Regular Season Round 10 - December 19, 2014 CET: 21:00 Local time: 22:00 - OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-4 Regular Season 8-1
5-4 Overall 8-1

Referees

Crew Chief
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Referee
SAHIN, TOLGA, Italy
Umpire
VIATOR, EDDIE, France

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.9 Points 86.8
34.4 Rebounds 37.0
9.2 O. Rebounds 8.6
25.2 D. Rebounds 28.4
16.3 Assists 19.7
5.8 Steals 5.9
2.4 Blocks 2.9
13.9 Turnovers 12.4
52.6 % 2PT 52.2 %
38.4 % 3PT 42.0 %
79.8 % FT 83.0 %
86.8 Index 103.2

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.6 / Slaughter Points 11.1 / Tomic
5.1 / Gist Rebounds 7.0 / Tomic
1.7 / Gist OR 1.7 / Tomic
3.4 / Gist DR 5.3 / Tomic
5.9 / Diamantidis Assists 4.3 / Huertas
1.3 / Batista Steals 1.0 / Doellman
1.0 / Wright Blocks 0.8 / Tomic
4.0 / Batista Turnovers 2.4 / Huertas
77.8 % / Fotsis 2PT 66.0 % / Tomic
100.0 % / Mavrokefalidis 3PT 69.2 % / Thomas
100.0 % / Mavrokefalidis FT 100.0 % / Oleson
11.7 / Diamantidis Index 17.8 / Tomic

THE TAKE

A pair of Top 16-bound giants looks to finish off the regular season in style. The game has no impact on Panathinaikos, which will be third in Group C regardless of the outcome. Barcelona is the presumed group champion, but it could clinch the top spot with a victory. The only way for Barcelona to drop to second would be for it to loss, for Fenerbahce Ulker to beat FC Bayern Munich and for the combined margin of victory from the two games to be at least 60 points. Barcelona topped the Greens 78-69 when they met last month in Spain through a balanced effort. A series of injuries on the wings has forced Coach Xavi Pascual to rely heavily on rising star Mario Hezonja and DeShaun Thomas. They will be challenged by the likes of AJ Slaughter and Vlantimir Giankovits. Panathinaikos coach Dusko Ivanaovic could give extended playing time to youngsters Eleftherios Bochoridis or Vasilis Charalampopoulos. The Greens always play hard at home and will never take it easy on a rival like Barcelona, so this game should be an entertaining fixture.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"The result of this game is more for the prestige. Both teams had made the Top 16 and also we know that we can’t change our position in the standings. But I have to say that this is an important game if we consider that we have a lot of big games following our schedule: PAOK for the semifinals of the Greek Cup, Olympiacos for the Greek League and also the beginning of the Top 16 is following. So we have to stay focused and play hard."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona
"We face the game in Athens with the goal of winning and becoming group champs. That's our goal, the last step. Panathinaikos has not lost at home up to this point and has beaten all teams well there. It will be a very complicated game."

Players

BLUMS, JANIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"Although we know that the result of this game does not affect the standings, we want to make a good game and try to win. This is gonna be good for us for our fans as we all know that Panathinaikos has pride and is a winning team. We respect Barcelona, they are one of the best team in the competition. We have to give our 100% because we have crucial games following, against PAOK for the Cup semifinals, against Olympiakos for thw Greek League and of course the 1st week of the Top 16."
PLEISS, TIBOR
FC Barcelona
"It will be a difficult game against a great team. They have a former coach of mine, Ivanovic, on the bench. We have to try to win this game because it is very important for us. We want to win and finish on top of Group C, but of course they want to win, too."

Game Notes

Panathinaikos Athens
Panathinaikos has won eight straight Euroleague home games.
Dusko Ivanovic coached FC Barcelona for two and a half seasons from 2005 through February 2008. He led the team to the 2006 Euroleague Final Four and the 2007 Cope del Rey. Only current Barcelona head coach Xavi Pascual, who was Ivanovic’s assistant, and Juan Carlos Navarro remain from Ivanovic’s time there.
Ivanovic coached Barcelona players Marcelinho Huertas, Maciej Lampe and Brad Oleson each for at least two seasons at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in Spain.
Ivanovic coached Barcelona center Tibor Pleiss during the 2012-13 season and the start of the following season at Laboral Kutxa Vitoria in Spain.
Esteban Batista was a teammate of Huertas and Oleson during the 20-11 season in Vitoria.
Antonis Fotsis has made at least 1 three-pointer in 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games.
DeMarcus Nelson has recorded at least 1 steal in each of his last five Euroleague appearances.
Loukas Mavrokefalidis played briefly at FC Barcelona at the end of the 2012-13 season. He played under Coach Xavi Pascual and alongside Alex Abrines, Ante Tomic, Brad Oleson, Jaun Carlos Navarro, Marcelinho Huertas and Mario Hezonja.
Mavrokefalidis has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Mavrokefalidis leads the Euroleague in scoring on a per-minute basis with a prorated average of 27.6 points per 40 minutes.
Julian Wright leads the Euroleague in blocked shots on a per-minute basis with a prorated average of 3.7 blocks per 40 minutes.
Dimitris Diamantidis established his Euroleague career high in scoring with 26 points in Game 1 of the 2011 Euroleague Playoffs in Barcelona. Diamantidis missed the final shot as Barcelona held on for an 83-82 victory.

