2014-15Top 16Round 5
January 30, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Blums leads Panathinaikos attack in big win over Galatasaray

Six different Greens scored in double figures as Panathinaikos Athens ran past Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul 86-77 on Friday night at Olympic Sports Center Athens. The Greek champs improved to 3-2 for a share of third place in Group E, while Galatasaray dropped to 2-3. The game was not as close as the final score would make it appear. Janis Blums hit 3 three-pointers and James Gist rejected a pair of shots in an 11-0 second-quarter run that gave the hosts a 30-13 advantage. It was 42-27 at halftime and Esteban Batista extended the difference into the 20s early in the second half. Panathinaikos led by as many as 25 and was cruising before a late Galatasaray rally drew the visitors as close as 6 in the final minute. Blums finished with 16 points to lead the winners. Dimitris Diamantidis tallied 14 points on 40of-6 three-point shooting plus and 6 assists, Antonis Fotsis posted 12 points and 11 rebounds, Vlantimir Giankovits also scored 12, Esteban Batista 11 and De Marcus Nelson amassed 10 points and 8 assists. Panathinaikos made 14 of 29 three-pointers. Vladimir Micov paced Galatasaray with 16 points, Kerem Gonlum scored 14 and Justin Carter 12.

First quarter: Vets Diamantidis, Fotsis propel Panathinaikos

Diamantidis beat the shot clock for a three-pointer and the game’s first points. Then Giankovits added a triple before Micov got Galatasaray on the scoreboard with a shot from downtown. Fotsis tipped in his own miss to make it 8-3. Sinan Guler drove for a layup, but Fotsis drilled another Panathinaikos three. Diamantidis whipped a great pass to Batista for a layup and a 13-5 lead. Micov responded with a reverse layup, but Eleftherios Bochoridis kept the Greens comfortable ahead. Patric Young and Batista traded scores on the offensive glass. Carlos Arroyo’s long jumper made it 17-11. Nelson drove to create space and dished Batista for a two-handed slam and a 19-11 Panathinaikos advantage after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Blums takes charge as Greens take over

Gonlum backed down Fotsis for his first points, but Blums hit back with Panathinaikos’s fourth triple. Gist rejected Carter and a second Blums three made it 25-13. Nelson drove into the heart of the Galatasaray defense for a layup and Blums made a third three to cap an 11-0 run for a 17-point advantage. Zoran Erceg connected on a long jumper and Martynas Pocius added a three to give Galatasaray hope at 30-18 midway through the quarter. Gist registered another impressive block before Nelson scored in the paint. Arroyo fed Young for an alley-oop slam plus foul. Blums hit another long shot, but this time with a foot on the three-point arc. Erceg picked up points at the charity stripe before Diamantidis and Pocius traded threes. Arroyo turned on the jets for a layup in transition before Blums went into the paint for what become a basket on Carter’s goaltending. Gist drilled a three to leave the hosts ahead 42-27 at the break.

Third quarter: Batista muscles the lead into the 20s

Fotsis started the second half with a three-pointer. Pocius drove for a Galatasaray layup. Batista split free throws and then made a layup as the lead reached 19. Giankovits ran the pick-and-roll with Batista, who finished with a slam and a 50-29 lead. Giankovits free throws and a Nelson triple saw the lead continue to grow despite a Micov layup. Giankovits added 2 more from the line to put the hosts up 25. Carter tried to trigger a Galatasaray run with a three-pointer and soon after a pair of trips to the line to make it 57-38. Gist and Guler traded buckets. Nelson fed Fotsis for an alley-oop slam. Gist recorded his fourth block of the game as the hosts refused to let Galatasaray get any traction. Micov made a pair of free throws at one end and Giankovits did so at the other. Ender Arslan assisted Gonlum to make it 65-46.

Fourth quarter: 0-9 Galatasaray spurt comes too late

Giankovits nailed a three as the Greens looked to be in total control. Gonlum and Carter each scored for the visitors. Diamantidis made a third three and Gonlum scored inside as the Greens’ lead settled safely around 20. Giankovits produced another highlight with a behind-the-back assist to Fotsis for a slam. Arslan hit a three for his first points. Micov made it 74-57 midway through the quarter. Diamantidis connected on another three to restore the 20-point margin. Gonlum reached double digits in points for Galatasaray. Free throws by Micov, an Arslan three and a slam by Young drew the visitors within 79-68. Gonlum completed a 0-9 Galatasaray charge in the next-to-last minute. Diamantidis stopped the drought with a mid-range jumper. Arslan free throws and a Micov triple made the final margin much more palatable for the visitors.

