2012-13Regular SeasonRound 2
November 14, 2012 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 OLYMPIC COMPLEX-HELLINIKON
Walter Hodge - Stelmet Zielona Gora - EC12 (photo basketzg.pl)Stelmet Zielona Gora sent a message that echoed all around Group F by downing Panionios BC Athens 70-76 in the Greek capital on Wednesday. Zielona Gora registered its first-ever win in the competition and now ties with its next opponent, Telenet Oostende, for second place at 1-1. Panionios dropped to 0-2 and hosts undefeated Unics Kazan in the next two games. Walter Hodge led the winners with 19 points. Oliver Stevic added 15 and 8 rebounds while Quinton Hosley had 11 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists for Zielona Gora. Vladimir Jankovic led Panionios with 16 points. Chris Booker added 14 and Nikos Pappas had 13. Stevic and Hosley fueled a 0-12 run that allowed Zielona Gora to get the lead for good, 4-16. Zielona Gora boosted its margin to 8-23 late in the first quarter and then again to 17-42 near halftime. Panionios improved its offense in the second half and managed to get as close as 59-64 with under 3 minutes left. Hodge and Hosley stepped up in crunch time to keep Zielona Gora out of trouble until the final buzzer.

Pappas got Panionios going with a layup but Hodge and Stevic soon gave Zielona Gora a 2-4 lead. Landon Milbourne stepped up with a jumper but Stevic and Hosley fueled an 0-12 run highlighted by Adam Lapeta's dunk that boosted the guests' lead to 4-16. Jankovic and Georgios Bogris tried to change things for Panionios but an unstoppable Hodge and a layup off a steal by Hosley made it a 15-point game, 8-23. Jankovic followed free throws with a buzzer-beating jumper to bring Panionios within 12-23 after 10 minutes. Back-to-back baskets by Marcin Sroka and Stevic restored a 12-27 Zielona Gora margin early in the second quarter. Ioannis Athinaiou scored down low but Mantas Cesnauskis answered from downtown and Hodge added a jumper to break the game open, 14-32. Panionios struggled to score for almost 3 minutes until Jankovic hit a three-pointer. Rob Jones answered with his own triple and a jumper by Chanas boosted the guests' margin to 17-37. Chanas kept pacing Zielona Gora with a triple and Jones dunked it for a 25-point margin, 17-42. Jankovic had 4 points in a 6-0 run that brought Panionios within 23-42 at halftime.

