Final Four Round 2 - May 03, 2009 CET: 20:00 Local time: 20:00 - O2 WORLD
FINAL FOUR, ROUND 2

Records

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1-0 Final Four 0-0
2-1 Playoffs 3-0
5-1 Top 16 5-1
7-3 Regular Season 7-3
16-5 Overall 16-4

Referees

Crew Chief
BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS, Lithuania
Referee
ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS, Spain
Umpire
BACHAR, SHMUEL, Israel

Team Stats

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80.1 Points 75.5
32.0 Rebounds 31.5
9.1 O. Rebounds 9.0
22.9 D. Rebounds 22.5
14.0 Assists 14.0
9.0 Steals 6.6
3.1 Blocks 3.5
14.3 Turnovers 10.8
57.8 % 2PT 53.6 %
37.1 % 3PT 40.7 %
78.2 % FT 75.6 %
90.0 Index 89.3

Player Stats

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12.9 / Batiste Points 12.4 / Lorbek
5.0 / Batiste Rebounds 5.3 / Lorbek
1.8 / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA OR 2.2 / Lorbek
3.3 / Batiste DR 3.7 / Khryapa
3.7 / Spanoulis Assists 3.3 / HOLDEN, J.R.
1.5 / Diamantidis Steals 1.3 / Khryapa
0.7 / Fotsis Blocks 1.0 / Khryapa
2.0 / Batiste Turnovers 1.7 / Khryapa
66.3 % / Batiste 2PT 68.3 % / Khryapa
43.8 % / KECMAN, DUSAN 3PT 50.0 % / MORRIS, TERENCE
100.0 % / KECMAN, DUSAN FT 90.0 % / Zisis
15.0 / Batiste Index 15.4 / Lorbek

THE TAKE

Two of the most storied clubs in European basketball with a pair of legendary coaches will clash for the 2009 Euroleague crown on Sunday night when Panathinaikos meets CSKA Moscow at o2 World in Berlin in a rematch of the classis 2007 title game. Panathinaikos won its fourth Euroleague championship that night, 93-91, on its home floor in Athens. Nine players from that game are back this time – including CSKA forward Ramunas Siskauskas, who played for Panathinaikos then. CSKA bounced back last season to win its sixth Euroleague title. Both teams escaped serious challenges in the semifinals to return to the final. CSKA ousted Regal FC Barcelona 78-82 thanks to Siskauskas, who scored 18 of his career-high 29 points in the fourth quarter. Panathinaikos edged Olympiacos Piraeus 82-84 with Nikola Pekovic, Mike Batiste, Vassilis Spanoulis and Sarunas Jasikevicius all scoring between 18 and 20 points. MORE | HISTORIC MATCHUPS | HEAD COACH MATCHUPS | PRESS CONFERENCE

Saturday, May 2, 2009
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"I am very happy to be one more time here in the final and to see Ettore here. It is something normal for him because you know how many times he has been in the final. After the two semifinals, I believe the two teams have the opportunity to play a great game. We will try of course to take the cup. It will be difficult against a team with so much experience with four years in the final, two cups in three years. It’s not a new situation. Every Final Four is like this, with less than 48 hours between the semifinal and the final. Like Ettore said, some small details will decide the game. It’s more important to understand what to do in every second you play. We already understand CSKA’s philosophy. We will try in practice to prepare the players, to give them information to be ready."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"I am not happy to see Zelimir on the court. Off the court it's different. You know how much I respect him. The two games yesterday were liked by all the fans. The final is a very balanced game. To predict anything is useless. We will prepare well and try to win. It will be a close game. What you can do is give the players information and trust that they can do what they must with the information to create surprises and not be surprised. We will have many great players on the court to decide the game. In these game I tell my players not to spend energy on what happens. If you think about winning or losing, you waste energy. You have to focus on 40 minutes on the floor and forget the rest. If you do this, you have a better chance. If you get caught up in other thinking, you arrive mentally exhausted."

