2001-02Regular SeasonRound 11
January 17, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 JP CENTAR MORACA
Panathinaikos remains the best team in the Euroleague after beating Buducnost of Podgorica on the road, 72-84 in an easy win on Thursday night. Until the third quarter everything turned out too easy for the Greeks, who saw how the hosts got near in the final period after a 21-8 run, almost neutralizing a 23-point lead of the Greens. Panathinaikos also saw the comeback of forward Ibrahim Kutluay after three months away from the playing floors. This win raises Panathinaikos' record to 10-1 at the top of Group C and drops Buducnost's to 2-9, tied in the last place of the group with zadar. The winners were led by Dejan Bodiroga with 29 points. His main helpers tonight were Fragistos Alvertis and Giannis Giannoulis with 14 and 12 points respectively. For Buducnost, Igor Rakocevic hit 24 points, Zarko Cabarkapa added 15 and Goran Cakic contributed 12.

Panathinaikos started more concentrated than the hosts, and that reflected on the scoreboard as the Greens entered the lead soon at 2-6. The main flaw for Buducnost from the beginning were the turnovers, and Panathinaikos took advantage of that led by Sanchez, who after hitting a three gave an 8-point lead to the Greeks, 13-21, that would be the standard to follow in the first half. After another three-pointer by Dejan Bodiroga for the first double-digit lead for Panathinaikos at 16-26, Dragan Ceranic lost a ball and made a foul that meant the 19-28 with which the first period ended.

The second started with a quick 4-0 run by the hosts that seemed to put them back in the game, 23-28, but it was all fake as Panathinaikos would pull away again later. Darryl Middleton commited his third foul early in the quarter, but that wasn't reason enough for head coach Zeljko Obradovic to walk him to the bench, which turned out a positive decision for the rebounding. Giannis Giannoulis ended an explosive fast-break of the Greens with a spectacular dunk that gave Panathinaikos a maximum lead of 13 points, 24-37, and provoked a time out by coach Miodrag Kadija to try to mentalize his players again. The measure adopted proved not to be so effective as the quarter ended with even a bigger lead for the guests, 29-45, and worrying numbers in the turnovers for Buducnost, 14 against the 8 by Panathinaikos.

After the break, the Greeks would start the quarter with a three by Alvertis to climb to 29-48, and built a 3-13 run for a 26-point lead at 32-48 that seemed to break the game open. Buducnost wasn't concentrated at all, and missed most of the shots, including the free throws, while Panathinaikos kept on scoring through fast-breaks. In the final moments of the quarter, the YUgoslavs managed to cutdown the lead down to 21 to face a fourth quarter that looked not very different from a painful agony, 45-66.

But the final period was the total opposite from the third. Buducnost hit for an amazing 21-8 run to get to 66-74. The small crowd that had gathered in Podgorica started to shout louder because they thought the game could be won. And that was Buducnosts's problem, they didn't. Panathinaikos reacted with a pressing defense that forced Buducnost to commit more turnovers, and with 70-82 on the scoreboard, Radonjevic was called an unsportsmanlike foul that made Buducnost call it a day. In the end, 72-84 after a better two-point percentage of the Greeks that was the key of the game, 29 of 38.
Thursday, January 17, 2002
M.K., Podgorica
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Referees: SANCHA, EDUARDO (ESP), REQUENA, JUAN (ESP), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR)
Attendance: 2200
By Quarter1234
KK Buducnost19101627
Panathinaikos28172118
End of Quarter1234
KK Buducnost19294572
Panathinaikos28456684
KK Buducnost
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BAKIC, BOJAN 14:00   0/2 0/2                   4   -8
5 OKUNSKYY, ALEKSANDAR 10:00 2 1/2       1 1   1           3
7 RADONJIC, DEJAN 5:00     0/1                   2 1 -2
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 35:00 24 6/9 2/6 6/9         3 7     1 7 16
9 SEKULIC, BLAGOTA 15:00 4 1/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 2     1     1 1 4
10 VUKCEVIC, DRAGAN 16:00 3 1/3 0/1 1/2   1 1 1 1       3 1  
11 RADUNOVIC, BALSA 23:00   0/1 0/2   1 2 3 1 2 1 1   5 1 -1
12 KUZMANOVIC, VLADIMIR 26:00 4 0/1 1/4 1/2           2     2 3 -2
14 CERANIC, DRAGAN 14:00 8     8/14 1 4 5     1     4 8 10
15 CABARKAPA, ZARKO 26:00 15 4/4 0/3 7/9 1 3 4 1 1 1     3 6 18
16 CAKIC, GORAN 16:00 12 3/4 2/2     2 2   1       4 1 11
Team                                
Totals 200:00 72 16/27 5/22 25/38 4 14 18 3 9 13 1 0 29 29 49
        59.3% 22.7% 65.8%
Head coach: KADIJA, MIODRAG
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
Panathinaikos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS 36:00 14 3/5 1/3 5/7   4 4 1   1   1 3 6 14
5 SANCHEZ, PEPE 22:00 5 1/1 1/2     1 1           5    
6 SIOUTIS, GIANNIS 18:00 2 0/1   2/2                 2 2 1
7 ROGERS, JOHNNY 8:00   0/2           1             -1
10 BODIROGA, DEJAN 31:00 29 8/12 1/2 10/11 1 4 5   2 1     2 7 34
11 MIDDLETON, DARRYL 15:00 5 1/1   3/4   2 2     1     4 3 4
12 KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM 13:00 4 2/2 0/3 0/2                 3 2 -2
13 ALBANO, COREY 26:00 6 1/3   4/6   3 3 1         3 5 8
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 14:00 7 2/4   3/3 2 3 5     1     4 3 8
15 GIANNOULIS, YANNIS 17:00 12 5/6 0/1 2/2   1 1 1 2 2     3 1 10
Team                                
Totals 200:00 84 23/37 3/11 29/37 3 18 21 4 4 6 0 1 29 29 76
        62.2% 27.3% 78.4%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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Head Coaches

KADIJA, MIODRAG
KK Buducnost
"No doubt that the team with more quality won in this match. During the first quarter my players made 10 turnovers, which is inconceivable. Some of those were during fastbreaks when we had 3-on-0 or 3-on-1 advantages. We repeated the same mistakes again and again because we don't have enough time in practices to correct them between games. As a consequence, we lost this game easily. I want to praise the youngsters because they made the last period more interesting."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"We played a very good game tonight. The most important thing for our victory was that we played very seriously from the first minute regardless that Buducnost doesn't have any chances in Euroleague. We also knew that they would have a big motivation to play against us. You could see that they proved their best when they were down by ten. We got a good victory and after Real Madrid's defeat in Orthez we have a pretty good chance of keeping first place till the end of the regular season."

Players

BODIROGA, DEJAN
Panathinaikos
"Panathinaikos played seriously from the beginning. We played our style of game and that made a very big difference - up to 27 points. The young players of Buducnost added some liveliness and really played excellently in the last period. But I think that we had the match under control the whole time and everything was decided during the first half. To conclude, it was a good game and I am satisfied with my team's victory."
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