Regular Season Round 3 - November 08, 2006 CET: 21:30 Local time: 21:30 - TIVOLI ARENA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 0-0
1-1 Overall 2-0

Referees

Crew Chief
BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
Referee
BITTON, MOSHE, Israel
Umpire
PATERNICO, CARMELO, Italy

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
72.0 Points 84.0
29.5 Rebounds 30.0
8.5 O. Rebounds 12.5
21.0 D. Rebounds 17.5
11.5 Assists 12.5
8.0 Steals 11.5
1.5 Blocks 1.5
14.5 Turnovers 13.5
56.3 % 2PT 54.1 %
31.7 % 3PT 36.8 %
75.0 % FT 70.8 %
74.5 Index 90.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.5 / OZBOLT, SASO Points 20.0 / Batiste
5.5 / KUZMINSKAS, S. Rebounds 6.5 / Batiste
2.0 / RIZVIC, HASAN OR 3.5 / Batiste
4.0 / KUZMINSKAS, S. DR 4.0 / Diamantidis
4.0 / Rannikko Assists 3.0 / BECIROVIC, SANI
2.0 / Rannikko Steals 2.5 / Diamantidis
1.0 / MARAKER, C. Blocks 0.5 / Batiste
3.5 / MILIC, MARKO Turnovers 3.5 / Diamantidis
76.9 % / MILIC, MARKO 2PT 92.9 % / Batiste
100.0 % / KUZMINSKAS, S. 3PT 100.0 % / Diamantidis
100.0 % / MARAKER, C. FT 100.0 % / DELK, T.
15.0 / OZBOLT, SASO Index 28.5 / Batiste

THE TAKE

Two classic Euroleague teams will go against each other in Ljubljana, Slovenia, when Union Olimpija welcomes Group B leader Panathinaikos on Wednesday at 21:30 CET. Through its history, Panathinaikos (2-0) has only lost once in five road games against Olimpija, but the perennial Slovenian League champion won their last matchup together, in 2002. The Greens are the only team unbeaten in Group B, after back-to-back wins at DKV Joventut and against Cibona. Meanwhile, Olimpija (1-1) lost its opening game against Cibona but beat Lottomatica Roma at home last week. Olimpija will be without Ender Arslan, while Ivica Jurkovic is also questionable for this game. Panathinaikos arguably has one of the deepest backcourts in the league featuring Tony Delk, Dimitris Diamantidis, Nikos Hatzivrettas, Ramunas Siskauskas and Sani Becirovic, who will be awarded a warm ovation when he faces his former team on an emotional night for him. The Greens' main concern will be slowing Olimpija's backcourt duo, Teemu Rannikko and Saso Ozbolt, while keeping an eye on young Domen Lorbek, who had 15 points and 8 rebounds to lead his team against Roma. The younger brother of former Euroleague Rising Star award winner Erazem Lorbek has been in great shape at the start of the season. Delk will have a tough test against scrappy Manu Markoishvili, one of the best defenders around, while Rannikko will face Diamantidis, the Euroleague's best defender in the past two years. Christian Maraker, Saulius Kuzminskas and Hasan Rizvic shined against Roma last week, rounding out an interesting frontcourt, in which explosive Marko Milic has played power forward, due to his team's injury concerns. Rizvic will be tested against Dejan Tomasevic and Robertas Javtokas, while Maraker and Kuzminskas go against Dimos Dikoudis and Mike Batiste (20 ppg.), who is the seventh top scorer of the competition and hit 13-of-14 (92.8%) two-pointers so far. Even though Panathinaikos is expected to win the game, Olimpija knows how to play beyond its limits, especially in Ljubljana, backed by its devoted, noisy crowd.

Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"We are facing a team of many young players who compete with high energy and great motivation. They try to press defensively and run the fastbreak and definitely we don't have the right to underestimate them after remembering that Union Olimpija beat an experienced team like Lottomatica Roma last week. We know our mission is difficult and, as I always say, you have to face all Euroleague games with great respect. This is our philosophy and nobody can predetermine the winner before entering the court."

