2015-16Top 16Round 8
February 25, 2016 CET: 20:15

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
74.8 Points 80.8
33.8 Rebounds 34.7
9.3 O. Rebounds 10.3
24.5 D. Rebounds 24.4
19.6 Assists 17.3
7.5 Steals 5.6
2.2 Blocks 4.2
14.2 Turnovers 12.0
53.0 % 2PT 53.1 %
35.4 % 3PT 39.4 %
70.7 % FT 75.4 %
85.2 Index 94.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.0 / Raduljica Points 12.8 / Vesely
4.4 / Gist Rebounds 7.4 / Vesely
1.7 / Kuzmic OR 2.9 / Vesely
3.6 / Calathes DR 4.5 / Vesely
6.6 / Calathes Assists 3.9 / Dixon
1.9 / Calathes Steals 1.3 / Bogdanovic
0.6 / Gist Blocks 2.3 / Udoh
2.8 / Calathes Turnovers 2.0 / Sloukas
65.9 % / Jankovic 2PT 61.0 % / Udoh
45.7 % / Fotsis 3PT 66.7 % / Vesely
83.1 % / Raduljica FT 91.8 % / Datome
14.7 / Raduljica Index 17.1 / Vesely


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-3 Top 16 7-0
6-4 Regular Season 8-2
10-7 Overall 15-2


Crew Chief
PETEK, SASO, Slovenia

The Take

The Game of the Week promises intrigue with the Greens potentially unveiling a new-look rotation to face the lone undefeated team and second-best offense (86.3 ppg.) in the Top 16. Panathinaikos added point guard MarQuez Haynes, scorer Elliot Williams and versatile forward Vince Hunter in the recent transfer window to a roster that already featured at least nine regulars in its rotation – and more when everyone was fit. Coach Djordjevic now has the depth to match up with his former teammate and coach, Zeljko Obradovic. But can Panathinaikos match Fenerbahce’s firepower? The visitors have been dominating inside through Jan Vesely, Ekpe Udoh and Nikola Kalinic. The hosts will counter with the size of Miroslav Raduljica and Ognjen Kuzmic inside, while James Gist and Antonis Fotsis could try to stretch the floor at power forward and Hunter may get a chance, too. Small forward Luigi Datome has been at his best recently for Fenerbahce; Panathinaikos will try Vladimir Jankovic and Sasha Pavlovic, among others, against him. In the backcourt, the Greens will rely on Nick Calathes and Dimitris Diamantidis at point guard, James Feldeine at shooting guard and newcomers Haynes and Williams against a rotation of point guards Bobby Dixon and Ricky Hickman and Bogdan Bogdanovic and Kostas Sloukas. Excitement awaits between the known (a dominant Fenerbahce) and the unknown (a new-look Panathinaikos).
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Game Notes

Panathinaikos Athens

Elliot Williams and Vince Hunter are due to make their respective Euroleague debuts this week.

Coach Djordjevic has coached Fenerbahce forward Nikola Kalinic in recent summers with the Serbian national team. Miroslav Raduljica also played on some of those teams.

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 1.94 per game.

Calathes has recorded at least 1 steal in 13 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.

Gist was a teammate of Fenerbahce big man Jan Vesely during the 2010-11 season at Partizan Belgrade.

Gist spent the 2011-12 season playing for Fenerbahce.

James Feldeine has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 14 of his last 15 Euroleague games.

Marquez Haynes has scored in double figures in each of his last seven Euroleague appearances.

Haynes has made at least 1 three in eight straight Euroleague games.

Fenerbahce Istanbul

Coach Obradovic has used 10 different starters and 15 players overall in Euroleague games so far this season. No player has started in every game.

Coach Obradovic coached Panathinaikos head coach Sasha Djordjevic during the 1991-92 season at Partizan Belgrade in which all sides won their first Euroleague titles.

