2012-13Top 16Round 14
April 04, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 O.A.K.A.

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
73.3 Points 78.7
34.4 Rebounds 33.6
9.6 O. Rebounds 8.1
24.9 D. Rebounds 25.5
16.0 Assists 17.6
5.2 Steals 6.4
3.4 Blocks 3.7
14.4 Turnovers 13.7
54.3 % 2PT 55.7 %
36.3 % 3PT 39.9 %
67.1 % FT 74.6 %
80.0 Index 92.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
11.0 / Maciulis Points 14.2 / Weems
6.0 / Lasme Rebounds 7.4 / Khryapa
2.3 / Lasme OR 1.5 / Kaun
3.7 / Lasme DR 6.4 / Khryapa
6.5 / Diamantidis Assists 5.1 / Teodosic
1.2 / Diamantidis Steals 1.6 / Khryapa
2.0 / Lasme Blocks 1.2 / Kaun
3.0 / Diamantidis Turnovers 3.0 / Teodosic
65.8 % / Bramos 2PT 69.9 % / Kaun
45.2 % / Banks 3PT 100.0 % / Krstic
100.0 % / Skordilis FT 93.8 % / Khryapa
14.2 / Diamantidis Index 17.4 / Krstic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
9-4 Top 16 10-3
6-4 Regular Season 9-1
15-8 Overall 19-4

Referees

Crew Chief
CEREBUCH, GUERRINO, Italy
Referee
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain
Umpire
VOJINOVIC, MILIJA, Serbia

The Take

With the first place in Group E, and a playoff home-court advantage at stake, Panathinaikos Athens and CSKA Moscow clash in Greek capital on Thursday night. The two Euroleague powerhouses each have 6 continental titles to their name, and CSKA has won the last two meetings between the sides. The Russian champions hold group-best 10-3 record, and can lose up to 16 points to be sure of claiming the first place. Meanwhile, Panathinaikos would secure the third place with a win. It would be first if it wins by at least 23 points and Madrid wins or if it wins by 26 or more and Efes wins. It would be second if it wins by 20 to 22 points and Madrid wins or if it wins by 4 to 25 points and Efes wins. However, a loss in this game would drop the Greens to the fourth place and set up a contest against Euroleague giant and Group F champion Regal FC Barcelona.

Panathinaikos will have a high task of stopping CSKA's efficient offense. Former Euroleague MVP Milos Teodosic uses his court-vision to find open men and get everyone involved, and if he is on fire from downtown like he was in the clash of these two teams in Top 16 Game 7, he becomes a decisive factor. Behind him, CSKA has great depth at point guard to change rhythm of games with speedster Aaron Jackson and another former MVP, Theo Papaloukas, who did not play in the first game between the two teams. Panathinaikos will counter with 5-time Euroleague Best Defender Dimitris Diamantidis, and his backcourt partner Roko Ukic. Size, leadership and winning mentality of Diamantidis can change a game, but he will need other deep threats on his team – Jonas Maciulis, Michael Bramos and Marcus Banks - to be on their games as well. CSKA has one of the most dangerous wingers in all of Euroleague, with often unstoppable Sonny Weems and highly versatile Vladimir Micov who also prides in his hard nose defensive skills. Key to the game might come down to the battle in the paint. The Greens will try to repeat performance from Moscow clash when they grabbed 16 offensive rebounds. To do that, however, they will need an input of athleticism from James Gist and Stephane Lasme, inside presence of Sofoklis Schortsanitis and know-how of Kostas Tsartsaris. It would not be a surprise if Panathinaikos Head Coach Argiris Pedoulakis will give extended minutes to Gaios Skordilis and Charis Giannopoulos as he could use as many big bodies against CSKA’s stacked frontline, led by do-it-all forward Viktor Khryapa, a dominant presence in the paint who missed first game against Panathinaikos due to injury. He perfectly compliments centers, Nenad Krstic and Sasha Kaun, who both present a nightmare for opposing defenders and often require double-teams to stop them from finishing, but also get help from power forwards Andrey Vorontsevich and Zoran Erceg who are happy to knock down open shots from the perimeter.

Panathinaikos needs its backcourt of Dimantidis and Ukic to be at their game, controlling the tempo and setting the tone on defense, while frontcourt of Lasme, Gist, Schortsanitis and Tsartsaris hold their own against dominant CSKA’s counterparts Krstic, Kaun and Khryapa. CSKA needs a good game from Weems, and establishing its game-flow with Teodosic and Papaloukas balancing team’s offense.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

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 has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games. He has made 35 of 70 three-pointers (50%) during that span.

