2014-15Regular SeasonRound 7
November 28, 2014 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Greens take high road past Bayern and into Top 16

Panathinaikos Athens charged into the Top 16 and avenged its first loss of the season on Friday with a no-doubt-about it 87-72 victory over visiting FC Bayern Munich. The Greens raised their Group C record to 5-2, pulling with them to the next round Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul, with the same record, while FC Barcelona had previously qualified. Bayern dropped to 1-6 and faces a do-or-die game next week at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan to keep its Top 16 hopes alive. Panathinaikos played without starting center Esteban Batista but hardly missed his points as backup Loukas Mavrokefalidis stepped up with 16, surpassed only by A.J. Slaughter's 17. Antonis Fotsis added 14, Vlantimir Giankovits 13 and Nikos Pappas 10 for the winners. The Greens held Bayern scoreless for 5 minutes of the first quarter to stake early leads. When Bo McCalebb rallied the visitors for a 31-31 second-quarter tie, Slaughter and Fotsis shared 3 three-pointers in a 13-2 run to close the half. Panathinaikos, which had just 5 turnovers, a club record in the Euroleague, was never threatened again. Bayern got 15 points from McCalebb and 14 from Robin Benzing, but suffered from 4-for-23 three-point shooting.

First quarter: Greens' defense secures lead

Slaughter buried a three-pointer to open the scoring for the hosts. John Bryant took that responsibility for Bayern with a layup that McCalebb soon copied for a 3-4 lead. Giankovits answered with the first Panathinaikos triple, before Dusko Savanovic hit free throws and a lane jumper for a 6-8 Bayern advantage. Slaughter dropped a runner to tie again before Mavrokefalidis put Panathinaikos in front with a pair of jumpers. Dimitris Diamantidis found a diagonal avenue to the basket for a reverse and a 14-8 lead that lasted a couple minutes until Vasilije Micic finally answered for Bayern. Giankovits restored the Greens' six-point lead at the foul line, then James Gist expanded on it with his first basket before Milic added his second for an 18-12 scoreboard after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: McCalebb rallies Bayern, Slaughter answers

Heiko Schaffartzik's three-point play to open the second quarter got Bayern right back in it, 18-15, but soon Panathinaikos added new scorers. Julian Wright scored in close and Pappas drilled a triple to make it 23-18. Wright detonated a huge dunk while Vladimir Stimac joined the Bayern effort with 3 points. Eleftherios Bochoridis did the same for Panathinaikos with a layup to match one by Pappas that made it 29-23. Robin Benzing hit free throws and McCalebb followed with a jump shot to get Bayern as close as it had been in a while, 29-27. Pappas and Savanovic traded layups before McCalebb pulled up for another jumper and a 31-31 tie. Mavrokefalidis broke the tie in favor of Panathinaikos and then Slaughter was left open to add a triple to it. After a timeout, Bayern watched Fotsis drill a deep triple, too, to match the game's high lead, 39-31. McCalebb got 2 points back at the foul line, but Diamantidis fed Mavrokefalidis to match it. After another timeout, Panathinakos went to Slaughter, who buried the first half's last shot from downtown for the first double-digit lead, 44-33.

Third quarter: Mavrokefalidis takes over

A series of 5 out of 6 free throws by Fotsis and Giankovits pushed the Panathinaikos advantage to 49-33 to start the second half. Bayern got worse news when Micic left the floor in pain with an elbow injury, but finally got its first basket from Stimac. But that was met with those of Mavrokefalidis and Giankovits, whose fastbreak layup forced a Bayern timeout at 53-35. A quick dish from Slaughter to Mavrokefalidis upped the difference to 20 points. Benzing broke Bayern's slide with a layup that Diamantidis and Mavrokefalidis erased with 2 free throws each. Benzing answered with a three-pointer, just Bayern's second in 13 tries, before Savanovic broke loose on a fastbreak to make it 59-42. Slaughter and Schaffartzik traded baskets next, then a scoring pause ended with Pappas drilling a triple at 64-45. Bryant and Savanovic shared 4 perfect free throws before Schaffartzik's no-look pass led Bryant to a bucket to trim the difference to 65-51 after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Fotsis slams the door

