2015-16Top 16Round 7
February 12, 2016 CET: 20:45

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.3 Points 84.2
33.7 Rebounds 36.3
9.1 O. Rebounds 11.1
24.6 D. Rebounds 25.2
19.6 Assists 20.3
7.6 Steals 5.8
2.4 Blocks 3.4
14.3 Turnovers 13.2
53.1 % 2PT 50.8 %
35.0 % 3PT 42.9 %
70.3 % FT 68.2 %
84.6 Index 95.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
12.4 / Raduljica Points 11.9 / Heurtel
4.4 / Kuzmic Rebounds 5.4 / Dunston
1.7 / Kuzmic OR 2.2 / Dunston
3.6 / Calathes DR 3.8 / Brown
6.6 / Calathes Assists 7.7 / Heurtel
2.0 / Calathes Steals 0.9 / Granger
0.7 / Gist Blocks 0.9 / Dunston
2.9 / Calathes Turnovers 2.8 / Heurtel
65.9 % / Jankovic 2PT 61.5 % / Diebler
47.6 % / Fotsis 3PT 50.0 % / Diebler
84.9 % / Raduljica FT 91.7 % / Saric
13.9 / Raduljica Index 16.1 / Heurtel


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-3 Top 16 3-3
6-4 Regular Season 6-4
9-7 Overall 9-7


Crew Chief

The Take

Two classic Euroleague sides go head to head in the Greek capital. Efes won its last road game, but is coming off a home defeat at the hands of rival Fenerbahce. The Greens have won back-to-back games and will reach the midway point of the Top 16 in the top half of Group E with another win. Panathinaikos got a big game from center Miroslav Radljica last week and when he is at his best, it makes things better for point guards Nick Calathes and Dimitris Diamantidis as well as a for scorer James Feldeine. Efes has a pair of ace defenders inside in Bryant Dunston and Alex Tyus to challenge Raduljica, while its perimeter attack is the most prolific in the league this season; Efes leads the competition in three-pointers made (160) and in accuracy (42.9%). Playmakers Jayson Granger and the league’s assist leader, Thomas Heurtel, must lead the way for the visitors and create scoring opportunities for three-point marksman Jon Diebler and versatile forwards Dario Saric and Derrick Brown. If any player has the skills to match up with Saric and Brown, it would be the Greens’ James Gist. With the cast of figures this game has, it could be one of the round’s most exciting.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Game Notes

Panathinaikos Athens

Dimitris Diamantidis needs 28 points to catch the retired Nikola Vujcic for sixth place on the Euroleague career scoring charts. Diamantidis enters this game with 2,416 career points.

Nick Calathes leads the league in steals with 2 per game.

Calathes has recorded at least 1 steal in 12 straight Euroleague games.

Antonis Fotsis is 5 blocked shots away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

James Gist is 6 blocked shots away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

James Feldeine has made at least 1 three-pointer in five straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Miroslav Raduljica has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Raduljica played for Efes during the 2010-11 season.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Anadolu Efes leads the league through in both three-point shots made (160) and accuracy (42.9%).

Coach Dusan Ivkovic has used 12 different players in the starting lineup so far this season.

Ivkovic coached Panathinaikos head coach Aleksandar Djordjevic over the years on the Yugoslavian/Serbia and Montenegro national teams, including to EuroBasket gold medals in 1991 and 1995.

Ivkovic coached Panathinaikos forward Antonis Fotsis for two seasons at Dynamo Moscow from 2005 through 207. They led Dynamo to the 2006 ULEB Cup title.

Thomas Heurtel is the league leader in assists with 7.7 per game; He is now the competition’s all-time leader in assists per game too with an average of 5.3 per game. Heurtel has delivered at least 5 assists in every game so far this season.

Jon Diebler has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight and 15 of his last 16 Euroleague games.

Dario Saric has made 20 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Cedi Osman has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven Euroleague games.

Derrick Brown was a teammate of Panathinaikos guard Nick Calathes at Lokomotiv Kuban during the 2012-13 season, which was Brown’s first campaign in Europe. They led Lokomotiv to that season’s Eurocup title.

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"We managed to reach our third victory and improve our record to 50% in the Top 16 after our successful performance in Zagreb. We are returning home to compete against a very tough team, with quality and experienced players with excellent coaching abilities. I strongly believe that my players will be ready to fight from the first till the last second of the game and they will show big desire to win the game. Also we are expecting the support of our great fans."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I think at the moment that, except the team Fenerbahce, which has 6 wins in 6 games, the Top 16 fight is very interesting. From the spots 3 to 6 maybe even the points differences are very important. Not only the last round of Top 16, each game in Top 16 is very important. Each defense and each offense are very important. There is an interesting situation in our group. At last game in Euroleague we could not get the victory we expected. I think a win against Panathinaikos will bring us psychologically advantage and we must try to perform a good game control."


