2016-17Regular SeasonRound 10
December 02, 2016 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA
Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona Lassa - EB16

Barcelona's defense locks down Panathinaikos

FC Barcelona Lassa used lockdown defense to get back on track with a 72-57 victory over visiting Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens on Friday. Barcelona ended its three-game winning streak and raised its record to 5-5, the same as Panathinaikos after the loss. A 21-9 third quarter broke open what had been a closer game that Barcelona nonetheless controlled throughout. Ante Tomic scored 10 of his 16 points in the first quarter, while Aleksandar Vezenkov came off the bench for 12 and Tyrese Rice added 10. James Feldeine and Nick Calathes scored 13 each and James Singleton 12 for Panathinaikos, which was held to 10 assists and 15.4% three-point shooting (4 for 26) by the Barcelona defense.

Early triples by Rice and Calathes gave way to big men Tomic and Singleton trading baskets until 9-9. Tomic kept it going with a tip-in and up-and-under move to make it 13-9 behind his 10 points already. Calathes with a basket and assist kept Panathinaikos close until Singleton could tie it 15-15 on one put-back slam, as he did again at 19-19 on another, giving him 10 points, too, at the end of one quarter. Petteri Koponen came in and gave Barcelona a 22-21 lead from the corner. K.C. Rivers took it back with a lane jumper for Panathinaikos but Alex Renfroe made his first basket in a Barcelona uniform and Stratos Perperoglou drilled a triple to change the scoreboard again to 27-23. Vezenkov's fastbreak layup was followed a couple minutes later by his transition triple as the lead soared to 33-25. Calathes found Feldeine for a three-pointer, but Perperoglou answered within seconds at 36-28. A steal sent Demetris Nichols away for a layup as Panathinaikos to cut the difference to 36-31 at the break.

Brad Oleson's triple to open the second half was matched immediately by Feldeine. Calathes and Tomic exchanged two-pointers at 41-38. Oleson stayed hot from deep and Rice copied him to suddenly make it 49-40. The lead hit double digits and then 53-40 as Victor Claver hit his first shot then finished a fastbreak before Renfroe knocked down free throws at 57-40. Joey Dorsey, Vezenkov and Tomic stretched the lead to 63-46 before Nichols scored the first basket of the fourth quarter for Panathinaikos. Soon Tomic fed Vezenkov for a triple at 66-50 as Panathinaikos continued struggling offensively. Finally, Singleton found Nichols for a layup, but now under 4 minutes were left to play. Singleton's block led to a Feldeine fastbreak layup and soon Feldeine was hitting from deep to lower the difference to single digits, 66-57. But Renfroe capped his first night with Barcelona by making a steal and fastbreak dunk to open the final minute and settle the matter as Barcelona won 72-57.

Friday, December 2, 2016
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), HORDOV, TOMISLAV (CRO)
Attendance: 6296 (Tentative)
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FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RICE, TYRESE 24:42 10 2/3 2/7     2 2 4   4     3 1 4
3 HOLMES, JONATHAN 5:27     0/1             1     1   -3
5 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 18:17   0/6     1 1 2 4 1         1 2
6 DORSEY, JOEY 12:59 4 2/3     3 2 5 2 1 3     4 1 5
10 CLAVER, VICTOR 22:24 7 2/3 1/1   1 5 6     1     2 2 11
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 16:17 12 3/5 2/2     5 5     1     2 1 13
20 ERIKSSON, MARCUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 OLESON, BRAD 17:21 6 0/1 2/5 0/1   1 1 1   1   1 1 1 1
25 KOPONEN, PETTERI 22:39 5   1/4 2/2   2 2 2           2 8
32 RENFROE, ALEX 18:50 6 2/3   2/2   1 1 2 2 2     2 1 7
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 16:28 6 0/3 2/2   1 2 3     1     1 2 6
44 TOMIC, ANTE 24:36 16 7/10 0/1 2/4 3 3 6 2 1 3   1 3 6 18
Team             5 5               5
Totals 200:00 72 18/37 10/23 6/9 9 29 38 17 5 17 0 2 19 18 77
        48.6% 43.5% 66.7%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
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
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SINGLETON, CHRIS 26:58 12 6/8 0/2   3 2 5 3 3 2 1   5 4 17
2 NICHOLS, DEMETRIS 25:50 6 3/6 0/2   3 4 7     1     1 1 7
3 RIVERS, K.C. 26:25 7 3/4 0/3 1/2   2 2   1 1 1   3 2 4
5 JAMES, MIKE 15:15 2 1/4 0/4     1 1     2     3 1 -8
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 11:32   0/1     1 3 4             2 5
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 18:22 4 1/2 0/3 2/2 1 3 4 1 1       1 2 7
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 26:33 13 2/2 3/5         4   1     1   13
15 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 GABRIEL, KENNY 6:37                         1   -1
29 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 16:26   0/2 0/3     2 2 1 1 5     2 2 -6
33 CALATHES, NICK 26:02 13 4/7 1/4 2/4   2 2 1   1     1 4 10
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 57 20/36 4/26 5/8 8 20 28 10 6 13 2 0 18 18 49
        55.6% 15.4% 62.5%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
FC Barcelona Lassa

"How we managed the game, especially when we had fouls to Ante and Joey, our two centers, was important. We were very good on defense today and we were able to win easily against Panathinaikos, which is a very experienced team. I think the key for us is how we stopped the penetrations of Calathes, a guy who usually has more than six or seven assists per game, sometimes many more. They also have great shooting ability, but they depend on Calathes very much. When he creates they get good open shots. We did a good job on him, stopping his creation, and finally we won this very important game."

"We are very happy. It was a very important game for us after three losses in a row in the EuroLeague. Somehow, we got back and today played defense for 40 minutes. We managed the difference closing with 15 points and we managed to get this win. It's very unpredictable in the EuroLeague, so every win counts. I can say were consistent for 40 minutes. We did what we needed to do, playing hard and getting the win."

PASCUAL, XAVI
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
"First of all, I congratulate Barcelona on their victory. They were better. In the first quarter, the game was even. But after that, we played our worst game since I've been in Athens. Without rhythm or concentration. The truth is that we played a very bad game and as such Barça has been much better. They were very competitive. We were below the level we normally play at, and when you don't play well in this EuroLeague, you lose."

Players

TOMIC, ANTE
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Really important game. After three losses in a row, it was crucial to win. I think we reacted well from the beginning and controlled the game all 40 minutes. So it's an important win, we deserved it and we need to keep playing like this. This is basketball. There are days when you try and nothing is going like you want. Other days, even if you don't try, everything is good. Today we played hard, as a team, and that's the reason for the victory."
RIVERS, K.C.
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
"They executed. They played hard. We didn't execute our game plan. They got the win tonight. We made a lot of mistakes. Some were mental mistakes that came back to haunt us. Now we've got to prepare for another game. We have to watch this film, see what we did wrong and get ready for the next one."
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