Regular Season Round 5 - November 25, 2009 CET: 18:30 Local time: 19:30 - O.A.K.A.

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
3-1 Regular Season 1-3
3-1 Overall 1-3

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
ANKARALI, RECEP, Turkey
Umpire
MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA, Italy

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.3 Points 72.5
30.8 Rebounds 29.3
9.3 O. Rebounds 10.0
21.5 D. Rebounds 19.3
17.0 Assists 11.3
6.3 Steals 5.8
2.8 Blocks 2.5
13.8 Turnovers 18.3
61.2 % 2PT 50.8 %
37.5 % 3PT 34.7 %
75.3 % FT 69.2 %
89.3 Index 55.8

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
19.0 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA Points 18.3 / Foster
5.5 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA Rebounds 5.3 / PERKOVIC, JASMIN
2.0 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA OR 2.3 / PERKOVIC, JASMIN
3.5 / Fotsis DR 4.3 / MAJSTOROVIC, MILAN
5.5 / Spanoulis Assists 4.0 / Foster
1.5 / Diamantidis Steals 1.8 / Foster
0.8 / Shermadini Blocks 0.8 / Carter
3.3 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA Turnovers 4.8 / Paulding
100.0 % / Diamantidis 2PT 66.7 % / MAJSTOROVIC, MILAN
60.0 % / Perperoglou 3PT 62.5 % / Scekic
100.0 % / Shermadini FT 88.9 % / MAJSTOROVIC, MILAN
19.3 / Diamantidis Index 16.3 / Foster

THE TAKE

The Greek champs welcome the German champs on Wednesday in a Group D clash at the Athens Indoor Olympic Hall featuring defending Euroleague champion Panathinaikos and EWE Baskets Oldenburg. Both teams will have new looks for this clash as the Greens welcome back a pair of veteran big men from injuries, Mike Batiste and Kostas Tsartsaris, while Oldenburg debuts recently signed point guard Bryan Bailey. With its big guns back, Panathinaikos will try to remain atop the group as it reaches the midway point of the regular season. PAO enters the week tied with Real Madrid and BC Khimki for first at 3-1. Oldenburg hopes to steal a win as it looks to snap a three-game losing streak and improve on its 1-3 mark. Depth favors the home side, which is now as strong in the paint as it has been at guard. In the backcourt, the Greens will send Vassilis Spanoulis, Drew Nicholas, Dimitris Diamantidis, Nick Calathes and Milenko Tepic to corral Je’Kel Foster, Rickey Paulding, Daniel Hain and Bailey. The matchup between perennial Best Defender Award winner Diamantidis and Oldernburg’s star Paulding could be an exciting one to watch, while Spanoulis and Calathes will look to stop Foster. Athletic shooter Josh Carter has shined in his rookie season for Oldenburg at small forward, but he faces a player with similar skills in the Panathinaikos’s Stratos Perperoglou. Meanwhile Batiste joins the superb Nikola Pekovic to give head coach Zeljko Obradovic an incredible one-two punch in the pivot and Tsartsaris teams with Antonis Fotsis to shoulder the load at power forward. EWE Baskets will send centers Ruben Boumtje Boumtje and Marko Scekic and power forwards Jasmin Perkovic and Milan Majstrovic to challenge the Green big men. On paper, the experience, home-court advantage and depth makes Panathinaikos the clear favorite, however EWE Baskets is a team that won its Euroleague opener on the road and does not fear anyone. If Bailey can help head coach Predrag Krunic’s men get better looks at the basket from outside, that could trigger a big offensive night that would allow them to give Panathinaikos a run for its money even at OAKA.

REFEREES: Luigi Lamonica, Recep Ankarali, Gianluca Mattioli


GAME NOTES

Panathinaikos

Drew Nicholas needs just 2 more three-pointers to reach 200 for his Euroleague career.

Nicholas has seen his points scored and three-pointers made increase in every game so far this season.

