Regular Season Round 3 - October 30, 2014 CET: 20:30 Local time: 21:30 - OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Records

Ave.   Ave.
1-1 Regular Season 2-0
1-1 Overall 2-0

Referees

Crew Chief
PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL, Spain
Referee
RYZHYK, BORYS, Ukraine
Umpire
TRAWICKI, TOMASZ, Poland

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.5 Points 84.0
32.5 Rebounds 33.5
8.5 O. Rebounds 14.0
24.0 D. Rebounds 19.5
15.5 Assists 14.0
4.5 Steals 9.5
1.5 Blocks 3.5
12.0 Turnovers 11.5
58.8 % 2PT 56.6 %
28.3 % 3PT 29.4 %
85.0 % FT 72.2 %
83.0 Index 89.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.0 / Giankovits Points 23.0 / Goudelock
7.0 / Batista Rebounds 5.5 / Vesely
2.5 / Batista OR 3.0 / Vesely
4.5 / Batista DR 3.5 / Bjelica, N.
5.5 / Diamantidis Assists 3.0 / Goudelock
2.0 / Batista Steals 2.0 / Goudelock
0.5 / Gist Blocks 1.5 / Savas
5.5 / Batista Turnovers 2.0 / Vesely
100.0 % / Fotsis 2PT 100.0 % / Erden
66.7 % / Blums 3PT 50.0 % / Preldzic
100.0 % / Pappas FT 100.0 % / Hickman
17.5 / Giankovits Index 24.5 / Goudelock

THE TAKE

In no other city will a game be dominated like the return of Coach Zeljko Obradovic to Athens. The Fenerbahce Ulker head coach is a legend among Greens fans for the bevvy of titles he led the club to. The Turkish champs arrive with a perfect record and don’t want to return home without it. Andrew Goudelock has starred in Fenerbahce’s deep backcourt, but he won’t have it easy against Panathinaikos legend Dimitris Diamantidis and backcourt mate AJ Slaughter. Reserves Janis Blums and Nikos Pappas have also played well for the Greek champs. Ricky Hickman and Bogdan Bogdanovic round out the visiting guard rotation. Among several must-see matchups in this game is between two high flyers and former teammates, James Gist and Jan Vesely, at forward. Fener will turn to Ogus Savas and Semih Erden to limit Esteban Batista in the paint, which would put a damper on the home team’s attack. Julian Wright could play a key role off the bench for Panathinaikos, while forward Emir Preldzic and Nemanja Bjleica possess game-breaking abilities for Fener.
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"It is a big game against a very strong team. In my opinion Fenerbahce Ulker is one of the favorites to qualify to the Final Four. Also we have to say that a legend for Panathinaikos, Zeljko Obradovic, is coming to Athens. We will try to do our best, to play smart and to be energetic in both sites of the court, in order to win this game."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Another very important game for us. The last time we played against Panathinaikos in Athens was very difficult. We must keep our concentration for 40 minutes, something we didn't have the last games. We always play with ups and downs and if you want to play a good game, your concentration must be kept for 40 minutes."

Players

SLAUGHTER, A.J.
Panathinaikos Athens
"After our loss in Munich, we are back in our home and we will try to defend it against Fenerbahce Ulker. We know that they are a high quality team, they will come here to beat us but we will make our best to beat them. "
SAVAS, OGUZ
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Panathinaikos is a strong team with great fans and a great atmosphere in Athens. But we won the first two games and we want to extend our winning streak. If we can play smart and give our best, i think we have a chance to win this game."

Game Notes

Panathinaikos Athens
Dimitris Diamantidis, the Euroleague’s career assists leader, needs 1 more to reach the 1,000-assist milestone.
Nikos Pappas has made 13 straight free throws in Euroleague action.
Janis Blums has made 9 straight free throws in Euroleague action.
Blums has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 10 of his last 11 Euroleague appearances.
Antonis Fotsis has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 12 Euroleague appearances.
DeMarcus Nelson has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last five Euroleague appearances.
Esteban Batista’s 11 turnovers committed this season are the most in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague.
James Gist spent the 2011-12 season at Fenerbahce Ulker. He played alongside current Fener players Emir Preldzic and Oguz Savas.
Gist was a teammate of Fenerbahce’s Jan Vesely and Bogdan Bogdanovic at Partizan Belgrade during the 2010-11 season. They led the team to the Adriatic League, Serbian League and Serbian Cup titles that season.
Dusko Ivanovic coached Fenerbahce Ulker forward Nemanja Bjelica for parts of three seasons between 2010 and 2013 at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria. Panathinaikos center Esteban Batista was also a teammate of Bjelica during the first of those seasons.
Esteban Batista was a teammate of Fenerbahce Ulker guard Can Altintig last season at Turkish club Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir.

