2014-15Regular SeasonRound 6
November 20, 2014 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 REGIONALNE CENTRUM SPORTOWE

Panathinaikos grabs its first road win in Lubin

Panathinaikos Athens improved to 4-2 in Group C by downing PGE Turow Zgorzelec 69-79 in Lubin, Poland, on Thursday. Panathinaikos grabbed its first road win in Group C while Turow dropped to 1-5. Loukas Mavrokefalidis paced the winners with 21 points. James Gist added 16 and Nikos Pappas scored 14 for Panathinaikos. Tony Taylor and Chris Wright each had 13 points to lead Turow and Damian Kulig added 11 for the hosts. Turow led midway through the first quarter. Pappas and Mavrokefalidis fueled a 0-12 run that put the Greens ahead for good, 13-20. Pappas and Gist soon gave Panathinaikos its first double-digit lead, 24-35, midway through the second quarter. Nothing changed from that moment, as Panathinaikos stayed solid at both ends, kept a safe margin all the way and sealed the outcome long before the final buzzer.

First quarter: Pappas, Jankovic put Greens ahead

Tony Taylor got Turow going with an acrobatic three-point play, which Ivan Zigeranovic followed with a layup for a 5-0 lead. James Gist struck from downtown, but Taylor bettered him with a layup and a fast break slam for a 9-3 Turow margin. Panathinaikos kept missing open shots and could not get Esteban Batista involved in the low post due to Zigeranovic's physical defense. Vladimir Jankovic made free throws and Dimitris Diamantidis hit a three-pointer, but Damian Kulig singlehandedly kept Turow ahead, 13-8. Nikos Pappas hit 4 of 4 foul shots and Jankovic soon gave the Greens their first lead, 13-14. Turow kept struggling to score, while Pappas and Loukas Mavrokefalidis boosted their team's lead to 13-20, after a 0-12 run. Michal Chylinski and Gist exchanged three-pointers and Diamantidis soon gave Panathinaikos a 19-25 edge. A corner triple by Chris Wright brought the hosts within 22-25 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Panathinaikos gets double-digit lead

Wright made free throws early in the quarter. An unstoppable Gist stepped up with a baseline jumper. Mavrokefalidis scored again and a catch-and-shoot triple by Gist gave Panathinaikos an 8-point lead. Turow could not find a go-to guy without Kulig on court and kept missing open shots. Meanwhile, a three-pointer by Pappas gave Panathinaikos its first double-digit margin, 24-35. Uros Nikolic tried to change things with a tip-in, which Julian Wright matched with a put-back basket. Vlad Moldoveanu struck from downtown to give Turow hope at 29-37. Batista scored down low and Diamantidis added a layup off a steal to keep the Greens way ahead. Kulig hit a jump hook off a Turow timeout, but Janis Blums did better with a triple from the corner. Chylinski stepped up with a fast break layup to bring the hosts a bit closer, 33-44, at halftime.

Third quarter: Time for some alley-oop dunks!

Jankovic swished a jumper immediately after the break, which Mardy Collins matched with a one-handed floater in the lane. Kulig found space for an uncontested three-pointer that brought Turow within single digits, 38-46. Gist shined with a put-back slam, but Collins quickly answered with a backdoor layup. A basket by Batista restored a double-digit Panathinaikos lead, 40-50. Turow started to miss open shots and the Greens kept full control of the game through Diamantidis. Wright provided a highlight with a high-flying alley-oop slam. Mavrokefalidis nailed his trademark mid-range jumper and an alley-oop dunk by Gist made it a 12-point game. Taylor scored in transition and bettered Mavrokefalidis's jump hook with a three-point play. Mavrokefalidis and Lefteris Bochoridis made free throws, but another alley-oop slam by Wright and a buzzer-beating jumper by Moldoveanu kept the hosts within 51-61.

Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos seals the victory early

Collins nailed a five-meter jumper early in the quarter, which Blums erased at the other end. Turow needed a quick comeback to return to the game and Kulig tried to ignite it with a layup. Mavrokefalidis shined with a turnaround jump hook, however, and soon added a six-meter jumper for a 55-68 Panathinaikos margin. A three-point play by Pappas sealed the outcome, 55-71, with seven minutes remaining. An unstoppable Mavrokefalidis nailed a three-pointer and free throws by Pappas made it 55-76. Jakub Karolak hit a floater, but everything was said and done already as Panathinaikos cruised to its first road win of this Euroleague season.