Dimitris Diamantidis has made a three-pointer in five consecutive games, dating back to last season.

Nikola Pekovic has scored in double figures in every game this season and in 12 of his last 13 games dating back to last season.

EWE Baskets Oldenburg

EWE Baskets Oldenburg has used the same starting five in all four games this season.

Newcomer Bryan Bailey is set to make his Euroleague debut this week.

Je’Kel Foster is the only EWE Baskets player this season to score in double figures in every game and to sink a three-pointer in every game.

Oldenburg made 12 three-pointers in its first game of the season and only win so far, but has not made more than 9 in any of its losses.
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"Oldenburg is a good team and, to be honest, I was surprised by the 43-point margin they lost to Real Madrid. This result was unexpected and doesn’t match their quality. They know how to play and we have to be serious and keep our concentration for 40 minutes in order to get the victory. We need a good performance not only to continue our route in Euroleague, but also to go with good psychology in Piraeus for the Greek League showdown against Olympiacos."
KRUNIC, PREDRAG
EWE Baskets
"Panathinaikos Athens is the incumbent Euroleague champion and of course the big favorite in the game. The team has a great quality and with Zeljko Obradovic a coach with a lot of experience. He has won the Euroleague championships seven times. Also their injured players are back and the team is finally complete. It will be a tough game for us, but we travel to Athens with a good atmosphere in our team after we won the last two games in the German league. We know how strong Panathinaikos is, so we will fight 40 minutes."

Players

TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS
Panathinaikos
"Theoretically speaking, Oldenburg is one of the weak teams in the Euroleague, but this is not true. There are no teams to underrate and underestimate in this competition. We must be very careful because Oldenburg had some good games, where they fought till the end and they also thrashed Trier in their last German League game. As for Panathinaikos, we are in good shape and we want another win to keep our fans happy. Personally, I am looking forward in playing my first Euroleague game this season, as I just returned to action after my injury and the operation I had."
CARTER, JOSHUA
EWE Baskets
"To play in the Euroleague is great. You face some of the best players in Europe and the world. We had a good start and could have won two more games in my opinion. Now we play against Panathinaikos Athens, which will be a very big challenge for us. They are the Euroleague champs and have a strong team. But we know about our strengths, so we will fight to the end of the game. I had a good last game in the German league and hope to repeat my performance on Wednesday."
Mike Batiste - PanathinaikosPanathinaikos improved to 4-1 and kept tying for first place in Group D at the halftime mark of the 2009-10 regular season by rallying to down EWE Baskets Oldenburg 96-63 in Athens, Greece on Wednesday. Panathinaikos stayed undefeated at home and welcomes AJ Milano next week. Meanwhile, Oldenburg dropped to 1-4 by registering its fourth consecutive loss. The German League champions have a critical showdown against Asseco Prokom next week, in what already is a pivotal game in the fight to reach the Top 16 in Group D. Mike Batiste led the winners with 25 points on 9-of-11 two-pointers in his first Euroleague game this season. Vassilis Spanoulis added 14, Stratos Perperoglou got 12 while Nikola Pekovic had 10 for Panathinaikos. Bryan Bailey and Josh Carter had 12 points apiece for Oldenburg while Jasmin Perkovic had 10. A three-pointer by Milenko Tepic gave Panathinaikos a 19-13 lead late in the first quarter. Oldenburg kept trying to speed up the game tempo, as Carter and Bailey fueled an 0-11 run that gave the guests a 27-34 lead. Panathinaikos struggled at both ends and a buzzer-beating triple by Carter fixed the halftime score at halftime. Batiste and Pekovic led the hosts' comeback, based on outstanding defense. The Greens were all over the place in defense, getting a 66-56 margin after 30 minutes and boosting its to 75-59 to seal the outcome long before the final buzzer.

