2019-20Regular SeasonRound 6
October 31, 2019 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 OAKA

Second unit lifts Panathinaikos over Efes

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens grabbed its third win of the EuroLeague season by downing Anadolu Efes Istanbul 86-70 at OAKA in the Greek capital on Thursday. Panathinaikos improved to 3-3 in the standings and Efes dropped to 4-2 as its four-game winning streak came to an end. Tyrese Rice led the winners with 18 points. Ioannis Papapetrou added 14, Nick Calathes and Jimmer Fredette scored 11 each and Georgios Papagiannis netted 10 for Panathinaikos. Calathes dished 10 assists and Papagiannis corraled 7 rebounds for the winners. Shane Larkin paced Efes with 28 points, Chris Singleton posted 13 points and 11 rebounds and Krunoslav Simon scored 11 points for the visitors. Efes led 51-54 midway through the fourth quarter but Rice and Papagiannis fueled a 17-1 run that gave Panathinaikos the lead and the victory.

Singleton and Larkin got Efes going with respective jumpers, but Thomas scored twice around the basket and Calathes added a layup off a steal for a 6-4 Panathinaikos lead. Fredette struck twice from downtown and fed Ben Bentil for a dunk, causing Efes to call timeout at 14-6. Larkin took over with a coast-to-coast layup, which Bryant Dunston followed with a put-back layup, but DeShaun Thomas and Rice made it a double-digit game, 20-10. Simon followed a triple with a couple of layups only to see Calathes and Rice restore a 24-17 Panathinaikos lead after 10 minutes. Wesley Johnson downed a three-pointer early in the second quarter and Papapetrou added a layup for a 29-22 Panathinaikos lead. Vasilije Micic scored in the low post, added a driving layup and found Larkin for a jumper that got Efes within 29-28. Fredette hit a floater off a spin move and Calathes gave the hosts fresh air at 33-29. Johnson kept pushing Panathinaikos and a three-pointer by Fredette ignited the crowd at 38-31. Alec Peters hit a jumper and got help from Simon and Larkin to bring Efes within 42-38 at halftime. Larkin sank a triple soon after the break, but Thomas and Ian Vougioukas each scored down low for a 46-41 Panathinaikos lead. Singleton led a 0-5 Efes run that Papapetrou stopped with a bomb from downtown and a jumper to keep the Greens in front. Larkin answered with 6 quick points to complete Efes's comeback, 51-54. Rice and Georgios Papagiannis combined for 10 unanswered points and Papapetrou added free throws for a 63-54 Panathinaikos margin after 30 minutes. Rice swished a three-pointer early in the fourth quarter and a jumper by Johnson broke the game open at 68-55 after a 17-1 run. Larkin followed a triple with a layup-plus-foul, but Calathes kept the hosts in charge at 71-61. A red-hot Papapetrou followed a driving layup with a three-pointer, but Larkin singlehandedly kept Efes alive, 76-66. A three-pointer by Rice sealed the outcome at 78-68 with 3 minutes remaining.

Pivotal performer

Georgios Papagiannis always found advantages against Efes's defense, reading the game and making the difference down low. He finished the game with 10 points off the bench, 7 rebounds, a steal and a block for a performance index rating of 18 - in just 16 minutes!

Game-changing moment

Free throws by Shane Larkin gave Efes its first lead since the opening minutes, 51-54. Tyrese Rice had 7 points and Papagiannis added 6, including a wild alley-oop, in a 17-1 run that gave Panathinaikos full control of the game, 68-56, early in the fourth quarter.

Stellar stat

Bench players made the difference in this game. Panathinaikos got a solid performance from its second unit, which combined for 51 points and 21 rebounds. Efes's backup players combined for 15 points and 12 rebounds.

Did you notice?

Panathinaikos registered its 10th consecutive home win against Efes. The Greens are now 12-1 at home against Efes since 2001, with an average winning margin of 13.1 points. The sole victory for Efes in Athens came on March 8, 2006 - more than 13 years ago.

Next game

Both teams return to EuroLeague action next week. Efes returns to Greece to face Olympiacos Piraeus on Thursday, November 7. A day later, Panathinaikos hosts Valencia Basket.

