Regular Season Round 4 - November 24, 2005 CET: 20:45 Local time: 20:45 - O.A.K.A.

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
3-0 Overall 0-3

Referees

Crew Chief
MARTIN, JOSE, Spain
Referee
CICORIA, GIANPAOLO, Italy
Umpire
MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA, Italy

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
85.3 Points 59.7
28.0 Rebounds 27.7
8.3 O. Rebounds 12.3
19.7 D. Rebounds 15.3
14.7 Assists 9.0
10.3 Steals 17.0
3.0 Blocks 1.0
15.3 Turnovers 15.3
62.5 % 2PT 39.8 %
43.1 % 3PT 19.6 %
78.2 % FT 77.1 %
101.0 Index 51.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.3 / Lakovic Points 14.7 / MILOJEVIC, D.
5.3 / TOMASEVIC, DEJAN Rebounds 9.0 / MILOJEVIC, D.
3.3 / TOMASEVIC, DEJAN OR 4.0 / MILOJEVIC, D.
4.0 / Diamantidis DR 5.0 / MILOJEVIC, D.
3.7 / Spanoulis Assists 2.7 / MILOJEVIC, D.
2.0 / ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS Steals 3.3 / BROWN, GERALD
1.3 / Diamantidis Blocks 0.7 / Bogdanovic
3.3 / Diamantidis Turnovers 3.7 / MILOJEVIC, D.
100.0 % / FEMERLING, PATRICK 2PT 100.0 % / Velickovic
75.0 % / PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 3PT 30.0 % / LONCAR, NIKOLA
100.0 % / ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS FT 100.0 % / PEKOVIC, NIKOLA
18.0 / Lakovic Index 20.3 / MILOJEVIC, D.

THE TAKE

The highest- and lowest-scoring teams so far this Euroleague season square off in Group C when Panathinaikos hosts Partizan Belgrade on Thursday in Athens. Panathinaikos (3-0) is one of only four undefeated teams so far, Partizan (0-3) one of three still looking for a first victory. Among the numerous ties between these two teams, Panathinaikos coach Zeljko Obradovic played for Partizan coach Dusko Vujosevic for five seasons in the late 1980s before taking over the bench for him in 1991. In his seven seasons with Panathinaikos, this will be Obradovic's first game against his former team. In addition, Panathinaikos center Dejan Tomasevic started his career at Partizan and swingman Vlado Scepanovic has spent a couple seasons with the Serbian champs. Despite their familiarity and the difference in their records, Panathinaikos cannot get cozy with its guests, especially because the Greens are expected to play without top scorer Jaka Lakovic (16.3 ppg.), who is sick, and might also miss do-it-all Dimitris Diamantidis and leader Fragiskos Alvertis, who are nursing injuries. The Greens are deep with talent, however, so expect Week 2 MVP Vasilis Spanoulis (15.3 ppg., 3.6 apg.) and Nikos Hatzivrettas to welcome the added responsibility if necessary. Partizan will surely compete well on the inside, where power forward Dejan Milojevic is a human stats machine, leading the guests in scoring (14.7 ppg.), rebounding (9 rpg.) and assists (2.7 apg.). His matchup with steady Mike Batiste (8 ppg.) should be a good one. Despite Partizan's league-low scoring average of 59.7 points, Milojevic has been getting help from young center Kosta Perovic, who has averaged 12.5 points on 10-for-14 shooting in his last 2 games. Perovic has the potential to change the game, but first he will need to deal with veterans Tomasevic (6 ppg., 5.3 rpg.) and Kostas Tsartsaris (7.7 ppg.). Partizan guard Gerald Brown (7 ppg., 3.3 spg.) will have a similarly crucial defensive assignment against Spanoulis, at least, while he will need also to find a way to put points on the board for his own team. On paper, the advantage goes here to the home side, Panathinaikos, but if the Greens show up with injuries, the youngsters from Partizan have the talent to threaten an upset at any time.
Wednesday, November 23, 2005
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The difference between experience and youth was never more apparent as Panathinaikos overwhelmed visiting Partizan 81-62 in Athens on Thursday to remain undefeated in Group C. With a record of 4-0, the Greens remain tied for first place with Real Madrid, also undefeated, while Partizan falls to 0-4 and stays in the Group C basement. Panathinaikos dominated even without leading scorer Jaka Lakovic, who was ill, but considering its defense, points hardly mattered. The Greens held Partizan to just 5 points in the second quarter - a Euroleague record for that one - and 6 in the third. By winning the middle quarters 44-11, Panathinaikos essentially won the game. Fragiskos Alvertis led five Greens in double figures with 13 points. Mike Batiste, Nikos Hatzivrettas and Vasilis Spanoulis had 11 each and Dimitris Diamantidis 10. Nikola Loncar led the guests with 19 points, while Dejan Milojevic had 10 and 14 rebounds.