Panathinaikos Athens
"We are back home after our victory in Zagreb and we must keep this advantage safe. I mean that we have to protect our home advantage and use all the energy that we are earning in every game from our fans. We will face a very good team, we must be very focused because they have the ability to punish every mistake but I think that we are ready for a good game."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"I think we did not play well in last two games one against Fenerbahce in Euroleague and one against Galatasaray in the Turkish League. The Panathinaikos game is very important for us. This game is a good opportunity to come over one lost game against Fenerbahce. Because of this, the game is really very important for us. We do not have time or chance to lose one more game like that. We understood this and the team will fight as much as it can. About tactics for me the most important thing is to stop the pick and roll game of Diamantidis. They also have good shooters on position 4 like Fotsis and Gist. Panathinaikos also has Raduljica who is in great shape after the Eurobasket. He is one of the top five big guys in Euroleague. We have some problems on defense and we must fix our problems as soon as we can."

Greens ride Raduljica to victory over Efes

Panathinaikos Athens held off Anadolu Efes Istanbul 83-78 on Friday night in the Greek capital to pick up its fourth win in Group E action. With a 4-3 record, Panathinaikos is in a tie for third place, while Efes dropped to 3-4 in a share of fifth place halfway through the Top 16. The teams traded blows before halftime as Miroslav Raduljica carried the Greens to a slim 36-35 lead. The hosts built a double-digit margin in the third quarter, but Efes wasn’t going away behind Thomas Heurtel and Dario Saric. The visitors cut to within 66-64 in the fourth, but when Raduljica slowed down, Nick Calathes and James Gist stepped up to keep Panathinaikos with the lead and to finish off the job. Raduljica scored 16 of his 23 points in the first half, and also grabbed 8 rebounds. Calathes had 12 points, 6 assists and 5 rebounds, while Gist collected 11 points and 8 boards. James Feldeine chipped in with 10 points and 5 assists in victory. Saric paced Efes, matching his career-high with 18 points and pulling down 6 rebounds. Derrick Brown had 16 points and 7 rebounds, Heurtel finished with 15 points and 7 assists and Jayson Granger scored 11 with 6 assists in the losing effort.

First quarter: Teams trade blows early on

Sasha Pavlovic worked his way inside to open the game, and Ognjen Kuzmic scored a second-chance basket for the hosts. But Saric hit a pull-up triple and then drove to score a layup in a crowd to make it 4-6. Calathes answered with a jumper, and Raduljica scored from close range to put the Greens back in front. Jon Diebler nailed a long jumper, and after Pavlovic scored inside, Huertel knocked down a jumper, too, tying it at 10-10. Vladimir Jankovic, fought his way inside, but Heurtel fed Ahmet Duveriouglou with a bullet pass, and the big man finished with a dunk. Cedi Osman drove for a tough layup, then took it coast-to-coast, giving Efes a 12-16 advantage. Raduljica answered with a three-point play, but Brown made a runner. In the final minute of the quarter, Raduljica shook off Dunston for a monster dunk, but Dunston had a big dunk of his own in the final second of the quarter, making it 17-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Raduljica leads the Greens to halftime lead

Heurtel made a floater and Birkan Batuk knocked down a jumper to open a 17-24 lead. Raduljica pump-faked two players to score and then add a free throw, but Heurtel dished to Brown for a two-handed dunk, and Brown also had a tip-in to extend the margin to 21-29. Antonis Fotsis had a driving layup, and after a timeout, Fotsis hit a corner triple. A Calathes-to-Gist alley-oop dunk cut it to 28-29, and after a pair of Saric free throws, Feldeine nailed one from long range, which was followed by Raduljica scoring from close range and putting the Greens in front 33-31. Tyus had an easy dunk on a bounce-pass from Granger, but Raduljica bettered it with a dunk-plus-foul. Granger’s last-second floater ended an entertaining first half and made it 36-35 at halftime.

Third quarter: Panathinaikos opens up 10-point lead

Gist had a fastbreak dunk to extend the lead, and after Granger and Calathes traded triples, Feledine added another one from downtown for the Greens, making it 45-38 and prompting an Efes timeout. Bryant made a pair of foul shots for the visitors, but Pavlovic got a lucky roll on a corner three before Raduljica scored a layup in traffic for the first double-digit lead in the game, 50-40. Saric nailed a long jumper for Efes, and Brown made a steal that led to a fastbreak layup that cut it within 52-46. Eleftherios Bochoridis and Raduljica each made a pair of free throws for the hosts, but Brown had a put-back and Heurtel a floater. Feledine nailed a long fadeaway jumper, but Heurtel bettered it with a triple to make it 58-53. Jankovic backed his way inside and banked in a tough basket, but Efes got a long jumper from Saric. Fotsis made an easy layup for the hosts, but Heurtel drove for a layup in the quarter’s last seconds to make it 64-59.