Players

BATISTE, MIKE
Panathinaikos
"We know that Union Olimpija is a team that fights hard and managed to dominate Lottomatica Roma the previous week. So, Panathinaikos needs to be careful and show respect to the Slovenians. The game in their home court is not going to be easy and definitely we have to go there and fight to come out with a win. In basketball, you can't claim that Olimpija lost twice to Cibona Zagreb, so they are easy opponents. There are no bad Euroleague teams and all teams have motivation to win games. We have a better team though, and we have to prove it in the court."
Nikos Hatzivrettas - Panathinaikos Panathinaikos remained the exclusive leader in Group B by beating injury-plagued Union Olimpija 65-86 on the road on Ljubljana, Slovenia, on Wednesday night. Panathinaikos won its third straight and leads the standings with a 3-0 record, while Olimpija dropped to 1-2 after its first home loss. Tony Delk led the winners with 15 points, Dimos Dikoudis added 12 while Nikos Hatzivrettas had 10 for Panathinaikos. Marko Milic led Olimpija with a double-double of 19 points and 13 rebounds, Teemu Rannikko added 17 points while Manu Markoishvili had 12 for the hosts, who were without three injured starters - Erden Arslan, Saso Ozbolt and Ivica Jurkovic. Panathinaikos used a 0-8 run to get a 15-20 edge at the end of the third quarter, while Dikoudis and Dejan Tomasevic allowed the Greens to extend their margin to 31-37 at halftime. Rannikko and an outstanding Milic brought Olimpija back in the game, but Hatzivrettas and Sani Becirovic shined in the final period to make Panathinaikos get a 52-67 lead with 6 minutes to go, enough to seal a well-deserved win.

Panathinaikos won the opening tip and got on the board first as Batiste corrected a Kostas Tsartsaris miss for 2 points. Olimpija's first points came a minute later from Milic, right after he swatted a Batiste shot. The jitters seemed to overtake the hosts as they committed some early turnovers, and Hatzivrettas followed a Batiste slam with a jumper as the Greens went up 2-7. Markoishvili free throws and a Rannikko three allowed Olimpija to tie the game at 7-7 before the Greens pulled away again as Tsartsaris sandwiched a Hatzivrettas layup with a pair of threes to make it 7-15. Olimpija looked to cut the gap as Markoishvili hit a three, but Ramunas Siskauskas answered from beyond the arc for the visitors. Christian Maraker got Olimpija within 15-18 , but a Dikoudis bucket ended the quarter with Panathinaikos ahead 15-20.

Marko Milic - Union OlimpijaRannikko was feeling it from outside at the start of the second period, drilling two from downtown to get his side within 21-22. Dikoudis had already scored when Tomasevic came off the bench to hit a layup for Panathinaikos. Rannikko went to the well one time too many as the Greens extended the lead to 5 on another basket by Tomasevic. Delk and Dikoudis combined on a 6-point spurt to push the lead to 23-32, before Rannikko stopped the run with two from the line. Delk answered back to make it a 9-point lead again, but Hasan Rizvic took over in the paint in the final two minutes of the half, offsetting a Dikoudis triple with three close baskets to get Olimpija within 31-37 at halftime.

Dikoudis opened the third quarter with a three-pointer from the left wing and Delk's free throws made it an 11-point game. Olimpija kept looking for the long shots, but its shoters were off-target now. Markoishvili scored with a driving layup and Rannikko found space to hit a corner triple to give Olimpija some hope at 36-43. Milic set the crowd on fire with an acrobatic layup, which he followed with a put-back basket to get Olimpija back within 3. But after a Panathinaikos timeout, Siskauskas scored and Batiste added a jump hook to give the Greens some breathing room at 40-47. An active Milic answered with a driving layup and Rannikko beat the shot clock with an incredible triple to close the gap to 45-47. But Panathinaikos still had time for one more run. A Batiste dunk was followed by a Dusan Sakota three-point play during a 0-8 Panathinaikos run, which Siskauskas capped with a floating layup to make it 45-55 after three quarters.