With Lakovic sidelined and Diamantidis seating on the bench, Vassilis Spanoulis was the go-to guy for Panathinaikos early. The Greens scored their first 8 points from the foul line, but soon Uros Tripkovic hit a three-pointer to give Partizan a one-point margin, 8-9. Then it was time for Spanoulis, who bagged 6 consecutive points, including the first Panathinaikos basket, a three-pointer, while pushing his team ahead 14-9. When Panathinaikos coach Zeljiko Obradovic decided to use his three-guard lineup - with Spanoulis, Hatzivrettas and Diamantidis - the hosts created and finished some fastbreak opportunities to soar in front by 23-16. With a jumper by Loncar at the buzzer, Partizan was able to close the gap to 24-20 after 10 minutes.

Partizan would have to wait the whole second quarter before making another shot from the field. As the second quarter began, Panathinaikos was more focused on defense and rebounds, while Partizan was trapped in the shadows. The Greens deployed all their offensive weapons, and even though Partizan coach Dusko Vujosevic switched his defense to a zone, Panathinaikos was unstoppable. Alvertis loaded his three-point gun and pulled the trigger on the shot-clock buzzer, making the score 40-21. Then followed a three-pointer by Giorgos Kalaitzis, also on the shot-clock buzzer. Partizan's first point of the quarter, a free throw by Milojevic, was answered with yet another triple, by Alvertis, for a 26-point gap, 48-22. Panathinaikos almost set a new record by not having allowed a field goal throughout an entire quarter, but Predrag Suput managed to land his own three-pointer in the very last second of the second quarter, by which time Panathinaikos ruled, 52-25.

Nothing changed in the third quarter, as Panathinaikos kept playing great defense, refusing Partizan any easy shots. Last season's best Euroleague defensive player, Diamantidis, continued to trap and make steals enough for his team to hold the reins tight. Obradovic took advantage of the favorable circumstances to try out different schemes without any cost whatsoever for the Greens. Combining an amazing defense with offensive stability, Panathinaikos played a practice-like third quarter, the end of which found the hosts 68-31 ahead. Over the previous 20 minutes, the Greens had outscored Partizan by four times, 44-11.