FC Barcelona
Barcelona has won its last five games against Panathinaikos and 19 of the 31 meetings between the clubs.
Barcelona boasts one of the league’s best perimeter defenses; it is second three-point shots allowed (42).
Juan Carlos Navarro has made 29 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.
Marcelinho Huertas needs 4 more steals to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.
Marcelinho needs 15 more assists to reach the Euroleague‘s career top 10. Huertas enters this week tied with Omar Cook (544 assists) for 11th place. Zoran Planinic (559) is 10th.
Brad Oleson has made 16 straight free throws in Euroleague games.
Ante Tomic did not miss a shot in totaling 16 points and 10 rebounds to lead Barcelona to a 78-69 victory over Panathinaikos last month.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014
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Barcelona storms past Greens to first place, 67-80

FC Barcelona took the high road to a first-place finish in regular season Group C by dominating Panathinaikos Athens on the road Friday for a 67-80 victory. After an hour-long delay at halftime, when the arena was evacuated for a security sweep following an alleged bomb threat, Panathinaikos erased most of 17-point deficit that Barcelona took into the break on the strength of a 11-0 first-quarter run. But Barcelona soon roared back to take control until the finish and raise its record to 9-1, the second-best mark of the regular season. Panathinaikos fell to 5-5 but was sure to be third, despite a tie with EA7 Emporio Armani Milan, due to a tiebreak advantage. Marcelinho Huertas orchestrated the victory with 17 points, 9 assists, while Deshaun Thomas added 15. Maciej Lampa added a double-double of 10 points and 10 rebounds, while Mario Hezonja scored 9 more. Barcelona's defense held Panathinaikos to just 23 points in the first half, and by the end the Greens had only two double-digit scorers, Antonis Fotsis with 14 points and Loukas Mavrokefalidis with 10. Panathinaikos played without team leader Dimitris Diamantidis, but saw point guard DeMarcus Nelson return from injury to play his first Euroleague game in green.

FIRST QUARTER: Huertas leads Barcelona break

Fotsis pulled 2 quick rebounds and threaded a pass to Batista for the game's first basket. Huertas pulled up for Barcelona's first points, just as Pappas did at the other end to put Panathinaikos up 4-2. Hezonja finished a broken play with a fastbreak dunk that Giankovits answered with a runner on the shot clock buzzer. Huertas forged another tie, 6-6, with another shot from the lane. Huertas was in double-threat mode as he winged one pass to Doellman for an easy layup and another to Hezonja for a three-pointer and a sudden 6-11 Barcelona advantage. Doellman added free throws to the lead before Thomas made a one-handed fade-away hook and a put-back to make it a double-digit difference, 6-17. Pappas ended his team's drought at the free throw line, but immediately Thomas drilled a triple, the game's first, and then 1 of 2 free throws to make it 8-21. Mavrokefalidis climbed off the Panathinaikos bench in time to bank in the quarter's last shot, nonetheless Barcelona was in control, 10-21.

SECOND QUARTER: Visitors defense stretched the gap

Fotsis uncorked a corner triple to start the second-quarter scoring and Mavrokefalidis added a jumper as Panathinaikos quickly pulled within 15-21, forcing a Barcelona timeout. Huertas, left alone, nailed a three-pointer to end his team's dry run and waltzed for a layup to push the difference back to double-digits, 15-26. Janis Blums struck back on a fade-away triple, but Maciej Lampe put back consecutive offensive rebounds to keep Barcelona up 18-30. Lampe's third consecutive layup forced a Panathinaikos timeout, after which Pappas hit a pair of free throws. Bostjan Nachbar added his name to Barcelona's scoring list with a baseline turnaround. While Panathinaikos was limited to free throws for points, Tomas Satoransky raced for a dunk and Tomic found Huertas alone for a layup that made it 21-38. Gist got 2 points back at the line but Huertas matched those as Barcelona completed a formidable first half ahead 23-40.

Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona - EB14

THIRD QUARTER: Greens follow Gist back into game

After a nearly one-hour delay due to the security sweep, A.J. Slaughter and Huertas came out scoring with 5 and 4 points, respectively, without a single miss. Giankovits added free throws to reduce the difference to 31-44. Tomic matched the free throws before Giankovits hooked in a shot from the post at 33-35. Henzonja broke loose for a dunk, but Fotsis answered with his own and then buried a triple to trim the gap to single digits, 38-47. Tomic answered with a dunk fed to him by Huertas, and after a timeout, Thomas saved a broken play with a jumper at 38-51. Gist hit a nice finger roll, and then Nelson drove for his first 2 points of the season. When Barcelona left Gist wide open for a triple, he swished it and suddenly the Greens were as close as 47-53, forcing a Barcelona timeout. Thomas steadied the visitors with a jumper before Navarro got his first point at the foul line. Doellman scored a third-change basket inside and Lampe detonated a dunk as Barcelona pulled away again to a double-digit lead, 47-60, after 30 minutes.