Players

BATISTE, MIKE
Panathinaikos
"This is the end. This is what you write down as your goal. To be in the final and to be champion. So tomorrow we have to play hard against a very good team. They are the defending champions. So we have to play with a lot of heart. It’s the only way we’re going to be champions. It doesn’t matter about your athletic ability or your role to play, we just have to go out and fight for 40 minutes. If we can do that, we’ll be all right. It’ll be a tough, physical game. Smodis is a very physical guy, Lorbek is a very physical guy. And they have good guard play, Siskauskas, Holden, Langdon. We’re going to have our hands full tomorrow, but like in every single game we’re always up for a challenge and that’s what we’re going to do tomorrow, take the challenge and go with it and hopefully we can pull the game out and win. We need to rebound and play with a high rhythm. And whatever calls that we call, to respect the system and stay within the rules of the system that we run. The only option tomorrow is to win. That’s my goal and the team’s goal."
SMODIS, MATJAZ
CSKA Moscow
"I believe that I have been blessed, physically and talent-wise. A lot of things have come into place for me to come even into consideration for all the great things happening to me. I would say that working hard and staying there, a lot of things went my way and every victory is even more special. This is our fourth consecutive final and I really believe that we have given our maximum every year to managed to do these great things. My personal accomplishments have always come inside of a team. Without my teammates and coaches, I wouldn't be able to do this. We really have to play strong defense and try to contain their famous pick-and-roll to beat Panathinaikos tomorrow. I think they are a very experienced team that played a lot of pressure games, with the winningest coach in Euroleague history. This is a game that you live for, basically. You can wait your whole career to play such a special final and it is just going to be a dog fight. Little details will decide the game, who wants it more or plays harder."
Videos: Zeljko Obradovic, Mike Batiste, Saras Jasikevicius, Nikola Pekovic, Stratos Perperoglou, Celebrations
Panathinaikos is EB Champ 2008-09 - Final Four Berlin 2009Panathinaikos Athens is the Euroleague Basketball champion for 2009! Panathinaikos lifted its second crown in three years by beating last season’s champion CSKA 73-71 in a thrilling final at o2 World in Berlin on Sunday night. One of the most exciting basketball title games in history went to the wire and wasn’t decided until Ramunas Siskauskas's attempted three at the buzzer bounced out. That allowed Panathinaikos to celebrate its fifth Euroleague title and the seventh for head coach Zeljko Obradovic, the winningest head coach in Euroleague history. Vassilis Spanoulis was named Final Four MVP after scoring 13, including a clutch triple with less than three minutes to play. Panathinaikos had 10-0 runs in both the first and second quarters to surge ahead and Sarunas Jasikevicius and Drew Nicholas finished the second period with back-to-back three-pointers to give the Greens a 48-28 halftime lead. They would prove to need each of those as CSKA held the Greens scoreless for more than 8 minutes, scoring 17 unanswered points to come back. CSKA would narrow the gap to 1 in the closing seconds, but couldn't complete the comeback. Antonis Fotsis added 13 points and 8 rebounds for the winners and Jasikevicius and Dimitris Diamantidis scored 10 each. J.R. Holden paced CSKA with 14 points and Trajan Langdon and Siskauskas each scored 13.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Panathinaikos - Final Four Berlin 2009Panathinaikos won the opening tip and had two good looks on its first possession, but came up empty. At the other end, CSKA got the ball inside and Viktor Khryapa scored on the offensive glass before Holden pulled up to double the score. Spanoulis got the Greens on the board, but baskets by Erazem Lorbek, Khryapa and Holden kept CSKA in control. Spanoulis ignited the Panathinaikos crowd with a three-pointer and a drive through the CSKA defense to get his team within 9-12. CSKA’s first wave of substitutions saw Siskauskas and Sashas Kaun come on, but that didn’t phase the Greens, who got baskets from Nikola Pekovic and Nicholas to take their first lead. Pekovic drew a foul from Khryapa on a dunk attempt and the latter was whistled for a technical. Pekovic sank all 4 free throws to cap a 10-0 Panathinaikos run that made it 17-12. A Kaun slam revived CSKA before head coach Ettore Messina called for a timeout. Fotsis sank 2 from the line before Holden and Mike Batiste traded baskets. Siskauskas missed twice from the line and the opening period ended with the Greens ahead 21-16.

