2010-11Top 16Round 5
February 23, 2011 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 Altion Arena/OAKA
Brad Newley - Lietuvos Rytas - EB10

Lietuvos Rytas stunned Panathinaikos 67-68

Lietuvos Rytas stunned Panathinaikos 67-68 on Wednesday at the Athens Olympic Indoor Hall to infuse plenty of drama into Group E. Khalid El-Amin calmly sank a pair of game-winning free throws with 3.1 seconds remaining and Brad Newley scored 7 crucial points among his team-high 16 in the closing minutes as the Lithuanian champs matched the Greek champs atop the group at 3-2. On Thursday Caja Laboral hosts Unicaja and if the hosts win, there will be a three-way tie atop the standings, while if the visitors win, all four teams will be in the playoff hunt. Rytas hosts Caja Laboral next week in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague Game of the Week, while Panathinaikos visits Unicaja. Panathinaikos led by 8 early in the third quarter, but was never able to put the visitors away. Rytas tied the score three times in the fourth quarter before pulling ahead. Dimitris Diamantidis lifted Panathinaikos to a 1-point lead with 2 free throws with 7.7 seconds left, but El-Amin drew a foul and won the game from the opposite foul line. El-Amin finished with 11 points and 4 assists and Milko Bjelica scored 10 for the winners, who outrebounded the hosts 28-41 – including 16 offensive rebounds. Mike Batiste paced Panathinaikos with 11 points, Drew Nicholas scored 10 and Diamantidis finished with 8 points and 7 assists in defeat.

Panathinaikos won the opening tip and after some great ball movement, Diamantidis drilled a three-pointer from the corner. Bjelica was Rytas’s top weapon early, fighting for a score and then following his own miss. Romain Sato got out on the break for an easy Panathinaikos layup, but El-Amin knotted the score at 7-7 with a triple. Batiste and Cemal Nalga traded scores to keep the game tied. Nalga also drew a pair of fouls from Panathianikos forwards along the way. Simas Jasaitis broke away for a fastbreak layup and Rytas’s first lead and Newley spotted up for a triple that made it 11-16 midway through the opening quarter. After a TV timeout, Newley spotted a wide-open El-Amin next to the basket to stretch the lead to 6. Stratos Perperoglou made his presence felt free throws and a jumper surrounding a blocked shot at the other end. Diamantidis fed Batiste for an alley-oop as the Greens closed the gap to a single point, but Jonas Valanciunas made sure his team had the lead after 10 minutes with a monster two-handed slam to put his team up 20-23.

Kostas Tsartsaris hit a jumper to keep the Greens’ pressure on and Kostas Kaimakoglou eventually put Panathinaikos ahead with a second-chance basket that made it 26-25. Antonis Fotsis threw in a runner as OAKA grew louder. El-Amin came back after a rest and fed Kenan Bajramovic for a fastbreak score, but Fotsis bettered him by faking out Valanciunas and throwing down a two-handed slam. Bajramovic drove inside for a basket-and-foul to knot the score at 30-30. But Rytas never regained the lead and Milenko Tepic boosted the Greens’ edge to 3 twice with drives to the hoop. Bajramovic missed a chance to trim the gap from the line and instead Tsartsaris pushed Panathinaikos to 34-39 with 2 free throws before halftime.

Like the first half, Diamantidis opened the second-half scoring with a triple. El-Amin charged through the Panathinaikos defense after a broken play to draw a foul and sink 2 free throws. Newley and Nalga both missed layups, but Panathinaikos did not capitalize. After Newley made it 43-38 from the line, Batiste missed an attempted alley-oop and Newley bolted for a slam before Nalga brought his team within 2 with a free throw. Tsartsaris netted 2 more from the line, but Bajramovic fed Valanciunas underneath to make it 45-43. Martynas Gecevicius’s first triple made it a 1-point game, but the Greens held on with strong defense and finished a break with a Fotsis dunk. Kaimakoglou added 2 from the line to make it 51-46. A Jasaitis jumper and Tepic offensive foul opened the door for Rytas, but Bajramovic missed and Fotsis finished another break with a wicked slam to finish the third quarter with the Greens holding a 53-48 lead.

