Panathinaikos extends win streak to three games
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens extended its winning streak to three games with a 100-88 home victory over LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne to continue its rise in the standings. Jimmer Fredette scored 22 points to pace six players in double figures as Panathinaikos improved to 13-8. Ioannis Papapetrou tallied 21 points, Nick Calathes collected 10 points and 17 assists, Tyrese Rice picked up 14 points, Giorgios Papagiannis had 12 points, 8 rebounds and 5 blocks and DeShaun Thomas added 10 points in the triumph. ASVEL’s freefall continues with a fifth straight loss - the last three on the road - to fall to 8-13 despite Theo Maledon tallying 19 points with Livio Jean-Charles contributing 16 points and 6 rebounds and Matthew Strazel and Antoine Diot both scoring 14 points.
Fredette started the game in fine fashion with seven points as Panathinaikos opened an 11-4 lead early. Calathes added two layups and Papagiannis slammed it home for an 18-10 advantage. ASVEL charged back with back-to-back three-pointers by Adreian Payne and Maledon, the latter who then picked up a steal and dunk to knot the game 18-18 as Panathinaikos was already at 7 turnovers. Kostas Mitoglou made it 20-18 after 10 minutes. Rice came off the Panathinaikos bench for two three-pointers and Papapetrou also drained a long ball as the margin grew to 35-20 with a 15-2 start to the quarter. Diot managed a three-ball for ASVEL but the Panathinaikos motor was rolling as Thomas nailed a triple, Fredette had seven straight points and Papapetrou downed another trey for a 52-33 cushion, which was 52-35 after 20 minutes. ASVEL youngsters Strazel and Maledon cut the gap to 54-40 early in the second half but the French side could not come up with defensive stops as Papapetrou nailed a three-ball and a 6-0 spurt made it 68-46. ASVEL at least finished strong in the quarter with Diot hitting a trey and Jean-Charles scoring 7 points in a 5-12 run to pull within 73-58 after 30 minutes. After Rice drained two triples early in the fourth quarter to push the lead to 79-61, ASVEL picked up seven straight points to make things interesting at 79-68. Thomas and Fredette however answered with long balls and Papagiannis’ score increased the gap to 89-72 with less than 5 minutes to play. The lead was too large and Panathinaikos’ offense too strong, but the hosts did not finish strong as ASVEL scored 30 points in the fourth quarter.
Giorgios Papagiannis blocked three shots in the first 6 minutes of the game and ended the contest with five rejections - besting his previous career high of 4 from Round 19 against FC Bayern Munich. The five blocks also matched the season high in the EuroLeague - done by Quincy Acy of Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv, Edy Tavares of Real Madrid and Youssoupha Fall from KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz.
Second quarter dominance
Panathinaikos showed its dominance with a big second quarter, scoring 32 points by draining 6 three-pointers and committing just 1 turnover in the 10 minutes to take over the game.
Panathinaikos connected on 60.9 percent of its 2-point shots and 65.0 percent of its three-pointers. The team also committed only two turnovers combined in the second and third quarters - finishing with 13 for the game.
Panathinaikos looks to make it four wins in a row as it heads to Spain to take on Valencia Basket on January 31. ASVEL, for its part, will return home and hope to end its five-game losing streak as it hosts Zalgiris Kaunas on January 30.
Friday, January 24, 2020