2013-14Top 16Round 8
February 27, 2014 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM

EA7 Milan holds off Greens for sixth straight home win

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan survived a big rally from Panathinaikos Athens and held on for a dramatic 77-75 victory in the Game of the Week at Mediolanum Forum, the site of the 2014 Final Four. The win improved Milan’s record to 5-3 and at least a share of second place in Group E, while Panathinaikos dropped to 4-4, but does hold a head-to-head tie-breaker thanks to a 16-point win over Milan in Top 16 Round 1. Milan did not allow a field goal for more than seven minutes and used a 16-4 spurt bridging the first and second quarters to open up a double-digit lead. The hosts extended the margin to 18 points by going 8 of 11 from three-point range in the first half, and held a 41-26 advantage at halftime. But the Greens slowly rallied in the third behind newcomer Zack Wright and James Gist, and the two fueled a late 2-12 run that got Panathinaikos within 3 points. Samardo Samuels was the force inside for the hosts, however, and a triple from Bruno Cerella helped Milan hang on to its lead. Keith Langford paced the winners with 18 points plus 5 assists. Samuels had 16 points, and Curtis Jerrells netted 10 for Milan. Gist collected 21 points plus 9 rebounds for the visitors, Wright finished with 17 points, while Antonis Fotsis had 10 in addition to 7 rebounds in defeat.

First quarter: Milan grabs control with defense and triples

Samuels opened the game with a close-range basket for the hosts, and Gist scored inside for the Greens. After Jonas Maciulis scored a put-back, Nicolo Melli and Gist traded triples for 6-7. David Moss nailed a corner three for Milan, before Stephane Lasme and Langford traded layups to make it 11-11. After a timeout, in the remaining five minutes of the quarter, the hosts did not allow another field goal. Behind such defensive effort, Milan went on an 8-0 run. Samuels sparked things with a monster dunk, and with triples from Langford and Jerrells, the hosts held 19-13 advantage after the quarter.

Second quarter: Hosts pull away with a show from downtown

The run for the hosts continued in the second quarter, too. Gentile banked in a runner, before Jerrells sank another one from downtown, 24-13. Michael Bramos ended the visitors' drought with a dunk, but Langford hit another triple for a 12-point margin. Wright scored his first points in a Panathinaikos uniform when he stole the ball and raced for a layup, but Cerella had an uncontested layup of his own on the other end to make it 29-17. Gentile added another tough drive to the tally, before Cerella and Genitle hit Milan’s seventh and eighth three-pointers, making it 37-19. Quick layups from Wright and Bramos cut the deficit. Jerrells scored from close range, and Gani Lawal made a fastbreak layup, but Bramos beat the buzzer with a corner triple that made it 41-26 at halftime.

Third quarter: Gist and the newcomer Wright keep Greens in range

Fotsis started the third quarter with a second-chance triple. Ukic hit a floater to make it 41-32, but Langford nailed a triple to put Milan back into a double-digit lead. Gist had a tip-in, before Daniel Hackett drove for a layup high off the glass, 48-34. Gist drove an open lane for a monster two-handed dunk, but Samuels powered his way in traffic on the other end. Panathinaikos cut into the lead as Wright made a baseline floater, then went coast-to-coast for a basket-plus-foul, and a 52-41 score. Moss nailed a three-pointer to keep the Greens at bay, but a put-back from Fotsis followed by a breakaway basket-plus-foul from Maciulis got Panathinaikos within 55-46. Samuels kept making his presence felt inside, grabbing an offensive rebounds and making free throws before slamming home a powerful dunk over Gist, but Gist answered with a three-pointer to make it 59-49 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos forces drama, but Milan holds on

Samuels had a layup to open the scoring in the fourth quarter, but Gist had a tip-in with a free throw to make it 62-52. Now, it was the visitors’ defense at work, keeping Milan without a field goal for more than five minutes, while Wright scored a driving layup, Gist a put-back, and Fotsis a triple. After a timeout, Dimitirs Diamantidis scored his first points of the game, a layup cutting it to 64-61 with 4 minutes to go. Samuels split free throws and Langford hit 3 of 4, but Wright had a put-back and Gist slammed an alley-oop from Diamantidis to keep it a 3-point game. But Cerella sank a triple, and Samuels powered his way for another slam and 73-67 with under 90 seconds to go. After Fotsis made a pair from the foul line, Milan hustled to grab 3 offensive rebounds in the final minute and get Milan closer to victory. Wright’s layup cut it to 74-71, before free throws from Wright and Diamantidis got Panathinaikos within 76-75 with 4.5 ticks to go. Langford split his free throws, leaving the visitors 3.2 seconds for the final possession, but Wright did not manage to shoot a game-tying attempt in time, and the hosts celebrated a big win.