Fourth quarter: Calathes and Gist finish the job for the Greens

Heurtel nailed a long jumper, but Calathes banked in a floater in the opening minute of the quarter. Granger had a floater of his own that cut it to 66-64, but Calathes made a three-point play after a pass from Raduljica, before Raduljica himself scored inside to give the Greens breathing room at 71-64. Saric scored from close range with his left hand, but Gist answered from long range for the hosts, making it an 8-point affair. Granger drove for a layup to keep Efes in striking range with four minutes to go, but Gist made a tip-in for the hosts, and Jankovic nailed a three-pointer to restore a 10-point margin, 79-69. Gist and Heurtel traded baskets, before Saric had a put-back-plus-foul that gave Efes hope with 58 seconds to go, 81-76. However, Feldeine hit Calathes with a long pass for an easy layup with 17 seconds remaining, sealing the deal before Granger rounded out the scoring.

Miroslav Raduljica - Panathinaikos Athens - EB15
Friday, February 12, 2016
Attendance: 10050
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Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 PAVLOVIC, SASHA 22:26 9 2/4 1/1 2/2       1 1 1     3 1 6
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 3:09 2     2/2       1         1 1 3
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 19:26 7 2/3 1/3 0/1 1   1 2 1 1     5 2 3
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 22:15 7 2/2 1/4     3 3 1 1       2 1 8
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 27:10 23 8/12   7/10 5 3 8 2 1 5   1 3 10 28
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 36:01 10 1/4 2/4 2/2   1 1 5 2 2   1 1 3 12
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 6:10           1 1               1
14 GIST, JAMES 25:35 11 4/7 1/2   2 6 8 1   2     3   11
15 CALATHES, NICK 34:07 12 4/11 1/2 1/1 1 4 5 6 1     1 2 3 16
19 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 LOUNTZIS, MICHALIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 3:41 2 1/3     1   1         1      
Team           3 5 8     1         7
Totals 200:00 83 24/46 7/16 14/18 13 23 36 19 7 12 0 4 20 21 95
        52.2% 43.8% 77.8%
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
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 TYUS, ALEX 8:05 2 1/4     2   2       2   2 1 2
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 8:00                         1   -1
5 BROWN, DERRICK 27:05 16 5/11 0/1 6/9 3 4 7 2   2 1   2 7 19
6 OSMAN, CEDI 18:22 4 2/3 0/2           1       1   1
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 11:58 2 1/1       1 1   2 1     3   1
9 SARIC, DARIO 24:40 18 5/5 1/5 5/5 3 3 6     3       5 22
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 4:42   0/1     1 1 2           1 1 1
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 28:56 11 4/7 1/5   1 2 3 6           3 16
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 26:24 15 6/8 1/3     2 2 7   3     2   15
33 DIEBLER, JON 21:45 2 1/1 0/2     1 1 1 1       4   -1
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 17:02 6 1/1   4/6 1 2 3       1   3 3 8
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 3:01 2 1/1                     2    
Team             3 3     1         2
Totals 200:00 78 27/43 3/18 15/20 11 19 30 16 4 10 4 0 21 20 85
        62.8% 16.7% 75%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"I think that this victory is the most important of all we have had this season in the Euroleague. We implemented some things that we are trying in practice and I like it. We are a team in the whole meaning of the word, because all the players made their effort and gave everything they had. We read their game successfully and reached a great win. Diamantidis had an injury, but proved once again how brave he is and tried to give us help. Pavlovic and Jankovic missed some practices this week and in general we didn't get prepared in the best possible way. Our mistake occurred in the first period, when we tried to score individually, but managed to become more collective, to improve our defense and move the ball much better."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It has been a tough and very interesting game, in which Panathinaikos played better and deserved to win. We started well, but as the time was going by, we lost the control and allowed them to play their game. In a very critical time, we missed five three-point shots, three of them in a row, and that was a problem. Some of my players weren't ready to play that game, especially when Panathinaikos tried playing small ball by using four perimeter players. I think that not only the victories, but the point margins as well, will play a major role in the final standings. The Euroleague is a very tough competition, where all games are difficult and crucial. We are lacking experience, but we have to keep working and playing the best we can."


Panathinaikos Athens
"It is a great win against a good opponent. We did our job and I am happy because we have a lot of players who can provide good things. Miroslav Raduljica is one of them, but tonight everybody played his role. I think that in the near future we will become better than tonight. Energy is a major reason for what happened tonight here."
Panathinaikos Athens
"We played against a good team in a tough and difficult game. The key point for us to win was the fact that we kept our energy in the whole match and we didn't spend it without reason. We played together up to the end and took a very important victory."
Panathinaikos Athens
"We considered and prepared for this as the game of the year so far. We all feel very well, because of the much-needed and desired victory. Now we are 4-3 and looking forward to the second half of the Top 16. Two new players will be added to our team and hopefully we will become tougher. We know what to do and how to do it, since Panathinaikos has good and experienced players. There's a long road still and this is not the time to talk a lot. Tonight, Miroslav Raduljica has been a real rock, but everybody has to give his best for the team on every given night."
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