Dimitris Diamantidis is closing in on second place on the Euroleague’s list of assists career. Diamantidis has 788 career assists – 10 fewer than Pablo Prigioni.

Diamantidis needs 2 more blocked shots to become the first guard in competition history to reject 100 shots.

Diamantidis has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Roko Ukic needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Kostas Tsartsaris is 2 three-pointers shy of 100 for his Euroleague career.

Stephane Lasme leads the Euroleague in blocked shots with 2.05 per game. He has blocked at least 1 shot in seven straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis was a teammate of CSKA guard Milos Teodosic during three season at Olympiacos Piraeus between 2007 and 2010. In that time they helped the team reach back-to-back Euroleague Final Fours and win the 2010 Greek Cup.  CSKA forward Zoran Erceg also played with them for the Reds in 2008-09.

CSKA MOSCOW

CSKA and Panathinaikos have squared off in five previous Euroleague Final Fours, including the 2007 and 2009 title games, which were both won by the Greens. CSKA defeated Panathinaikos 66-64 in the semifinals of last season’s Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in Istanbul.

Only four CSKA players – Aaron Jackson, Sasha Kaun, Vladimir Micov and Milos Teodosic – have appeared in every game this season. Coach Ettore Messina has used a total of 12 different players in his starting lineups and 17 players overall this season.

Sasha Kaun was the bwin Top 16 Game 7 MVP after leading CSKA past Panathinaikos 86-69 with 13 points on perfect shooting, 8 rebounds and 5 shots en route to a performance index rating of 30 and an outing that his coach, Ettore Messina, compared to Hall of Famer Bill Russell.

Milos Teodosic has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight and 19 of his last 20 Euroleague games. 

Viktor Khryapa has at least 1 steal in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Khryapa needs 30 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Zoran Erceg has made 17 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Andrey Vorontsevich has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Vladimir Micov has made at least 1 three-pointer in 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games; he is shooting 19 for 40 (47.5%) from downtown over that stretch.

Micov was a teammate of Panathinaikos guard Vasilis Xanthopoulos at Panionios BC Athens during the 2007-08 season.

Theo Papaloukas needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his career.

Nenad Krstic was the 2011-12 Regular Season Game 9 bwin MVP after leading CSKA over Panathinaikos with 17 points on just 9 shots attempted plus 12 rebounds to finish with a performance index rating of 31. He also had a double-double (13 points, 11 rebounds) in the previous meeting against Panathinaikos that season.

Dmitry Sokolov had one of the best games in his Euroleague career against Panathinaikos in December 2010. He amassed 17 points, 8 rebounds and 2 blocks for a career-best performance index rating of 23, even though the Greens won 68-72 in Moscow.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"This is the last day of the Top 16 and we have to face CSKA Moscow, a team with a roster full of really good players. We are facing an excellent team. We have to be extremely focused, because our opponent can punish every little mistake. It will be very important for us to have our fans by our side. We know that there are a lot of scenarios about this last day of Top 16, getting into the Euroleague playoffs, but every game is special for us and we are always trying to compete for the victory."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It will be the key game for both teams who are trying to improve their positions in the last game of the Top 16. And it will be also a weird game for us because we know that even a loss with some kind of point-difference can leave us on the first place in a group. But we will do our best to isolate ourselves of this kind of thoughts because otherwise, if you allow yourself to lose, you will definitely lose and it will hurt the mentality of the team. This game is also important for us because we need to finish the Top 16 strong and gain more confidence before the start of playoffs. Going back to basketball, Panathinaikos is a great defensive team which had couple of excellent wins on the road recently. On offense they are great in post-up situations so we have to guard them carefully."

Players

SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"CSKA Moscow is one of the best teams in Euroleague this season. We respect our opponent very much, but still we will step onto the court aiming for the positive result as always. Every team has weaknesses and we have to find theirs. We’ll have to follow the plan the coach will give us. It’s our job to follow the plan. We don’t think about the scenarios and the possibilities for the next round. It would be wrong to do something like that. We’ll try to get the win and when the time comes we’ll find out the name of our opponents in the Euroleague playoffs."
SOKOLOV, DMITRY
CSKA Moscow
"I know there are a lot of talks around the game, people count possible margins and final group standings. But we don’t want to count. We want to win this one. It will be obviously a difficult game, because Panathinaikos needs this win to be placed higher and they always play great with the support of their fans. But we will be ready."

