2015-16Top 16Round 11
March 17, 2016 CET: 20:15
Local time: 21:15 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Panathinaikos rallies past Lokomotiv, 84-77

Panathinaikos Athens moved closer to booking a spot in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs and denied its guests the same, for now, by rallying for an 84-77 victory over Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar in Group E on Thursday. James Gist and Elliot Williams led the way with 16 points each for Panathinaikos, which improved to 7-4 in the group and finally beat Lokomotiv after three previous losses this season. Lokomotiv, which could have qualified for the playoffs with a victory, dropped to 7-4 but still owns the point-difference advantage over Panathinaikos going forward. Dimitris Diamantidis scored 15 points and had 6 assists and Nick Calathes chipped in 12 points and 9 assists for the winners. Lokomotiv was paced by Matt Janning with 16 points. Victor Claver added 13 points, Anthony Randolph collected 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Malcolm Delaney picked up 11 points and 4 assists.

First quarter: Calathes and Gist play alley-oop

Panathinaikos coach Aleksandar Djordjevic made one change to his starting line-up, with James Feldeine coming on for Sasha Pavlovic alongside Nick Calathes, Elliot Williams, James Gist and Ognjen Kuzmic. Lokomotiv coach Georgios Bartzokas put out the same starters in Malcolm Delaney, Evgeny Voronov, Ryan Broekhoff, Victor Claver and Anthony Randolph. Panathinaikos started the game in style with Calathes throwing up a long alley-oop pass to Gist for a dunk. Lokomotiv finally got on the board after more than 2 minutes as Claver knifed into the lane for a layup. The hosts had their own scoring problems early, going 2 minutes without a basket until Williams hit a reverse layup at 4-2 lead. Lokomotiv took its first lead at 4-6 on a Randolph jumper. Claver scored again on a put-back to keep Lokomotiv ahead 6-8 with Gist knotting it again on another alley-oop dunk assisted by Calathes. Randolph's three-point play put Lokomotiv back ahead 8-11 before yet another Calathes-to-Gist alley-oop dunk. Miroslav Raduljica tied it again for Panathinaikos at 12-12 with a layup after a spin move. Lokomotiv grabbed its biggest lead at 12-16 following a Randolph layup and two Voronov free throws. Pavlovic pulled Panathinaikos within a point on a three-point play but Matt Janning came on and nailed a triple to re-establish Lokomotiv's four-point gap at 15-19. Panathinaikos scored the final 4 points of the quarter, however, the last ones on a strong layup from Williams for a 19-19 tie.

Second quarter: Janning goes for 10 points in quarter

Chris Singleton started the second quarter with a big block on a dunk attempt from Dimitris Diamantidis before Claver and Williams swapped free throws. Janning and Claver followed by nailing back-to-back three-balls as the Lokomotiv lead hit 23-27. Diamantidis answered with his own three-pointer but Delaney found a cutting Janning for a layup to make it 26-29. Gist trimmed the difference for Panathinaikos, but Andrey Zubkov hit from long range for a 28-32 advantage. Gist continued his fine game with a nice pass for a Raduljica dunk but Zubkov added 4 more points as the Lokomotiv lead swelled to 30-36. Panathinaikos came up with tough defense but could not manage much offense itself with Calathes twice splitting 2 foul shots to get the hosts within 32-36. Janning snapped a two-minute scoreless streak for Lokomotiv before Gist hit Panathinaikos’ first basket in nearly 4 minutes to make it 34-38. But Janning nailed a long three-pointer to give the guests their biggest lead thus far before free throws by Williams left a 36-41 halftime score.

Third quarter: Delaney picks up scoring late for guests

Voronov streaked to the basket for a layup to start the second half before free throws from Williams got Panathinaikos on the board. Randolph re-established a seven-point lead but Calathes scored 5 straight points to bring the Greens to within 43-45. Calathes and Gist connected again on an alley-oop but Lokomotiv was back up by 45-52 after a Randolph block and layup. Diamantidis provided the hosts a spark offensively with a three-pointer, a steal and a layup to trim the gap to 50-52. Delaney scored 6 straight points then for Lokomotiv to keep the guests ahead 54-60. James Feldeine answered with a three-pointer for Panathinaikos but Janning came right back down and hit from long range, too. Diamantidis responded with three-point play as Panathinaikos trailed just 60-63 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos puts it away with 10-0 run

Vince Hunter got a tough basket to fall to start the scoring in the fourth quarter for Panathinaikos and his big put-back dunk off a Williams miss gave the hosts the lead, 64-63. Dontaye Draper came back down and nailed a trey to put the guests ahead and followed with another long ball as Lokomotiv's advantage rose to 64-69. Free throws by Delaney pushed it to 7 points before Diamantidis and Raduljica hit back-to-back baskets inside, then Calathes nailed a corner three to knot the game at 74-74. Singleton answered right back for Lokomotiv with a three-pointer to make it 74-77. Panathinaikos responded with a big 10-0 run featuring a big dunk from Gist, 6 points from Williams and a fastbreak layup from Diamantidis for an 84-77 advantage. Lokomotiv fell apart in the final 3:35 minutes with 5 turnovers and 5 misses from the field. However, Randolph added a final basket with 2 seconds left to make sure Lokomotiv won the point difference in their split victories with Panathinaikos in case of a tie at the end of the Top 16.