Keith Langford - EA7 Emporio Armani - EB13
Thursday, February 27, 2014
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Referees: ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP)
Attendance: 11000 (Tentative)
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EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 16:59 8 2/5 1/2 1/2   2 2 1 1 2     1 2 6
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 7:54 8 1/2 2/2   2 1 3   1   1   3   9
9 MELLI, NICOLO 28:53 3 0/1 1/1 0/2 1 4 5 3   2 1   1 2 8
12 HACKETT, DANIEL 16:39 5 1/2 0/3 3/4   2 2 4 2 1     5 2 4
14 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 9:07     0/1     2 2 1 1       1   2
23 LANGFORD, KEITH 29:58 18 1/7 3/6 7/11   3 3 5   1     1 7 18
24 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 28:57 16 6/10   4/6 1 2 3     2 2 1 5 6 13
25 TOURE, MOHAMED DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
30 WALLACE, C.J. DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 LAWAL, GANI 9:51 2 1/2       1 1           1   1
34 MOSS, DAVID 28:21 7   2/3 1/2 1 3 4 1 1   1   3 1 10
55 JERRELLS, CURTIS 23:21 10 1/2 2/4 2/2   4 4 2 2 2       4 17
Team           1 1 2     2          
Totals 200:00 77 13/31 11/22 18/29 6 25 31 17 8 12 5 1 21 24 88
        41.9% 50% 62.1%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA
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 Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BRAMOS, MICHAEL 29:33 7 2/3 1/6     5 5 3 1       4   6
8 BATISTE, MIKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 26:15 10 1/2 2/5 2/2 3 4 7         1 1 1 12
10 UKIC, ROKO 13:26 2 1/3 0/3         1   1   1 2   -6
11 LASME, STEPHANE 19:39 5 1/5   3/4 2 1 3 1   1 1   5 4 3
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 3:57   0/2       1 1               -1
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 32:32 6 1/2 0/5 4/4       2 3 6   1 3 9 4
14 GIST, JAMES 30:06 21 6/9 2/3 3/3 3 6 9 2 1 1   1 2 2 27
15 PAPPAS, NIKOS 4:30 2 0/1   2/2                 2 1  
16 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MACIULIS, JONAS 16:15 5 2/5 0/1 1/1 2 5 7 1 1     1 3 1 7
19 WRIGHT, ZACH 23:47 17 7/10   3/3 1 4 5 3 2 1     2 3 24
Team           2 1 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 75 21/42 5/23 18/19 13 27 40 13 8 12 1 5 24 21 77
        50% 21.7% 94.7%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS

Head Coaches

BANCHI, LUCA
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"Tonight you saw the best and worst of my job. Twenty perfect minutes, in which everybody did their work, we alternated many players on the court, improving our quality. We played the best 20 minutes, so far, this season. But this is a crazy job, especially when the things start to become complicated. We made many mistakes in the last quarter, and I think we have to improve a lot our percentage from the foul line. We have to avoid the mistakes we made at the end if we want to compete at a high level. We beat a very strong team, and we showed we deserve our position in the table, but there is still a long road to go, and we would like to use all our chances to go ahead."
PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"We played a bad first half as a team first of all. Then we made too many turnovers and played without passion and energy. EA7 controlled the tempo in the first half, but in the third quarter we played better, containing our mistakes and turnovers, playing with energy and intensity, moving the ball better on the offensive side. We came very close to winning, but little details cost us."

Players

SAMUELS, SAMARDO
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"It was a great night for our team. This is a very important victory for us. We're improving every day, we are working strong every day together, and we all have the same goal - to win every game. We just have to play hard and work hard at continuing this way. Those are the big games we have to win. We don't want to think about the next round, we have to just go forward game-by-game."
UKIC, ROKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"Our first half was bad, we couldn’t find any momentum, but we tried to get back and we were close at the end, but they were one step ahead of us and we couldn’t complete our comeback. We have to give credit to Milan, they made some big shots in the first 30 minutes where they built a big difference. We’re not happy about the point difference; we came here to win. Now it’s very hard to predict what will happen in this group. Details will make the difference."