2020-21Regular SeasonRound 3
December 01, 2020 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 ASTROBALLE

ASVEL's red-hot shooting overpowers Panathinaikos

LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne captured back-to-back wins for the first time this season with a historic night from three-point range in knocking off Panathinaikos OPAP Athens 97-73 in a makeup game from Round 3. After upsetting league leaders FC Barcelona, ASVEL set club records with 17 made three-pointers and 70.8% three-point accuracy to improve to 3-6. David Lighty led the way with 19 points while Norris Cole and William Howard both hit 4 three-pointers and scored 16 points and Antoine Diot chipped in 10 points and 4 assists. Panathinaikos dropped to 3-7 despite Georgios Papagiannis collecting 14 points and 6 rebounds. Dinos Mitoglou added 12 points and Nemanja Nedovic 10 in the loss.



Mitoglou opened the scoring for the visitors and Ben Bentil made it 2-4. Allerik Freeman’s three-pointer gave ASVEL its first lead of the night, 7-4. It was the start of the host’s hot shooting night from deep. After a Mitoglou triple had Panathinaikos up 10-12, Cole drained his second three-pointer and Diot also hit a triple for a 20-17 ASVEL edge after 10 minutes. The three-pointers just kept falling in the second quarter, starting with Howard. Diot and Howard both hit another one while Papagiannis scored and Leonidas Kaselakis knocked down a three-pointer to bring Panathinaikos within 29-24. Amine Noua connected from deep to start a 15-2 run over more than 5 minutes which saw Howard and Cole hit three-pointers as well and Panathinaikos only connect on 2 free throws for a 44-26 cushion. Nedovic scored the final 4 points of the first half to make it 44-30 at the break.

Panathinaikos did a good job slowing down ASVEL to start the second half with the first 5 points and cutting the deficit to single figures, 44-35. Cole’s free throws - the first of the game taken by ASVEL - finally got ASVEL on the board after more than 2 minutes. The hosts pulled away with a 13-0 run thanks to Guerschon Yabusele and Cole both hitting threes and a Lighty three-point play for a 61-37 advantage. Panathinaikos took advantage of two ASVEL unsportsmanlike fouls for a 3-12 spurt to pull within 64-59 but the score was 68-51 after three quarters. Noua, Lighty and Howard all drained three-pointers as ASVEL’s onslaught continued with an 83-57 lead. Papagiannis tried to do whatever he could to get the guests closer, but Ismael Bako converted an and-one and Freeman hit another triple to increase the gap to 95-66.

New club records

ASVEL was absolutely on fire from long range, hitting 17 of 24 three-pointers for 70.8%; both the triples made and accuracy represented new club bests. ASVEL had twice before drained 14 three-pointers - the most recent time in December 2003. And the previous best shooting night had been 70.6% (12 of 17) in October 2002. The 17 three-pointers tied for 15th best all-time in the EuroLeague and the 70.8% was the sixth most accurate in the competition’s history.

In Cole we trust

ASVEL has now won the last three games that Norris Cole has played since he went down injured after the first two rounds - Round 7 at TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz, in Round 11 vs FC Barcelona and now against Panathinaikos.

Telling numbers

ASVEL’s three-point shooting stood out, but the team also shot 58.1% on two-pointers and made all 10 free throws. And ASVEL made up for 19 turnovers by holding Panathinaikos to 26.1% shooting on three-pointers.

Next games

ASVEL will head out on the road and take on Real Madrid in Round 12 action on December 4. Panathinaikos remains on the road and will travel to Italy to face AX Armani Exchange Milan on December 3 in its Round 12 game.