A sweet give-and-go from Wright to Fotsis opened the fourth-quarter scoring. When Bryant answered with a three-point play, Fotsis simply matched it from long-range. Benzing and McCalebb kept trimming the difference, however, with the latter's steal and fastbreak layup making it 70-58. McCalebb chose that moment for Bayern's third three-pointer, which reduced the difference to single digits, but only until Mavrokefalidis hit 2 free throws for a 72-61 scoreboard with 5 minutes left. Benzing scored in close, but Slaughter answered with 4 consecutive free throws as McCalebb fouled out. Paul Zipser scored at 77-65, but that was bettered by Diamantidis from long range. Another fortuitous triple from Fotsis, his third, put the game out of reach at 83-65 as Panathinaikos fans celebrated the march to another Top 16 and Bayern was left to figure out how to save the same opportunity.

Nikos Pappas - Panathinaikos Athens - EB14
Friday, November 28, 2014
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), SHEMMESH, SEFFI (ISR), JIMENEZ, BENJAMIN (ESP)
Attendance: 11781
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FC Bayern Munich12335172
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 3:00                              
6 SLAUGHTER, AJ 25:58 17 3/7 3/5 2/2   3 3 4 1     1 1 2 19
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 9:55 2 1/2 0/1     1 1 1         3 2 1
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 25:47 13 1/3 1/4 8/10 2 3 5 3       1 3 7 17
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 23:07 14 1/2 3/6 3/4 1 4 5       1   2 2 15
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 18:10 10 2/4 2/3   1 1 2 1   2   1   1 8
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 27:39 16 6/10   4/4 1 4 5 1 1 1 1   2 3 20
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 30:05 7 1/1 1/4 2/2   4 4 5 1 1     2 5 16
14 GIST, JAMES 16:53 2 1/6 0/2 0/1 2 4 6 1     1 2 4 1 -3
17 DIAMANTAKOS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 BLUMS, JANIS 7:05     0/1         1         1   -1
21 WRIGHT, JULIAN 12:21 6 3/5       2 2 1   1 1     1 8
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 87 19/40 10/26 19/23 10 29 39 18 3 5 4 5 18 24 106
        47.5% 38.5% 82.6%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
FC Bayern Munich
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MCCALEBB, BO 23:31 15 4/7 1/3 4/4 1 1 2 3 1 1   1 5 3 12
8 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 29:28 5 2/3 0/6 1/1 1 3 4 4       1 2 4 7
9 MICIC, VASILIJE 10:48 7 2/3 1/2         1 1 1     2 1 5
10 STAIGER, LUCCA 3:06     0/1                   1   -2
12 BENZING, ROBIN 27:55 14 3/4 2/6 2/2 1 5 6 4 1 1 2   4 3 20
14 DEDOVIC, NIHAD 21:29   0/5 0/2     2 2 2   1     1 1 -4
15 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 11:36 5 2/4   1/2 2 1 3     1     1 1 4
16 ZIPSER, PAUL 3:43 2 1/1                         2
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 26:05 13 4/8 0/2 5/6   3 3     1   1 1 3 9
32 IDBIHI, YASSIN 5:21 2 1/1                     2    
45 JAGLA, JAN 13:55     0/1   1 2 3   1   1   3   1
54 BRYANT, JOHN 23:03 9 3/8   3/3 3 6 9     3 2 1 2 2 11
Team           4 4 8               8
Totals 200:00 72 22/44 4/23 16/18 13 27 40 14 4 9 5 4 24 18 73
        50% 17.4% 88.9%
Head coach: PESIC, SVETISLAV

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
“It was a very important win because we advance to the Top 16 and also because of the way we won. We played great defense, we were patient and we moved well the ball. I am very satisfied that we will be in the Top 16. My players deserve it because they are working hard. We are moving on, game by game.”
PESIC, SVETISLAV
FC Bayern Munich
“Congratulations to Panathinaikos for the win. The last three minutes of the second quarter Panathinaikos turned the 31-31 into 46-33 with three consecutive three point shots. We didn't respond to that and I don't understand why that happened.”

Players

SLAUGHTER, AJ
Panathinaikos Athens
“I love playing in front of our home fans. We still have three games and we need to finish strong despite that we are already in the Top 16. We have to be ready to play the rest of the games and finish strong.”
JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR
Panathinaikos Athens
"We knew before the game that we would have to be focused 40 minutes to win. That's what what we did, focused good on offense and defense, and we qualified for the Top 16, which was our main goal before the season."