2001-02Regular SeasonRound 14
February 14, 2002 CET: 00:00
Local time: 00:00 O.A.K.A.
After three consecutive losses had put its reputation, if not its future, in jeapordy, Real Madrid took the high road into the Top 16 on Thursday when it invaded Athens and stole off with a somewhat surprising 77-78 Group C. The victory let Madrid cap its season at 9-5 and stay out of the potential ties and tiebreakers below by finishing second exclusively, the same position it held most of the season. Panathinaikos had long clinched first place, but the loss dropped it to 12-2, so it ended up tied with Kinder Bologna of Group B for the best record overall. It also lost an 18-game winning streak between the Euroleague and the Greek League that had lasted since early November. Sasha Djordjevic led the way with 18 points for Madrid, while Lucio Angulo added 14 and some fine perimeter defense. Madrid joins Kinder Bologna, Ural Great and Efes Pilsen in Group F of the Top 16. Panathinaikos, the Group G leader, will be joined by AEK of Athens, Olympiakos and Union Olimpija.

Real Madrid may have lost six of the previous seven games to Panathinaikos, but its first half in Athens was magnificent! Former Olympiakos players Dusan Vuksevic (10 points) and Dragan Tarlac (8) joined up with Sasha Djordjevic (8) to earn a 17-point first-half lead for Madrid, which played an incredible offensive game against the Greek Champs and Group C leaders. The first quarter was pretty close, with Madrid finishing up with just a four-point lead, 20-24. In the second period, the Spaniards of Sergio Scarriolo took complete control of the game, playing aggressively on offense and getting to the foulline again and again. The score was 29-46 just 2 minutes before the halftime break, but the Greens seemed to wake up just in time, since they managed to cut the deficit to 13 points, 38-51, going into the lockerroom. Dejan Bodiroga scored 11 points, while Pepe Santchez added 7 points and Frangiskos Alvertis 6 for Panathinaikos, whose performance was putting their 18-game winning streak in the Euroleague and the Greek League in jeapordy.

In the third period Real Madrid continued to damage the Panathinaikos defense, as the lead lengthened to 40-58 due to Djordjevic¿s three-pointer early on. The only time that the Greeks managed to come closer was 5 minutes before the end of third quarter, cutting the deficit to 11, at 51-62, on an Alvertis three-pointer and fastbreaks by Giorgos Kalaitzis. The reason that Real escaped with another 18-point gap was its strength under the boards. Eric Struelens improved his scoring contribution to 15 points (8 in the third period), while Tarlac won many fights against sleepy Lazaros Papadopoulos. The score was 59-72 after 30 minutes and the only conclusion was that the Spaniards had bigger desire to win than the Greeks.

So in the last period, in front of the hot Greek crowd, who were shouting against Tarlac and Vuksevic any time they touched the ball, Real did what was necessary to win a very important road game. In on of his favorite arenas on St Valentine¿s day, Djordjevic led Real¿s orchestra in a marvellous way. He finished the game with 18 points, while Lucio Angulo added 14 points and good defense. The final score of 77-88 was a great "bravo" for Real, which interrupted Panathinaikos 17-0 winning streak. The last time, that the Greens became dangerous was 4 minutes before the end, when they cut the deficit to 10 points, but the Spaniards deserved to win and so they did.
Thursday, February 14, 2002
Kostas Sotiriou, Athens
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), COELHO, ANTONIO (POR), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 6000
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Panathinaikos20182118
Real Madrid24272116
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Panathinaikos20385977
Real Madrid24517288
Panathinaikos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS 33:09 16 4/8 1/2 5/5   3 3 2   1     4 6 17
5 KALAITZIS, GEORGIOS 27:16 11 4/6 1/3         2 3 3     2 1 8
7 ROGERS, JOHNNY 23:24 3 0/1 1/4     6 6     1 1   5    
10 BODIROGA, DEJAN 26:46 13 5/8 0/1 3/3   2 2   1 2     2 5 13
11 MIDDLETON, DARRYL 16:36 2 1/3       1 1 1     1   2   1
12 KUTLUAY, IBRAHIM 20:05 13 3/4 2/6 1/2         1     1 4 1 4
14 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 21:50 4 1/1   2/2 2 1 3 2   1 1   2 3 10
15 GIANNOULIS, YANNIS 18:10 5 2/5   1/2 3 2 5 2 2 2   1 1 2 8
16 SANCHEZ, PEPE 12:44 10 2/3 1/2 3/4   1 1 1 1 4     5 4 5
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 77 22/39 6/18 15/18 6 18 24 10 8 14 3 2 27 22 69
        56.4% 33.3% 83.3%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 STRUELENS, ERIC 31:41 15 5/9   5/6 5 5 10     2 1 2 1 3 19
6 DJORDJEVIC, SASA 28:51 18 3/5 3/5 3/3   2 2 1 1 4     1 3 16
7 ANGULO, LUCIO 34:54 14 4/6 0/3 6/6   5 5 6 3 3     4 3 19
8 VUKCEVIC, DUSAN 27:41 12 2/2 2/6 2/4   2 2 4 4 3     3 7 17
12 TARLAC, DRAGAN 33:02 12 3/3   6/10 4 7 11 4   4     1 1 19
13 LLORENTE, TONIN 5:01           2 2 1         2 4 5
15 ITURBE, IKER 22:49 9 3/3 1/3         2     1       10
16 HERNANDEZ-SONSECA, EDU 6:03 4 2/2   0/1   1 1           4 6 6
17 MENA, RAUL 9:03 4 0/1 1/2 1/4   2 2         1 3   -3
19 LAMPE, MACIEJ 0:55                         3   -3
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 88 22/31 7/19 23/34 10 26 36 18 8 16 2 3 22 27 106
        71% 36.8% 67.6%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"I have to congratulate Real Madrid because they were much better than us during the whole game. Of course, we must be satisfied that we finished first in our group and I am sure that it is going to be very interesting to face Olympiakos and AEK several times in the next phase. In conclusion, I would like to say that this is going to help Greek basketball to find its lost interest, as the fans will probably be back to the arenas to watch high competition games with familiar opponents."
SCARIOLO, SERGIO
Real Madrid
"We are happy that we won in a very hot arena and I think that this result gives us confidense for our next difficult games in the Euroleague. My players deserved this win because they gave their best to fill in for our injured players and they succeded. It was a very good game, neither of the teams had a great motivation and you are always proud when you beat Panathinaikos in Athens".

Players

BODIROGA, DEJAN
Panathinaikos
"Well, nobody is happy when losing a game. Our goal has been fulfilled since we got the first place in Group C and now we will compete against AEK, Olympiakos and Olimpija Ljubljana. Our Group is difficult and I would say that we shouldn¿t underestimate the slovenian team, which has great motivation against the three Greek clubs. So at this moment, we are not celebrating, but we are preparing ourselves for the next big games."
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