Top 16 Round 6 - March 21, 2007 CET: 19:45 Local time: 19:45 - PALAU BLAUGRANA

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
0-0 Regular Season 1-0
12-7 Overall 16-3

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ, Poland
Umpire
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
79.2 Points 82.3
31.5 Rebounds 33.4
9.6 O. Rebounds 11.6
21.8 D. Rebounds 21.8
16.4 Assists 13.1
8.5 Steals 9.6
3.4 Blocks 2.6
12.4 Turnovers 13.6
55.2 % 2PT 56.7 %
40.3 % 3PT 37.2 %
75.3 % FT 69.7 %
93.2 Index 91.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
17.2 / Navarro Points 13.4 / Batiste
5.1 / TRIAS, JORDI Rebounds 6.6 / Batiste
2.1 / TRIAS, JORDI OR 2.9 / Batiste
3.2 / MARCONATO, DENIS DR 3.7 / Tsartsaris
3.6 / Lakovic Assists 4.2 / Diamantidis
1.2 / Basile Steals 2.5 / Diamantidis
1.3 / Vazquez Blocks 0.7 / Diamantidis
2.4 / Lakovic Turnovers 2.3 / Diamantidis
68.4 % / TRIAS, JORDI 2PT 67.9 % / Batiste
50.0 % / TRIAS, JORDI 3PT 45.3 % / SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS
88.9 % / KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS FT 80.3 % / BECIROVIC, SANI
17.0 / Navarro Index 15.0 / Diamantidis

THE TAKE

Two classic Euroleague teams will face off with more intrigue than meets the eye when Winterthur FCB hosts Panathinaikos in Barcelona, Spain on Wednesday. Barcelona is second in Group F (3-2) no matter what and the Greens (5-0) first. Barcelona already knows it will play Unicaja in the Quarterfinal Playoffs while Panathinaikos will find out on Wednesday whether it will go against either Benetton or Dynamo Moscow. These teams have a history together and both hope to meet again after Wednesday, specifically at the Final Four in Athens. Panathinaikos already beat Barcelona 102-82 in their first Top 16 meeting behind 24 points from Sani Becirovic (10.1 ppg., 80.3% FT) and 17 from Dimitris Diamantidis (9.1 ppg., 44.4% 3FG, 4.2 apg.). Both players highlight a deep Panathinaikos backcourt that laso features sharp shooter Tony Delk (9.1 ppg.), former Barcelona playmaker Milos Vujanic (4.8 ppg.), veteran team captain Fragiskos Alvertis (3.4 ppg.) or shooting guard Nikos Hatzivrettas (8.8 ppg., 43.6% 3FG). Both Alvertis and Dusan Sakota (3.3 ppg.) are expected to see extended playing time, since Ramunas Siskauskas (9.6 ppg., 45.3% 3FG) remains sidelined for the Greens with injury. Diamantidis will have an elite matchup against former Panathinaikos playmaker Jaka Lakovic (10.9 ppg., 40% 3FG), while Becirovic and Delk will test their scoring skills against Juan Carlos Navarro (17.2 ppg., 42.3% 3FG, 2.9 apg.), who leads the Alphonso Ford Top Scorer Trophy standings. Three-point threats Roko-Leni Ukic (4.8 ppg., 40.7% 3FG) and Gianluca Basile (9.9 ppg., 42.4% 3FG), as well as defensive stopper Rodrigo De La Fuente (4.2 ppg., 44% 3FG), round a deep Barcelona backcourt. The battle in the paint will also be interesting, even when Mario Kasun (11.9 ppg., 87.5% FT) is once again sidelined for Barcelona. As such, Denis Marconato (6.3 ppg., 65.2% 2FG) and Fran Vazquez (6.3 ppg., 1.3 bpg.) will share playing time at the center spot, with Michalis Kakiouzis (7 ppg., 88.9% FT) and Jordi Trias (6.9 ppg., 68.4% 2FG, 5.1 rpg.) doing so at power forward. Marconato and Vazquez will have a tough matchup against Mike Batiste (13.4 ppg., 67.9% 2FG, 6.6 rpg.) and Dejan Tomasevic (6.2 ppg., 4.9 rpg.), while Trias is set to have a big battle against Demos Dikoudis (8.5 ppg., 65.3% 2FG, 3.6 rpg.), who has been unstoppable lately, and Kostas Tsartsaris (8.2 ppg., 5.1 rpg.). Players like Sakota, Robertas Javtokas (2.8 ppg.) or even Dimitris Papanikolaou might see extended playing time for Panathinaikos since the outcome of this group is clear. Wednesday's games will not affect the standings, but it will be another chance to measure each other at a critical point in the season, when even a meaningless loss can hurt a team's momentum.
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Euroleague.net - Kostas Sotiriou, Athens

Quotes Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Winterthur FC Barcelona
“There is nothing to play for regarding the standings, but I know for sure Panathinaikos and our team as well will both fight for the win in this game. The Greek side is one of the best in the Euroleague and a contender for winning it all, but we want to show we’re able to defeat them. Panathinaikos plays strong defense that allows them to make many steals. They will never allow you to play at ease anytime. They have a deep roster, so every player can do everything well. The fans in the Palau Blaugrana have to be a factor, as they were last week against Real Madrid.”
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"It is our last game in the Top 16 and as everybody knows neither Panathinaikos nor Barcelona have any interest for the result, since both teams have qualified to the next round. Our goal is to play good basketball and get prepared for the tough games that follow. Four days after the game in Barcelona, we have the Greek Cup Final against Rethimno, which will decide the first title of the season. Afterwards, the team will have more big games to assert its next goals."

