2010-11Regular SeasonRound 2
October 28, 2010 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 O.A.K.A.
Dimitrios Diamantidis - Panathinaikos and Boban Marjanovic - CSKA Moscow - EB10

Panathinaikos trumped CSKA Moscow 74-60

Panathinaikos knocked off its main rival in Group D by beating CSKA Moscow 74-60 at the Athens Olympic Indoor Hall (OAKA) in the Greek capital on Thursday night. The Greek champs improved to 2-0 before visiting Union Olimpija in Week 3. Drew Nicholas paced the Greens with 18 points and Romain Sato added 17. The game was close throughout the first half and into the third quarter, but Nicholas came alive with 5 points in an 11-1 run that put Panathinaikos ahead for good. CSKA made a run to get within 5 in the fourth quarter, but Panathinaikos was up to the challenge and scored on three straight possessions to put the game away. Dimitris Diamantidis added 10 points and 7 assists for the winners. Jamont Gordon paced the visitors with 20 points and veterans Matjaz Smodis and Trajan Langdon, who took part in the two Euroleague finals between these teams in 2007 and 2009, added 9 points each. CSKA, which dropped to 0-2, visits Power Electronics Valencia in its next game.

Mike Batiste got things going with a baseline jump shot over big Boban Marjanovic, but CSKA came right back through Gordon and Ramunas Siskauskas for a 2-7 lead. Drew Nicholas stepped up with a triple and then Stratos Perperoglou shined with an offensive rebound, basket and foul to tie the score at 8-8. Smodis found holes in the Greens’ defense for a pair of baskets. Diamantidis attacked at the other end and was rejected by Marjanovic the first time, but later converted a three-point play for a 13-12 lead. Langdon came through at the other end, however Diamantidis got to the hoop again, drew a foul from Dimitry Sokolov and made it 15-14 after 10 minutes.

Andrey Vorontsevich put CSKA back ahead at the start of the second quarter as the game grew more physical. Both teams amassed points from the line, but the score remained close. Nick Calathes attacked the CSKA defense for Panathinaikos’s first basket of the quarter to tie the score at 21-21 and then Romain Sato scored on the break to put the Greens ahead. The lead went from side to side with Ian Vougiouskas twice putting the hosts ahead and J.R. Holden and Langdon responding from downtown for CSKA. Romain Sato put PAO up once more before Gordon tied the score at 31-31 with a free throw and that’s how it remained at halftime.

Both teams came out for the second half charged and ready to go. Antonis Fotsis and Gordon swapped triples and after another Gordon basket, Batiste fed a cutting Diamantidis to keep things even. Gordon remained CSKA’s top weapon, but Nicholas’s triple gave the hosts a 45-44 edge midway through the quarter. After not playing in the first half, Aleks Maric made his presence felt in the paint with a hook shot. A short jumper by Nicholas and a triple from Perperoglou put the Greens up 53-45 and led CSKA coach Dusko Vujosevic to call timeout. Alexey Shved created space for a Marjanovic slam only to see Nicholas come back with a three and for a Kostas Kaimakoglou layup to end the quarter at 58-47.

CSKA showed it had one more run left in it as Smodis and Holden scored baskets early in the fourth quarter. Gordon followed with free throws and a bucket to bring the Russian champs within 60-55. However Panathinaikos regrouped and regained the upper hand, first with a Fotsis basket, then with sound defense and finally with a Maric layup and a Sato basket that put the Greens back up by double figures. CSKA had no answers at either end and a Nicholas triple with less than three minutes to play practically iced the victory. The outcome was sealed when Diamantidis stole a pass to Smodis, who was called for an unsportsmanlike foul when trying to stop Diamantidis from going on the break. A pair of free throws from the Panathinaikos point guard started the singing from the loyal fans at OAKA as the Greek champs celebrated a marquee victory.