CSKA downs Panathinaikos to win Group E

CSKA Moscow secured first place in Group E of the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Top 16 with a hard-fought 63-69 victory at Panathinaikos Athens, setting up a playoffs date with Caja Laboral Vitoria. Viktor Khryapa led the way with 13 points, 7 rebounds and 6 assists while Sasha Kaun scored 11 points and both Milos Tedosic and Nenad Krstic hit for 9 points for the visitors. Moscow improved to 11-3 in Group E despite committing 17 turnovers in the game. Michael Bramos came off the Panathinaikos bench to lead all scorers with 18 points while Stephane Lasme scored 11 points. Athens star Dimitris Diamantidis was held scoreless, though he collected 3 assists, 4 steals, 2 rebounds and 1 block. Panathinaikos finished the Top 16 at 9-5 in fourth place and will take on FC Barcelona Regal in the playoffs. The game was close till the very end with the Greens sitting within 1 of the Russian champs in the closing minutes, but Khryapa starred at both ends and the visitors made critical free throws to ice the win.

First quarter: After slow start, Lasme sparks Panathinaikos

Panathinaikos coach Algiris Pedoulakis made just one change to his starting lineup with Diamantidis coming on instead of Marcus Banks with the quartet of Jonas Maciulis, Roko Ukic, James Gist and Sofoklis Schortsanitis. CSKA coach Ettore Messina trusted the same five in Teodosic, Sonny Weems, Zoran Erceg, Kaun and Khryapa. Weems started the game with a triple and Kaun threw down a dunk for an early 0-5 lead and a quick timeout for the Greens. Weems came out of the timeout with another three for an 0-8 lead. The hosts finally got on the scoreboard with a layup by Maciulis with 6:22 to play in the first. Erceg’s layup pushed the advantage back to eight before the Panathinaikos bench came on to spark the team with Kostas Tsartaris nailing a triple and Lasme getting two inside scores to cut the deficit to 9-10. A Kaun lay-in and a steal and break-away dunk by Aaron Jackson gave Moscow a 9-14 lead before Lasme got another inside score to bring Panathinaikos to within 11-14 after one quarter.

Second quarter: Bramos gets hot off bench, sparks Panathinaikos comeback

Vladimir Micov started the second quarter with a long ball and it was 13-19 after Lasme and Kaun swapped inside scores. Gist was open and nailed a straight on triple to make it 16-19 but Kaun came up with a highlight dunk off a pick-and-roll and converted the three-point play and added another score to give CSKA its biggest lead of the game at 16-26. Sofo stopped the run and then Bramos hit a straight-on three-pointer to narrow the gap to 21-26. Schortsanitis was way too deep for an easy score and two Ukic foul shots made it 25-29. Khryapa’s first point on a free throw gave Moscow a 25-32 advantage before Bramos continued his hot quarter with a three-pointer from the left corner and a layup off a CSKA turnover to pull within 31-32. After a Ukic free throw knotted the game, Bramos threw down a dunk off another Moscow turnover for a 34-32 lead – Panathinaikos’s first of the game. A Theodoros Papaloukas foul shot sent the teams into the locker rooms with the hosts ahead 34-33.

Third quarter: Strong Papaloukas not enough for CSKA

Maciulis started the second half with a three-point play to increase Panathinaikos’s lead to 37-33. Papaloukas answered with a three-ball and Khryapa’s jumper gave Moscow back the lead 37-38. CSKA was up 39-41 after a long-ball from Teodosic. After Ukic evened the game with a jumper in the lane, Papaloukas scored back-to-back baskets for a 41-45 CSKA cushion. But Schortsanitis got a tip-in and two foul shots to knot the game at 45-45. With the game tied at 47-47, Bramos nailed a long three-pointer as Panathinaikos was up 50-47 after three quarters – though Ukic nearly hit from beyond half-court at the buzzer.