FOURTH QUARTER: Barcelona slams the door

Satoransky opened the fourth quarter by adding a three-pointer to Barcelona's lead, after which the visitors were content to trade baskets and then some. Hezonja made a reverse alley-oop look easy at 51-69. Despite a couple baskets by Mavrokefalidis, Nachbar and Tibor Pleiss returned to keep the Barcelona score ticking. Pappas, Vasilis Charalampopoulous and Giankovits worked to keep the difference from getting too big, but Panathinaikos was unable to threaten the lead the rest of the way as Barcelona finished off a stellar regular season in style.

Friday, December 19, 2014
Euroleague.net
Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA)
Attendance: 14500 (Tentative)
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Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
# 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 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS 5:28 1   0/1 1/2   1 1 1 1         1 3
6 SLAUGHTER, A.J. 20:17 5 1/3 1/5         2       1 1 2 1
8 GIANKOVITS, VLANTIMIR 25:13 9 3/9 0/1 3/4 2 3 5 2   1     3 2 6
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 35:18 14 4/5 2/2   2 6 8 2         2   21
10 NELSON, DeMARCUS 20:58 4 2/3       3 3 5       1 2 2 10
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 21:37 8 1/4 0/3 6/6   3 3 1   1     3 4 6
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS 15:39 10 4/12   2/2 1 6 7       2   2 2 11
14 GIST, JAMES 19:54 9 2/5 1/1 2/4 5 2 7 2   3     2 3 11
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 16:10 3 1/3   1/5   1 1 2   3     4 5 -2
16 KONIARIS, ANTONIOS 1:18           1 1               1
18 BLUMS, JANIS 16:14 4   1/4 1/2   1 1 1         2 1 1
21 WRIGHT, JULIAN 1:54                              
Team           2   2     1         1
Totals 200:00 67 18/44 5/17 16/25 12 27 39 18 1 9 2 2 21 22 70
40.9% 29.4% 64%
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: PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona
# 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 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 21:24 8 2/5 0/2 4/4 2 5 7 1 1       1 5 16
6 HAKANSON, LUDDE 1:18     0/1             1         -2
8 HEZONJA, MARIO 22:40 9 3/5 1/4         1 1       5   1
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 30:07 17 6/8 1/4 2/2 1 3 4 9         3 2 24
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 14:28 1 0/1 0/2 1/2   1 1 3   2     1 2  
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 18:39 5 1/5 1/1     2 2     1     3   -1
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 12:40 4 1/4   2/2   1 1     1 1   3 2 1
22 SULEJMANOVIC, EMIR 1:18           2 2               2
23 THOMAS, DESHAUN 28:38 15 6/8 1/2   5 2 7         1 1 2 19
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 16:02 10 5/11     5 5 10 2       1 1 2 16
34 NACHBAR, BOSTJAN 13:28 7 3/4 0/2 1/1 1 2 3           2 1 6
44 TOMIC, ANTE 19:18 4 1/3   2/4   5 5 1 1   1   2 5 11
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 80 28/54 4/18 12/15 17 28 45 17 3 5 2 2 22 21 96
51.9% 22.2% 80%
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Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"It was not our night. With the exception of the third quarter, we didn’t play the way I was expecting. In the first half, everything went wrong, especially under the boards, as Barcelona grabbed many offensive rebounds. Barcelona is one of the best Euroleague teams, with excellent players who know by memory how to play. If you allow them to play easy, it's suicide. We will meet them again in the Top 16 and we'll see what is going to happen. Tonight we had DeMarcus Nelson for the very first time on the court and this is one of the positive things. He will find his rhythm as the time goes by and he will help us a lot."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona
"We are happy with this win in a game which I think we dominated from the beginning until the end. It was hard for us to bounce back in the third quarter after the game was stopped for 45 minutes. After that, we managed to find our way. We did not have good minutes after the break but that could be considered normal. We are happy for the run we had in the regular season, finishing with good vibes. Our Top 16 group will be very tough because a lot of teams will play without much pressure. Those teams can do really well because they are really talented. The biggest teams will have a lot of pressure but most of the teams have the goal to make it to the playoffs. It will be a really tough group with a lot of talent and tradition."

Players

SLAUGHTER, A.J.
Panathinaikos Athens
"We came out slow in the first half and Barcelona got a big lead, but we didn't surrender. Panathinaikos played much better in the third quarter, but it was not enough to win. With Diamantidis and Nelson on the court we will have a very good and competitive team in the Top 16."
NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS
FC Barcelona
"We had an excellent regular season and now we will start from scratch again. It is a tough group. Even when the game had no impact in the standings, we managed to win. It was an odd game - I have played a lot of games but have never been through anything like this. We are happy because the team was focused and just had a few bad minutes in the third quarter. I am happy to be back on court. I don't feel 100% and it is always difficult to play the first game after an injury, you are always more nervous."
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