2012-13Top 16Round 11
March 15, 2013 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 O.A.K.A.

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.4 Points 70.2
35.1 Rebounds 32.5
10.0 O. Rebounds 10.7
25.1 D. Rebounds 21.8
15.8 Assists 13.1
4.9 Steals 5.2
3.6 Blocks 1.6
14.4 Turnovers 14.3
53.0 % 2PT 49.6 %
35.3 % 3PT 34.6 %
67.7 % FT 76.1 %
78.7 Index 68.7

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
10.4 / Maciulis Points 12.3 / Thompson
6.2 / Lasme Rebounds 5.7 / Thompson
2.4 / Lasme OR 2.4 / Thompson
3.8 / Lasme DR 3.6 / Morley
6.3 / Diamantidis Assists 2.6 / Schaffartzik
1.2 / Diamantidis Steals 1.2 / Djedovic
2.1 / Lasme Blocks 0.6 / Thompson
3.2 / Diamantidis Turnovers 2.4 / Djedovic
68.6 % / Bramos 2PT 64.7 % / Schultze
48.4 % / Banks 3PT 50.0 % / Miralles
76.0 % / Diamantidis FT 90.9 % / Morley
13.7 / Diamantidis Index 13.9 / Thompson

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
6-4 Top 16 1-9
6-4 Regular Season 4-6
12-8 Overall 5-15

Referees

Crew Chief
GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Referee
LOPES, LUIS, Portugal
Umpire
PATERNICO, CARMELO, Italy

The Take

Two classic teams in European club competitions meet again in the Greek capital, where Panathinaikos Athens takes Alba Berlin in Top 16 Group E on Friday. Panathinaikos ranks fourth in Group E with a 6-4 record and Alba is seventh at 1-9 with no chance to make it to the playoffs. In Top 16 Game 4, Panathinaikos defeated Alba 73-79 behind 28 points from Jonas Maciulis. Panathinaikos has a 2-1 home record against Alba, whose only win came in 1999, 70-72, with 18 points from Wendell Alexis.

Alba must find the way to stop Dimitris Diamantidis, as Panathinaikos runs its offense through its star point guard. Diamantidis offers size, defense, basketball IQ and clutch, turning him into a natural-born mismatch. Marcus Banks offers athleticism and range off the bench. Diamantidis must use his experience and legendary defense against scoring guard DaShaun Wood, who has been unstoppable lately. Je'Kel Foster and Heiko Schaffartzik give coach Sasa Obradovic plenty of alternatives at point guard. Maciulis and Mike Bramos will see extended playing time at both wings, as Jason Kapono may remain unavailable. Roko Ukic will try to make the difference at the '2' position with his deep range, one-on-one skills against experience. Ukic must be ready for a tough matchup against scoring ace Nihad Djedovic, Bramos faces all-around swingman Derrick Byars and Maciulis must use his explosiveness against blue-collar small forward Zach Morley. One of Alba's main concern will be stopping Sofoklis Schortsanitis, whose power, post moves and strength could make the difference in the paint. He faces hard-nosed center Albert Miralles, but he may also see playing time against tough, physical big man Ali Traore, who can also make the difference on offense with his post moves and effective jumper. Schortsanitis will get plenty of help from athletic big men James Gist and Stephane Lasme, as well as from veteran power forward Kostas Tsartsaris. Gist and Lasme must use their defensive and jumping skills against Deon Thompson, Alba's most consistent player this season due to his post moves, rebounding and effective mid-range shots. Yassin Idbihi may be the hosts' X-factor because of his mobility and hunger for rebounds.

Panathinaikos needs to get Schorsanitis and Gist involved, expect Maciulis to have another huge game and as usual, control the game tempo through Diamantidis. If the Greens lock the defensive board, it will be really difficult for Alba to steal a road win. Alba must get Traore and Thompson involved to force Panathinaikos to double-team, as it has really good shooters ready to pull the trigger from downtown. Expect an interesting game at OAKA on Friday.
Tuesday, March 12, 2013
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Game Notes

ALBA BERLIN

Alba Berlin is winless in all seven of its previous Top 16 road games.

DaShaun Wood, Yassin Idbihi, Albert Miralles and Zach Morley are the only Alba Berlin players to appear in every Euroleague game this season. No player has started every game.

Heiko Schaffartzik has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Deon Thompson has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

DaShaun Wood scored a season-high 24 points on 6-of-10 three-point shooting in last week’s loss to Anadolu Efes.

Nihad Djedovic  scored a season-high 21 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting in a 73-79 loss to Panathinaikos in Berlin in January.