Ekpe Udoh leads the league in blocked shots with 2.33 per game; Udoh has blocked at least 1 shot in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Bobby Dixon has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Dixon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

Luigi Datome is the most accurate three-point shooter in the Top 16, having made 61.9% (22 of 48) of his shots from behind the arc in that period.

Pero Antic has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last eight Euroleague appearances.

Kostas Sloukas has teamed with Panathinaikos players Nick Calathes and Antonis Fotsis in recent summers on the Greek national team.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Quotes Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"This is a very important game for us. We have managed to reach a positive record in our group after our three consecutive victories and we must continue the same way. We will introduce a different team in the second leg of the Top 16 after the players we added and I believe that they will help us. We must play a team game, to stay together and be always ready to help each other during the 40 minutes. Also we will have the support of our fans. They will help us with their unique atmosphere in OAKA and also they will honor with their applause, Zeljko Obradovic, a real legend for Panathinaikos and Euroleague also."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"A tough game ahead of us, because of everything that happened these last days. We played four games in seven days and the team is pretty tired. Panathinaikos has three new players. With or without this they are a dangerous team, and it's always difficult to play in OAKA. We'll try to play the best game we can."


Panathinaikos Athens
"After our three wins in a row, we are back on track. Now our goal is to make them four, but we know that we have to try hard and give our best if we want to make it! It will be a very difficult game against a tough team with a great coach. They are the only unbeaten team in the Top 16. But we must to take care of our team, be ready to fight from the first till the last second in order to take a valuable win."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We start the second half of the Top 16. It will be important for us to get into stride to prepare for our further goals. It will be a tough game. But the home crowd will be going crazy, but we gotta be ready. We have to keep getting better as a team."

Panathinaikos hands Fenerbahce its first Top 16 loss

There are no more unbeaten teams in the Top 16 after Panathinaikos Athens earned a hard-fought 76-71 victory over visiting Fenerbahce Istanbul and former Greens head coach Zeljko Obradovic in the Game of the Week in the Greek capital on Thursday night. Panathinaikos picked up its fourth consecutive win to improve to 5-3 and at least a share of third place of Group E, while Fenerbahce remains in first place with a 7-1 record. Neither team held a lead bigger than 8 points in this clash. Fenerbahce went up 20-28 in the second quarter, but Panathinaikos answered with an 11-0 run. It was 36-36 at halftime and Fenerbahce had a 42-45 edge in the third, but the hosts quickly regained the lead and never trailed again. Antonis Fotsis hit a pair of big three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and when the visitors came within 72-71 in the final minute, Euroleague debutante Elliot Williams sealed the game. Williams finished with 14 points. Miroslav Raduljica had 13 points and 5 rebounds, Nick Calathes scored 9, while Dimitris Diamantidis contributed with 6 points and 7 assists in less than 20 minutes on the floor. Ekpe Udoh led Fenerbahce with 19 points, 7 rebounds and 3 blocks. Bobby Dixon netted 16, and Jan Vesely collected 12 points and 7 rebounds in defeat.

First quarter: Fener goes in front in early

Vesely opened scoring with a big dunk, and after Williams made free throws, Bogdan Bogdanovic and Dixon hit back-to-back threes to make it 2-8. Raduljica made a put-back for the Greens, but Luigi Datome had an easy driving layup for the visitors. After Calathes and Datome traded jumpers, Calathes drove for a tough layup to get within 8-12. Following a timeout, Ognjen Kuzmic and Udoh traded baskets from close range. Kuzmic added free throws to the Greens' tally, and after Vesely fought his way for a basket inside, Gist drove to the hoop to cut the deficit to 14-16. But before the quarter's end, Dixon nailed a long jumper and Udoh made a pair of foul shots to give Fenerbahce a 15-20 advantage after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Williams ignites the Greens

