Pamesa Valencia made it to the Last 16 and got one step closer to reach the ULEB Cup Final Eight by winning its Last 32 series against Panionios On Telecoms on points differential. Pamesa advanced to the next round by thrashing Panionios 82-61 in the 2nd leg of the two-way series in Valencia, Spain on Wednesday night. Panionios had beaten Pamesa 70-59 in the 1st leg in Nea Smirni, Greece last week. Pamesa is set to face KK Zadar in the Last 16 two-way series, in a rematch of the 2003 ULEB Cup Quarterfinals. Ruben Douglas paced the winners with 26 points on 6-for-12 three-pointers. Shammond Williams added 16 and 6 assists, Albert Miralles had 13 points while Albert Oliver and Dejan Milojevic each got 12 for Pamesa. Ioannis Kalampokis led Panionios with 14 points while Giannis Giannoulis added 10. Panionios opted to slow down the game tempo throughout the entire game, as Giannoulis, Kalampokis and Antanas Kavaliauskas helped the guests to have a six-point game in the series, 33-28, at halftime. Douglas and Milojevic shined after the break, but Panionios still had within 54-46 with 6 minutes to go. Oliver took over with consecutive triples to put Pamesa ahead in the series for good, 68-51. More three-pointers by Douglas and Williams made all Pamesa fans to celebrate a major home win in spectacular fashion.
Williams paced Pamesa with back-to-back three-pointers to give his team a 6-1 early lead. Aleksandar Capin answered from downtown while Giannoulis added a smooth move in the low post for a 6-6 tie. Panionios tried to slow down the game tempo and Pamesa did not have the patience required to beat the guests' man-to-man defense. Meanwhile, free throws by Kavaliauskas gave Panionios a 6-8 edge. Douglas sank a triple while Milojevic added a free throw to restore a 10-8 Pamesa edge. Kalampokis fed Giannoulis for an easy basket that Milojevic erased with a put-back layup. Kalampokis scored in penetration but a tip-in by Miralles and a free throws by Fred House gave Pamesa a 16-12 lead after 10 minutes. Ioannis Georgallis stepped up with a put-back layup early in the second quarter, as the guests strictly followed their game plan without much success. Douglas buried a three-pointer for a six-point Pamesa lead, 20-14. Panionios called timeout and even when Douglas stroke again from downtown, Ivan Zoroski matched it with a layup-plus-foul. Oliver copied him with his own three-point play while Douglas made free throws for a 28-19 Pamesa margin. Lonny Baxter hit a close jumper that Miralles erased with a driving layup. Dusan Sakota buried an open three-pointer that Kavaliauskas followed with a power layup to bring Panionios within 31-26. A driving basket by Milojevic and a left-handed layup by Kavaliauskas fixed the halftime score at 33-28.
Miralles buried a three-pointer from the top of the key, as Panionios struggled to score for almost 2 minutes until Giannoulis made free throws. Milojevic scored off a midcourt steal that Giannoulis erased with a jump hook to give Panionios some fresh air at 38-32. Back-to-back fast break layups by House and Douglas gave Pamesa a double-digit lead, 42-32. Kalampokis and Zoroski stepped up with consecutive layups but Williams answered with a triple for a 45-37 score. Douglas and Kalampokis traded free throws but Oliver sank a four-meter jumper and a left-handed layup by Miralles gave Pamesa the lead in the series, 51-38. Free throws by Zoroski tied the series again, 51-40, after 30 minutes. Vasilios Xanthopoulos shined with a driving layup early in the fourth quarter that Milojevic improved with a three-point play. Kalampokis made free throws while Baxter added a close jumper for a 54-46 Panionios deficit with 6 minutes remaining. Pamesa struggled to score now but improved its defense at the right time. Douglas stroke from downtown while Miralles took over with a dunk-plus-foul for a 60-46 Pamesa edge. Kalampokis took over with an acrobatic layup that Milojevic erased in the other end. Giannoulis and Kalampokis hit foul shots but Oliver nailed a consecutive triples for a 68-51 Pamesa lead with 3 minutes to go. A seven-meter triple by Williams sealed the outcome, 71-51, as Panionios did not recover. A rain of three-pointers, capped by a nine-meter, buzzer-beating bomb by Douglas allowed all Pamesa fans to enjoy a big win in style.
Wednesday, February 27, 2008