2020-21Regular SeasonRound 10
November 19, 2020 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 BUESA ARENA

Baskonia blasts Panathinaikos

TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz made it a perfect week with a 93-72 blowout of Panathinaikos OPAP Athens on Wednesday at Buesa Arena. The hosts outscored the Greens 43-23 over the final 15 minutes to claim the victory and take their record to 4-4. Panathinaikos lost its fourth straight game to fall to 2-6 on the season. Alec Peters and Luca Vildoza scored 19 points apiece to pace the home team. Pierria Henry tallied 14 points and a career-high 12 assists for his first career double-double. Rokas Giedraitis added 12 points and Tonye Jekiri posted 10 points and 10 rebounds. Ioannis Papapetrou paced Panathinaikos with 17 points, Nemanja Nedovic added 15 points and 5 assists and Georgios Papagiannis had 11 points and 10 boards.

Nedovic took charge at the start with a pair of three-pointers sandwiched around 2 alley-oop assists to Papagiannis in grabbing a 2-10 lead. Zoran Dragic jumpstarted the hosts by dishing an assist to Vildoza, drawing an offensive foul and sinking a layup to help close the gap. A three by Vildoza capped a 9-0 run to give Baskonia its first lead, 11-10. The teams traded shots for the next few minutes before a three-point play by Papapetrou and Aaron White's fastbreak gave the Greens a 5-point lead. Shelvin Mack's unsportsmanlike foul on Henry allowed the latter to trim the gap to 20-23 after 10 minutes. Peters scored 5 quick points in another Baskonia 9-0 run to put the hosts up 4. Panathinaikos briefly regained the lead on a Leonidas Kaselakis triple, but a red-hot Peters shot Baskonia to 39-33. Ilimane Diop scored on back-to-back possessions to take the margin to double figures. Papapetrou connected from behind the arc to make it 46-39 at the break.

Panathinaikos came out hungry for the start of the second half with Papagiannis scoring twice on the offense glass and Dinos Mitoglou doing so as well to rally the visitors to 50-49, as which Baskonia called timeout. Vildoza came to Baskonia's rescue with back-to-back threes to make it 60-53. A three and a short jumper by Peters restored a double-digit lead before Marcus Foster beat the third-quarter buzzer with a layup that made it 66-58. Threes by Vildoza and Peters continued to grow the Baskonia lead which reached 20 after back-to-back threes by Henry. Giedraitis added another 2 triples as the margin peaked at 87-63. Papapetrou and Nedovic continued the Panathinaikos fight, but the outcome was already decided as Baskonia marched to a convincing victory.

Pivotal player

Among the many players who stood tall for Baskonia, Pierria Henry shined bright with 14 points and a career-best 12 assists, which was 1 away from the club record. Henry went for 12 points and 8 assists in the second half alone as Baskonia pulled away for the win. It was the third time Henry had ever reached double figures in assists, but it was his first EuroLeague double-double.

Game-changing shots

After Panathinaikos took charge on the offensive glass with 6 second-chance points in a 2-10 run to get within 50-49 midway through the second quarter, Baskonia heated up from downtown. Luca Vildoza nailed a pair of threes and then Alec Peters drained back-to-back threes late in the third quarter to make it 66-56. Vildoza and Peters each added another early in the fourth and Pierria Henry hit 2 more. In a 10-minute span, the team shot 8 for 11 from downtown and outscored the visitors 30-11 to clinch the victory.

Telling numbers

Baskonia outshot Panathinaikos from all distances, making 20 of 28 two-point shots (71.4%) and 13 of 29 threes (44.8%). The hosts also outrebounded Panathinaikos 36-27, which led to a 15-6 advantage in fastbreak points.

What's next?

Baskonia heads on the road next week to take on Olympiacos Piraeus on Thursday, November 26. Panathinaikos hosts FC Bayern Munich the next day.