Players

TRIAS, JORDI
Winterthur FC Barcelona
“Back in Athens, they were able to beat us from the first quarter. We managed to get back in the game, but at the end they won by a 20-point margin. This is a game that doesn't matter for the final standings, but we want to take the win anyway. Panathinaikos is a deep team with a lot of talent in all positions and no weakness. But we know how to play in order to defeat them.”
VUJANIC, MILOS
Panathinaikos
"Both Panathinaikos and Barcelona have made it towards the next round, so the last game of the Top 16 will be almost a friendly for the two teams. We all know that the serious battles are coming soon, so through the game in Barcelona we will try to get prepared for the hot atmospheres that we will face in the Euroleague playoffs. We are going to Spain to win the game and finish the Top 16 with no losses. Definitely, when you have a chance to beat Barcelona on the road, you can't kick it away."
Roger Grimau - Winterthur FC Barcelona Winterthur FC Barcelona finished the Top 16 in style by downing mighty Panathinaikos 87-66 in both teams' final game in Group F on Wednesday night. Both teams not had already qualified for the Quarterfinal Playoffs, but also knew their final standings in advance. Panathinaikos finished first with a 5-1 record and will face Dynamo Moscow in the best-of-three playoff series, while Barcelona was second at 4-2 and goes against Unicaja for a Final Four spot. Fran Vazquez led the winners with 14 points on 5-of-5 two-pointers. Roger Grimau added 12, Juan Carlos Navarro and Gianluca Basile each had 11 while Jordi Trias scored 10 points for Barcelona. Dejan Tomasevic had 18 points on 6-of-6 shooting for Panathinaikos while Mike Batiste and Milos Vujanic each added 10. Vazquez and Trias fueled a game-breaking 27-4 run that bridged between both halves to break the game open, 52-35, midway through the third quarter. Panathinaikos opted to rest its main players for the Greek Cup final this weekend and Barcelona did not find much trouble to add yet another Top 16 win.

Tomasevic got Panathinaikos going with back-to-back layups, as Barcelona went scoreless in the opening 4 minutes. Meanwhile, Demos Dikoudis worked well in the low post for a 0-6 Panathinaikos lead. Barcelona could not find its rhythm while Becirovic capped a 0-7 opening run with a free throw. Navarro finally got Barcelona going with free throws but Dimitris Diamantidis erased it with a turnaround jumper. Navarro took over with his trademark "bomba" but once again Diamantidis answered with a driving layup. Trias came off the bench and stepped up with a follow-up layup. Dikoudis shined with a driving basket that Denis Marconato matched with free throws. Batiste scored on a quick Panathinaikos transition but another layup by Navarro got Barcelona within 10-15. Batiste and Navarro traded jumpers while Batiste fired in one from downtown for a 12-20 Panathinaikos edge. An easy basket by Rodrigo De La Fuente fixed the score at 14-20 after 10 minutes.

Demos Dikoudis - PanathinaikosBatiste dunked it right at the start of the second quarter but Trias scored in the paint for a 16-22 Barcelona deficit. Dikoudis shined with a put-back layup and Batiste added a power basket to give the Greens its first double-digit lead, 16-26. Trias and Vazquez got the crowd involved with back-to-back dunks. Sani Becirovic and Basile traded triples while Jaka Lakovic got Barcelona within 25-29. Batiste took over with a jump hook but Basile answered from downtown to get the hosts even closer, 28-31. Vazquez shined with a wild dunk-and-foul to tie the game, 31-31. Trias scored coming of fthe baseline while Grimau capped a 10-0 Barcelona run with a driving layup, good for a 35-31 Barcelona lead. Tomasevic hit free throws but a hyperactive Grimau bettered that with a three-pointer to make the Greens call timeout at 38-33. Tomasevic scored inside but Basile insisted from downtown to give Barcelona a 41-35 halftime margin.

Basile buried a long jumper right after the break and Vazquez added a jump hook to give Barcelona its first double-digit margin, 45-35. Roko-Leno Ukic found his first basket on a quick transition while Grimau added free throws to make it a 14-point game, 49-35. Panathinaikos called timeout but kept struggling to score. Meanwhile, Vazquez dunked it to cap an 11-0 run that broke the game open, 52-35. Vujanic stepped up with a five-meter jumper and added free throws to ignit the Greens' comeback. Panathinaikos had improved its defense, but it kept finding troubles to score in the other end. As such, both teams went scoreless for 2 minutes until Robertas Javtokas and Kostas Tsartsaris hit free throws. Vujanic capped a 0-9 run with a three-pointer but Lakovic score twice from downtown to get Barcelona ahead, 59-46. Marconato beat the buzzer with another triple - his fourth in his 141-game Euroleague career - to give Barcelona a 62-46 margin after 30 minutes.

