2020-21Regular SeasonRound 1
October 02, 2020 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ARENA MYTISHCHI

Greens grab rare road win at Khimki

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens started its new era with a hard-fought 76-78 victory at Khimki Moscow Region to tip off the 2020-21 Turkish Airlines EuroLeague season. Panathinaikos saw myriad off-season changes, including Georgios Vovoras taking over as head coach and a number of new players joining the roster. But the six-time EuroLeague champs used a balanced effort to get the win with Ioannis Papapetrou pacing six players in double figures on 16 points. Kostas Mitoglou had 12 points and 9 rebounds. Ben Bentil scored 11 more and Eleftherios Bochoridis and Marcus Foster both chipped in 10 each in the victory. Khimki fought back from a 13-point deficit to take the lead but ended up falling short despite Devin Booker's 15 points and 7 rebounds. Dairis Bertans added 14 points, Jordan Mickey had 12 points, 5 rebounds and 3 blocks, while Vyacheslav Zaytsev picked up 11 points and 5 assists in the defeat.

Zach Auguste's putback put the guests on the board with the first points of the season. While Booker was Khimki's only scorer early, numerous Panathinaikos players contributed, Bochoridis and Foster with three-point plays in opening a 7-15 lead. Mitoglou nailed a triple and center Georgios Papagiannis knocked down a long jumper for an 11-24 advantage. Janis Timma scored 4 points and Booker added a dunk to complete a 6-0 Khimki spurt for a 17-24 score after 10 minutes. Despite Sergey Karasev's 3 free throws, Khimki find no rhythm offensively while Bentil push the Greens' lead to 20-29. Worse for Khimki, Booker sat with 3 fouls then. Jonas Jerebko snapped snap Khimki's four-minute scoreless stretch with free throws before he and Timma drained triples. Bertans added 2 three-point plays in a 16-4 run as Khimki surged ahead 38-35. But Papapetrou's 4 points restored a 39-41 Panathinaikos lead at the break. Triples by Mitoglou and Nemanja Nedovic kept Panathinaikos up 43-48 before Booker punched back with a monster dunk and-one and Zaytsev added 5 points for a new Khimki lead 53-51. With 6 more points and a steal, Zaytsev pushed Khimki's advantage to 62-59 after 30 minutes. As Papapetrou and Mickey traded baskets, the score remained tight at 67-65. Despite Sergey Monia triple for Khimki, Papagiannis fought back with 2 free throws and a putback to even the score 73-73 with less than 3 minutes left. Papapetrou followed with a putback plus free throw before Foster's free throws with 36 seconds left made it 73-78. Bertans kept Khimki alive with a corner triple, his first in 7 tries, lowering the difference to 76-78 with 27 seconds remaining. Bertans had one more shot but missed his jumper at the buzzer as Panathinaikos grabbed the win.

Khimki missing leaders

Khimki opened its season missing some major names as Alexey Shved, Stefan Jovic and Greg Monroe were all unable to go for the Russian side.

Road team finally wins again

These teams were playing their 10th EuroLeague matchup since 2000 and Panathinaikos's win evened the record at 5-5. Khimki had won three of the last four as well as its last four home games against the Greek side. In fact, the home team had won the last six games in this series, with the last road victory being Khimki's 67-79 victory in November 2012.

Telling numbers

Panathinaikos turned the ball over 13 times but committed only 4 turnovers in the second half. The Greens also won the rebounding battle 42-35 including 19 offensive rebounds. That helped compensate for hitting just 5-of-23 three-pointers (21.7%).

Next games

Khimki will remain at home for its next EuroLeague game, hosting Zalgiris Kaunas on Friday, October 9. Panathinaikos will return home and take on Greek rival Olympiacos Piraeus the same night.