Luca Vildoza - TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz - EB20
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Euroleague.net
Referees: LATISEVS, OLEGS; PASTUSIAK, PIOTR; HORDOV, TOMISLAV
Attendance: 0 (Tentative)
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Panathinaikos OPAP Athens23161914
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TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 RAIESTE, SANDER 3:06                 1 1          
3 VILDOZA, LUCA 24:16 19 1/3 5/7 2/2   4 4 1   2 1   3 3 19
5 JEKIRI, TONYE 27:52 10 5/6     3 7 10 2   2 1   1 1 20
7 HENRY, PIERRIA 23:09 14 2/2 2/4 4/6   3 3 12   2     2 4 25
8 SEDEKERSKIS, TADAS 9:03 2 1/1       3 3 1         1   5
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 9:26 5 2/2   1/2   3 3           3 1 5
19 FALL, YOUSSOUPHA 1:35                   1     1   -2
25 PETERS, ALEC 25:48 19 2/2 4/5 3/3 2 2 4 2   1     2 4 25
30 DRAGIC, ZORAN 16:03 6 2/6 0/2 2/3 1 3 4 4   2   1 1 3 6
31 GIEDRAITIS, ROKAS 26:54 12 3/3 2/7     1 1 1 3 2     1   9
33 POLONARA, ACHILLE 27:09 6 2/3 0/3 2/2 2 1 3   1   2   1 1 8
47 KURUCS, ARTURS 5:39     0/1     1 1 1         2   -1
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 93 20/28 13/29 14/18 8 28 36 24 5 14 4 1 18 17 118
        71.4% 44.8% 77.8%
Head coach: IVANOVIC, DUSKO
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
0 MACK, SHELVIN 12:17 2 1/4           1 1     1 2   -2
6 PAPAGIANNIS, GEORGIOS 29:44 11 4/7 0/1 3/3 3 7 10 1   2 1 1 2 2 16
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 16:22   0/3 0/2 0/2   2 2 2   1     2 2 -4
8 AUGUSTE, ZACH 4:58 2 1/2     2 1 3           1   3
10 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 29:27 17 3/7 3/6 2/3   3 3     1   1 1 3 12
14 KASELAKIS, LEONIDAS 14:47 4 0/1 1/2 1/3           1     2 1 -2
17 FOSTER, MARCUS 4:32 2 1/1                         2
26 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 27:53 15 1/3 3/6 4/5   1 1 5 1 6     2 5 13
30 WHITE, AARON 18:02 8 2/3 0/1 4/4 2 1 3     1     3 3 8
44 MITOGLOU, KONSTANTINOS 16:40 2 1/4 0/1   2   2 1 1 1   1 1   -1
50 BENTIL, BEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
74 SANT-ROOS, HOWARD 25:18 9 2/2 1/4 2/2       6 3 1     1 2 15
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 72 16/37 8/23 16/22 10 17 27 16 6 14 1 4 17 18 63
        43.2% 34.8% 72.7%
Head coach: VOVORAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"I think we didn't start very good, but generally I think we played a very serious game, serious an offense and very good on defense. We improved in the second half and also an offense in the second half we did not play selfish, we played as a team and for this reason, we won the game. We played well tonight, but we played without aggressiveness. We can play better defense, we can play faster. I think if this team wants to win something, it must improve."
VOVORAS, GEORGIOS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"We didn't compete with energy for 40 minutes and we know that when Baskonia as a team finds a rhythm, it is difficult to defend them. We fought in the third quarter, but once they took that balance, they played with confidence and we couldn't keep up. The answer is to work more, to fight more. Everyone must understand that in the EuroLeague, you cannot have bad moments for 2 or 3 minutes in a row. If you have bad moments, you're not focused for 3 minutes a row, the other team can take advantage. Like Baskonia did today in the third quarter."

Players

HENRY, PIERRIA
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"We work hard. We go through a lot in practice just to see my team execute and stick to the game plan and have fun. That's what it's all about. I just tried to make my teammates' lives easier, put them in a position where they like [to get the ball] and they do the rest. They knock down the shots, they do the hard part. My job is easy. I just appreciate my teammates."
PETERS, ALEC
TD Systems Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz
"Two wins are more important than anything else. I'm just happy that we finished out the week. A great ACB win for us and then two EuroLeague wins for us in a tough week. We really battled. It's been a good one."
PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens
"I am a person who prefers actions to words. If we say something 100 times in training and this is not done on the court, then there is a problem. The team has to start from the defense, but for some reason, this does not happen. I do not know why. I am saddened by the image of the team."