PANATHINAIKOS ATHENS

Jonas Maciulis is the only Panathinaikos player to start every Euroleague game this season. Maciulis and Mike Bramos are the only players to appear in every game. Coach Argiris Padoulakis has used a total of 13 different players in his starting lineups this season. 

Maciulis scored a season-high 28 points on 6-of-8 three-point shooting to lead Panathinaikos to a 73-79 victory over Alba in Berlin in January.

Dimitris Diamantidis needs 3 more blocked shots to become the first guard in competition history to reject 100 shots.

Diamantidis has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Roko Ukic needs 13 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Ukic needs 3 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Kostas Tsartsaris is 4 three-pointers shy of 100 for his Euroleague career.

Stephane Lasme leads the Euroleague in blocked shots with 2.1 per game. He has blocked at least 1 shot in three straight and seven of his last eight Euroleague games.

Monday, March 11, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"Alba Berlin fights in its every single game. They may have just one win so far, but some of these defeats came at the last minutes. Alba is a really tough team especially when it comes to defense or rebounds. One of our opponents’ targets is to control the rhythm of the game, to play mostly a set game. It’s up to us to be concentrated throughout the game and have the energy required to fight for every ball, in order to get the positive result we need at this point."
OBRADOVIC, SASA
Alba Berlin
"After their loss in Malaga, Panathinaikos must win this game, while we are already out of the playoff race and have nothing to lose. But this does not mean, that we will go there to give them an easy win. After so many close losses in the TOP16, including our first game against Panathinaikos, we believe, that our record of 1-9 does not give a correct picture of our overall performance and we will try to prove that in the remaining games."

Players

BANKS, MARCUS
Panathinaikos Athens
"It’s a crucial game and we have to come out and execute to win this game. And just play Panathinaikos basketball as we know how. When we are doing that we are a very tough team to beat, because we have a lot of great players who can play in different positions and do a lot of things. As long as we are playing Panathinaikos’ basketball I don’t think that anybody can beat us easily. We are a tough team and we must take one game at a time and put ourselves in a position to control our destiny. Alba is a good team but we are too. We know that they are going to come in to try to win the game. They have nothing to lose and we have everything to gain. So, we must come out to take care of our business."

Panathinaikos cruises past Alba Berlin

Panathinaikos Athens remains in control of its own destiny in a race for a place in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs after cruising to a huge 82-58 win over visiting Alba Berlin on Friday night at OAKA in the Greek capital. The victory improved Panathinaikos to 7-4 and sole possession of fourth place in Group E standings, one win ahead of the fifth place Unicaja Malaga, while Alba dropped to 1-10. The Greens led from start to finish, after opening up the game with a 14-2 charge, and finished the first half on a 15-4 spurt that gave them a 22-point halftime lead. Jonas Maciulis led in victory with 16 points plus 6 rebounds. Stephane Lasme scored 14, Sofoklis Schortsanitis had 10 points, while Dimitris Diamantidis tallied 8 points plus 9 assists and Roko Ukic had 8 points plus 6 assists. For the visitors, Dashaun Wood scored 9 points on 3-for-4 three-point shooting and Nihad Djedovic finished with 8 points.

First quarter: Greens storm out of the gate

Ukic hit a shot to start the scoring, and Sofoklis Schortsanitis made a basket inside to give the hosts the lead from the get go. Djedovic got Alba on the scoreboard, but that was the only basket Panathinaikos allowed in almost five minutes. While focused on defense, the Greens went up 14-2 with Diamantidis assisting for a triple from Maciulis, a fastbreak layup from Ukic and finally for an alley-oop dunk by James Gist. Yassin Idbihi snapped the hosts’ run with a layup and a baseline shot, but a fastbreak dunk from Gist extended it to 19-6. The Berliners tried to get a spark off the bench from Albert Miralles and Heiko Schaffartzik, and the latter hit a triple, cutting it to 21-11 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Hosts pull away with 14-4 run

Jekel Foster nailed a triple to open the second quarter, but Lasme answered with couple of shots, before Marcus Banks added a driving layup and a three-pointer for 30-15. After a timeout, Wood ended Alba’s drought from downtown, but Diamantidis answered with a three of his own before throwing a pass for a spectacular Lasme alley-oop dunk, 35-18. After Ali Traore scored inside and Derrick Byars from behind the arc to cut into the lead, the hosts answered with Maciulis nailing a triple and adding a basket-plus-foul to make it 45-26. Before the quarter’s end, Djedovic drove for a layup, but Diamantidis sank a three-pointer and Ukic raced for an uncontested layup, giving Panathinaikos a 50-28 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Panathinaikos margin swells to 30 points

Schortsanitis dunked and Zach Morley answered with an easy layup to open the scoring in the third quarter. Morley then hit a three, but Maciulis answered right back with his third triple and a 57-33 lead. With Panathinaikos enjoying full control, the tempo of the game slowed down, and so did the scoring before Lasme muscled his way inside and Banks nailed a triple to make it 67-37 going into the final quarter.