J. R. Holden - CSKA Moscow - Final Four Berlin 2009 A fresh Diamantidis carved through the CSKA defense for his first points, but a free throw and later a jumper by Matjaz Smodis kept Moscow close. Jasikevicius fired in a three and Diamantidis did the same as the Greens’ lead hit double figures. A CSKA turnover and a Nicholas jumper made it 31-19, fueled the Panathinaikos fans and led to a CSKA timeout. Moscow still had trouble getting the shots it wanted and Kostas Tsartsaris took advantage to cap the Panathinaikos run at 10-0. Holden ended the CSKA drought with a pair of free throws, but a Diamantidis three made it a 15-point game. Siskauskas banked in a shot only to see Fotsis respond with a three. Spanoulis made a triple to put his team up 42-25, but Holden beat Panathinaikos downcourt for an easy layup. The Green machine continued to roll as Jasikevicius and Nicholas made triples for a 48-28 halftime lead.

Just seconds into the second half, Jasikevicus nailed another three – making it 8 straight attempts without a miss for the Greens. CSKA soon found its footing, drew fouls on three straight possessions and behind 4 Langdon free throws cut the gap to 51-33. But the Panathinaikos assault continued and as Fotsis rifled in another three. Langdon and Siskauskas continued to will CSKA. Langdon had 7 in a 0-10 stretch to get to 56-43. After a Panathinaikos timeout, CSKA got free throws from Zoran Planinic and Khryapa to close continue its run, holding Panathinaikos without point for the final 6:10 of the third quarter to get within 56-46.

