2005-06PlayoffsGame 1
April 04, 2006 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 O.A.K.A.
With 18,000 fans behind it at OAKA Olympic arena in Athens, Panathinaikos moved halfway to the Final Four with an 84-72 victory over visiting Tau Ceramica on Tuesday in the first game of their quarterfinal series. The two Final Four teams from last year will play Game 2 in Vitoria, Spain in Thursday, and if the Greens win that, the series is theirs. The opener was close throughout, but Panathinaikos finished with an 8-2 run in the final 3 minutes to make it look easier. Mike Batiste hit a triple to settle all doubt with a minute left and finished with a team-high 15 points for the winners. Dejan Tomasevic and Vasilis Spanoulis added 13 each, while Vlado Scepanovic scored 11 points for Panathinaikos, which won despite a 24-40 rebounding disadvantage. Luis Scola scored 20 points and kept Tau as close as 72-70 late in the game before running out of answers. Travis Hansen added 17 points, Tiago Splitter 12 and Kornel David 10 for the guests.

Panathinaikos got the scoreboard rolling with a Diamantidis free throw, but Tau quickly went inside to Scola for a turnaround jumper and to Hansen on the arc for a triple that put the guests ahead 3-5. Thanks to a flagrant foul and swarming defense, the Greens raced ahead 10-5 behind 4 points by Diamantidis and a slam in transition by Mike Batiste. Tau responded with a triple from Kornel David, yet Diamantidis was ever-present on defense, allowing Nikos Hatzivrettas to finish the break with authority as the Greens ran ahead 15-8. After a timeout and another turnover by Tau, Spanoulis added to the Panathinaikos lead by flashing for another lay-up in transition that boosted the margin into double digits, at 19-8. Splitter came off the bench and let Tau breathe with some inside points, however Kostas Tsartsaris bettered him with a triple at the other end. Tau was not ready to mail in the quarter, however. Hansen teamed with Serkan Erdogan for a pair of strikes from downtown that cut the Panathinaikos lead to 24-21 after 10 minutes.

A triple by Hatzivrettas opened the second quarter, but Splitter produced a three-point play to keep Tau within 27-24. Dejan Tomacevic scored in the paint and then Fragiskos Alvertis loaded his three-point gun to give the Greens a 32-24 lead, which led Tau to switch to zone defense. While the Greens struggled with that, Scola caused some trouble with 4 points during a 2-8 surge that puleed Tau within 34-32. Soon, a three-point bomb by Lionel Chalmers tied the game at 35-35 and Panathinaikos coach Zeljko Obradovic called timeout to regroup his forces. And so he did. Lakovic converted free throws, Batiste who scored on a pivot move and Vlado Scepanovic capped the host's 7-0 run with a triple for a 42-35 edge. Splitter muscled his way for an offensive rebound and scored but in the following possession Chalmers committed an offensive foul, which allowed Panathinaikos to reach halftime ahead by 43-37.

The second half got underway with Tau abandoning the zone and Spanoulis welcoming the change with a drive through the defense. David and Tomacevic exchanged points and then Splitter added free throws for Tau to make it 46-41. Both teams relied on their frontcourt players until Hansen knocked down a long jumper. When Splitter added a basket and a free throw, the guests had pulled within 49-46 midway through the quarter. Diamantidis and Scola entered the game then, and Tau switched back to zone, as both coaches turned the court into tactical battlefield. A jumper by Spanoulis widened the gap to 55-48, but Scola scored in traffic and David added more free throws for Tau. A monstrous dunk by Batiste was followed by another basket from Scola that made it 57-54. Soon, an offensive rebound by Scola and a layup by Erdogan tied it 58-58, but Panathinaikos got the last word of the quarter. A second triple of the night for Scepanovic let the crowd explode and gave the Greens a 61-58 lead after 30 minutes.

The fourth period commenced with the OAKA crowd on their feet, and after a drive by Diamantidis, roaring with satisfaction. Nevertheless, Scola turned up his game in a big way and with smooth moves kept Tau's chances intact at 65-64. However, a triple by Jaka Lakovic made it 68-64 and later Spanoulis raced to add a layup for the Greens. Scola answered with back-to-back baskets to make it a two-point game again, 72-70. Tomacevic made his own power move and when Scola missed for a change, Scepanovic scored on the fastbreak for Panathinaikos, leading now 76-70 with 3 minutes left. Tau looked for offensive help for Scola but couldn't find anyone as Tomacevic hit free throws and Batiste sealed the huge victory with a decisive triple from the corner with a minute left.
Tuesday, April 4, 2006
Danos Tsakalos, Athens
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Referees: SUDEK, PETR (SVK), FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), TEOFILI, ALESSANDRO (ITA)
Attendance: 0
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS 12:45 3   1/5     2 2 1   1     2   -1
6 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 LAKOVIC, JAKA 25:00 7 0/1 1/7 4/4   1 1 3     1   1 4 8
8 BATISTE, MIKE 27:15 15 3/7 1/2 6/8 2 2 4   3 1 2 2 4 4 14
9 FEMERLING, PATRICK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 19:30 7 2/4 1/3   1 1 2         1 2   2
11 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 30:15 13 5/8   3/4   3 3 6 2 1     2 6 23
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 10:00 5 1/3 1/1         1 1     1 3   1
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 27:00 8 2/3 0/2 4/6   3 3 2 2 2   1 4 4 7
14 SCEPANOVIC, VLADO 19:30 11 2/2 2/4 1/2                   1 9
15 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 18:30 13 3/5   7/12 2 4 6     3 1   4 7 13
16 SAKOTA, DUSAN 10:15 2 1/1 0/3   1   1 1         2 1  
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 84 19/34 7/27 25/36 7 17 24 14 8 8 4 5 24 27 78
        55.9% 25.9% 69.4%
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
Tau Ceramica
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 SCOLA, LUIS 31:00 20 7/10   6/8 1 4 5 1 1 4     5 6 19
5 PRIGIONI, PABLO 23:45 2   0/3 2/2   2 2 3   4     5 2 -3
6 HANSEN, TRAVIS 28:00 17 4/6 3/6     4 4 1   3     4   10
7 CHALMERS, LIONEL 16:15 6 1/4 1/3 1/2 1 3 4     4   1 3 3 -1
9 VIDAL, SERGI 16:15   0/2     2 1 3 1   3   1 4 1 -5
10 UKIC, ROKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 ERDOGAN, SERKAN 30:45 5 1/7 1/3   1 3 4 2   3   2 1 1 -2
15 GRIMAU, JORDI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 GARCIA, OSCAR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 DAVID, KORNEL 24:00 10 1/1 1/2 5/7 2 3 5   1 1 3   2 4 17
21 SPLITTER, TIAGO 25:00 12 4/6   4/5 3 3 6 1   1 1   2 6 20
23 JACOBSEN, CASEY 5:00     0/2     1 1     1 1   1 1 -1
Team           4 2 6               6
Totals 200:00 72 18/36 6/19 18/24 14 26 40 9 2 24 5 4 27 24 60
        50% 31.6% 75%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
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