Panathinaikos take down Maccabi in Tel Aviv
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 28
|Maccabi Tel-Aviv||75 - 76||Panathinaikos|
|(20 - 18)
(41 - 35)
(58 - 56)
(75 - 76)
A dominant performance from Mike James led Panathinaikos past Maccabi Fox Tel Aviv in the EuroLeague on Thursday night…
Panathinaikos stretched their winning streak to three games with a 76-75 win over Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv in EuroLeague action on Thursday night.
With the EuroLeague’s regular season slowly reaching its end, Panathinaikos ensured they continued their strong run of form in recent weeks by recording their second win this week after a blowout win over Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade on Tuesday in Athens.
Mike James enjoyed a great shooting night as he tallied 27 points to lead all Panathinaikos scorers, while Chris Singleton nearly notched a double-double with 9 points and 10 rebounds.
Nikos Calathes did not manage his trademark assists and points double-double on this night, but the Greek international did make history by surpassing Vassilis Spanoulis for the most assists in a single season as he notched his 202nd assist of the season to surpass his fellow countryman.
Deandre Kane tallied 19 points to lead Maccabi in scoring, but the home side were left to rue their missed chances after Panathinaikos outscored the Israeli side 20-17 in the final frame.
Maccabi, who remain in the race for the final playoff spot, surged in the first half and eventually carved out a six point lead by half-time with Kane leading the way for the hosts.
Maccabi’s lead remained intact heading into the third quarter, but Panathinaikos were more efficient in the entire second half as the Israeli side held just a two-point advantage heading into the final frame.
Panathinaikos upped the pressure in the final frame to first tie the game before taking the lead with 5.9 seconds remaining (James) to eventually hold on for their 17th win of the season.
The win helps Panathinaikos keep pace with Real Madrid for fourth place in the standings, though the Trifylli face an uphill battle to overtake the Spanish giants who overcame Zalgiris Kaunas on this night to further solidify their bid for home advantage in the playoffs.
Maccabi, meanwhile, also face Spanish opposition for their postseason desires and with their most recent loss on Thursday, the Israeli giants will be rooting for a Barcelona win over eighth-placed Baskonia Vitoria Gasteiz on Friday night.
Panathinaikos return to domestic action at the weekend with a trip to Trikala on Sunday before returning to EuroLeague action on Friday when Valencia visit the Greek capital.