2006-07PlayoffsGame 2
April 05, 2007 CET: 17:30
Local time: 19:30 SPORTS COMPLEX KRYLATSKOE
Dimitrios Diamantidis - Panathinaikos A dream colored green remains alive after Panathinaikos became the first team to advance to the Final Four by downing Dynamo 65-73 on the road in Moscow on Thursday to sweep their best-of-three Quarterfinal Playoffs series 2-0. Panathinaikos had also won the series opener in Athens on Tuesday. With the second victory, Panathinaikos fulfilled its long-held plan to play the Final Four in its own building, Athens Olympic Indoor Hall (OAKA) in the Greek capital. The Greens will face the winner of the quarterfinal series between Tau Ceramica and Olympiacos in one of the single-game semifinals to be played on Friday, May 4. Ramunas Siskauskas led Panathinaikos with 19 points on Thursday, hitting 4 of 6 three-point attempts. Dimitris Diamantidis added 11 points for the winners and Mike Batiste had 10. Lazaros Papadopoulos scored 13 points for Dynamo while Antonis Fotsis had 11. Strong defense and leadership by Diamantidis allowed Panathinaikos to take a 30-36 halftime lead after having been ahead by double digits a couple times in the second quarter. After the break, Panathinaikos found a go-to guy in Siskauskas, whose 13 points in the third quarter helped build leads as high as 17 points. Dynamo never really recovered, allowing the Greens to keep fighting for Euroleague glory.

Papadopoulos got Dynamo started with a basket in the low post that Kostas Tsartsaris matched with a put-back for Panathinaikos. Dynamo kept looking for Papadopoulos early, but Tsartsaris and Batiste double-teamed him as often as possible. Just as in Game 1, Dimitris Diamantidis started to give Bojan Popovic trouble on defense. Diamantidis hit free throws while Batiste scored twice in transition for a 2-8 Panathinaikos lead. Dynamo called timeout to make adjustments to its offense, and the new plan worked as Fotsis came out and buried a three-pointer while Papadopoulos scored down low to make it 7-8. Nikos Hatzivrettas came off the bench and immediately hit a mid-range shot for Panathinaikos, however. Popovic got to the line for 2 good free throws, and when Diamantidis scored in penetration, also answered with the first triple of the game for a 12-12 tie. Another Panathinaikos sub put his stamp on the quarter as Dejan Tomasevic followed a layup with a quick drop-step basket in the low post to give the Greens a 12-16 edge after 10 minutes.

Lazaros Papadopoulos - Dynamo MoscowObinna Ekezie joined the game at the start of the second quarter and immediately hit a four-meter shot for Dynamo. Sergei Bykov followed a driving layup with a fastbreak dunk to give Dynamo a lead back at 18-16 lead. Dimos Dikoudis immediately tied again for Panathinaikos, which looked for Diamantidis in the low post to get advantage against Bykov and Dimitri Khvostov. Dynamo entered the foul bonus too early, however, and Panathinaikos head coach Zeljko Obradovic called timeout to make the most out of this advantage. Diamantidis buried a running jumper and soon added a three-pointer to give the Greens a 20-25 lead. Panathinaikos opted to attack the basket and go to the foul line often. As such, Sani Becirovic and Siskauskas made free throws for a 21-29 lead. Yuri Vasiliyev and Hatzivrettas traded triples while Becirovic banked in a short shot to boost the Greens' lead to double digits, 24-34. Sergey Monya hit free throws and Bykov added a fast break layup for Dynamo. Batiste provided a highlight with a big dunk but a put-back basket by Vasilyev got Dynamo within 30-36 at halftime.

The Greens went for the kill right after the break by relying on the duo of Batiste and Diamantidis. Batiste nailed a baseline jumper to start the half and took an alley-oop pass from Diamantidis to restore a double-digit lead, 30-40. Papadopoulos scored again in the middle, but that's when Siskauskas caught fire. He stroked twice from downtown to boost the lead to 32-47 and force a Dynamo timeout. The hosts came out and suffered a shot-clock violation before Siskauskas buried another shot to cap a 2-13 run since halftime that made it a 17-point game, 32-49. Then, at long last, Dynamo's shooters started hitting. Fotsis nailed the first shot from downtown, then after a short jumper by Papadoupoulos that Becirovic matched, returned for another triple to give Dynamo some hope at 40-51. Siskauskas was there to answer, however, with his third triple before Dimitri Domani and Taquan Dean joined the three-point shootout for Dynamo. The hosts could only dent the lead, however, as free throws by Becirovic and the ever-present Siskauskas let Panathinaikos weather Dynamo's first scoring burst and still lead 46-58 after three quarters.

