Domestic leagues playoffs: Greens close in on Greek title

Jun 12, 2019 by Print
Domestic leagues playoffs: Greens close in on Greek title

Panathinaikos grabs 2-0 lead in Greek finals

Panathinaikos OPAP Athens took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best-of-five Greek League playoff final on Wednesday with an 80-92 road win at Promitheas Patras. Nick Calathes carved up the Promitheas defense with 17 points and 14 assists, DeShaun Thomas added 16 points, Ioannis Papapetrou posted 12 points and 9 rebounds and James Gist scored 10. Rion Brown scored 5 points in an 8-0 first-quarter run that helped Promitheas grab a 17-12 lead, but the Greens scored the next 8 points and it was tied 22-22 at the end of the opening quarter. Panathinaikos took control with 16 unanswered points early in the second quarter to surge in front 23-38 and never trailed again. The margin stood at 39-48 at halftime. Promitheas twice closed the gap to 6 in the third quarter, but Panathinaikos pulled away and after a Keith Langford three-pointer led 57-69 heading into the fourth quarter. Brown helped the hosts rally to 70-76 with 6 minutes to go, but Calathes answered with a three and the hosts never threatened again. Brown finished with 21 points, Octavius Ellis had 13 points and 11 rebounds and Oleksandr Lypovyy netted 11 points.

Serbia: Zagorac lifts Partizan to tie finals

Rade Zagorac's three-pointer in the final seconds gave Partizan NIS Belgrade its only lead of the second half in a 73-72 victory over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade that evened the best-of-five Serbian League finals at 1-1. The game-winner was Zagorac's first three of the game after 6 misses. Marcus Paige paced Partizan with 19 points and Nikola Jankovic posted 13 points and 10 rebounds in the victory. Mouhammad Faye led Zvezda with 14 points, Dejan Davidovac added 11 and Jimmy Baron had 10 in defeat. Nikola Jankovic scored twice in an 11-2 run to finish the first quarter that gave Partizan a 17-9 lead. The lead reached double figures, 32-22, on a Paige triple before Filip Covic closed the gap to 36-29 at halftime. Zvezda recharged at halftime and Faye and Baron bookended a 0-12 run with three-pointers that lifted the visitors to a 38-41 edge. Faye, Covic and Baron kept Zvezda rolling to lead 49-53 through three quarters. Partizan tied it through Nikola Jankovic free throws at 53-53, but Zvezda answered and the hosts did not take the lead. Partizan tied the score three more times, the last being 70-70 on Nikola Jankovic's layup with 28 seconds left. Faye put Zvezda ahead at the other end, but Zagorac turned the game on its head and Baron's prayer at the buzzer went unanswered.

Dinamo evens Italian finals with road win

Dinamo Banco di Sardegna Sassari evened the Italian League finals at 1-1 after beating Umana Reyer Venice 66-80. Jaime Smith paced the winning side with 19 points and 6 assists, Jack Cooley posted 16 points and 11 rebounds, Tyrus McGee added 14 points and Rashawn Thomas 11. Dinoma outscored Venice in each of the first three quarters to take control of the game. Marco Spissu and Stefano Gentile scored the last two baskets of the first quarter to give the visitors a 17-21 lead. Achille Polonara scored twice in a 3-15 second-quarter run that gave Dinamo a double-digit lead, 28-41. The lead reached 36-52 after Cooley free throws in the third quarter and Venice never got closer than 7 the rest of the way. Austin Daye led the Venice attack with 20 points and 8 rebounds.

Anwil forces Game 7 in Polish finals

Anwil Wloclawek forced a seventh and final game in the Polish League finals with a 103-85 victory over Polski Cukier Torun at Hala Mistrzow. Chase Simon shot 7 for 10 from behind the arc to lead Anwil with 31 points. Ivan Almeida combined 21 points and 6 assists and Kamil Laczynski had 12 points and 8 assists to lead the winners. Michael Umeh paced Torun with 17 points and Krzysztof Sulima posted 14 points and 8 rebounds in defeat. Anwil scored the last 6 points of the first quarter to lead 26-16. Torun rallied back to within 28-26 early in the second, however back-to-back-to-back three-pointers by Michal Michalak, Walerij Lichodiej and Simon put the hosts back in control and Torun could only get within 46-39 at the break. The deficit dropped to 3 on a Bartosz Diduszko jumper early in the third and it was 66-63 with 2 minutes left in the quarter, however, Aaron Broussard scored twice in a 9-0 run and Anwil went into the fourth leading 75-65. Aleksander Czyz scored 4 straight points to make it 83-69 and Torun never mounted a serious comeback after that.