-- Panathinaikos Fall Victim to the Serbian Erythrolefki --
EUROLEAGUE - REGULAR SEASON (ROUND 20)
|Crvena Zvezda||72 - 66||Panathinaikos|
|(20 - 14)
(39 - 33)
(57 - 56)
(72 - 66)
Despite coming back from a 16 point deficit, Panathinaikos fell 72-66 to Crvena Zvezda for the 20th round in the Euroleague. Nothing went right for the Greek side in the final five minutes of the game as the Serbian side celebrated their seventh straight victory in the Euroleague.
Panathinaikos got off to an AWFUL start in Belgrade against Crvena Zvezda with the Prasini going down 16-0 to begin the game. However, the visitors slowly cut into Crvena Zvezda’s lead and eventually pulled in front in the third quarter, 46-47, and kept it in the first parts of the fourth quarter (59-61).
With both teams well in the game, the final five minutes saw Panathinaikos make mistake after mistake, miss after miss while going without a point for four minutes. This allowed the Serbians to regain the lead and win the match 72-66. The only positive note for Panathinaikos from today's loss is that they maintained their advantage over Crvena Zvezda in a possible tied breaker, seeing that Panathinaikos defeated their opponents by 11 points earlier this season.
Gabriel was Panathinaikos’ best player with 23 points while James and Rivers scored 19 and 12 points, respectively. Nick Calathes continued his poor spell of form finishing the game with 2 points, 4 turnovers, and 4 assists. Simonovic and Mitrovic where the leading scorers for Crvena Zvezda with 13 and 11 points.
The loss sends Panathinaikos down to seventh in the standings with an 11-9 record as they are well off the pace for possible home court advantage in the playoffs. The Serbian Erythrolefki recorded their seventh straight victory and moved up to fifth in the standings with a 12-8 record.