James Gist - Panathinaikos Athens - EB14
Thursday, November 20, 2014
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Referees: SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), MANTYLA, PETRI (FIN)
Attendance: 1803
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PGE Turow Zgorzelec22111818
Panathinaikos Athens25191718
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PGE Turow Zgorzelec22335169
Panathinaikos Athens25446179
PGE Turow Zgorzelec
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 COLLINS, MARDY 30:10 6 3/7 0/3   1 2 3 2 1 2     4 2 1
7 KULIG, DAMIAN 21:56 11 3/5 1/3 2/2   1 1     5 1   3 2 3
8 CHYLINSKI, MICHAL 25:46 8 1/3 2/3     1 1 2   1     3 4 8
9 KAROLAK, JAKUB 8:15 5 1/2 1/1     1 1   1       3 1 4
10 JARAMAZ, NEMANJA 8:30   0/1 0/1   1   1 2         2   -1
11 GOSPODAREK, MICHAEL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 9:35     0/1             2 1   2   -4
14 MOLDOVEANU, VLAD 22:55 5 1/2 1/2     2 2   1 3     2   1
19 NIKOLIC, UROS 12:12 6 2/3   2/4 2 3 5     1     3 2 6
21 TAYLOR, TONY 30:05 13 5/8 0/3 3/5   2 2 7 3 2   1 2 7 19
33 WRIGHT, CHRIS 24:44 13 3/4 1/2 4/4 2 2 4   1 1     2 2 15
44 ZIGERANOVIC, IVAN 5:52 2 1/2       3 3           1 1 4
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 69 20/37 6/19 11/15 6 21 27 13 7 17 2 1 27 21 60
        54.1% 31.6% 73.3%
Head coach: RAJKOVIC, MIODRAG
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 Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS 2:55   0/1                         -1
6 SLAUGHTER, AJ 12:04   0/4 0/1         3 2 1     4 1 -4
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 10:26 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   1 1 1         1 2 1
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 21:48 6 1/3 0/3 4/4 2 5 7 1   2   1 2 5 9
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 26:49 14 2/5 1/1 7/8 2 3 5 2 1 4     4 7 17
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 22:33 21 5/6 1/1 8/8   6 6 2 1 1     3 5 30
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 27:24 6 1/1 1/2 1/2   1 1 3 1 2 1   1 4 11
14 GIST, JAMES 22:16 16 3/4 3/7 1/2 3 2 5 1 2 2   1 2 1 14
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 17:22 4 2/4       1 1   1 3     1    
18 BLUMS, JANIS 19:23 6 0/1 2/2     2 2     2     3   2
21 WRIGHT, JULIAN 17:00 5 2/4 0/1 1/2 1 2 3   1 1 1     2 7
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 79 16/34 8/19 23/28 10 25 35 13 9 18 2 2 21 27 90
        47.1% 42.1% 82.1%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO

Head Coaches

RAJKOVIC, MIODRAG
PGE Turow Zgorzelec
"I knew the game would be really hard. We tried to play good basketball and we kept the game close until the moment when too many fouls appeared on both sides and that definitely put us out of rhythm. Our bench is still short, at the end of the game my key players were tired and I couldn’t refresh them by giving them rest."
IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a very important game for my team. I am in general happy about the way we played that game apart for the last four minutes. Turow is the best team in Euroleague in the transition game and to stop it was the key factor to the victory."

Players

WRIGHT, CHRIS
PGE Turow Zgorzelec
"I think that playing a team like Panathinaikos is a good test for us to see what we need to improve, because they play a solid all-around game for 40 minutes."
BLUMS, JANIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was a very important win for us today because it will help us a lot to go to the next round. We knew this game was not going to be easy and that Turow plays really hard and fast. We were really focused and prepared the game really well. We stopped their fast break offense. We forced them to play five-on-five offense and they are not comfortable when they play like that. We played a very good game today. We forced them to make some turnovers and we made open shots, and these were the keys to this game."