Panathinaikos survive OT thriller in Milan

Panathinaikos survive OT thriller in Milan

 

EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 30

Armani Milano 95 - 96 (OT) Panathinaikos
(27 - 18)
(55 - 42)
(69 - 61)
(87 - 87)
(95 - 96)

The Trifylli needed overtime to overcome AX Armani Exchange Olimpia Milan and finish their regular season campaign with a win in northern Italy…

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Panathinaikos were give quite a scare in their regular season finale in Milan on Thursday night as the Trifylli needed overtime to overcome Milan 96-95 at the Mediolanum Forum.
 
With Panathinaikos still hopeful for home court advantage in the playoffs, the Trifylli first needed to do their part in Italy and secure a win before relying on favours from out-of-town.
 
The trio of Nick Calathes, James Gist, and Mike James certainly did its part as all three players each contributed with 18 points on the night as Panathinaikos overturned a fourth quarter deficit to force overtime.
 
Milan’s Arturas Gudaitis also notched 18 points to lead the Italians in scoring, while teammate Mindaugas Kzuminskas notched 16 points as Milan pushed Panathinaikos in the final game of a campaign to forget for the Italian side.
 
Despite Panathinaikos being the club that needed a result on Thursday night, Milan were the ones who took the initiative early on as the Italian side carved out a 27-18 win in the first quarter.
 
Milan extended their lead to double digits in the second quarter as another strong run from the home side opened up a 55-42 lead in favor of the hosts.
 
Panathinaikos began their fightback in the third quarter with a 19-14 run cutting the lead back down to single digits heading into the final frame,
 
The Milan lead quickly evaporated in the fourth quarter as Panathinaikos completed the comeback, before securing a late lead through James. Panathinaikos couldn’t hold onto their one-point advantage, however, as the game needed overtime.
 
A tight extra frame would see Panathinaikos complete the comeback, which was in doubt after Milan went ahead 95-94 via an Andrew Goudelock jumper with just 7.4 seconds left. Panathinaikos struck back immediately, however, as James hit a desperation floater with just 1.4 seconds left in overtime -- leaving hardly anytime for Milan to respond, demonstrated by Dairis Bertans’ half-court heave that went awry.

The win means Panathinaikos finish the regular season 19-11 and still have a chance at securing home court advantage depending on the results in Piraeus between Olympiacos and Zalgiris Kaunas and in Bamberg between Real Madrid and Brose Baskets.
 


HIGHLIGHTS: ARMANI MILANO - PANATHINAIKOS

 
by Peter Katsiris
Image Source: SDNA.gr
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