Fran Vazquez - Winterthur FC BarcelonaPanathinaikos needed a quick comeback to get back into the game, but Barcelona kept full control in the opening minutes of the fourth quarter with outstanding man-to-man defense. Navarro hit free throws that Javtokas erased with his second dunk. Michalis Kakiouzis made more foul shots while Marconato added a long jumper to seal the outcome, 68-50, with 7 minutes to go. Marconato and Dusan Sakota traded baskets, as Panathinaikos opted to rest its best players for the Greek Cup final this weekend. The Greens kept fighting, however, as Tomasevic stepped up with a put-back basket and soon added a fast break layup. Vazquez took over with a reverse dunk while Tomasevic kept pacing the Greens with free throws. It happened to be too little, too late for the Greens, as Barcelona left the court with a prestigious win.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Euroleague.net
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB)
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Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Winterthur 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 BASILE, GIANLUCA 13:00 11 1/2 3/4     3 3 1           1 14
8 TRIAS, JORDI 17:45 10 5/7 0/1   1 2 3 3   1 1   2   11
9 MARCONATO, DENIS 22:15 9 2/3 1/1 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 3     4 1 6
10 LAKOVIC, JAKA 21:45 8 1/2 2/4     2 2 5 1     2 3 2 10
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 31:00 11 3/4 0/5 5/6   3 3 2 1 3   2 1 7 11
12 MONCASI, ALBERT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 DE LA FUENTE, RODRIGO 16:30 2 1/3 0/1                   4 1 -4
17 VAZQUEZ, FRAN 17:45 14 5/5   4/5 1 4 5 4 1   1   3 3 24
20 KAKIOUZIS, MICHAILIS 22:15 8 2/4 0/1 4/4 1 4 5 1 1 1     5 2 8
21 UKIC, ROKO 18:15 2 1/5 0/3   1 1 2 1 1 1       1 -1
44 GRIMAU, ROGER 19:30 12 1/2 2/3 4/4   2 2 3 4       1 4 22
Team                   1 1          
Totals 200:00 87 22/37 8/23 19/21 5 22 27 21 11 10 2 4 23 22 101
59.5% 34.8% 90.5%
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: 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 11:45   0/3 0/1     2 2 1   1     2 1 -3
6 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 18:00 2 1/4 0/2   2 2 4   1 1 3   4 2 2
7 BECIROVIC, SANI 30:00 4 0/3 1/2 1/2   1 1 2 1 3   1 2 5 2
8 BATISTE, MIKE 11:30 10 5/8     1   1     1     1 1 7
10 HATZIVRETTAS, NIKOS 21:15 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   1 1   1       4 2 -2
11 DIKOUDIS, DIMOS 17:45 9 3/7 1/1 0/1 1 4 5     2   1 1 2 7
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 14:00 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 1 4 5 1   2     1 2 2
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 17:00 4 2/3       2 2     2     1   2
15 TOMASEVIC, DEJAN 18:30 18 6/6   6/6 2 3 5   1 3     2 3 22
16 SAKOTA, DUSAN 8:15 2 1/2                     2   -1
18 VUJANIC, MILOS 22:00 10 1/1 2/4 2/2   1 1 3 1 6     2 2 7
19 JAVTOKAS, ROBERTAS 10:00 5 2/2   1/2   1 1       1     3 9
Team           1 2 3   1           4
Totals 200:00 66 21/42 4/12 12/17 8 23 31 7 6 21 4 2 22 23 58
50% 33.3% 70.6%
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Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"It was a different game. It's a pity it doesn't count for the standings, but we tried to do our best anyway. We started badly, but then we were a better team on defense. You have to give credit to my team for this win. For a coach every game is important. It was obvious that when Panathinaikos was convinced that they are not going to win this game, they played a lot with some players that are not usual starters. It's a pity not to be a crucial game. Now we are in the playoffs, so everything we've done until now doesn't rally count. We have to be prepared in order to have a chance of making the Final Four."
OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos
"It was a weird game, meaning nothing for the standings. It was very difficult to play well, to keep our concentration and motivation. I knew it in advance. I was not interested in the score, but in trying to make some adjustments on my team. The most important games of the season are coming right now and everything I did today I did thinking of the future. Barcelona has played good basketball, with a very strong defense."

Players

VAZQUEZ, FRAN
Winterthur FC Barcelona
"A very good game for us, so we are really happy. It was a pity losing at Istanbul last week. You always have to learn from your mistakes. Today we wanted to beat Panathinaikos after the big loss we suffered back in Athens. Today we showed what Barcelona is able to do. Winning the game by a 21-point margin means we are a good team and gives a lot of optimism to us."
VUJANIC, MILOS
Panathinaikos
“We started the game very well, but suddenly we committed too many mistakes on offense. After all, we are the first team in our group and that means a big advantage. We have to be prepared for this because we have got a good possibility of making the Final Four. But we need to play the same way we did in the other games in the Top 16, especially at home. Definitively, this is a good opportunity for us."
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