Mike Batiste - PanathinaikosVasilyev got Dynamo going with a tough jumper early in the final quarter, but otherwise the hosts struggled to turn things around. Dimitris Papanikolaou shined with a layup-plus-free throw for Panathinaikos. Popovic fouled out with 8 minutes to go, but Dynamo kept fighting. Papadopoulos hit free throws and Dean nailed a triple to get the hosts within 53-62. The threat faded, however, as Dikoudis made foul shots and Milos Vujanic buried a shot from the arc that effectively sealed the outcome at 53-67 midway through the fourth quarter. Dynamo never gave up, as Khvostov followed a layup with a triple for a 60-69 score. Fotsis made foul shots but Siskauskas answered from downtown to make sure that Panathinaikos put the victory on ice, 62-72, with 2 minutes to go. Dynamo had a tough end to an otherwise fantastic Euroleague season, while Panathinaikos turned its attention to its next Euroleague home game at the Final Four on May 4.
Thursday, April 5, 2007
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), DOZAI, SRDAN (CRO)
Attendance: 3000
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Dynamo Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 POPOVIC, BOJAN 24:30 5 0/2 1/3 2/2 1 1 2 3 2 3   1 5 2 1
7 KHVOSTOV, DMITRY 15:30 5 1/1 1/5   1 2 3   1 1     1   3
8 GILL, EDDIE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 DEAN, TAQUAN 22:00 8 1/2 2/8     1 1 2 2     1 2 2 5
10 BYKOV, SERGEY 21:00 6 3/5 0/3 0/1 1   1 1 1 1     3 4 3
11 MONIA, SERGEY 8:00 2 0/1   2/2           1     2 1 -1
12 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 29:45 13 5/10   3/4 4 2 6 2 1 2 1   1 6 20
13 TRUSHKIN, ANDREI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DOMANI, DMITRY 29:00 6 0/3 2/4     3 3 4 1       2   7
15 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 28:00 11 0/2 3/6 2/2 1 2 3 1 2 1 1   2 1 11
17 VASILYEV, YURI 19:30 7 2/2 1/1   2 1 3       2   1   11
19 EKEZIE, OBINNA 2:45 2 1/1                         2
Team             1 1   6 1         6
Totals 200:00 65 13/29 10/30 9/11 10 13 23 13 16 10 4 2 19 16 68
        44.8% 33.3% 81.8%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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 DELK, TONY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 6:30 3 1/2   1/1 1 2 3   1 1       1 6
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 26:15 9 2/8   5/6 1 4 5 1 1       2 4 11
8 BATISTE, MIKE 19:15 10 5/6     1 3 4     1     3   9
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 33:30 19 1/3 4/5 5/6 1 5 6 1   2   2 2 3 19
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 15:00 5 1/2 1/1     3 3   1 2     2   4
11 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 14:45 4 1/2   2/2 2 2 4   1 1   1 1 2 7
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 25:15 2 1/1     2 1 3 2 1 4   1 3 2 2
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 29:45 11 2/5 1/2 4/5 1 2 3 1 1 2 1     5 15
15 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 12:45 5 2/6   1/2   1 1 1 1       2 2 3
18 VUJANIC, MILOS 8:00 3   1/3             2     1   -2
19 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 9:00 2 1/1       2 2     1 1       4
Team             2 2   3           5
Totals 200:00 73 17/36 7/11 18/22 9 27 36 6 10 16 2 4 16 19 83
        47.2% 63.6% 81.8%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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Head Coaches

IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Dynamo Moscow
"First, I want to congratulate my players on a great season in their first Euroleague participation. Second, I wish all the luck in the world to Panathinaikos in the Final Four. In this series, the best team has won - simple as that - although tonight the difference was not so great. We lost in the details, inexperience above all. We don't know how to play against more experienced teams. We also committed a lot of fouls against a team that makes a high percentage of its free throws. Those 33 three-point attempts are not our style, either, but the young players tried them while trying to cut the point difference. Unfortunately, again we had bad luck with injuries. Ekezie felt pain in his left heel and left the court after less than three minutes, while Dean, after a screen by the other team, fell and hurt his right shoulder. We'll wait and see what the doctors say, but our bad streak of injuries continues. Now we have to switch our focus and think about the end of the Russian League and the final four of the Russian Cup."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"I believe that we deserved this victory and the qualification for the Final Four. Dynamo has shown its fighting character, has played and fought until the end. Dynamo shown so much this season, despite some serious injuries, that I have to say it deserves a place in the Euroleague. Our game has had two sides: one bad in the first half, with just a single assist and slow play, and the other in the second half, when we improved in those elements. I congratulate my players. They'll have some free days for Easter now and after will begin the most important part of the season. Personally, I am very happy to achieve my tenth qualification for the Final Four in 16 years of my career, keeping in mind that in my second season at Partizan, we weren't able to participate in European competition because of international sanctions."

Players

BYKOV, SERGEY
Dynamo Moscow
"It's a pity that we couldn't win once more for our fans and see our very good season in the Euroleague last a week longer. But in spite of the loss and our elimination, I believe we have had a dignified season. Tonight, we fought, we were in the game until the final minutes, but it wasn't enough against such a self-confident Panathinaikos. I congratulate them and wish them luck in the Final Four."
TOMASEVIC, DEJAN
Panathinaikos
"In short, mission accomplished. We haven't played too well, but sufficiently enough to win. To win the Final Four, we will have to play much better. I am very happy to be going to the biggest club event there is. My first Final Four was with Partizan in 1998, in Barcelona, and nine years later I am returning. It's one of the few trophies I lack and it would be great to win it in front of our crowd."
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