Ioannis Athanasoulas tried to ignite the hosts' comeback with a three-pointer right after the break and Marios Batis added a layup but Kamil Chanas and an unstoppable Stevic kept Zielona Gora way ahead, 28-46. Booker found his first points from the foul line. Jones stepped up with a put-back basket and even when Booker dunked it, free trows by Hodge restored a 32-50 Zielona Gora margin. Athanasoulas stepped up with a layup-plus-foul, as the guests went scoreless for more than 2 minutes. Meanwhile, Milbourne hit free throws to give the hosts some hope at 39-50. Hosley sank a triple off a timeout and Cesnauskis followed a jumper with free throws to give Zielona Gora some fresh air, 41-57. Booker brought Panionios within 45-58 after 30 minutes. Booker stayed on fire and Jankovic soon brought his team within single digits, 53-61. Hodge tried to change things with a three-point play but a 6-0 run that Jankovic capped with a jumper made it a five-point game, 59-64. Hodge scored in penetration and Hosley silenced the crowd with a huge slam, making Panionios call timeout at 61-68 with 1:27 left. Panionios kept trying but Zielona Gora had already cruised to a big road win.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
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Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE; CHIARI, ROBERTO; ESTERON, OMER
Attendance: 1350 (Tentative)
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Panionios BC Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS 16:04 2 1/4     1 2 3     1       3 4
5 PAYNE, MARK 8:57     0/1     1 1     1       1  
6 MOTSENIGOS, SPYRIDON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 31:43 7 2/2 0/2 3/4   5 5 8 1 3     5 5 15
8 GIBBS, ASHTON DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MILBOURNE, LANDON 23:42 8 3/6 0/1 2/2 1 3 4 2   1 1   5 2 7
10 ATHANASOULAS, IOANNIS 12:19 8 1/2 2/3 0/1   1 1           4 2 4
11 BATIS, MARIOS 19:58 2 1/2       1 1 3   1     4 2 2
12 JANKOVIC, VLADIMIR 31:26 16 4/9 1/3 5/6 1 5 6     3     3 5 13
15 PAPPAS, NIKOS 21:50 13 2/2 2/7 3/6 2 2 4 1 1 7     1 6 9
16 DRAGICEVIC, STRAHINJA 6:10           1 1           3   -2
18 BOOKER, CHRIS 27:51 14 6/9   2/2 1 4 5   3 1 2   3 1 18
Team             3 3               3
Totals 200:00 70 20/36 5/17 15/21 6 28 34 14 5 18 3 0 28 27 73
        55.6% 29.4% 71.4%
Head coach: SKOURTOPOULOS, ATHANASIOS
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
Stelmet Zielona Gora
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 JONES, ROB 26:04 7 2/3 1/3   2 4 6   1       3 1 9
7 STEVIC, OLIVER 31:36 15 7/9   1/5 2 6 8   2 3     5 6 17
8 MATCZAK, FILIP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 LAPETA, ADAM 14:28 2 1/2     1 2 3     1     3    
12 LOPICIC, MILOS 6:24   0/1     1 2 3           1   1
13 CHANAS, KAMIL 19:39 9 3/8 1/1   3   3   1       3 1 6
14 HOSLEY, QUINTON 35:33 14 4/12 1/5 3/8 2 4 6 5 3 5   1 3 9 11
15 HODGE, WALTER 25:51 19 6/13   7/9   1 1 3   1   1 4 8 16
19 STELMACH, PIOTR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 CESNAUSKIS, MANTAS 25:23 8 1/2 1/3 3/4 1 3 4 4 3 2   1 2 2 12
31 SROKA, MARCIN 15:02 2 1/2     1   1 2         3 1 2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 76 25/52 4/12 14/26 13 22 35 14 10 12 0 3 27 28 74
        48.1% 33.3% 53.8%
Head coach: UVALIN, MIHAILO

Head Coaches

SKOURTOPOULOS, ATHANASIOS
Panionios BC Athens
"Unfortunately, we came to the game without being as focused and serious as we had to be. We were playing against an excellent team, a team which we didn’t respect on the court and we paid the price. We were forced to chase from the very first minutes of the game. In the second half our effort was great. My players overachieved and managed to come back in the game. But at the crucial moments, we lost some defensive rebounds and lost the game. I want to congratulate my players for their effort in the second half and also I want to thank our fans for their support."
UVALIN, MIHAILO
Stelmet Zielona Gora
"I want to congratulate my players for this great victory, the first in a European cup in the history of our team. The first half of the game was a dream half for my team. We put a lot of pressure on Panionios on defense; we had energy and made good shots. We forced Panionios into a lot of turnovers and made their game look really bad. I was sure that Panionios would come back in the second half. We allowed Panionios to come back cause we didn’t have the same energy as in the first half. We were frustrated and we lost the control of the game because of the pressure from Panionios. We were pathetic on defense and not as aggressive as in the first half. But there is an excuse because we are an inexperienced team. This is a great and historic victory and everyone in the team gets credit."

Players

ATHANASOULAS, IOANNIS
Panionios BC Athens
"We had a bad night. We did nothing that we had planned before the game, we did nothing that the coaches said to us. We lost the game in the first half when we were down by 25 points. In the second half we gave all our best, we got within 4 points but it was already too late."
STEVIC, OLIVER
Stelmet Zielona Gora
"I want to congratulate everyone in the team, players and coaches for this win. We started the game with a lot of energy, especially on defense. We showed that we were mentally ready for this game. In the second half we didn’t have the same energy on the court, but we made some lucky shots in the last crucial moments and finally got the win which is very, very important."
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