2008-09PlayoffsGame 4
April 02, 2009 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PALAESTRA
Drew Nicholas - PanathinaikosPanathinaikos advanced to the 2009 Euroleague Basketball Final Four on Thursday after beating Montepaschi Siena on the road to win their best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoffs series 3-1. The Greens will face their arch Greek League rival Olympiacos in the semifinal at the o2 Arena in Berlin on May 1. Panathinaikos opened a 12-point lead in the first quarter and pushed the gap to 13 points in the second quarter. But Terrell McIntyre's outside shooting helped Siena cut the margin to just 3 points at halftime. Panathinaikos pushed the lead back to 8 only to see Montepaschi use an 11-2 run to pull ahead 58-57. A 2-8 close to the quarter gave Panathinaikos a 5-point lead after three. Montepaschi trailed by 6 in the fourth, but Benjamin Eze and McIntyre spear-headed a 10-1 charge for a 72-69 lead. But a 3-16 Panathinaikos push finished off Siena for good. Drew Nicholas led six Panathinaikos scorers in double figures with 19 points. Mike Batiste added 15, Nikola Pekovic 14, Stratos Perperoglou 12, Sarunas Jasikevicius 10 and Vassilis Spanoulis shined with 11 points and a career-high 10 assists for the winners. McIntyre was the star for Montepaschi, but his career-high 35 points were not enough. Rimantas Kaukenas added 15 in defeat.

The game started with three straight turnovers before Spanoulis made 2 free throws to give Panathinaikos an early lead. Eze got the hosts on the board with an inside lay-in off a fine pass by Kaukenas. Perperoglou got open on the left wing for a three-pointer and Batiste's lay-up made it 2-7. Kaukenas hit a jumper and McIntyre converted a fast break layup after a turnover to pull Montepaschi within 6-7. Siena head coach Simone Pianigiani was then called for a technical foul arguing a foul called. And things could have been worse for the Italian champs as Spanoulis and Batiste combined for just 1 of 4 free throws. But Batiste hit a jumper on the ensuing possession for a 6-10 lead. After an Eze free throw, Perperglou scored back-to-back lay-ups after steals as Panathinaikos jumped ahead 7-14. Pianigiani ordered a timeout, but Panathinaikos came up with another break-away layup after a steal only to have Eze save the basket with a block. Shaun Stonerook's dunk as the trailer on the break was matched by Batiste's layup on the other end. But the referees whistled Batiste for a technical foul for throwing the ball at a Siena player after his score. McIntyre made both free throws to cut the margin to 11-16. But Nicholas knocked down back-to-back three-pointers to push the lead to 13-22. McIntyre answered with a three-ball from the top of the key, but Panathinaikos kept up the defensive pressure, blocking a Ksistof Lavrinovic shot that resulted in a layup for Dimitris Diamantidis for the first double-digit lead - 16-26. Spanoulis's jumper made it 16-28 before Lavrinovic's foul shots cut the gap to 18-28 after one period.

Terrell McIntyre - Montepaschi SienaAntonis Fotsis was left alone in the paint as Panathinaikos scored first in the second quarter. McIntyre drained a triple from the left wing to keep Montepaschi in the game. But Nicholas's pull-up jumper in the lane pushed the lead to 13 points - 21-34, causing Pianigiani to call another timeout. McIntyre came back with a triple and then Lavrinovic put back an offensive rebound as Siena scored 6 straight points to cut the game to 27-34 and Panathinaikos boss Zeljko Obradovic wanted to talk about it. After the timeout, Nicholas hit his third triple to reestablish the 10-point lead. It was 10 points again after Spanoulis scored a driving layup and Batiste's jumper off the glass to make it 31-41. But Kaukenas converted a fast break layup and McIntyre drained another triple from the top of the key and the lead was just 36-41 as Obradovic again called for a timeout. Nicholas again answered the bell with a triple, but McIntyre bolted into the lane for a driving layup and Eze hit a left hook after Siena grabbed 2 offensive rebounds to make it 40-44. The Panathinaikos boss continued to try to stop the Siena surge with another timeout and Fotsis stepped out to the right wing for a triple to make it 40-47. Montepaschi would not let up, Lavrinovic laying in a nice pass from McIntyre and McIntyre making 2 foul shots to trim the margin to 44-47. After two straight 24-second violations for Panathinaikos, Montepaschi had a chance to go into the break deadlocked but McIntyre missed his three-point attempt and the guests led 44-47 at intermission.

Stratos Perperoglou - PanathinaikosAfter both teams struggled in the early going of the second half, Batiste's jumper on the left baseline opened the scoring in the second half. His free throw on the next possession made it 44-50. But McIntyre continued his fine long range shooting with a three-ball to make it 47-50. McIntyre threw the ball away and Nicholas dunked all alone on the break. Perperoglou then had his three-pointer go in, out and back in for a 47-55 advantage. Montepaschi failed to give up and Kaukenas banked in a jumper off the glass. After 2 Kaukenas free throws, McIntyre was fouled shooting a three-pointer and made all 3 foul shots to make it a one-point game 54-55. Eze missed 2 free throws and then Siena drew a charge, but could not inbound the ball and Pekovic was wide open for a layup to put Panathinaikos up 54-57. Stonerook put back his own miss and then stole a pass by Diamantidis and passed ahead to Kaukenas, who streaked in for the layup to push Montepaschi ahead 58-57. But Pekovic hit off the glass and converted the three-point play and Jasikevicius drained a triple form the right corner and the guests were up 58-63. Stonerook threw down a dunk after a McIntyre feed, but Pekovic put in a spinning lefty layup to give Panathinaikos a 60-65 advantage after three periods.

