-- Panathinaikos Go Down Fighting --
EUROLEAGUE REGULAR SEASON - ROUND 2
|CSKA Moscow||81 - 77||Panathinaikos|
|(22 - 19)
(35 - 30)
(57 - 58)
Panathinaikos put up a great fight against Europe’s best basketball club, CSKA Moscow, falling 81-77, in the end, for the second round of the Euroleague Regular Season. The Prasini put behind their disastrous performance against Olympiacos on Monday, by playing very well and coming close to a big win in Moscow.
After a blowout defeat against Olympiacos on Monday, Panathinaikos traveled to Russia to face Europe’s most dominating club, CSKA Moscow. Vovora’s men found themselves down by 12 points early on (20-8), but great play from Nichols kept Panathinaikos in the game and prevented CSKA from taking a decisive lead in the opening half. Panathinaikos’ third quarter was magnificent and with 6 minutes remaining in the game, the Prasini were ahead 63-68. The Greek club came close to pulling off a surprisingly result, however clumsy turnovers and a CSKA side led by De Colo (and questionable calls from the referee), saw the defending Euroleague champions regain the lead in the fourth quarter after a 9-0 run. CSKA Moscow kept a small 4-point lead as Panathinaikos was unable to pull off a late comeback and the Russian side celebrated their second victory (81-77) in the Euroleague Regular Season.
Nichols was on a great night with 20 points and Rivers followed with 16 points for the visitors. Nick Calathes came close to a triple double scoring 10 points, giving 8 assists, and getting 9 rebounds. De Colo, who led the charge in the fourth quarter, was the top scorer for CSKA Moscow with 20 points.
Today’s great performance from Panathinaikos will help the team’s morale after a heavy loss to Olympiacos in the Greek Basket League. In Round 3 of the Euroleague, Panathinaikos will travel to Germany to face Bamberg while CSKA Moscow plays away to Efes in hopes of keeping their perfect record.