Georgios Papagiannis - Panathinaikos OPAP Athens - EB19
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN; JAVOR, DAMIR; DIFALLAH, MEHDI
Attendance: 8304
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens24182123
Anadolu Efes Istanbul19191616
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens24426386
Anadolu Efes Istanbul19385470
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 THOMAS, DESHAUN 24:17 9 4/6 0/3 1/1   5 5   2 1     1 1 10
5 RICE, TYRESE 21:03 18 3/4 3/4 3/3   1 1 3 1 1       3 23
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 16:06 10 5/6     3 4 7   1   1   1 1 18
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 22:29 14 3/6 2/2 2/3   3 3 1   2 1 1 5 1 8
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 8:29 2 1/2       1 1     1     3 2  
24 JOHNSON, WESLEY 23:00 7 1/3 1/3 2/2 2 5 7 1     1   2 1 11
25 BROWN, RION 0:23                              
32 FREDETTE, JIMMER 17:22 11 1/1 3/5     1 1 4   2       2 14
33 CALATHES, NICK 35:50 11 5/9 0/2 1/4 1 1 2 10 2 3     3 5 15
35 WILEY, JACOB 12:27   0/3       2 2     2     4   -7
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 4:10         1 1 2           1 1 2
50 BENTIL, BENJAMIN 14:24 4 2/3 0/1 0/1 1 2 3           1 1 4
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 86 25/43 9/20 9/14 9 30 39 19 6 12 3 1 21 18 103
        58.1% 45% 64.3%
Head coach: PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
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
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 LARKIN, SHANE 32:20 28 5/10 4/6 6/8   3 3 3 1 1   1 1 7 30
1 BEAUBOIS, RODRIGUE 10:30   0/1 0/1                 1 3   -6
2 SINGLETON, CHRIS 35:37 13 3/6 1/3 4/6 4 7 11 1 2       4 6 22
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 7:58     0/1         1         1   -1
8 GECIM, TOLGA 2:03                              
15 SANLI, SERTAC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 11:59 2 1/1     1 2 3   1         2 8
22 MICIC, VASILIJE 22:37 6 3/7 0/6     2 2 3 2 7     1 1 -4
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 7:28     0/1     2 2     1     1 1  
25 PETERS, ALEC 17:31 2 1/1 0/2   1 2 3 1         2   2
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 20:27 8 3/5 0/1 2/4 2 3 5 1   1 1 1 4 2 6
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 31:30 11 4/5 1/9   2 4 6 3 2 2     1 1 11
Team           4   4               4
Totals 200:00 70 20/36 6/30 12/18 14 25 39 13 8 12 1 3 18 20 72
        55.6% 20% 66.7%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN

Head Coaches

PEDOULAKIS, ARGYRIS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I believe that we played a good game today. We played with a lot of energy. We were able to control the defensive part of the game and the rebounds against a team that is very well-structured right now. They always try to take advantage of our weaknesses and the secret was that we got help from players who came off the bench today. We brought out a lot of energy on defense and were able to match up with the big lineup that Efes had. At the same time, they had three creators on the floor, with Micic, Simon and Larkin, so we were able to match up with these players. If you look at Efes and the way they play the game, they are one of the best teams at extra passes, stretching the floor. We matched up against them and were able to control the game."
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a road game and of course, a strong game. Panathinaikos needs this game, for sure. We were more relaxed because we just won two days ago in Istanbul and came here with four victories. Some players in our team put great hustle tonight but for me, some players' hustle and attitude in this game is unacceptable. This is not respect to their friends who put hustle. Okay, we played terrible and shot terrible tonight, 30 shots [from three-point range] and only 6 baskets. Micic and Kruno [Simon], our two scoring players, combined for 1 of 15 three-point shots. Our point guard made 7 turnovers. This is unacceptable for me, that a player, two days ago, was the MVP, had 7 turnovers and 0 of 6 three-point shots tonight. These are unprofessional things. Of course, we are in the beginning of the EuroLeague and anybody can beat each other; it is a strong EuroLeague, but we must change something in our mentality because we will many more double weeks in this EuroLeague period. Panathinaikos made a great game, especially Rice and Papapetrou were perfect."

Players

THOMAS, DESHAUN
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It was a good game - a big one. I am proud of the team, Pap [Georgios Papagiannis] stepped up. We needed it, especially coming off a loss. Big game, big win. We have to continue and it is a long season, we have to continue and keep getting better."
CALATHES, NICK
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It felt good to get a win. Guys stepped up huge. Papagiannis and Tyrese [Rice] were the keys to the game today. Getting that performance from those guys really got us this win and that is what we need, for guys to step up like this and play good basketball. We played against a very good team and really needed this win. It feels good to get a win."
RICE, TYRESE
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"That felt good. I think it was due for something good to happen. Nick [Calathes] has been playing 35-36 minutes per game and we have to help him. That is our leader, that is the captain, and it is our job to do our role and help him out. I think the defense was contagious. The atmosphere was great and we fed off that, but first of all, our intensity on defense was great. To hold a team like this to 70 points, that is not common. They are used to putting 90 on the board against everybody."
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