Dimitris Diamantidis- Panathinaikos - Final Four Berlin 2009CSKA’s defense continued to deny Panathinaikos, while the defending champs continued their charge. Tsartsaris became the first player to foul out of the game before Smodis’s foul-line jumper capped a 0-17 charge and made it 56-60. Fotsis ended an eight-and-a-quarter-minute scoring drought for the Greens with a triple and Stratos Perperoglou soon restored a double-digit Panathinaikos advantage with a free throw and a basket in the paint. Lorbek kept CSKA’s hopes alive at 62-52, but a three by Perperoglou helped the Greens regain their confidence. A Planinic basket and a Siskauskas three brought CSKA right back. Siskauskas narrowed the gap to 65-58 with a free throw and Holden made his way through the Green defense to make it a 5-point game with three minutes to play. Spanoulis hit a clutch triple only to see Khryapa match him. Batiste went hard to the basket and was fouled by Khryapa. He made both free throws. Smodis drilled a three to make it 70-66. After Holden denied Spanoulis a good look at the basket, Khryapa drew Fotsis’s fifth foul with 40.9 seconds to play, but missed twice from the line. However Panathinaikos lost the ball on an 8 seconds violation and Siskauskas stepped up with a three with 26.2 seconds to play that made it 70-69. Forced to foul, CSKA sent Diamantidis to the line with 10.4 seconds to play and sank 2. CSKA took a timeout and set up a play for Siskauskas, but Diamantidis fouled him with 8.5 seconds left. The 2008 Euroleague MVP made both and this time Panathinaikos took a timeout up 72-71. Jasikevicus went to the line with 5.8 ticks on the clock and the No. 1 free throw shooter in competition history missed the first and hit the second. CSKA went again to Siskauskas who went for it all and bulled up for what would have been a buzzer-beating three, but it bounced out, leaving Panathinaikos to celebrate victory in one of the most exciting championship games ever.
Sunday, May 3, 2009
Frankie Sachs, Euroleague.net, Berlin
Referees: BRAZAUSKAS, ROMUALDAS (LTU), ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR)
Attendance: 13238
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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 KECMAN, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 23:07 13 2/5 3/5             1     3 1 5
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 20:26 6 1/2 1/3 1/2   2 2 2         2 2 6
8 BATISTE, MIKE 25:04 6 1/2   4/4 1 3 4     2     2 5 10
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 29:07 13 1/4 3/6 2/2 3 5 8 1   1     5 2 12
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 29:41 7 2/3 1/4     1 1 1         3 1 3
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 9:57 2 1/1 0/1     1 1       1   5   -2
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 27:11 10 1/2 2/3 2/2 1 3 4 3 1 2     2 2 14
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 15:08 6 1/3   4/4 2   2     6 1 1 3 5 2
15 SAKOTA, DUSAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 20:19 10 0/1 3/5 1/2 1 3 4 4 1 2     2 1 12
Team                                
Totals 200:00 73 10/23 13/27 14/16 8 18 26 11 2 14 2 1 27 19 62
43.5% 48.1% 87.5%
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: MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
# 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
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 1:38                   1         -1
7 KEYRU, VICTOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 29:49 9 2/6 1/4 2/4 4 5 9           3 6 12
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 28:15 13 2/4 2/6 3/6         1 2     1 5 7
10 HOLDEN, J.R. 29:40 14 5/7 0/1 4/4   1 1 4 1       2 5 20
12 LORBEK, ERAZEM 15:53 5 2/5   1/2   1 1         2 2 1 -1
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 31:36 13 2/6 1/2 6/6 1 3 4 1         3 3 13
24 KAUN, SASHA 12:59 3 1/1   1/2 1 2 3     2     1 1 3
31 KHRYAPA, VICTOR 23:20 9 2/3 1/3 2/4 5 2 7 1 2       5 4 13
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 16:52 5 2/3   1/2 1 2 3 1 1       2 2 8
44 MORRIS, TERENCE 9:58                   1 1   1   -1
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 71 18/35 5/16 20/30 12 16 28 7 5 7 1 2 20 27 72
51.4% 31.3% 66.7%
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"What to say after a game like today's? My first impression is that we deserved to win the game earlier than the last defense. But this is basketball and it happens, because it's a final of the Euroleague and the opponent team was in the final for the fourth time in a row. Congratulations to the players, together with the fan who came over to help us try to win. Everybody talked before we came that the team that won our semifinal with Olympiacos would have it very difficult to win the final. We showed it was possible by playing a great first half. At halftime, I told my players that CSKA is a great team, they will change their game and play more aggressive, and they did this.Thanks to the players and fans, my staff, and Mr. Thanassis Giannakopoulos and his brother, Pavlos, who I am sorry could not be here for health reasons."
MESSINA, ETTORE
CSKA Moscow
"First of all, I'd like to congratulate Panathinaikos and Coach Obradovic for their great win. Second, I'd like to thank my players for the effort they put into the second half to make this event become a basketball game like it wasn't in the first 20 minutes. I think the game, technically speaking, was decided by the fact that we had very early foul trouble to three of our starters, and at that point we saw an imbalance on the court. We started good, but from the moment when Lorbek, Smodis and Khryapa had two quick fouls, Panathinaikos continued to pound inside, and when we closed, the got a good percentage on three-pointers. The second half, we managed to keep our starters on the court for a longer time, played with great heart and made the game be decided in the end by a couple details. We congratulate them and we obviously will try to stay together and get ready for the Russian playoffs."

Players

DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS
Panathinaikos
"I think it was an excellent game for 40 minutes. CSKA is a very big team, we knew they would try to come back. But we had some good offenses at the end of the game and we tried to stop them and we took the title. This feeling is the best. It’s a great feeling. It’s a great feeling. For me it is the second time and I’m very happy. I’m proud to be a member of this team."
SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS
CSKA Moscow
"Of course, I am proud of my team. The first half was worse than terrible. We never did what we were supposed to do and the first half is one to forget about. But I am proud of our second half, we showed we could be back in the game and we had a chance. About the last shot... We tried to go for a layup, but if there was no possibility, we would have to go for the long shot. I tried to read the situation and I went for it. I think it was not a bad shot, but I just missed it. That's part of the game."
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