William Howard - LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne - EB20
Tuesday, December 1, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA; ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB; LAURINAVICIUS, JURGIS
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne20242429
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens17132122
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LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne20446897
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens17305173
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 FREEMAN, ALLERIK 13:38 8 1/2 2/6     2 2 1   1     1   4
5 KAHUDI, CHARLES 18:03 4 2/3           1 2       1 1 6
6 LACOMBE, PAUL 3:17                 1 2     2   -3
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 20:56 10 1/2 2/3 2/2   2 2 4 1 3     4 2 10
10 FALL, MOUSTAPHA 23:21 4 2/2       5 5 4 1 4     2 1 9
12 NOUA, AMINE 19:36 8 1/2 2/2     3 3 1           3 14
13 HAYES, KEVARRIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 BAKO, ISMAEL 16:39 5 1/2   3/3 1 2 3 1 2 1 1     3 13
23 LIGHTY, DAVID 19:53 19 6/9 2/2 1/1 1 2 3 2 2 1     2 2 22
25 HOWARD, WILLIAM 24:30 16 1/2 4/4 2/2   1 1 1 2 2 1   3 1 16
28 YABUSELE, GUERSCHON 20:24 7 2/4 1/2   1 5 6 1   2     1   8
30 COLE, NORRIS 19:43 16 1/3 4/5 2/2   3 3 5   3     2 5 21
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 97 18/31 17/24 10/10 3 27 30 21 11 19 2 0 18 18 122
        58.1% 70.8% 100%
Head coach: PARKER, TJ
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
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 16:19 14 7/10 0/1   5 1 6             2 18
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 14:37 6 0/3 1/3 3/4   2 2 2 2       3 3 6
8 AUGUSTE, ZACH 4:34   0/1     1   1     1     1   -2
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 26:04 4 1/5 0/3 2/4 1 4 5 2 1 3     2 3 1
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS 13:01 8 1/1 2/2   1 1 2           1 1 10
16 KALAITZAKIS, GEORGIOS 13:18 2 1/3           1         3   -2
17 FOSTER, MARCUS 8:47 2 1/2               3   1 1   -4
26 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 22:48 10 4/6 0/7 2/2   1 1 2 1 3   1 2 4 3
30 WHITE, AARON 15:41 7 2/3 1/1   1 1 2     2     1   5
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 22:23 12 3/3 1/4 3/4 2 3 5 1 1 2     1 2 14
50 BENTIL, BEN 15:57 2 1/3       3 3           1   2
74 SANT-ROOS, HOWARD 26:31 6 1/3 1/2 1/2       7 1 2     2 3 9
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 73 22/43 6/23 11/16 12 17 29 15 6 16 0 2 18 18 62
        51.2% 26.1% 68.8%
Head coach: VOVORAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

PARKER, TJ
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"We made a lot of mistakes, a lot of turnovers. This has been a problem. We’ll watch video, but we have aggressive guys. A great win against Panathinaikos. Shots were falling down, but it’s a good win. I always believed in the team. The team has been practicing well the whole time. We’ve had some issues with COVID-19, now we are just finding the rhythm. We didn’t have the time. Right now we have time, everybody’s here, which helps."
VOVORAS, GEORGIOS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"First of all, ASVEL deserved this win 100%. They played much better offensively and defensively. We said from the beginning of the game the key would be to match their energy and to play even tougher. But we didn’t play tough. They found the momentum and hit all the shots. I know it’s very difficult to compete if a talented team like ASVEL finds its rhythm."

Players

COLE, NORRIS
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"We took care of business. We’re about to go on the road. We wanted to make sure we had a good home stretch. We were able to win tonight. We had solid defense and we shot the ball incredibly well tonight. We’ve been working hard in practice. So I’m pleased with our performance tonight. I’ve been working hard to get back. It’s part of my job here on the team to be a leader. It sucks when you can’t get out there and compete with your brothers. Now that I am back healthy, I’m just playing my role and doing what I’m supposed to do to help us win."
LIGHTY, DAVID
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
"We’ve been working hard and fighting and I think it’s starting to show now. We have to continue and get better game by game and continue at a high level, from everybody."
MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I would like to say that we talked and analyzed the game. We did not commit the fouls properly and we did not use them properly. Villeurbanne found a rhythm and shot with a high percentage. We had to play tougher defense and stronger. Now we have a game in two days. We must overcome it, learn from our mistakes and move on."
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