Udoh scored inside to start the quarter, but Raduljica made a spin move on the baseline and finished it with a reverse slam. Nikola Kalinic hit a jumper for the visitors, but James Feldeine bettered it with a triple for Panathinaikos. Fenerbahce kept control with Vesely's basket inside and Dixon's long jumper made it 20-28. Raduljica scored from close range. Then Williams scored back-to-back fastbreak dunks – first an alley-oop from Calathes, and then off his own steal – getting the hosts within 2. A triple from Dimitris Diamantidis gave Panathinaikos its first lead, and Calathes scored a fastbreak layup to make it 31-28. Udoh snapped an 11-0 run with a three-point play and then added a pair of fouls shots. MarQuez Haynes hit 3 from the free throw line, before Datome got a shooter's roll on a corner triple for a slim lead. Gist finished scoring in the first half with a close-range basket, making it 36-36 at halftime.

Third quarter: Hosts hold on to slim lead

Baskets were few and far between at the start of the second half. Kuzmic scored a tip-in, and Feldeine stole the ball and raced for a fastbreak dunk. Fenerbahce needed almost three minutes to score before a dunk by Udoh. Dixon followed by driving to the basket and tying the game at 40-40. The scoring picked up midway through the quarter as Gist scored inside after a touch-pass by Raduljica. Udoh hit a mid-range jumper and Bogdanovic a triple, but Calathes drove for a three-point play and tied it at 45-45. After a timeout, Diamantidis and Bogdanovic traded threes. Williams made free throws and Diamantidis fed Raduljica inside for a layup that put the Greens in front again. Raduljica’s dunk after a pick-and-roll with Williams opened a 54-49 margin, but Dixon made free throws and then a driving reverse layup, helping Fenerbahce get within 55-53.

Fourth quarter: Fotsis and Williams make clutch shots

Fotsis made a corner triple in the opening minute of the quarter, but a big Vesely put-back and a triple from Melih Mahmutoglu tied things at 58-58. After a timeout, Feldeine nailed a three for the hosts, then Haynes made 3 free throws following a technical on Coach Obradovic. Diamantidis and Gist hooked up for an alley-oop dunk to open a 66-59 advantage. Following a timeout, Vesely made a pair of free throws, and after a Williams jumper, Mahmutoglu answered with a triple to get Fenerbahce within 4. But Fotsis hit from way downtown and after Raduljica split free throws, the hosts led 72-64. Udoh scored a put-back with two minutes left and had another dunk. Dixon’s transition triple cut it to 72-71 with 52 seconds to go. But on ensuing possession, Diamantidis fed Williams for a layup, and the latter sealed it from the foul line.

Thursday, February 25, 2016
Attendance: 16188
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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
0 HAYNES, MARQUEZ 12:37 6 0/1   6/6         1       1 3 8
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 4:33   0/1 0/1             1     1   -4
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 21:36 6 0/2 2/3   1 3 4 1         1   7
10 RADULJICA, MIROSLAV 20:01 13 5/8   3/6 2 3 5 2 1 2   1 3 4 13
12 FELDEINE, JAMES 25:20 8 1/3 2/5     1 1 1 1 2 1 1 1   3
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 19:26 6   2/3         7 1 1     4 1 9
14 GIST, JAMES 26:26 8 4/4 0/1 0/4 1 4 5 2         4 4 10
15 CALATHES, NICK 24:31 9 4/7 0/1 1/1   3 3 3 2 3     4 5 11
19 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 KUZMIC, OGNJEN 11:57 6 2/6   2/2 5 3 8     1     3 1 7
22 WILLIAMS, ELLIOT 33:33 14 4/9 0/3 6/6   2 2 1 1     3 2 5 10
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 76 20/41 6/17 18/25 12 22 34 17 7 10 1 5 24 23 80
        48.8% 35.3% 72%
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
Fenerbahce Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 HICKMAN, RICKY 3:40               2         1   1
5 HERSEK, BARIS 2:17                         2   -2
8 UDOH, EKPE 34:19 19 7/12   5/5 2 5 7 1 1 2 3 1 2 3 24
10 MAHMUTOGLU, MELIH 24:04 6   2/6     2 2     1     3 2 2
13 BOGDANOVIC, BOGDAN 33:04 9 0/1 3/9 0/2   3 3 3   3 1   3 5 6
18 ARNA, EGEHAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 BAYRAK, ERCAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 UGURLU, BERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 VESELY, JAN 33:07 12 4/6   4/6 4 3 7   1 1     3 5 17
33 KALINIC, NIKOLA 14:52 2 1/1       3 3 1         4   2
35 DIXON, BOBBY 35:42 16 4/7 2/7 2/2 2 2 4 2 1 4 1     6 18
70 DATOME, LUIGI 18:55 7 2/6 1/1   1 2 3 3 1 2     5 3 6
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 71 18/33 8/23 11/15 9 21 30 12 4 13 5 1 23 24 75
        54.5% 34.8% 73.3%