Saulius Kuzminskas tried to ignit an Olimpija comeback with a close basket, but Siskauskas matched it on the other end. Milic scored again in the low post and after Hatzivrettas quicky answered, Milic beat the shot clock with a wild three-pointer for a 52-59 Olimpija deficit. Hatzivrettas took the challenge and answered from downtown while Becirovic followed another triple with a put-back layup that broke the game open, 52-67 with six minutes to go. Kuzminskas kept pacing Olimpija with a power layup, but Robertas Javtokas erased it at the other end. Olimpija kept its fighting spirit and never gave up until the final buzzer, pushed by an incredible crowd, but once Becirovic hit free throws and Javtokas shined with a power basket, the outcome was already sealed. Olimpija overcame injuries to challenge one of the best teams in the competition, but Panathinaikos left Ljubljana with a big road win.
Wednesday, November 8, 2006
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Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), BITTON, MOSHE (ISR), PATERNICO, CARMELO (ITA)
Attendance: 5600
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Head coach: OKORN, GASPER
Union Olimpija
# 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 ARSLAN, ENDER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 LORBEK, KLEMEN 1:00                              
8 RIZVIC, HASAN 25:00 6 3/3     1 3 4   2 1     2   9
9 RANNIKKO, TEEMU 35:45 17 0/4 5/11 2/2 1   1 2   4     4 3 5
10 HOHLER, DEJAN 3:15                   1     1   -2
11 MARKOISHVILI, MANUCHAR 37:00 12 2/6 2/4 2/2   4 4 1 1 2     3 6 13
12 MILIC, MARKO 27:45 19 7/11 1/2 2/2 8 5 13 2 2 3 1   5 5 29
14 KUZMINSKAS, SAULIUS 17:15 6 3/4 0/1 0/1 1 2 3 1         4 4 7
21 CEBULAR, SANDI 10:15               1         4   -3
23 LORBEK, DOMEN 32:45 2 1/5 0/4         2   2   1 2   -9
54 PIETRAS, KAMIL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
55 MARAKER, CHRISTIAN 10:00 3 1/2 0/1 1/2   2 2             1 3
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 65 17/35 8/23 7/9 11 16 27 9 5 14 1 1 25 19 51
48.6% 34.8% 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
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 DELK, TONY 22:15 15 3/5 1/3 6/8 3 4 7     1     1 5 19
6 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 2:15                              
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 16:15 9 1/2 1/2 4/6 2 1 3 2 1 2     3 5 11
8 BATISTE, MIKE 20:30 10 4/7   2/4 2 2 4   1 1 1 1 1 4 12
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 26:30 9 3/5 1/1 0/1 1 1 2     1     2 2 7
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 24:00 10 3/3 1/2 1/2       2 1 1     2 2 10
11 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 15:45 12 3/4 2/2   1 3 4     2     3   10
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 11:45 6 0/3 2/3     2 2 1 1 1     4 1 2
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 28:45   0/2     1 2 3 3 1 1     1 1 4
15 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 8:15 4 2/3       2 2           1   4
16 SAKOTA, DUSAN 12:30 6 1/1 1/4 1/1 1   1 1   1       1 5
19 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 11:15 5 2/3   1/5 2 2 4           1 4 7
Team                   2           2
Totals 200:00 86 22/38 9/17 15/27 13 19 32 9 7 11 1 1 19 25 93
57.9% 52.9% 55.6%
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Head Coaches

OKORN, GASPER
Union Olimpija
"I am not sad at all. The difference between the two teams is such that we cannot more than we did tonight. We put pressure on them for 40 minutes, but with only seven or eight players it's too hard to play against a team with 11 balanced players. I have to thank our crowd for the help, as after a long time, the Tivoli Arena was full to the last seat."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"We knew that Union Olimpija plays aggressive. We studied them against Lottomatica and Bosnia and we were ready for what was waiting for us. We played aggressive enough so that they had to shoot in the last seconds of possession several times. This shows that we played well in defense. Congratulations to Olimpija for their good game and also my players for a professional job."

Players

MILIC, MARKO
Union Olimpija
"We did everything in our hands, but Panathinaikos is so good that it was not possible in the end. Starting in minute 25, the difference in quality but mostly bench depth was even more obvious, and with every minute the difference just got bigger."
RANNIKKO, TEEMU
Union Olimpija
"Until minute 30 we were pretty close, but after that we were too tired and the game ended as it ended. Panathinaikos has one of the best defenses in Europe and losing against them is not a catastrophe."
TOMASEVIC, DEJAN
Panathinaikos
"We got what we expected. The important thing is the win, not our game or the way we took to win. Union Olimpija played well, but we havemore quality players and the final difference is the real distance between the two teams."
BECIROVIC, SANI
Panathinaikos
"Even though the final score does not reflect it, the game was not easy. In the first half Union Olimpija played great, they were accurate and they matched us in rebounds. In the second half we consolidated our play and I think we deserved the win in the end."
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