Greens survive stern Darussafaka challenge
Panathinaikos Athens held off visiting Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 86-80 at Olympic Sports Center Athens on Friday night. Both teams now hold 5-4 records. Panathinaikos led by as many as 14 points in the second quarter, but Will Clyburn led Darussafaka’s rally and his long jumper gave the visitors their only lead of the second half, 76-77. But Ioannis Bourousis, Nick Calathes and Chris Singleton made plays down the stretch as Panathinaikos prevailed. Bourousis finished with 18 points, including a put-back with 11.6 seconds to go and then 2 free throws in the final seconds that sealed the deal. KC Rivers and Singleton scored 13 points apiece, Nikos Pappas 12 and Calathes collected 11 points, 7 rebounds and 4 assists in victory. Clyburn played entire 40 minutes, and paced Darussafaka with 26 points and 9 rebounds, Brad Wanamaker scored 19 and James Anderson 16 points in defeat.
Calathes got Panathinaikos going, fueling the Greens to an early 12-7 lead, before Rivers hit a three that sparked a 9-2 run and opened a 21-12 lead. Clyburn had 8 points in the first quarter for Darussafaka, helping cut it to 21-16, before Wanamaker scored 9 points in the second quarter, including a three-pointer and a pair of runners that got the visitors within 33-29. But back-to-back triples from Singleton and Pappas quickly pushed the margin to double figures, 39-29. Rivers hit a triple, his tenth point of the night, helping increase the margin to 14 and eventually to 46-34 at halftime. Darussafaka scored the first 7 points of the second. Semih Erden made his presence felt inside, Wanamaker and Anderson
contributed, and Clyburn’s fastbreak dunk cut the deficit to 48-46. Darussafaka allowed no field goals for almost six minutes to open the third quarter, but a jumper from James and a triple from Rivers on consecutive trips down the floor restored breathing room for the hosts at 56-48. Clyburn strung together 6 points, helping keep the visitors close, but with Bourousis fighting inside and Pappas hitting a triple, the hosts kept 64-60 lead going into fourth quarter. Bourousis committed his fourth personal foul at the very end of third quarter, but Demetris Nichols made a triple and a fade-away jumper to make it 69-60. However, Anderson nailed two triples, Wilbekin hit another and Clyburn’s jumper put the visitors in front, 76-77 with less than three minutes to go. But Bourousis dished to Calathes for a reverse layup and Singleton stole the ball on the perimeter and raced for a fastbreak dunk and an 80-77 edge with 90 seconds to go. Anderson split free throws, but Bourousis made a put-back with 11.6 seconds to go, making it 82-78 and essentially sealing the outcome.
Friday, November 25, 2016