Panathinaikos beat Barcelona to stay perfect at home

Panathinaikos beat Barcelona to stay perfect at home



Panathinaikos 84 - 75 Barcelona
(17 - 19)
(36 - 34)
(54 - 48)
(84 - 75)

Panathinaikos remain unbeaten at home following another monumental win in the EuroLeague on Thursday night…

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Nikos Calathes and James Gist notched 17 points each as Panathinaikos defeated Barcelona 84-75 in the EuroLeague on Thursday night.

Without the services of Kevin Seraphin, Barcelona were left overwhelmed as Panathinaikos extended their record at OAKA to 9-0 in the EuroLeague this season.

Zach Auguste was the lone player on the Panathinaikos bench not to see game time, while both Gist and Calathes saw more than 30 minutes of action after a lighter workload in the Greek Basket League last weekend.

Thomas Heurtel was Barcelona’s most potent scorer with 18 points, but the absence of Seraphin left a major hold in Barcelona’s front court allowing Gist and co. to take advantage.

Despite the eventual result, Barcelona took an early lead as the Catalan club ended the first quarter with a 19-17 lead against the run of play.

Panathinaikos, who shot 70.7% from two-point range, would claw back in the second quarter and ultimately took the lead before halftime thanks to a 19-15 run.

Leading 36-34 heading into the second half, Panathinaikos padded their advantage in the third frame as the home side’s stern defensive effort limited Barcelona’s offense to just 14 points in the frame.

Now up by six points at 54-48, Panathinaikos didn’t take their foot off the gas in a high-scoring fourth quarter for both sides. A 30-point effort in the final frame from Xavi Pascual’s men was more than enough to seal the win for Panathinaikos, which sees the Greek Champions improve to 12-5 on the season.

Barcelona’s struggles continue, meanwhile, as the Catalan club are well off the pace of a play-off spot with their 6-11 record thus far.

Panathinaikos shift their focus back to domestic affairs with the Athens Derby against AEK taking center stage, but a tricky doubleheader on the continent will demand the attention of the Trifylli when they clash with Fenerbahce and CSKA Moscow next week.

Barcelona, meanwhile, will look to bounce back against Valencia and Brose Bamberg in their doubleheader next week.


by Peter Katsiris
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