EUROLEAGUE - PLAYOFFS (Game 1)
|Panathinaikos||58 - 71||Fenerbahce|
|(15 - 16)
(42 - 28)
(50 - 48)
(58 - 71)
Panathinaikos led by as many as 16-points in today’s matchup against Fenerbahce but with a TRAGIC second half performance, where the Trifylli scored ONLY 16 points, they fell 58-71 in game 1 of the Euroleague playoffs.
After a balanced first quarter which ended 15-16 in favor Fenerbahce, Panathinaikos dominated the second quarter, outscoring their opponents 27-12. The Greens’ charge was led by James and Rivers with Panathinaikos taking a comfortable 42-28 lead into halftime.
However, everything would change after the halftime break. Zeljko Obradovic made some tactical changes on the court, catching Panathinaikos completely off guard, and the Turkish side went on a 2-17 run to pull within 2 points (50-48) going into the final quarter.
The visitors had the momentum and they picked up where they left off in the third quarter. Panathinaikos were unable to score a basket while on the other of the court, Fenerbahce easily took the lead and began to run away with the score (53-62). The tragic display in the second half left no hope for Panathinaikos to get back into the game as Fenerbahce marched on to a 51-78 victory.
The hosts scored an all-time club low 16 points in the second half, scoring eight points in the third and fourth quarters. They were outscored 16-43 in the second half, which speaks for itself and the final result.
Rivers led Panathinaikos with 16 points (but had an awful second half) while James and Calathes added 14 and 9 points (5 assists), respectively. Both Gist and Singleton had an off night for the Prasini. Bogdanovic had a match to remember for Fenerbahce finishing the game with 23 points as Kalinic scored 16 points.
Zeljko Obradovic’s first win at the OAKA Stadium since leaving Panathinaikos not only gives Fenerbahce the 1-0 lead in the best of five series, but also home court advantage. The two teams will meet up on Thursday in Athens for game 2 with Panathinaikos needing the win to bring the series on level terms.