fought hard and we got a very important win."