2019-20Regular SeasonRound 2
October 10, 2019 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ASTROBALLE

ASVEL rallies to edge Panathinaikos

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne rallied from a 13-point fourth-quarter deficit to edge visiting Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 79-78 on Thursday night. ASVEL improved to 2-0 in its first EuroLeague season in a decade, while Panathinaikos dropped to 1-1. The Greens led for the majority of the night with the lead reaching as many as 13 points on several occasions, including 50-63 after three quarters. But David Lighty sparked ASVEL's comeback and Charles Kahudi finished it. Jordan Taylor hit the game-winning free throw and ASVEL made one last defensive stand to prompt huge celebrations at the Astroballe. Lighty finished with 18 points, while Tonye Jekiri amassed 15 points plus 12 rebounds. Charles Kahudi netted 10 points in the victory. DeShaun Thomas had 22 points and 6 rebounds for Panathinaikos, Jimmer Fredette netted 18 and Nick Calathes had 13 points and 8 assists.

Panathinaikos had a triple from Fredette and a triple-plus-foul from Thomas to take a slim lead, but Jekiri scored 7 points to keep ASVEL at 13-13. Calathes and Thomas kept the Greens with a slim lead, but Lighty scored 5 points, including a triple that made it 22-22 after 10 minutes. ASVEL went in front early in the second as Edwin Jackson hit a tough jumper and Lighty a transition three-pointer to make it 34-30. But 3 more three-pointers from Panathinaikos - one banked in by Thomas, one from Calathes and an off-balance buzzer-beater from Tyrese Rice gave the visitors a 40-46 halftime lead. The margin reached double figures early in the third quarter on a triple from Fredette and a fastbreak layup from Ioannis Papapetrou, 42-55. The tempo and the scoring pace slowed down in the second half as Jordan Taylor ended ASVEL's drought of almost 5 minutes without a field goal. The visitors kept their double-digit lead behind their defense and mostly from the free-throw line. Panathinaikos took a 50-63 lead into the final quarter, but Lighty needed 33 seconds at the start of the fourth to hit a jumper and a triple before a three from Taylor cut the difference to 58-63. A three-point play from Thomas snapped an 8-0 run before the two teams went scoreless for almost 4 minutes. But a three-point from Rihards Lomazs and a three-point play from Lighty cut it to 68-71 with 3:21 to go. Fredette hit a corner triple and Thomas fought for a put-back to keep Panathinaikos with breathing room, but just briefly. Kahudi hit a pair of corner triples, including one with 53 seconds to go to tie it at 78-78. Taylor split free throws with 14 seconds left to put ASVEL in front for the first time since the second quarter. ASVEL made one more defensive stand to pull out a memorable victory.

When threes started to fall

ASVEL shot just 2 for 15 from three-point land in the first three quarters, but made 5 of 7 shots in the fourth: 1 from each David Lighty, Jordan Taylor and Rihards Lomazs, and 2 from Charles Kahudi.

A tale of two halves

ASVEL considers defense one of its main strengths, but Panathinaikos scored 46 points in the first half behind Nick Calathes, who dished 7 assists before halftime. In the second half, however, ASVEL held the visitors to just 32 points and allowed Calathes only 1 assist.

Never stop rebounding

ASVEL had 18 offensive rebounds and that is one thing that kept ASVEL in the game. Even when the team was down by double digits, it kept charging the offensive glass. The hosts missed a lot of shots, but pulled down 16 offensive boards in the first three quarters before shots finally started falling more frequently in the final frame.

Enchanted free throw line

Panathinaikos really hurt itself by making17 turnovers, with 7 of those coming from Calathes, but also by making just 14 of 27 free throws. That made a huge difference in a 1-point loss. Interestingly, last week Olympiacos Piraeus did not do much better when playing ASVEL, making 15 of 23. The free-throw line at the Astroballe is making it difficult for the visiting teams.

Next up

After opening the season with two home games, ASVEL will be on the road in Round 3, visiting FC Bayern Munich on Thursday. That same day, Panathinaikos will host AX Armani Exchange Milan.