Konstantinos Mitoglou - Panathinaikos OPAP Athens - EB20
Friday, October 2, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; HORDOV, TOMISLAV ; DRAGOJEVIC, IGOR
Attendance: 933
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Khimki Moscow Region17222314
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens24171819
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Khimki Moscow Region17396276
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens24415978
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 TIMMA, JANIS 20:09 9 1/1 1/2 4/4   2 2 3 3 1     5 2 12
7 KARASEV, SERGEY 26:15 3 0/2 0/3 3/3   3 3 3 1 1     2 2 4
8 ZAYTSEV, VYACHESLAV 19:46 11 4/4 1/2   1 2 3 5 2 1     2   17
9 VIALTSEV, EGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BARASHKOV, MAKSIM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MONIA, SERGEY 19:35 3   1/4     1 1           2 1  
18 VORONOV, EVGENY 8:46   0/1 0/1         1         2 1 -2
31 BOOKER, DEVIN 27:00 15 6/11 0/1 3/5 3 4 7     2 1   3 5 15
33 JEREBKO, JONAS 28:27 9 2/6 1/2 2/2 4 5 9 1   2     2 2 12
45 BERTANS, DAIRIS 25:50 14 3/5 1/7 5/6 2   2 3   2     1 5 12
55 MICKEY, JORDAN 24:12 12 5/9 0/1 2/4   5 5 1   1 3 1 4 3 11
Team           2 1 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 76 21/39 5/23 19/24 12 23 35 17 6 12 4 1 23 21 82
        53.8% 21.7% 79.2%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
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 19:56 6 2/5   2/2 2 2 4 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 8
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 32:21 10 2/6 1/3 3/3   3 3 2 1 4     2 7 11
8 AUGUSTE, ZACH 15:12 4 2/4     4 1 5 1 1       3 1 7
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 32:59 16 6/8 0/6 4/5 1 7 8 3   2     1 3 18
12 DIPLAROS, NIKOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS 8:48   0/1 0/1   5 1 6     2     1   1
16 KALAITZAKIS, GEORGIOS 1:14 2 1/1                     1   1
17 FOSTER, MARCUS 20:42 10 3/6 0/2 4/5 1 1 2 2 1 1   1 3 4 8
18 PERSIDIS, NIKOLAOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
26 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 30:33 7 2/5 1/5 0/2       4   1   1 4 2 -2
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 26:53 12 1/4 3/5 1/2 3 6 9 1   2   1 2 2 13
50 BENTIL, BEN 11:22 11 4/5 0/1 3/4 1 1 2   1       3 3 11
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 78 23/45 5/23 17/23 19 23 42 14 5 13 1 4 21 23 79
        51.1% 21.7% 73.9%
Head coach: VOVORAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
“It was a tough game. We played not bad for 38 minutes, but at the end we were not smart enough. We lost, it happens. But I saw more positive things. For sure, we were not strong enough under the basket and let them grab 19 offensive rebounds. This was the key to Panathinaikos' win. We didn't have some key players but that was a good chance for those who don't have enough time on the court. Zaytsev did this tonight – he played a great game. It's a pity we lost our home game, but the season has just started.”
VOVORAS, GEORGIOS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"Congratulations to the players. We tried to keep the plan for 40 minutes. The key was the turnovers. In the second half we had only 4 turnovers. And if you want to win at Khimki you need to control the turnovers. We did a great job in this situation and I think we deserve the win. As I said from the first day, this team has a mentality and it must start with defense. If we play this defense every game, it doesn’t matter if we score offensively or not – we made only 5 of 23 three-point shots – you can still have a chance to win."

Players

BERTANS, DAIRIS
Khimki Moscow Region
“The game was full of ups and downs. There were moments when nothing worked at all: neither in offense nor defense. Then we found our game, we played very well both on offense and defense, then the slump came again. So the whole game went on. The opponent took 19 offensive rebounds, which is too much. We found the right options to play against the Panathinaikos defense, which resulted in good baskets scored by Timma, Mickey, and me. Of course, everyone was upset because we wanted to start the season with a win. It didn't work out, but this is just one game.”
PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"It was a very tough win. Every game will be very tough this season in the EuroLeague. We try to play every game like it's our last game, every game like it's a final. We knew that it was going to be tough because we were gone so long. But I think we came and fought and that is most important. We refused to lose. During the game we made mistakes. We played good for some parts but we made mistakes and Khimki came back. But we didn't give up. We played harder and tried to play better defensively and got all the rebounds, which helped us a lot. And in the end we came out on top."
MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"We did a really good job. We refused to lose. We played very hard. We still have a lot of areas we need to improve upon in our game, but at the end of the day we fought and took the win."