Thursday, October 28, 2010
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Referees: MITJANA, JUAN CARLOS; CHIARI, ROBERTO; LATISEVS, OLEGS
Attendance: 13000 (Tentative)
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Panathinaikos Athens15162716
CSKA Moscow14171613
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Panathinaikos Athens15315874
CSKA Moscow14314760
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 3:32     0/1                   1   -2
6 MARIC, ALEKS 10:56 4 2/2     1 1 2   3 1     1 2 9
7 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 20:44 8 2/5 1/3 1/1 3 1 4 1   2     1 3 8
8 BATISTE, MIKE 20:47 6 3/7   0/2 1 4 5 2   1     3 1 4
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 25:52 4   1/4 1/2 3 4 7 1   2 1   2 1 6
10 SATO, ROMAIN 24:05 17 4/6 2/3 3/4 1 3 4 1 2 1   1 3 4 19
11 NICHOLAS, DREW 28:21 18 3/8 4/5   1 1 2 2       2   1 15
12 TSARTSARIS, KOSTAS 11:05   0/3 0/1   1   1   2       3   -4
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 33:23 10 2/4 0/6 6/7 2 3 5 7 2 2   2 3 6 14
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 6:18 3 0/1   3/4   1 1       1     2 5
15 CALATHES, NICK 9:55 2 1/1                 1   1 1 3
18 KAIMAKOGLOU, KOSTAS 5:02 2 1/1 0/1                   3   -2
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 74 18/38 8/24 14/20 14 21 35 14 9 9 3 5 21 21 79
        47.4% 33.3% 70%
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
CSKA Moscow
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 KURBANOV, NIKITA 6:28           1 1   1   1       3
6 BYKOV, SERGEY 1:47 2     2/2   1 1     1       2 4
8 SMODIS, MATJAZ 23:38 9 4/6 0/2 1/2 4 1 5     2   1 1 2 7
9 SISKAUSKAS, RAMUNAS 5:11 3   1/1     3 3     1     1   4
10 HOLDEN, JR 24:30 5 1/2 1/5     4 4 1   1   1 2   1
20 VORONTSEVICH, ANDREY 16:22 5 1/1 1/2         1         2   3
21 LANGDON, TRAJAN 31:59 9 3/5 1/3     1 1   1 2   1 3 3 4
22 MARJANOVIC, BOBAN 23:45 5 2/5   1/2 4 5 9 2 1 2 2   4 2 11
23 SHVED, ALEXEY 15:12     0/2     3 3 2   4 1   2 1 -1
30 SOKOLOV, DMITRY 16:15 2 0/1   2/4                 3 2 -2
44 GORDON, JAMONT 34:53 20 5/9 1/6 7/8 2 3 5 4 1 3 1   3 9 24
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 60 16/29 5/21 13/18 11 22 33 10 4 16 5 3 21 21 59
        55.2% 23.8% 72.2%
Head coach: VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO

Head Coaches

OBRADOVIC, ZELJKO
Panathinaikos Athens
“It was a difficult and important match against a team that has played eight consecutive years in the Euroleague Final Four and they are one of the favorites to make it again. We showed two different performances, because in the first half we missed a lot of open shots, while in the second half the game was different, especially in the three-point shots. But even in the first half thanks to our aggressive defense and the offensive boards we had fourteen more shots than CSKA. I am satisfied with our defense, because we realized that we had to make the most in the transition game. In offense they have big guys, so it was very crucial for our perimeter players to be aggresive."
VUJOSEVIC, DUSKO
CSKA Moscow
"First of all congratulations to Panathinaikos for their well deserved win. I am satisfied with the attitude of my team, but we went into a slum for several minutes and it cost us, against a team with quality such as Panathinaikos. CSKA is a great basketball team, but now there are new players, new coach, new systems and we need time to develop our game. The bad thing is that we have several injury problems. We already missed Khryapa and Kaun and tonight Siskauskas suffered an injury and played only five minutes. We didn’t play consistently great basketball, but we fought and this is very important. On the other hand, we committed a lot of turnovers and we allowed many offensive rebounds and 4 for 5 three-point shots from Drew Nicholas. I have to say that moving from Partizan Belgrade to CSKA Moscow, there are higher expectations and more difficulties, but I keep trying to handle it."

Players

MARIC, ALEKS
Panathinaikos Athens
“We take it one step at a time and after a 2-0 at the beginning of the Regular Season, we now focus on the next match. I am impressed with our fans, because it was the first time we played before them, this season. Regarding myself, I don’t mind my playing time. I respect the coach’ s decision and I am ready to give my best any time for as long as needed."
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