The outcome was clear, but Partizan simply did not give up. Loncar stroked twice from downtown and had 8 points in 2-13 run which brought the guests within 70-40. Loncar had time to put on a shooting exhibition, nailing 3 more bombs throughout this quarter while Lika Bogdanovic added another from downtown to help Partizan get closer, at 77-59, with 2 minutes remaining. Partizan scored 31 points in the final period, but free throws by Diamantidis fixed the score at 81-62 before the final buzzer.
Thursday, November 24, 2005
Vassilis Skountis, Athens
Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), CICORIA, GIANPAOLO (ITA), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA), TSOULIS, COSTAS (GRE)
Attendance: 0
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Panathinaikos24281613
Partizan205631
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Panathinaikos24526881
Partizan20253162
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
4 ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS 15:30 13 1/2 3/3 2/2         1       2 1 12
5 KALAITZIS, GEORGIOS 17:00 5 1/2 1/1     1 1     2         3
6 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 15:00 2 0/2   2/4 2 2 4 1           3 6
8 BATISTE, MIKE 21:30 11 5/6 0/1 1/1   7 7   1 5 1   3 3 13
9 FEMERLING, PATRICK 13:30 5 2/3   1/5 1 2 3       1 1 3 4 4
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 21:15 11 2/3 0/1 7/8 1   1           3 5 11
11 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 23:00 11 2/4 1/3 4/5       2 1 4     1 3 7
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 13:45 3   1/1     2 2       2   4 1 4
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 23:00 10   1/2 7/10 1 5 6 5 4 2 1   3 6 23
14 SCEPANOVIC, VLADO 20:45 4 2/2 0/2     1 1 4   2         5
15 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 8:45 4 2/2   0/2   3 3     3     3 2 1
16 SAKOTA, DUSAN 7:00 2 1/1 0/1                   5   -4
Team           1 6 7             1 8
Totals 200:00 81 18/27 7/15 24/37 6 29 35 12 7 18 5 1 27 29 93
66.7% 46.7% 64.9%
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: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
# 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 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 19:45 5 1/3 1/5     1 1         1 2   -3
5 BOGDANOVIC, LUKA 12:45 3   1/5   1 1 2     3     2   -4
6 LONCAR, NIKOLA 24:15 19 2/8 5/6 0/1   3 3   1 1     3 2 13
7 PEROVIC, KOSTA 23:00 2     2/6 1 1 2   2 3 1   3 6 3
8 SUPUT, PREDRAG 25:15 9 2/5 1/2 2/2 2 1 3 1 2 2   1 2 1 7
9 STEFANOVIC, NENAD DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 BOROVNJAK, DEJAN 4:15                         2   -2
11 BAKIC, BORIS 10:30 1 0/1 0/1 1/4 2   2 1 1 3   1 2 3 -3
12 VELICKOVIC, NOVICA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 MILOJEVIC, DEJAN 31:45 10 3/14 0/1 4/8 8 6 14 2 1 1   1 3 10 16
14 PEKOVIC, NIKOLA 21:00 9 3/6   3/6 4 1 5 1       1 4 3 7
32 BROWN, GERALD 27:30 4 1/4 0/2 2/2   1 1   1 1     5 2 -3
Team           2   2           1   1
Totals 200:00 62 12/41 8/22 14/29 20 15 35 5 8 14 1 5 29 27 32
29.3% 36.4% 48.3%
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Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"We played very well, especially in defense and the fastbreaks. Our main point was not to give offensive rebounds to our opponents, since this is one of their weapons. When we managed to dominate under the boards, everything became easy. I would like once again to thank our fans, because they made a very good atmosphere and helped us to play well. Also the fans of Partizan never stopped to support their team. Sure, it is a special feeling to play against Partizan, the team that has given to me the first opportunity to become a coach and celebrate trophies. It is always hard to face teams you played or coached for and I wish that I will never play against my current team, Panathinaikos"
VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
Partizan
"Congratulations to Panathinaikos for the victory and their performance. However, I am not satisfied with our game, because practically we didn't show up in the second and the third quarters. In such a competition, you have to play 40 minutes, not only the half. Although we had prepared reactions against the switched and the trap defenses of Panathinaikos, we failed to score and move the ball outside. Also we missed a lot of three-pointers and only Loncar scored from the three-point range in the last quarter. Sure, we need to play with much more energy and concentration, as we have a very important game against Zeleznik for the Adriatic League".

Players

ALVERTIS, FRAGISKOS
Panathinaikos
"It was a pretty good game for us, at least for 30 minutes. In the last quarter we didn't keep our concentration and intensity and allowed Partizan to cut the margin. No we are going 13-0 in all competitions and keep playing and trying our best."
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