Fourth quarter: Greens reserves close out the win

Wood hit back-to-back triples to start the fourth quarter, before Deon Thompson made a basket-plus-foul and a put-back to create a 0-11 run. Lasme’s dunk and Bramos’s triple snapped the run, before Schaffartzik and Maciulis traded triples for 77-55. With all of the Panathinaikos starters getting rest, Charis Giannopoulos and Gaios Skordilis hit jumpers to close out the game.

Jonas Maciulis - Panathinaikos - EB12
Friday, March 15, 2013
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Referees: GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), LOPES, LUIS (POR), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA)
Attendance: 6000 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Panathinaikos Athens21291715
Alba Berlin1117921
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Panathinaikos Athens21506782
Alba Berlin11283758
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 24:09 4 0/1 1/6 1/2   3 3 2         3 3 2
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 25:33 16 1/2 4/4 2/3   6 6 1 3 2 1   3 4 24
10 UKIC, ROKO 23:17 8 3/5 0/1 2/2   2 2 6 2 1     1 1 14
11 LASME, STEPHANE 23:02 14 5/6   4/4   3 3 1   1 1   3 4 18
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 15:18 4 1/2   2/2   2 2     1   1 2 1 2
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 26:03 8   2/4 2/2 1   1 9 1 1     1 7 22
14 GIST, JAMES 18:49 6 3/5 0/2     5 5   2 1     3   5
15 BANKS, MARCUS 9:18 8 1/1 2/4         1 1         1 9
16 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 13:25   0/1       1 1 2 2 1     2   1
17 GIANNOPOULOS, CHARIS 4:08 2 1/1                         2
19 SKORDILIS, GAIOS 3:31 2 1/2       1 1               2
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 13:27 10 4/4   2/4 1 4 5 2 1 2     1 2 15
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 82 20/30 9/21 15/19 3 28 31 24 12 11 2 1 19 23 117
        66.7% 42.9% 78.9%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
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
Alba Berlin
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 SCHULTZE, SVEN 1:54                   2     2   -4
7 NEY, JOEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 20:26 6 0/1 2/3     2 2 2   1     2 1 6
9 THOMPSON, DEON 24:52 5 2/6   1/3 4 3 7   1 3 1   1 4 8
11 BYARS, DERRICK 23:56 4 0/3 1/2 1/2   1 1 1   2     2 3  
14 DJEDOVIC, NIHAD 21:22 8 3/7 0/2 2/4 1   1 3   1   1 4 2  
19 MIRALLES, ALBERT 15:40 4 1/3   2/2 1   1 2         1 3 7
23 WOOD, DASHAUN 19:34 9 0/3 3/4     2 2 2   4     2 1 4
24 TRAORE, ALI 18:11 6 2/6   2/3 2 4 6     1     2 4 8
25 FOSTER, JEKEL 18:38 5 0/3 1/3 2/2   2 2 3   1   1 2 1 2
34 IDBIHI, YASSIN 15:41 6 3/6       2 2     1     2   2
44 MORLEY, ZACH 19:46 5 1/4 1/1         1 1       3   1
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 58 12/42 8/15 10/16 9 19 28 14 2 16 1 2 23 19 38
        28.6% 53.3% 62.5%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, SASA

Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"We played seriously and with a lot of energy and concentration both in defense and in offense. Alba Berlin fights in every game and is not an easy opponent. This group is tough and very competitive and this was proved once again tonight with the road win by Unicaja Malaga over Real Madrid. I would say that we have to run a marathon without a stop. We will go now to Madrid to play Real and our only promise is that we will give our best. We are not a superb team, but nobody can blame us that we are not trying to get the best possible result. This is exactly what I am asking from my players, to keep trying and not surrender."
OBRADOVIC, SASA
Alba Berlin
"Panathinaikos deserved to win and this is a game which showed where we are. It was a useful experience for us against such a strong team. We didn’t execute our plans and I think that we showed more respect than we had to. Panathinaikos played in full speed and didn’t allow us to react, but we have to keep working and not be disappointed from this result."

Players

MACIULIS, JONAS
Panathinaikos Athens
"After the way we lost to Unicaja, there is no room for jokes anymore. We prepared for the game against Alba Berlin and we did our job, but it is over. Seven bad minutes against Real Madrid and another five bad minutes in Malaga hurt us and now we have to give our best to get a spot in the playoffs. There is no doubt that we will do our best in Madrid to get the win."
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