2020-21Regular SeasonRound 21
January 21, 2021 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 OAKA

Mitoglou, Nedovic carry Panathinaikos past Khimki

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens picked up its first victory under new head coach Oded Kattash in rolling to a 94-78 win at home over Khimki Moscow Region. Dinos Mitoglou poured in a career-high 29 points and Nemanja Nedovic contributed 21 points and 5 assists as Panathinaikos improved to 7-13 with its third triumph in the last four home games. Jordan Mickey collected 25 points and 7 rebounds, Errick McCollum tallied 17 points, 6 assists and 4 steals and Vyacheslav Zaytsev and Dairis Bertans both added 10 points for Khimki, which saw its losing streak extended to 13 games for a 2-19 record. It was the first game since Khimki head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis was fired and replaced in the interim by Andrey Maltsev.

Mickey opened the scoring for Khimki with Zach Auguste answering at the other end and Aaron White following up with a three-pointer to make it 7-2. Two Panathinaikos turnovers led to 5 straight McCollum points and a 10-13 lead. Mitoglou converted a three-point play and Leonidas Kaselakis added a triple in an 11-2 surge as Panathinaikos moved ahead 23-17 and lead 23-20 after 10 minutes. Zaytsev opened the second quarter with 4 points and the teams went back and forth taking the lead until Mitoglou’s first score of the quarter started a 9-2 run including a Nedovic three-pointer for a 34-28 cushion. Mitoglou and Nedovic combined for 12 more points and the hosts led 46-33 at the break.

Stefan Jovic scored the first basket of the second half with White draining a triple at the other end. Mickey answered from deep for Khimki’s first three-pointer of the game to make it 49-38. But the Mitoglou-Nedovic show continued with 13 points in a 16-6 run to blow the game open 65-44. Mickey managed two scores but Khimki was still trailing 70-51 after 30 minutes. Mickey’s fourth-quarter opener was followed by a triple from Bertans to cut the gap to 70-56. White knocked down a three-pointer to keep the guests from getting too much closer at 75-56. Two Mitoglou baskets had the margin back to 18 points. Khimki tried to get back into the game as Bertans, Jovic and Sergey Monia all hit triples to get the deficit to 86-74 with under 3 minutes left. Mickey added two more baskets for the visitors, but they could not get defensive stops to cut into the game and lost again.

No Shved for Khimki

Khimki’s chances of ending its losing streak took a big hit before the game when it was announced that the Russian team’s star Alexey Shved would be missing the game with a sore back.

Pivotal performer

Dinos Mitoglou was outstanding all game for Panathinaikos as he scored a career-high 29 points and hit 10 of 14 shots and 9 of 9 free throws while also grabbing 12 rebounds and picking up 6 fouls drawn for a new personal best index rating of 42.

Telling numbers

Panathinaikos dominated the glass with 40 rebounds to 23 for Khimki, including 21 offensive rebounds, leading to 35 second-chance points to 11 for Khimki. Panathinaikos also converted 24 of 28 free throws compared to 9 of 12 for Khimki.

Next games

Khimki will return home next week and host FC Bayern Munich on Tuesday, January 26. Panathinaikos will head to Spain and face Real Madrid the next day.

Nemanja Nedovic - Panathinaikos OPAP Athens - EB20
Thursday, January 21, 2021
Euroleague.net
Referees: PEREZ, MIGUEL ANGEL; ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; SHEMMESH, SEFFI
Attendance: 0
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens23232424
Khimki Moscow Region20131827
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens23467094
Khimki Moscow Region20335178
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 MACK, SHELVIN 19:41 5 0/1 1/4 2/2 1   1 2 2 2     3 1 2
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 18:20 3 1/2 0/2 1/2 1   1 3 1 1     2 3 4
8 AUGUSTE, ZACH 23:36 6 3/6     5   5 1 1 2     2 1 7
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS 10:00 5   1/2 2/2   1 1   1       1 1 6
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 KALAITZAKIS, GEORGIOS 5:09 7   1/1 4/4   1 1     1 1     3 11
17 FOSTER, MARCUS FRANKLEE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
26 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 26:45 21 4/6 3/10 4/5   2 2 5 1 3   1 1 4 18
30 WHITE, AARON 20:41 9   3/4   2 3 5           3 2 12
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 28:47 29 10/14   9/9 8 4 12 2   1   1 1 6 42
50 BENTIL, BEN 22:07 6 2/5 0/2 2/4 3 1 4 1 2 3     3 2 2
74 SANT-ROOS, HOWARD 24:54 3 0/2 1/2     4 4 1   2   1 1 3 4
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 94 20/36 10/27 24/28 21 19 40 15 8 15 1 3 17 26 112
        55.6% 37% 85.7%
Head coach: KATTASH, ODED
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
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 29:46 17 5/9 1/3 4/5 1 2 3 6 4 3     5 6 21
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 4:30           1 1           2   -1
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 22:35 10 3/5 1/2 1/2   2 2 1 1 2     3 2 7
10 KADOSHNIKOV, DMITRII 0:54                              
12 MONIA, SERGEY 30:56 7 2/4 1/3     1 1 1 1 1 1   5   1
13 SHARAPOV, VLADISLAV 1:32                              
17 ODINOKOV, VLADISLAV 5:27                         2   -2
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 18:36   0/1       2 2 3   1     3 1 1
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 20:36 9 3/4 1/1   1   1 8 2 2   1 2   14
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 28:40 10 1/5 2/6 2/3 3   3 3   1     2 4 8
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 36:28 25 10/14 1/2 2/2 2 5 7 1 1 3 2   2 4 30
Team           3   3     2         1
Totals 200:00 78 24/42 7/17 9/12 10 13 23 23 9 15 3 1 26 17 80
        57.1% 41.2% 75%
Head coach: MALTSEV, ANDREI

Head Coaches

KATTASH, ODED
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"Generally, I think for 40 minutes we did a good job rebounding and hustling. I liked the effort of the players, even though in the last quarter we lost a little bit of intensity and concentration. But we can take a lot of good things from this, especially defensively. We were a little bit naive sometimes to finish the job on defense. But I like the effort. It’s a process. We are working offensively on our flow and spacing rules and all that. It’s not easy. You have to understand it’s a new system for the players, and they need to get used to it. But slowly we will get there. But defensively we have to be way more consistent with our effort."
MALTSEV, ANDREI
Khimki Moscow Region
"Congrats to Panathinaikos on this win. I also want to thank our team for their effort and the fight they showed for all 40 minutes. Their coach even had to take a timeout a few minutes before the final buzzer, as the game could go out of their control. Unfortunately, we didn't rebound well. For us, the last bell was Monia’s fifth foul, when it became clear that we did not have enough big players. However, the guys left everything on the court. Today, everyone came out on the court and felt the taste of the EuroLeague, especially our young players."

Players

NEDOVIC, NEMANJA
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I feel great, especially because when we have a couple of guys down I feel like I need to take more responsibility and try to lead this team to victories. That’s what I tried to do today. I didn’t start the game really well, but my teammates helped me and believed in me and got me going. It’s an important win for us. It was a good game for us to try the new things that Coach brought here. We just have to keep going."
MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I’m very happy, especially that my team won. We followed the game plan and played physical. Our energy was very good, especially in the second half. We finished the game well and I am very happy for the team. I’m very happy that I helped a lot for the win."
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