2017-18Regular SeasonRound 15
December 28, 2017 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PABELLON FUENTE DE SAN LUIS

Valencia beats Panathinaikos to snap slide

Valencia Basket snapped its 10-game losing streak by edging Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens 67-63 at home on Friday. Erick Green scored 21 points as Valencia improved to 4-11 in the standings, while Panathinaikos dropped to 10-5. Tibor Pleiss added 13 and Bojan Dubljevic 11 for Valencia. Matt Lojeski paced Panathinaikos with 17 points, Marcus Denmon scored 10 and Chris Singleton pulled down 13 rebounds for the guests. Panathinaikos led by double figures in the second quarter, but Pleiss and Green, who combined for 24 first-half points, helped Valencia tie the game, 32-32, at halftime. Singleton and Lojeski combined for nine points in a 0-13 run that gave Panathinaikos a 36-46 margin, but Dubljevic and Green answered with a 10-0 run that tied the game again, 46-46, late in the third quarter. It all came down to the final minute; Dubljevic stepped up with the go-ahead layup and a couple of defensive stops allowed Valencia to get a prestigious home win.

Singleton got Panathinaikos going with a layup off a steal and Lojeski followed a triple with a driving layup for a 0-7 lead. Pleiss and San Van Rossom rescued Valencia and a wild four-point play by Green tied it at 10-10. Lojeski kept pacing the guests with a layup and free throws, which helped the Greens to a 12-17 lead after 10 minutes. Ian Vougioukas hit consecutive jump hooks early in the second quarter and a tip-in by Auguste made it a double-digit game, 12-23. Green struck from downtown and Pleiss followed a jump hook with a dunk, but Rivers and Denmon kept Panathinaikos fully in charge, 19-28. Valencia kept running its offense through Pleiss, who had six points in a 9-0 run that Green capped with a three-pointer to tie it at 28-28. Lukas Lekavicius and Rivers hit floaters, but Pleiss and Green tied it again, 32-32, at halftime.

Green followed a driving layup with free throws for a 36-33 Valencia lead soon after the break. Singleton struck twice from downtown and Lojeski added another one in a 0-13 run that restored a double-digit Panathinaikos lead, 36-46. Alberto Abalde stepped up with a jumper, Dubljevic followed a jump hook with a layup and a big basket by Green caused the guests to call timeout at 44-46. Martinez capped a 10-0 Valencia run with free throws. Vougioukas and Dubljevic traded baskets for a 48-48 tie after 30 minutes. Denmon sank a step-back jumper early in the fourth quarter, but a triple by Dubljevic and a fastbreak layup by Abalde gave Valencia a 53-50 edge. Vougioukas dunked and Denmon hit a triple, but free throws by Green tied it at 55-55. Denmon and Martinez exchanged jumpers. Nikos Pappas hit a triple, but Aaron Doornekamp buried back-to-back shots from beyond the arc for a 63-60 score with over two minutes left. Lojeski joined the three-point shootout, but a layup by Dubljevic restored a 65-63 Valencia edge with 36.6 seconds to go. Denmon missed from downtown and Singleton committed a key turnover. Free throws by Green sealed the outcome with 1.3 seconds remaining.

