Panathinaikos rallies to win in Milan
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens battled back from a 15-point deficit to overcome AX Armani Exchange Milan and claim a dramatic 77-80 road win. Milan took early command and Panathinaikos struggled on offense in the second quarter as the host surged into a double-digit lead, which was 42-30 at the break. Panathinaikos responded well in the second half and tied the game, 62-62, early in the fourth quarter. It was closely contested the rest of the way, before Nemanja Nedovic and Ioannis Papapetrou came up with big plays in crunch time. Nedovic led the Greens with 16 points against his former club, while Papapetrou and Dinos Mitoglou both scored 14. Aaron White came close to a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds for Panathinaikos, which improved to 4-7. Kevin Punter paced Milan with 16 points, and Malcolm Delaney added 14. Shavon Shields scored 13 and Zach LeDay contributed 10 in defeat for Milan, which dropped to 6-4.
Howard Sant-Roos got Panathinaikos moving with a long two, but Punter responded with a floater and Kaleb Tarczewski’s slam sent the hosts ahead. Punter and Jeff Brooks added layups to complete an 8-0 run, ended by White’s putback and Nedovic’s three-pointer. Delaney scored 6 straight, including a four-point play, for a 14-7 lead. White, Papapetrou and Mitoglou scored inside for the visitors, but free throws and a dunk from LeDay kept Milan at a safe margin. Papapetrou scored at the basket again to make it 22-18 after 10 minutes. Shields started the second quarter with a driving score before Ben Bentil answered from deep. Kyle Hines with a tip-in and Michael Roll from deep stretched the lead to 29-21. LeDay’s deep two made it a double-digit game. Delaney combined with LeDay for a big alley-oop and Tarczewski added a two-handed dunk as the lead grew to 40-25. Sant-Roos ended a 7-0 run and scored Panathinaikos’s first points in 4 minutes with a triple, making it 42-30 at the half.
Papapetrou from deep and Nedovic inside brought Panathinaikos closer early in the second half, but two driving scores from Punter kept Milan ahead, 48-37. Shelvin Mack scored twice and brilliantly assisted Georgios Papagiannis, before White hit from the corner as the visitors kept fighting, 53-48. LeDay reignited Milan in the low post and a three-point play followed by a jumper from Hines gave breathing room, 60-50. Papapetrou from mid-range and Mitoglou with a breakaway slam had the last word of the third quarter, which ended 60-54. Eleftherios Bochoridis drilled a triple to start the fourth quarter. Two scores from Mitoglou tied the game at 62-62 with 7 minutes left. Six consecutive free throws got Milan back in front, 70-64, but Nedovic drove inside to keep it close. Punter struck a three-pointer before foul shots from Panathinaikos made it 73-70 with 3 minutes remaining. Shields was good from the line, but Nedovic hit a deep three to make it 75-73. Papapetrou’s catch and shoot triple sent Panathinaikos ahead. Shields restored Milan’s lead, 77-76, with a step-back jumper inside the last minute, but Nedovic and Papagiannis hit back with an alley-oop. Nedovic then split free throws, 77-79 with 13 seconds left. But Shields missed, Papapetrou snared the rebound and Panathinaikos took a dramatic win.
Scoring when it mattered
Panathinaikos scored the first basket of the game but was then not ahead again for 38 minutes until Ioannis Papapetrou’s three-pointer made it 75-76 with 1:12 left on the clock.
Green D holds firm
Panathinaikos produced a superb defensive effort in the fourth quarter, limiting Milan to only three field goals and only 4 points in the crucial last 3 minutes.
Milan's off night from deep
Milan struggled from long range, only making 4 of its 15 three-point attempts (26.7%). Panathinaikos, by contrast, made 9 of 21 deep shots (42.9%) including a crucial pair in the last 2 minutes from Nemanja Nedovic and Ioannis Papapetrou.
Panathinaikos wins the stats battle
The visiting team won the rebounding battle 35-29, including 10 from Aaron White, and also shared the ball better with 18 assists to Milan’s 12.
Panathinaikos travels home for an all-green battle with Zalgiris Kaunas next Friday, December 11, while Milan travels to take on FC Barcelona the same night.
Thursday, December 3, 2020