Neither team scored in the first two minutes of the fourth quarter until Morris Finley's jumper to cut it to 62-65. Pekovic fought off Eze and converted a three-point play for a 62-68 advantage. Montepaschi came back yet again with Eze dunking and completing a three-point play, Henry Domercant putting back an offensive rebound and Eze blocking Pekovic, which resulted in McIntyre draining a three-ball to complete a 10-1 rally and give the hosts a 72-69 lead. Panathinaikos somehow was able to yet again hit a three-ball after the timeout, Fotsis doing the deed this time to knot the game with the shot clock winding down. And that triple started a 3-16 surge that finished off Montepaschi for good. Nicholas nailed a three from the left corner and Spanoulis made 3 free throws after being fouled beyond the arc. Batiste threw down a dunk and Jasikevicius put the nail in the coffin with a long three-pointer late in the shot clock. Jasikivicius made 4 free throws down the stretch to secure the win.
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), SUTULOVIC, ZORAN (MNE), GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), TARTAGLIA, EDUARDO (CRO)
Attendance: 7025
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Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 DOMERCANT, HENRY 14:46 2 1/2 0/1   1 2 3 2 1 1     2   3
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 37:29 35 5/6 6/11 7/7   3 3 3 1 2     2 5 37
7 FINLEY, MORRIS 4:46 5 1/2 1/2         1       1 2   1
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 29:11 8 3/6   2/5 1 4 5   3   4   3 4 15
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 5:20 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1   1 1 1 1   1   1 2
10 SATO, ROMAIN 32:59 5 2/7 0/2 1/2 6 1 7 1 2 1   2 4 4 4
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 14:51 6 2/4 0/1 2/2 2 3 5   2 1   1 4 1 5
13 KAUKENAS, RIMANTAS 33:56 15 5/9 0/1 5/6 4 1 5 3 1 8     3 5 12
14 RESS, TOMAS 5:49           1 1           1    
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 McDONALD, ARRIEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 20:53 6 3/4 0/4   1 2 3   4 2     2 3 7
Team           2 2 4     2     1   1
Totals 200:00 84 22/41 7/23 19/24 18 19 37 11 15 18 4 5 24 23 87
        53.7% 30.4% 79.2%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
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
5 KECMAN, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 31:21 11 2/4 0/3 7/9   3 3 10 3 4   1 4 6 17
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 15:01 12 3/7 2/2     2 2 1 2   1 2 1 1 12
8 BATISTE, MIKE 20:22 15 6/8   3/6 2 3 5     2     3 3 13
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 24:21 8 1/1 2/3   1 2 3   1 1 1   3 2 10
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 32:20 19 2/2 5/7         1 1 3     3 3 16
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 14:13     0/1     3 3 2 3 1     3   3
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 22:55 2 1/2 0/2   1 1 2 2 1 1 2   3 1 3
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 19:02 14 4/6   6/6 2 3 5     2 1 1 1 5 19
15 SAKOTA, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 20:25 10 0/1 2/4 4/4   2 2 2 1 2     3 2 9
Team           1   1   2 1         2
Totals 200:00 91 19/31 11/22 20/25 7 19 26 18 14 17 5 4 24 23 104
        61.3% 50% 80%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO

Head Coaches

PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"I asked and I hoped that my players would do something extraordinary tonight, and I have to say we tried. We arrived to play this series against a big team that is in its best momentum of the season. Tonight we played zone-press, used many adjustments and played at a better pace than in Game 3. Things did not work well and we missed open shots, but we have also to think about the merits of Panathinaikos. They made big plays in the key moments. I'm disappointed for our fans, who were special again tonight. We would have liked to end our Euroleague season at home by winning, but we didn't make it."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"Congratulations to my players, because they made everything possible to win two games here and make it to the Final Four. It was a very tough and difficult game, but we managed to win thanks to our defense and focus. Our target was only to win, without thinking of the score. I don't care if we score 51 or 101 points, it is enough to score 1 point more than our opponents. We committed some normal turnovers that finally didn’t affect us. Sure, it is a big success to reach another Final Four, but we have time to think of this and get prepared."

Players

MCINTYRE, TERRELL
Montepaschi Siena
"I'm so sorry about our defeat. We knew before the series started that it would be very tough, and it was. But when you lose, you don't feel good. I'm disappointed. Right now I don't have any regrets, just that, especially for our fans, they were great and supported us till the end, but Panathinaikos showed it was better than us."
NICHOLAS, DREW
Panathinaikos
"I am very happy and proud of our success. This is going to be the first Final Four in my career in Europe and I want to win it all. When I signed for Panathinaikos, my target was to go all the way and win the Euroleague trophy. Maybe I am a little bit greedy, but I want this trophy. We came here to play two tough games after they beat us at home. We played great on Tuesday, but Game 4 was more difficult because Montepaschi Siena had more pressure and the crowd pushed them a lot. Panathinaikos is a great team and we showed once again big character."
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