David Lighty - LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - EB19
Thursday, October 10, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; HADZIC, DENIS
Attendance: 5226
By Quarter1234
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne22181029
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens22241715
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne22405079
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens22466378
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JACKSON, EDWIN 18:49 6 2/5 0/3 2/2   2 2 1 2 3     2 4 4
2 TAYLOR, JORDAN 23:24 8 2/7 1/3 1/2   2 2 4 2 2   1 3 3 5
3 JEKIRI, TONYE 22:46 15 6/10   3/4 7 5 12 1         1 3 25
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 20:13 10 2/5 2/2   1 1 2   1 1     1 1 9
9 LOMAZS, RIHARDS 9:05 5   1/1 2/2       1   1     4 1 2
11 GALLIOU, CHARLES 3:59         1   1           2   -1
12 NOUA, AMINE 11:40 2 1/1 0/2     1 1       1   1   1
17 JEAN-CHARLES, LIVIO 20:23 8 4/6 0/2   3 3 6 1 1 1 1   3   9
19 DIOT, ANTOINE 27:43 6 2/5 0/4 2/2       6 2 3   1 2 4 5
21 BAKO, ISMAEL 11:04 1     1/2   2 2       1   1 1 3
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 30:54 18 4/7 3/5 1/1 2 2 4 4   2   1 1 2 19
32 STRAZEL, MATTHEW DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           4   4               4
Totals 200:00 79 23/46 7/22 12/15 18 18 36 18 8 13 3 3 21 19 85
        50% 31.8% 80%
Head coach: MITROVIC, ZVEZDAN
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 OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN 32:16 22 7/11 2/2 2/2 4 2 6 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 29
5 RICE, TYRESE 13:44 6 1/2 1/3 1/2 1   1     2     2 1  
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 12:56 6 3/6     2 1 3     1     3   2
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 28:49 4 2/4 0/3 0/2 1 3 4     1   1 3 1 -3
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY 16:11     0/1     1 1 1   1 1   2   -1
25 BROWN, RION 3:47       0/2   1 1           1 1 -1
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER 28:17 18 1/4 4/6 4/5   4 4 3   2   1 3 3 16
33 CALATHES, NICK 33:57 13 3/4 1/4 4/6   3 3 8 3 7     2 7 19
35 WILEY, JACOB 19:42 7 3/4   1/4   3 3   2 1 1   2 2 8
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 6:54 2   0/1 2/2 1   1             1 3
50 BENTIL, BENJAMIN 3:27       0/2 1   1             1  
Team           1 4 5     1         4
Totals 200:00 78 20/35 8/20 14/27 11 22 33 14 6 17 3 3 19 21 76
        57.1% 40% 51.9%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS

Head Coaches

MITROVIC, ZVEZDAN
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"My team tonight really showed amazing character and an amazing game. When we went down we still tried to fight until the last second. In the end, we started to play really good defense and I think we deserved to win. In the craziest dreams, we couldn't imagine that we would open the EuroLeague season against two legendary Greek teams and win both games at home."
PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I believe for 30 minutes we played well, considering it is this time of the season. Missed free throws and rebounds were a big issue for us. In the last quarter, ASVEL was playing with four guards and we did not make the proper decisions. I believe ASVEL was playing very strong on defense, right on the verge of fouling. We did not move the ball properly, and especially on defense, we did not make the right decisions."

Players

JEKIRI, TONYE
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"We just believed in ourselves. That's what we kept telling ourselves, believe in each other. They are a great team and we give them a lot of respect, but we just got to fight. They were up by 10, but we just kept believing to come back. And our bench played great tonight, everybody fought hard. Before the last 10 minutes, coach told us we got to control the ball and stop making turnovers, they ran transition fast on our turnovers. We had to take care of the ball. I think we did that and it paid off."
LIGHTY, DAVID
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"Against a team like that, to persevere and come through when it is crunch time, it shows the character of our team. For us, everyone is a big piece of our team and we come out and are ready to play. It is tough to beat us, especially at home. This win shows the first one was not a fluke. It shows that we are not here just to be here, we are here to win some games and try to make everything known, for the French league, for ourselves, for the team, for the club. We have goals we want to reach, and that's our plan."
THOMAS, DESHAUN
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne fought hard, they were focused. They played aggressive and did it. They went out to play. We wanted to win. We have to win these kinds of games away. Now we have to regroup. We had to keep playing defense and keeping pace. We made mistakes. We had to keep going from plus-13. LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne easily scored baskets from our mistakes. In the last offense, we wanted to run a play in order for Nick to beat his opponent on the dribble. But he was up against a tall guard and a good defender."
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