Erick Green - Valencia Basket - EB17
Thursday, December 28, 2017
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), ROMANO, DAVID (ISR)
Attendance: 6900
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Valencia Basket
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, WILL 17:59   0/2 0/1   2 2 4 2 1 1   2 2   -1
3 PUERTO, JOSEP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 ABALDE, ALBERTO 20:57 4 2/2 0/1   1 1 2 2   1     1 2 7
9 VAN ROSSOM, SAM 28:20 4 1/3 0/1 2/2   3 3 4 2 2     3 3 8
10 RUDEZ, DAMJAN 17:20 2 1/2 0/4         2   2     1   -4
14 DUBLJEVIC, BOJAN 16:20 11 4/6 1/1     4 4   1 1     1 1 13
17 MARTINEZ, RAFA 15:30 4 1/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 2 2   1     2 3 7
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 23:40 13 6/9   1/2 3 2 5     4 2 1 2 1 10
32 GREEN, ERICK 31:56 21 2/5 4/7 5/5   2 2 2 2 2     2 9 26
42 DOORNEKAMP, AARON 27:58 8 0/3 2/3 2/2 2 5 7 2 1 1   1 4 3 11
51 HLINASON, TRYGGVI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 67 17/33 7/19 12/13 9 22 31 16 7 16 2 4 18 22 78
        51.5% 36.8% 92.3%
Head coach: VIDORRETA, TXUS
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
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SINGLETON, CHRIS 33:47 9 1/3 2/3 1/2 4 9 13 3 5 6 3   2 4 25
3 RIVERS, KC 27:08 7 2/4 1/7     1 1 1 1       3 3 2
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 18:25 3 0/3 1/2     2 2 1 2 1   1 3   -1
12 DENMON, MARCUS 19:40 10 2/4 2/6   1   1 1 1 1     2 1 5
14 GIST, JAMES 17:48 3 0/2   3/4           1   1 4 3 -3
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 17:44 8 4/5     1 2 3           2   8
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 20:18 4 1/2 0/3 2/2       2 1 2     1 2 2
22 GABRIEL, KENNY 6:13           1 1       1       2
23 AUGUSTE, ZACH 4:28 2 1/2     4   4     1       1 5
24 LOJESKI, MATT 26:10 17 3/4 3/4 2/2 1 2 3 2   1     3 3 19
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, THANASIS 8:19   0/3     1 1 2           2 1 -2
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team             1 1     2         -1
Totals 200:00 63 14/32 9/25 8/10 12 19 31 10 10 15 4 2 22 18 61
        43.8% 36% 80%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

VIDORRETA, TXUS
Valencia Basket
"During the first quarter, we had difficulties to start the game - a turnover, missed shots and another turnover. We needed to stop the game with a timeout. After that moment, I think we played a great game, with great defense and good control of the rhythm, probably the best game at doing that during the whole season. Finally, we had the context after many games tied and we lost. Today, we had this luck we are looking for by doing our job, to change the situation and think only of the next game. We have to keep thinking game by game. It is obvious that we lost many of our chances, but we finished the first half of the regular season with a win. We are far away from the playoffs cut and we have to think of the next games. We have three in the Spanish League and a EuroLeague one coming up, but a double EuroLeague round will be here soon, too. It is time to enjoy this win and think about getting better, like we did today, bouncing back against adversities. Against Zalgiris, we had 48 hours to adjust after losing Guillem Vives, we just had 6-8 hours today to adjust to Fernando's [San Emeterio] absence. The team always competes and this is something to highlight."
PASCUAL, XAVI
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
"I think it is very clear tonight - we didn't play well today and this is why we lost. Sometimes we had control of the game, but couldn't score in a lot of moments that we had advantage under the basket, outside... after that, on defense, we had a lot of problems on offensive rebounds. After that, Valencia scored, I think, 14 points on offensive rebounds and this is why we lost a game that went point by point. I think that tonight, we played probably one of the worst games until now. Congratulations to Valencia and its coach for the win. I don't think we had a bad start of the game or that we didn't prepare the game well; it wasn't like that. Sometimes you simply have a bad night, things don't work or you and you don't play well. You don't hit shots and moreover, we were slow when it came to creating plays. We finished the game with 10 assists and 14-15 turnovers, strange numbers for us, and this is why we lost this game. From Panathinaikos head coach's point of view, I don't want to take credit away from Valencia, which did its job."

Players

GREEN, ERICK
Valencia Basket
"It is a big win for us. We have been struggling for a while, losing 10 straight. This is huge and it is going to give us our confidence back. Hopefully we can get some more wins and get back on track in the second half of the season. We went down, but we kept fighting hard. That's one thing about this group: the resilience we have as a team. We keep fighting and fighting; we lost a lot of close games this year, but I am glad that we finally closed this one out."
DENMON, MARCUS
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
“It was a bad game for our team. We didn’t play well in offense, we missed a lot of open shots and a lot of defensive rebounds. Valencia Basket played good on our bad night, maybe the worst of this year. We have to look forward and improve for the next game against Anadolu Efes.”
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