Bjelica carried Rytas back at the start of the fourth quarter with 4 points. Nicholas kept Panathinaikos ahead with a jumper, but D.J. Strawberry connected from the corner with a triple to tie the game at 55-55. Nicholas answered again and the Greens rejected Gecevicius twice on the same possession before Diamantidis fed Batiste for an alley-oop layup. Rytas stayed close on a pair of Bajramovic free throws and then Strawberry closed the gap to 59-58 with four minutes remaining. Nicholas came through with another clutch jumper, but Newley drained a triple from the corner to tie the score at 61-61. Nicholas kept Panathinaikos on top with 2 free throws, but Newley soared for a follow-slam with 2:35 remaining to tie it again. Strawberry then rebounded a Batiste miss, drew a foul and sank another free throw to give Rytas its first lead since early in the second quarter. Nicholas and Diamantidis both missed from downtown before El-Amin snagged a rebound and Newley converted a tough layup to put the visitors up 63-66 with 1:20 remaining. After a timeout, Batiste scored in the paint and El-Amin missed a triple, but Rytas got the rebound. El-Amin dribbled the clock down, but then Bajramovic lost the ball inside. Panathinaikos tried to run, but Nicholas could not shoot after corralling in the long pass. But he got the ball to Diamantidis, who was fouled with 7.7 seconds remaining. The Greens leader sank both free throws to put his team ahead. Rytas head coach Aleksander Trifunovic called timeout and drew a play for El-Amin, who drove through Tepic and was fouled with 3.1 seconds left. El-Amin made both to put his team up 67-68. Panathinaikos boss Zeljko Obradovic ran a play at the other end for Nicholas, but he missed at the buzzer and Rytas celebrated a major victory.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL; JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; CHIARI, ROBERTO
Attendance: 4600 (Tentative)
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Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 TEPIC, MILENKO 10:42 6 3/5           2   1     2   3
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 19:51 8 2/5   4/4 1 3 4 1 1 1 1   2 3 12
8 BATISTE, MIKE 26:19 11 5/10   1/2 1 5 6 1   3 2 1 3 1 8
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 28:37 8 4/5 0/3 0/1   2 2       1   2 2 6
10 SATO, ROMAIN 18:05 2 1/4     1 3 4   1   1 1 3 1 2
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 27:32 10 4/6 0/5 2/2   1 1 3     1   3 3 8
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 18:17 7 1/2 0/1 5/6 1 2 3   1 1 1 1 4 5 8
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 30:00 8 0/1 2/5 2/2 1 1 2 7   2     2 6 15
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 3:42 1     1/2                   1 1
15 CALATHES, NICK 2:37           1 1           1    
17 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 14:18 6 1/1 0/2 4/4 1 2 3   1         4 12
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 67 21/39 2/16 19/23 8 21 29 14 4 8 7 3 22 26 78
        53.8% 12.5% 82.6%
Head coach: OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
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
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BABRAUSKAS, STEPONAS 8:16 1   0/1 1/2                 2 2 -1
8 STRAWBERRY, DJ 18:04 5 0/2 1/2 2/4   1 1 2   3   2 1 2 -1
11 BJELICA, MILKO 19:50 10 4/7 0/1 2/2 1 3 4       1   5 3 9
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 20:40 3 0/4 1/3   2 1 3 3   3   3 2 4 -1
15 BUTERLEVICIUS, SIMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 VALANCIUNAS, JONAS 16:36 6 3/5     2 5 7 1   1 1   3   9
20 NEWLEY, BRAD 26:11 16 4/6 2/4 2/2 3 2 5 2   1     1 1 18
21 JOMANTAS, ARTURAS 5:51           3 3 1         1 1 4
25 NALGA, CEMAL 13:34 5 1/2   3/5 1   1 1     1   3 3 5
33 JASAITIS, SIMAS 14:02 4 2/2 0/1   1 1 2 1 1 2     3   2
42 EL-AMIN, KHALID 29:01 11 2/7 1/2 4/4   4 4 4 1 1   1 3 3 12
51 BAJRAMOVIC, KENAN 27:55 7 2/8 0/1 3/5 1 4 5 2       1 2 3 5
Team           5 1 6               6
Totals 200:00 68 18/43 5/15 17/24 16 25 41 17 2 11 3 7 26 22 67
        41.9% 33.3% 70.8%
Head coach: TRIFUNOVIC, ALEKSANDAR

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"Lietuvos Rytas deserved to win this game. They played seriously for 40 minutes and they proved their desire and seriousness. I said before the game that defense should be the key to winning, but we didn't played the way we should have, especially in the first quarter when they scored 23 points. I tried to make some changes and freshen my team, because it is important to use all the players. In the last quarter we had some bad offensive actions and our opponents grabbed a lot of offensive boards. I have stated a lot of times that we have to play like a team and fight from the first til the last second. Now after this defeat we are in a very difficult position. We must believe in ourselves and show our character in order to beat Unicaja Malaga on the road."
TRIFUNOVIC, ALEKSANDAR
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"Now everything is ideal. We managed to get a victory in the last seconds for the second time in the Top 16 and I am very happy because my team proved its character and competitive spirit. After we lost by 21 points in Vilnius, probably to win here was like a mission impossible, but tonight we played a totally different game. We outrebounded Panathinaikos and I think that the 16 offensive boards we grabbed were the key to beating them."

Players

BATISTE, MIKE
Panathinaikos Athens
"It is not a good result for us and now everything is open and possible. We missed a lot of open shots and Lietuvos Rytas grabbed many offensive boards that allowed them to get second scoring chances. There is one more game to play next week in Malaga and we have to win it. Keep fighting, this is our motto."
EL-AMIN, KHALID
Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius
"This is a big victory, but it doesn't count unless we will beat also Caja Laboral next week. We watched the previous game versus Panathinaikos and we used it, especially the second half, like guide for tonight's game. For most people this win is a big surprise, but not for us. Our team is working very hard and we know what we are able to do and what is needed to get respect."
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