Another Blown Result on the Road…
EUROLEAGUE - REGULAR SEASON (ROUND 25)
|Zalgiris||64 - 58||Panathinaikos|
|(9 - 17)
(19 - 31)
(34 - 41)
(64 - 58)
For a second time in seven days, Panathinaikos lost a game they should have won as they fell 64-58 to Zalgiris in Lithuania. The result now raises questions about Panathinaikos’ place in the Euroleague playoffs.
Despite taking a 14-point lead in the first half (11-25) over Zalgiris, Panathinaikos were handed yet another defeat on the road in this year’s Euroleague. The Prasini had complete control of the game in the opening half, however a “blackout” in the second half saw their record drop to 14-11 for the season. The loss comes after a similar result in Turkey in last week’ match away to Darussafaka.
Nick Calathes had another troubling night as he went ⅙ from the field, with 3 turnovers and 5 assists while James finished the game WITHOUT a point. Pappas (13 pts), Singleton (11 pts), and Bourousis (10 pts) each finished with double digits points as they led Panathinaikos in scoring.
The result now raises questions if Panathinaikos will qualify for the Euroleague playoffs (top 8) as they dropped down to seventh in the standings. The Prasini currently share the same record (14-111) with Baskonia while Crvena Zvezda sit 5th with a 14-10 record (play tomorrow). Eighth placed Anadolu Efes are at 13-11 and also play tomorrow while ninth placed Darussafaka sit dangerously close in the standings with a 12-12 record before tomorrow’s clash in Greece against Olympiacos. Thankfully, Panathinaikos do hold the tiebreaker advantage over BOTH Turkish teams and also over Crvena Zvezda.
There are five games remaining in the Euroleague regular season and Panathinaikos will need to quickly turn things around if they want to secure a place in the postseason.