Panathinaikos head coach Zeljko Obradovic opted to use center Kostas Tsartsaris in the starting lineup to open the court against Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje. Batiste got the Greens going with a two-handed dunk, as Oldenburg tried to use short possessions to shock the defending champions. Dimitris Diamantidis sank a turnaround jumper and Batiste added a reverse layup for a 7-1 Panathinaikos lead. Rickey Paulding scored in transition while Marko Skecic followed a second-chnace layup with a dunk-and-foul that tied the game at 8-8. Pekovic sank free throws but Bailey answered from downtown to give EWE a 10-11 edge. Pekovic scored inside and Spanoulis followed free throws with a fast break layup for a 16-11 score. Paulding shined with a quick basket that Tepic bettered with a corner triple. Both teams traded baskets at full speed now but Oldenburg made the most out of it. Carter found space for a close jumper while a fadeaway shot by Je'Kel Foster kept the guests within 23-19. Free throws by Carter fixed the score at 23-21 after 10 minutes.

Marko Scekic - EWE BasketsScekic and Spanoulis traded baskets early in the second quarter but a fast break layup by Nick Calathes got the crowd involved at 27-23. Milan Majstorovic took over with a put-back layup, as the Greens struggled to adjust their defense. Bailey downed a wide open three-pointer that put the guests back ahead, 27-28. Panathinaikos tried to change the game rhythm with Batiste, Diamantidis and Drew Nicholas back on court. Skecic shined with a put-back layup that Paulding followed with free throws to make all Panathinaikos start to wonder at 27-32. A wild coast-to-coast layup by Bailey capped a 0-11 Oldenburg run and forced coach Obradovic to call his second timeout in as many minutes. Batiste ignited the Greens' comeback with a dunk and a turnaround jumper but Carter sank a triple to keep his team way ahead, 31-37. Diamantidis hit free throws and Perperoglou added a fast break layup to get the Greens within 35-37. Bailey shined with an acrobatic layup and Carter beat the buzzer with an open three-pointer, good for a 36-42 Oldenburg lead at halftime.

Bailey shined with a driving layup immediately after the break that Antonis Fotsis erased with a mid-range jumper. Pekovic scored down low, as Panathinaikos was its usual self in defense now, diving for loose balls and full of intensity. Fotsis beat the guests' zone defense with a power basket and Oldenburg kept struggling to find open shots in transition. Pekovic hit free throws but a three-pointer by Majstorovic put Oldenburg back ahead, 44-47. Fotsis dunked itt coming off the baseline and free throws by Diamantidis and Spanoulis completed the hosts' comeback, 51-47. Paulding beat the shot clock with a wild seven-meter bomb but Panathinaikos did not panic, using its patient, extra pass offense to dominate the game. Pekovic shined with a power layup and Spanoulis followed foul shots with a power layup to give the Greens a 57-50 margin. Nicholas capped a 8-0 run with a jumper, as Perkovic tried to change things for Oldenburg. Batiste and Perperoglou allowed Panathinaikos to get a double-digit lead, 66-56, after 30 minutes.