Head Coaches

Panathinaikos Athens
"I was a very beautiful night with lots of feelings and emotions. This is one of the reasons to be grateful, because we are part of the history of such a big club. I have to underline once again that nights like that are not very usual, so we have to enjoy the atmosphere and the big victory, which helps the team to understand how good we can be. The keys to winning were the fighting spirit and the rebounds we grabbed. We played very good defense against their pick-and-roll and thanks to Nick Calathes, we [limited] Dixon to only 2 assists. Udoh caused us a lot of problems in the first half, but in the second half we played much better defense on him. It is a team victory and I am happy to have it. I believe that the togetherness is the key for the success. After the latest additions, we are a more-athletic and better team and the newcomers will offer us a lot of energy. All of them have very good mentality. Williams made a great effort on both ends of the court, but some of his decisions didn't allow us to have a more-comfortable win, while Haynes who has more experience, played excellent defense."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"Congratulations to Panathinaikos for their win tonight. I think that some small details decided the result. I am proud of my players because last week we played four games and they are tired. It is tough for them to keep their freshness and tough for me to make changes. Panathinaikos scored some easy points in the open court, something we didn't stop and also didn't have in our offence. Now we must to find the energy needed in order to play the Turkish League game against Galatasaray. I would like to thank Panathinaikos for their welcome. They are outstanding people and I wish them the best for the future."


Panathinaikos Athens
"It is a great experience to play for the first time in a Euroleague home game. The atmosphere was outstanding and the fans pushed us a lot. Our coach prepared us to play a very good game and we did it against a great opponent. There are many differences between Europe and the United States. Here the game is mainly based on half-court offense, while the Americans play faster and stronger. I have to learn the systems and get a better knowledge of my team and the conditions here. Regarding the block shot by Udoh, I tried to take advantage of the mismatch, but he stopped me."
Panathinaikos Athens
"It is a very good and important win after a big fight against a tough opponent. We took revenge for our loss in Istanbul and we hope to have more wins and make it to the playoffs. Coach Djordjevic had mentioned the rebounds as a key factor in that game, but the players never do what the coach asks. However we overcame this problem and got the victory. All the players try to give their best, but it is normal to have ups and downs during the season. Three new players are here and we have to help them be part of the team as soon as possible."
Panathinaikos Athens
"After Marquez Haynes and Elliott Williams came here, now we have a totally different team which still needs to make its adjustments, something that was clear in the last two minutes. I am very happy because we beat the only unbeaten team so far and this is a big credit for us. They had outscored us 14-0 in the beginning of the first game and tonight we proved that we are better than that. Now we have four consecutive wins and the road is open. I would like to thank our fans, who are the best in the world."
Panathinaikos Athens
"Defense and energy were the keys for us tonight. It is a big victory for Panathinaikos against the only unbeaten team so far. Now we are calm and have the opportunity to improve our performance and to fight for the best possible results."
Fenerbahce Istanbul
"We played a very good game, but lost our concentration in the crucial moments and that’s why we lost. It’s over, now we have to get prepared for the big game in the Turkish League against Galatasaray."
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