Barcelona tramples Panathinaikos at home
In a showdown between Turkish Airlines Euroleague giants, FC Barcelona Lassa grabbed its second consecutive win in Group C by downing Panathinaikos Athens 77-52 at home on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 2-1 while Panathinaikos dropped to 1-2. Justin Doellman led a balanced Barcelona attack with 13 points and 6 rebounds, while Ante Tomic, Stratos Perperoglou and Alex Abrines added 11 points each. James Gist led the Greens attack with 13 points and James Feldeine scored 11 in defeat. An outstanding Perperoglou shined early, getting help from Tomas Satoransky and Shane Lawal to give Barcelona a 17-11 lead after 10 minutes. A fast break slam by Abrines boosted the hosts' lead to 25-13. Carlos Arroyo and an unstoppable Doellman soon made it an 18-point game, but Panathinaikos lowered its deficit to 42-28 at halftime and then again to 42-35 soon after the break. Tomic and Perperoglou stepped up for Barcelona, giving their team a 55-43 margin after three quarters. Nothing changed after that, as Barcelona boosted its margin to 64-44 on a wild three-point play by Samuels and the hosts never looked back. A moment of silence took place before the game in memory of the late Ranko Zeravica, who passed away earlier in the day. Zeravica coached Barcelona from 1974 to 1976 and led Yugoslavia to respective gold medals at the 1970 FIBA World Cup and the 1980 Olympic Games.
First quarter: Perperoglou puts Barcelona ahead
Barcelona started the game with a twin center lineup, with Samardo Samuels and Tomic together on court. Nick Calathes got Panathinaikos going with a driving layup, which Perperoglou bettered with a three-pointer for a 3-2 Barcelona lead. Gist stepped up with a fast break slam, but Perperoglou insisted from downtown and Tomas Satoransky added a jumper that gave the hosts an 8-4 lead. Panathinaikos kept struggling to score until Calathes stepped up with a backdoor layup. The Greens tried to improve their ball circulation with Calathes and Dimitris Diamantidis together on court. Tomic made free throws and a three-pointer by Vasilis Charalampopoulos brought Panathinaikos within 10-9. Tomic scored down low and a coast-to-coast layup by Perperoglou boosted Barcelona's lead to 14-9. After Satoransky split free throws, Feldeine hit a one-handed floater. A layup by Shane Lawal gave the hosts a 17-11 lead after 10 minutes.
Second quarter: Barcelona pulls away behind Doellman
Doellman made free throws early in the quarter, but Gist quickly answered with a big basket in the low post. Doellman swished a rainbow jumper, which Juan Carlos Navarro followed with a driving layup for a 10-point lead. Alex Abrines took over with a wild fast break slam and Doellman added a baseline jumper for a 27-13 Barcelona lead, after an 8-0 run. Feldeine tried to change things with a close basket and free throws by Miroslav Raduljica brought the Greens within 27-17. Carlos Arroyo punished the guests' 2-3 zone defense with a three-pointer. Raduljica scored down low off a Panathinaikos timeout, but Arroyo downed another triple and Brad Oleson added a reverse layup that broke the game open at 35-19. Raduljica kept pacing the Greens with a three-point play, Doellman struck from downtown and a jump hook by Tomic made it 40-22. Gist hit foul shots and Calathes erased Doellman's close jumper with a reverse layup. A buzzer-beating layup by Antonis Fotsis fixed the halftime score at 42-28.
Third quarter: Greens refuse to give up
Feldeine struck from downtown immediately after the break and a fast break dunk by Gist brought Panathinaikos within single digits, 42-33. Barcelona was held scoreless for more than two minutes and an up-and-under layup by Sasha Pavlovic made it a 7-point after an 0-11 run. Pau Ribs hit a technical free throw and Tomic added a three-point play to restore a 46-35 Barcelona edge. Feldeine scored in penetration, but Tomic fed Satoransky for a backdoor layup. Calathes brought the Greens within 48-39. Gist dunked again, but Barcelona improved its defense off a timeout. Perperoglou rescued the hosts with a three-pointer and free throws by Navarro soon made it a 12-point game. Panathinaikos tried to open the floor with Fotsis and Gist together on court, but Barcelona found a go-to guy in Samuels, who shined with a big block and a behind-the-back assist to Tomic. A floating layup by Pavlovic kept Panathinaikos within 55-43.
Fourth quarter: Barcelona seals big win early
Navarro hit a technical free throw early in the quarter and Feldeine split attempts for a 56-44 score. Barcelona tried to use longer possessions to run the game clock down, now with Arroyo and Navarro together on court. Navarro sank a stop-and-pop three-pointer and Samuels added a layup that boosted the hosts' lead to 61-44 with over six minutes left. The Greens kept missing shots, as Barcelona was all over the place on defense. Meanwhile, a wild three-point play by Samuels sealed the outcome at 64-44. Both teams kept fighting. Pavlovic and Raduljica stepped up with respective baskets, but Doellman and Abrines answered to keep Barcelona way ahead, 69-48. Nothing changed in the final two minutes, as all Barcelona fans celebrated a well-deserved and very convincing home win.
Barcelona tramples Panathinaikos at home
Thursday, October 29, 2015