Panathinaikos...Stuck on Olympiacos

-- PANATHINAIKOS...STUCK ON OLYMPIACOS --
 

EUROLEAGUE - REGULAR SEASON (ROUND 18)

Fenerbahce 84 - 63 Panathinaikos
(27 - 16)
(44 - 28)
(60 - 45)
(84 - 63)

After a big win on Monday against Olympiacos in the Greek Cup, Panathinaikos were thrashed by Fenerbahce in today’s Euroleague encounter. The Prasini fell 84-63 in Turkey, falling behind in the hunt for home court advantage during the playoffs.

Panathinaikos had the opportunity to record their first “big” victory on the road in this year’s Euroleague, against a Fenerbahce side that has struggled of late (four losses in six matches). In addition, the Prasini were coming off a big win against their rivals Olympiacos in the Greek Cup, qualifying for the competition's final for yet another season.

However, it was not Panathinaikos’ night as they were handed a heavy 84-63 defeat by Fenerbahce. The hosts dominated on all fronts and found themselves ahead by 20 points (42-22) midway through the second quarter. The fatigue was evident from Panathinaikos, having played three games in seven days. 

James was the leading scorer for the visitors with 25-points while Singleton ad Rivers added 13 and 11-points, respectively. Calathes, Bourousis, Feldene, and Gentile all put on disappointing performances. For Fenerbahce, Kostas Sloukas finished the game with 13-points and 3 assists.

The final score not only hands Panathinaikos their 8th defeat in the Euroleague (10-8), but also gives Fenerbahce the advantage in a possible tie-breaker at the end of the season. The Trifylli defeated Fenerbahce by 11-points (81-70) in the first encounter, but fell by 21-points today, losing the head-to-head tiebreaker.

Panathinaikos now sit in 6th place with a 10-8 record while Fenerbahce move to fifth with an 11-7 record. The loss is a heavy blow to Panathinaikos’ hopes for a fourth place finish at the end of the season, which leads to home court advantage in the Playoffs. Their next test will be in Barcelona against Georgios Bartzokas’ side. 
 

 
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