Friday, January 30, 2015
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), TAURINO, PAOLO (ITA), PERUGA, CARLOS (ESP)
Attendance: 9288
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Panathinaikos Athens19232321
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul11161931
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Panathinaikos Athens19426586
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul11274677
Panathinaikos Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 CHARALAMPOPOULOS, VASILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 BOCHORIDIS, ELEFTHERIOS 18:20 2 1/1 0/1         2   1     3 1  
8 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 26:13 12 0/1 2/4 6/7   2 2 4 1     1 4 4 14
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 35:01 12 3/5 2/5   2 9 11 2 1 1     2   18
10 NELSON, DEMARCUS 26:36 10 3/6 1/4 1/2   3 3 8       1   4 17
13 DIAMANTIDIS, DIMITRIS 27:04 14 1/2 4/6   2 3 5 6 1 3     3 6 23
14 GIST, JAMES 19:21 9 2/6 1/2 2/2   1 1     1 4   4 1 5
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 28:36 11 5/7   1/2 1 7 8   1 3 1   3 2 14
16 KONIARIS, ANTONIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 DIAMANTAKOS, GEORGIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 BLUMS, JANIS 18:49 16 2/2 4/7     3 3 2   1     3 1 15
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 86 17/30 14/29 10/13 5 28 33 24 4 11 5 2 22 19 105
        56.7% 48.3% 76.9%
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
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 CARTER, JUSTIN 24:09 12 1/6 1/3 7/8 1 5 6 3 1   1 2 2 8 19
4 YOUNG, PATRIC 25:19 6 3/3   0/1 4 4 8 2         4 2 13
5 MICOV, VLADIMIR 28:30 16 3/6 2/4 4/4 1   1 2 1   1   3 3 16
7 ERCEG, ZORAN 21:03 4 1/3 0/5 2/2 1 2 3 2   3     1 1 -1
12 GONLUM, KEREM 21:54 14 7/8       5 5     1     3 1 15
17 POCIUS, MARTYNAS 18:57 9 1/1 2/2 1/2 1   1 1   1     2 1 8
24 MARIC, ALEKS 7:12   0/1       1 1         1 1 1 -1
30 ARROYO, CARLOS 23:50 4 2/6 0/3     1 1 6   1   1 1 2 3
32 GULER, SINAN 16:53 4 2/4 0/3     2 2 3 2     1 1   4
33 ARSLAN, ENDER 12:13 8   2/3 2/3   1 1 2   1     1 3 10
34 ARAR, EGE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
35 URAL, GOKTURK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team                     1     1   -2
Totals 200:00 77 20/38 7/23 16/20 8 21 29 21 4 8 2 5 20 22 84
        52.6% 30.4% 80%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN

Head Coaches

IVANOVIC, DUSKO
Panathinaikos Athens
"We got a very important victory and I am satisfied because we played according our plan for 30 minutes. Our target was to perform aggressively on defense, but in the last quarter, Galatasaray showed what they are able to do. We are in a tough group and every point has its meaning. In the last minutes, we lacked intensity and concentration and we allowed our opponents to play their game and come very close. Our new player, Gani Lawal, is expected tomorrow in Athens and we will see him on the court."
ATAMAN, ERGIN
Galatasaray Liv Hospital Istanbul
"It has been a very difficult and strange game, since our two best offensive players, Carlos Arroyo and Zoran Erceg, had their worst performances tonight. Especially in the first half, we saw our self-confidence going down, because we missed a lot of shots and then Blums hit three-pointers. We improved our game in the last quarter, thanks to Gonlum and Carter, and we cut the margin, something that might be important in the future. I have to congratulate Panathinaikos because they played better than we did."

Players

BLUMS, JANIS
Panathinaikos Athens
"Due to the absence of three players, we had a limited roster, but we entered the court with concentration and managed to control the game for most of the time. We found open shoots and some of them were in my hand. Regarding the last one, our coach asked during the time out to be taken by either me or Gist. I got it and made it."
GIST, JAMES
Panathinaikos Athens
"We were missing three players (Slaughter, Mavrokefalidis, Pappas) and we needed to have lots of energy and tough defense. It is always important to defend our house and now we will try to beat Alba Berlin, who are playing very well. We have a lot of injuries this season and I am looking forward to playing with full roster and power."
JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR
Panathinaikos Athens
"We played a very good game for 30 minutes and it was exactly what Coach Ivanovic had planned and asked from us. The good defense has been a key factor to run in the open court and find easy shots us well, especially from behind the arc. Now we have to get prepared and try to win in Berlin. Since the start of the Euroleague, the only road victory we got was in Poland, but to win away in the Top 16 is very important. We need to have a complete game on both defense and offense for 40 minutes in order to succeed."
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