Oldenburg needed a quick comeback to return to the game in the fourth quarter but Panathinaikos kept excelling in defense. Batiste scored in transition, as the guests only managed to find off-balance shots now. Perkovic took over with a jump hook that Batiste bettered with an outstanding three-point play, good for a 71-58 Panathinaikos lead. Oldenburg called a much-needed timeout but the Greens kept following their game plan, with strong defense and a very patient, well-organized offense. Perperoglou shined with a layup off a steal and an easy basket by Batiste sealed the outcome, 75-59, with under 6 minutes left. Panathinaikos stayed focused, however, trying to please its fans with spectacular plays. Nicholas sank an open triple and added a fast break dunk to seal the win in style, 86-60, as Panathinaikos overcame a slow start to get yet another impressing home win.
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), ANKARALI, RECEP (TUR), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA)
Attendance: 4600
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Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 TEPIC, MILENKO 17:08 5 1/1 1/3     3 3     1     4   1
6 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 18:28 14 3/3 0/2 8/8   1 1 1         4 5 15
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 25:17 12 3/3 2/5     3 3 2 4 3     2 3 16
8 BATISTE, MIKE 21:38 25 9/11   7/9 2 4 6     1     1 8 33
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 21:43 8 4/4 0/3     3 3 1     2   2 1 10
10 GOLEMAC, JURICA 3:27       0/2       1         1 1 -1
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 22:18 8 2/2 1/2 1/2         1       1 1 7
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 14:55     0/1     4 4 3   1     3   2
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 19:25 5 0/1   5/5   2 2 2 1 3 1   3 5 9
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 14:15 10 3/3   4/4 1   1 2           2 15
15 CALATHES, NICK 17:59 5 2/3 0/2 1/2 1 3 4 6       1 1 1 10
16 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 3:27 4 1/1   2/2                   2 6
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 96 28/32 4/18 28/34 4 24 28 18 6 9 3 1 22 29 124
87.5% 22.2% 82.4%
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
Head coach: KRUNIC, PREDRAG
EWE Baskets
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 SCEKIC, MARKO 30:20 9 4/8   1/3 9 5 14   3 2     2 4 20
5 BULJEVIC, MARCO 2:29 3   1/1                   1   2
6 STRAUCH, DANIEL 1:28     0/1                       -1
8 FOSTER, JEKEL 28:57 3 1/2 0/4 1/3   2 2 1   4     5 2 -8
9 NJEI, ACHA 1:14                              
10 MAJSTOROVIC, MILAN 19:38 5 1/3 1/4   1 3 4 1     1 1 3   2
11 BAILEY, BRYAN 29:24 12 3/4 2/4 0/2 1 1 2 2 1 2     3 6 13
12 PERKOVIC, JASMIN 20:55 10 3/5 0/2 4/4 1 1 2 1   3     5 2 3
19 HAIN, DANIEL 10:36   0/2   0/2 2   2           4 1 -5
23 PAULDING, RICKEY 26:00 9 2/4 1/6 2/2   1 1 3   2     3 2 3
24 CARTER, JOSHUA 23:55 12 1/5 2/5 4/6 1   1     2   2   4 4
44 BOUMTJE BOUMTJE, RUBEN 5:04         2 1 3     2     4   -3
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 63 15/33 7/27 12/22 18 16 34 8 4 19 1 3 30 21 31
45.5% 25.9% 54.5%
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"From the tip off we realized that EWE Baskets came to fight and play a good game. They played really aggressively in defense to stop our pick-and-roll and inside game, while they dominated under the boards grabbing 10 offensive rebounds in the first half. In the second half everything changed, because we played great defense and we were much more effective to break their zone defense. When they changed their defense to man-to-man, we played much faster and faced no more problems. So, I would like to congratulate my players for their effort in the second half, but they have to realize that they must play hard not for 20 but for 40 minutes."
KRUNIC, PREDRAG
EWE Baskets
"Our defense helped us lead the game during the first half. We took rebounds and had good percentages on three-point shots. In the second half, Panathinaikos improved its offensive game, scored some easy baskets and when they took the lead, it was very difficult for out team to follow them. We are a new team and never suffered a loss like this in the second half. Only against Real Madrid we had such a result. The Euroleague is a new experience for us and of course facing the current champs on the road is not easy. We couldn't handle their pressure in the second half and we lost. If we want to handle situations like this in the future, we have to play well for 40 minutes."

Players

BATISTE, MIKE
Panathinaikos
"Sometimes it happens when you need to wake up and be yourself. We didn't play well in the first half. Our biggest problem was the defensive rebounds of EWE, but during halftime the coach managed to wake us up by giving the right orders. We had a totally different performance in the second half. We improved our defense and scored easy points. We achieved our fourth win at the end of the first round. Now we move on and we’ll definitely focus on the upcoming Greek League derby against Olympiacos in Piraeus."
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