Bamberg beats Panathinaikos despite Calathes heroics
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 21
|Bamberg||95 - 74||Panathinaikos|
|(23 - 17)
(42 - 32)
(57 - 55)
(95 - 74)
Nikos Calathes put up 31 points but it wasn’t enough to help Panathinaikos avoid defeat against Brose Bamberg in the EuroLeague on Friday night...
A landslide fourth quarter came costly for Panathinaikos, who slipped to their third defeat in their last four EuroLeague outings with a 95-74 defeat at the hands of Brose Bamberg at the Brose Arena on Friday night.
Nikos Calathes had a game-high 31 points to lead all scorers, but the Greek international’s efforts were far from enough as Bamberg went on a 38-19 run in the fourth quarter to seal a memorable win.
Augustine Rubit notched 26 points for Bamberg, who narrowly let a 10-point halftime lead slip as Panathinaikos pushed for a comeback in the third quarter. Nikos Zisis had a fairly quiet night for the German side as the former Greek international notched 4 points despite starting for Bamberg.
Bamberg, who registered a shock win over Olympiacos back in December, started strong and carved out a six-point lead (23-17) in the first quarter.
Strong shooting from the German club increased their lead to 10 points (42-32) by halftime, though Panathinaikos pulled within two points (57-55) following a 23-15 run in the third quarter.
Despite the close contest heading into the final frame, Bamberg blew the game wide open in the fourth quarter with a landslide 38-19 run in the final frame.
The loss sees Panathinaikos missed out on a chance to remain in second place in the standings, with the Trifylli now stuck in a three-way tie for fourth place in the standings at 13-8.
Bamberg, meanwhile, remain outside the playoff picture as the Germans improved to 8-13 – three games behind Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv for the final playoff spot.
Panathinaikos will look to escape the three-way tie when they host Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz on Thursday, one day before Bamberg lock horns with Fenerbahce.