Fourth quarter: CSKA hits late free throws, Khryapa comes up big on both ends

Micov opened the fourth with a jumper and Gist scored Panathinaikos’s first point with a free throw before Khryapa’s three gave CSKA a lead 51-52. Lasme answered with a three-point play to make it 54-52. Teodosic however came down to nail a long ball to put Moscow back ahead. Khryapa came up with a big block on Big Sofo and the Ukic missed an open triple before Khryapa knocked down a long, long three for a 54-58 CSKA advantage. After Diamantidis missed a desperation three at the shot clock buzzer, both Teodosic and Diamantidis missed foul shots before Bramos knocked down a triple from the left corner to snap a four-minute scoreless streak for Panathinaikos, which was within 57-58. After CSKA had made just 6 of its first 13 free throws in the game, Krstic and Khryapa both converted 2 free throws to keep Moscow up 59-62. Ukic picked up a steal and layup and then two free throws to bring Panathinaikos within 63-64. But Teosodic made one of two foul shots with 54 seconds left and Bramos missed a long ball with 33 seconds remaining before Krstic hit an open jumper with 9.8 seconds to play for the decisive cushion.

Players CSKA Moscow celebrates - EB12
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 17800
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CSKA Moscow14191422
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CSKA Moscow14334769
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 27:44 18 3/3 4/7   1 4 5 1         3   18
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 19:19 5 2/3 0/3 1/1   4 4     1     3 1 2
10 UKIC, ROKO 33:20 9 2/9 0/2 5/6 2 1 3 5 2     1 3 4 9
11 LASME, STEPHANE 28:17 11 5/9   1/1   3 3 1 1 2     2 2 10
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 19:36 6 1/3 1/2 1/2 1 3 4 1   1     2 2 6
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 31:44   0/2 0/5 0/2 1 1 2 3 4 4 1   2 4 -1
14 GIST, JAMES 16:21 6 1/1 1/2 1/2   1 1   1       2 2 6
15 BANKS, MARCUS 8:47   0/1 0/1     1 1 3 1     1 2 2 2
16 XANTHOPOULOS, VASSILIS 3:26           1 1               1
17 GIANNOPOULOS, CHARIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SKORDILIS, GAIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 11:26 8 3/6   2/2 1   1     2   1 3 2 2
Team           1 4 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 63 17/37 6/22 11/16 7 23 30 14 9 11 1 3 22 19 59
        45.9% 27.3% 68.8%
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 TEODOSIC, MILOS 30:54 9 1/2 2/6 1/4   2 2 5   5   1 3 6 5
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 22:00 7 2/4 1/3     1 1 2 2 2 1   2 1 6
7 JACKSON, AARON 17:46 2 1/1 0/1     1 1   1       1   2
11 SOKOLOV, DMITRY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 KRSTIC, NENAD 21:52 9 1/3   7/10   7 7 1   1       8 19
13 WEEMS, SONNY 19:49 8 1/1 2/3     1 1 1 1 1     4 2 7
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 7:57 2 1/1 0/2     1 1           1    
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 KAUN, SASHA 25:49 11 5/5   1/1 2 4 6   2   1   2 1 19
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 29:17 13 2/5 2/3 3/4   7 7 6 1 4 1   3 3 19
33 PONKRASHOV, ANTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 24:36 8 2/4 1/1 1/2 1 3 4 4   3     3 1 8
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 69 16/26 8/19 13/21 3 29 32 19 7 17 3 1 19 22 86
        61.5% 42.1% 61.9%
Head coach: MESSINA, ETTORE

Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGIRIS
Panathinaikos Athens
“It was a close and very competitive game, with the two teams emphasizing defense. We played good on defense and the game was decided by the details. CSKA Moscow played more calmly and got the win. I have to congratulate my guys for advancing to the playoffs, which is a big deal. We have another challenge in front of us and we have to work hard in order to be competitive and play consecutive games. Barcelona has depth and quality, although they miss Pete Mickeal. I didn't have any preference, including the possibility to play against Olympiacos. Dimitris Diamantidis missed some practices and is out of his rhythm, but Panathinaikos can still be competitive."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"It was a playoff game, very tough and difficult for both teams. It is not easy to win here, but I am happy because we pressed our opponents in defense and played good in offense. We committed a lot of turnovers, but on the other hand we dished 19 assists. I really want to thank my players for their effort and to wish good luck to ourselves and to Panathinaikos. "

Players

UKIC, ROKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"We were a shot away from a big win, but it is over. Now we have to get prepared to surprise Barcelona. The whole team is tired after so many games, but this is our job. We must refuel in order to be competitive against the team that is the favorite."
BRAMOS, MICHAEL
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a very tough game, which we should have won, but didn’t due to some mistakes, especially in defense. The game was decided by small details, but we are satisfied because we were very competitive against a great team and we can get confidence from this. Now we have to work hard and prepare to play Barcelona."
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