Fenerbahce Ulker
Zeljko Obradovic cemented his status as a coaching legend during his 13 seasons with Panathinaikos. During that time he led the Greens to five Euroleague titles, 11 Greek League championships and seven Greek Cups. He enjoyed much of that success with current Panathinaikos players Dimitris Diamantidis and Antonis Fotsis.
Ricky Hickman has made 12 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Andrew Goudelock was last week’s bwin MVP and is now the league’s top scorer with 23 points per game.
Luka Zoris was a teammate of Panathinaikos forward James Gist for part of the 2012-13 season at Unicaja Malaga. Gist was traded to Panathinaikos during that season.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014
Euroleague.net
Diamantidis makes history as Panathinaikos beats Fenerbahce


In a historic night in competition history, Panathinaikos Athens tied a club record with 18 three-pointers made to defeat Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 91-73 in Group C. Both teams are now tied in Group C, each with a 2-1 record. Dimitris Diamantidis became the first player to reach 1,000 career assists in the Euroleague. He finished the game with 10 assists, which is 1 short of his career best. A.J. Slaughter added 23 points on 7-of-10 three-point shooting. Esteban Batista scored 14, while Antonis Fotsis netted 13 of 4 for 4 from downtown for Panathinaikos. Nemanja Bjelica scored 16 for Fenerbahce. Jan Vesely added 13 and Bogdan Bogdanovic had 10 for the guests. Diamantidis reached the 1,000-assist mark on the opening play of the game, feeding Slaughter for a three-point shot. Slaughter and an outstanding Batista gave Panathinaikos a double-digit margin, 31-19, after 10 minutes. A red-hot Slaughter soon led Panathinaikos to break the game open, 41-21. Panathinaikos hit 10 of 12 three-pointers before the break to boost its margin to 59-36 at halftime. Nothing changed in the second half, as Panathinaikos stayed hot from beyond the arc and kept a safe margin until the final buzzer.

First quarter: Diamantidis reaches 1,000 career assists!

The game started with a historic milestone, as Diamantidis fed Slaughter for a three-pointer that gave the playmaker his 1,000th career assist in the competition. Kenan Sipahi scored in transition and a layup by Vesely gave Fenerbahce its first lead, 3-4. Slaughter insisted from downtown. Sipahi sank a mid-range jumper, but back-to-back layups by Batista put Panathinaikos back ahead, 10-6. Semih Erden fed Vesely for a power layup, but Diamantidis made free throws and Vladimir Jankovic soon gave the Greens a 14-8 margin. Jankovic scored again before Andrew Goudelock banked in a running shot. A layup by Batista kept Panathinaikos way ahead, 18-10. A three-pointer by Fotsis saw Fenerbahce call timeout at 21-10. Emir Preldzic stepped up with a layup that Jankovic bettered with a triple. Batista hit free throws and another triple by Slaughter boosted the Greens' lead to 29-15. Luka Zoric and an unstoppable Batista traded layups. A jumper by Bjelica kept Fenerbahce within 31-19 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Panathinaikos breaks the game open

Slaughter buried his fourth bomb from downtown early in the quarter and fed Batista for a layup that broke the game open at 36-19. Fenerbahce could not get its many scorers involved and Slaughter downed a long jumper. Oguz Savas scored around the basket, but Slaughter insisted from beyond the arc to ignite the crowd at 41-21. Preldzic struck from downtown off a timeout, but Nikos Pappas scored in penetration and James Gist shined with a wild put-back slam for a 45-24 Panathinaikos margin. Bjelica and Goudelock tried to change things for Fenerbahce, but Blums nailed a triple off a screen and Gist added a layup for a 50-28 cushion. Pappas struck from downtown – Panathinaikos's 9th in 11 attempts. Bjelica kept the guests within 54-32. Vesely provided a highlight with a huge dunk and Bjelica added a layup, but Blums gave the Greens a 59-36 margin at halftime.

Dimitris Diamantidis - Panathinaikos Athens - EB14

Third quarter: a rain of three-pointers!

Diamantdis nailed a three-pointer right after the break, as Fenerbahce struggled to get Goudelock and Bogdan Bogdanovic involved. Bjelica stepped up with a two-handed dunk that Slaughter improved on with his sixth triple, good for a 65-38 Panathinaikos lead. Goudelock shined with a one-handed floater off the baseline, but Fotsis answered from downtown - the hosts' 13th in 15 attempts! - and a layup by Jankovic forced Fenerbahce to call timeout at 70-40. Bogdanovic scored his first points, fed Bjelica for a dunk-and-foul and scored again as Panathinaikos stopped the game after a 0-7 run. Fotsis rescued the Greens with a triple and Gist soon gave his team a 75-48 margin. Vesely took over with a three-point play and matched Pappas's driving layup with a jump hook. Ricky Hickman and Bjelica made free throws, but a three-pointer by Blums and a put-back slam by Gist fixed the score at 82-57.