Dimitris Diamantidis - Panathinaikos Athens - EB15
Thursday, March 17, 2016
Euroleague.net
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), PUKL,SASA (SLO), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP)
Attendance: 13045
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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
0 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 7:34     0/1     2 2           1    
3 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 12:38 5 1/1 0/1 3/3 1 1 2           2 3 7
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 12:03 2 1/1 0/2   1 2 3 2 1       2   4
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 21:05 8 4/7   0/1 1   1     3   1 2 2 1
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 20:02 5 1/1 1/4     1 1 1 1 1     2 1 3
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 24:29 15 4/5 2/5 1/1 1 4 5 6 2 1   1 3 2 21
14 GIST, JAMES 28:14 16 8/9 0/2 0/1 2 4 6 3   1 1   2 3 22
15 CALATHES, NICK 30:47 12 2/5 2/4 2/4 1 2 3 9 2 2 1   3 2 17
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 9:02   0/1       1 1     1     2   -3
22 WILLIAMS, ELLIOT 26:34 16 3/8 0/2 10/10   3 3 2 1 2   1 2 6 16
32 HUNTER, VINCE 7:32 5 2/3   1/3 3   3       1     2 8
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 84 26/41 5/21 17/23 12 21 33 23 7 11 3 3 21 21 99
        63.4% 23.8% 73.9%
Head coach: DJORDJEVIC, SASA
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
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 DELANEY, MALCOLM 36:21 11 1/5 1/3 6/9   2 2 4 1 5   1 4 6 5
1 SINGLETON, CHRIS 19:30 3 0/1 1/3     1 1   1 1 1   2 2 2
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 29:12 13 6/12 0/5 1/3 3 7 10 3   1 1 1 3 3 12
4 DRAPER, DONTAYE 21:22 8 0/1 2/3 2/2   2 2 3   1       2 12
9 CLAVER, VICTOR 31:05 13 2/2 1/2 6/8 4 3 7 1 1         4 23
12 JANNING, MATT 26:48 16 2/3 4/8   1 1 2 3   4     4   8
15 KOLYUSHKIN, MAXIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 BALASHOV, NIKITA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 16:18 8 3/4   2/2   2 2 1   1 1   3 3 10
20 ZUBKOV, ANDREY 5:27 7 2/2 1/1     1 1           3   5
21 SHUKHOVTCOV, GRIGORY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
45 BROEKHOFF, RYAN 13:57   0/2 0/3   1   1 1 2 3   1 2 1 -6
Team           6 4 10               10
Totals 200:00 79 16/32 10/28 17/24 15 23 38 16 5 16 3 3 21 21 81
        50% 35.7% 70.8%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

DJORDJEVIC, SASA
Panathinaikos Athens
“It was a huge win for us. Good hustle, great winning attitude in the second half. We finally gathered together and some good stops defensively in order to get back at them. It’s a good win. Too bad we didn’t get the point difference but we tried until the end.”

“It has been a very tough but important night. We felt the connection between the team and the fans who pushed us very nuch. Lokomotiv Kuban has unbelievable talent and since they added Janning, they have another big threat. Our goal was to stop their transition game and keep them away from the offensive boards. When it happened is when we took the momentum of the game. Dimanatidis helped us very much to get this victory and there is no doubt that all the players must feel blessed to have him as a teammate. He is an example of how you build a career and how you finish it. If he keeps playing like that, it will be great for us. We have to make him change his decision to retire. On the last possession, his shot was very good, but he missed it, so he has to retire right now (laughing)!”

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Lokomotiv Kuban Krasnodar
“We are not happy because we lost a game that we controlled for 37 minutes. We moved the ball well, grabbed a lot of offensive boards, had very good execution, but in the last three minutes we escaped from our plan and tried to win individually and not collectively. In the last minutes, Panathinaikos played with great determination and forced us to make a lot of turnovers and lose our concentration.”

Players

DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"We knew that we had to play against a very good team and this is the reason why I consider this victory a great one. We have been in trouble for most of the time, but we bounced back and made it at the end. In the last quarter, we improved our defense and had the right decisions on offense. We had the opportunity to get the tie-break difference, but regardless of the result, I think that our reaction is something we have to keep as a big plus. This reaction proves the quality of our team. We are going step by step. I am happy to play in front of 15,000 fans and see my teammates and the whole team fight. I enjoy it and as the time goes by and I play the last games of my career, my target is to be always decent."
CALATHES, NICK
Panathinaikos Athens
“We wanted to come here and protect our home court after the loss we suffered in Belgrade. Malcolm Delaney is a great player, but I have played against him since I was 15 years old. We beat a very good team and this is a great victory, but there are three more games to make it and try to get the best possible position in the group. The goal is to get better in every game and then have the result.”
WILLIAMS, ELLIOT
Panathinaikos Athens
“Lokomotiv is an excellent team, but we managed to beat them, thanks to our good strategy and the switches on defense in the fourth quarter. In the last offense, we had the opportunity to get the tie-break difference, too, but it didn’t happen. Sometimes, in the last possessions I didn’t knew what to do, but fortunately Diamantidis and Calathes were here to talk to me and give me the advice I needed.”
GIST, JAMES
Panathinaikos Athens
“We just had to show character. You have to give credit to Lokomotiv. They’re a great team. I think they’re going to go far in this Euroleague. But after the loss we took last week in Belgrade we had to come back and play harder. We had to show character and bounce back and get this win. “