Fourth quarter: Panathinaikos seals big home win

Zoric scored around the basket early in the fourth quarter, as Panathinaikos kept using long possessions to run the game clock down. The Greens were held scoreless for more than two minutes until Diamantidis found Fotsis for a three-pointer - his 10th assist of the night. Bogdanovic answered from downtown and a fast break layup by Goudelock brought Fenerbahce a bit closer, 85-64. Slaughter nailed another one from beyond the arc and even though Fenerbahce kept trying, everything was said and done already. Some 14,500 fans had plenty of time to celebrate a big win, as Coach Obradovic had a bitter return to Athens, where he will always be a legend.
Thursday, October 30, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), TRAWICKI, TOMASZ (POL)
Attendance: 14500 (Tentative)
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Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
# 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 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, V. 3:44           1 1 1   2          
6 SLAUGHTER, A.J. 23:00 23 1/2 7/10     4 4 2   2   1   1 23
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 15:10 3 0/2 1/2     1 1 3 1 1     4 3 3
8 GIANKOVITS, VLANTIMIR 23:12 7 2/4 1/3   1 1 2 3   1   1 2 2 6
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 29:44 13 0/1 4/4 1/2 1 5 6 1         2 2 18
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 17:37 9 2/3 1/2 2/2   2 2 3   2     2 3 11
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 24:50 5   1/2 2/2       10   3     3 2 10
14 GIST, JAMES 12:17 8 3/5   2/2 2 2 4     1     4 1 6
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 19:32 14 6/8   2/2 1 4 5 1 2 4     4 2 14
18 BLUMS, JANIS 13:13 9 0/2 3/3     1 1           1 1 8
21 WRIGHT, JULIAN 17:41       0/2   1 1 1     2     1 3
Team           2 3 5               5
Totals 200:00 91 14/27 18/26 9/12 7 25 32 25 3 16 2 2 22 18 107
51.9% 69.2% 75%
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: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
# 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
0 GOUDELOCK, ANDREW 29:50 9 3/4 1/6     1 1           2 2 4
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 19:56 5 0/3 0/2 5/6 1   1 3 1     1 3 4 4
8 BJELICA, NEMANJA 24:50 16 5/10 0/3 6/7 3 2 5 1 2       1 8 22
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 3:08   0/1           1   1         -1
12 TURKYILMAZ, IZZET 0:18                              
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 33:06 10 2/4 2/7   2   2 4 1   1   2   9
20 ALTINTIG, CAN 2:55   0/1                     1   -2
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 6:32 2 1/2       1 1 3             5
22 ZORIC, LUKA 15:28 9 4/6   1/1   3 3 2   1     2 2 11
24 VESELY, JAN 29:44 13 6/9   1/2 3 5 8 1   2 1   4 5 18
25 SIPAHI, KENAN 10:05 4 2/2 0/1   1   1           1   3
55 PRELDZIC, EMIR 24:08 5 1/4 1/2   3 1 4 5 1 2   1 2 1 7
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 73 24/46 4/21 13/16 13 16 29 20 5 7 2 2 18 22 82
52.2% 19% 81.3%
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OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
“First of all, I want to congratulate Panathinaikos for their outstanding game and especially the amazing shooting percentages. This is basketball and if you want to win, you have to put the ball in the basket! Our defense was a real catastrophe and we didn’t take advantage of the 14 more possessions we had. Panathinaikos scored 59 points in the first half, because our defensive plans didn’t work. We are in the beginning of a big effort, but we have a lot of ups and downs. The coach has to take the responsibility and protect his team and every single player. It is my responsibility because I selected these players and I have to work with them. You know my philosophy and you know that I always had fighting teams. The key point is to fight for every ball. I will try to change some things, but to be honest I feel shame for the image of Fenerbahce Ulker in front of this crowd. I also feel shame because our fans set a new tickets’ record this season and we disappointed them. Maybe it is a matter of tradition. Fenerbahce Ulker has won six national championships and Panathinaikos has 34, so it is a big difference between the two clubs and that was a factor tonight.”

Players

SLAUGHTER, A.J.
Panathinaikos Athens
“Yeah, I felt from the very first moment and the very first shot that I was in the zone. I played more aggressive than I used to do and you see the result. I hope that we keep playing that way.”
BATISTA, ESTEBAN
Panathinaikos Athens
“It was a great, a terrific game by our side. We didn’t expect such a margin, but it happened and we enjoyed it. We played hard in defense, we moved the ball fast in offense, we stayed focused and we took advantage of all options to create and score. You cannot rely every night on such outstanding three-point percentages, but you can have a safe starting point, which is defense.”
PAPPAS, NIKOS
Panathinaikos Athens
“We beat a team with a rich roster and great offensive ability. This result makes us proud and reinforces our confidence. We proved that we can beat great opponents, thanks to our defense, rather than the incredible shooting percentage from behind the arc. Slaughter and Fotsis sank big threes, something that cannot happen every night, but we can build the margins and get victories with defense and seriousness.”
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