Panathinaikos left humbled by CSKA defeat

Panathinaikos left humbled by CSKA defeat


CSSKA Moscw 81 - 63 Panathinaikos
(27 - 15)
(43 - 33)
(60 - 51)
(81 - 63)

Nightmare night for Panathinaikos is Moscow as CSKA handed the Trifylli their second defeat of the EuroLeague with an 81-63 decision in the Russian capital…

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Panathinaikos were handed a heavy defeat by CSKA Moscow in the EuroLeague on Wednesday night as the Athenians finished the evening on the wrong side of an 81-63 score-line in Moscow.

Panathinaikos, who remain unbeaten in the Greek Basket League, were handed a reality check in Russia despite a valiant effort from KC Rivers who notched 17 points off the bench.

The evening instead belonged to the duo of Sergio Rodriguez and Kyle Hines, who scored more than half of CSKA’s points on the nights – 25 and 21 points respectively.

Panathinaikos were on the back-foot early as CSKA raced out to 6-0 lead within the first 90 seconds, before the Russian club extended that run to 11-1 moments later. Chris Singleton led the Panathinaikos comeback early in the first quarter as Panathinaikos posted a 10-0 run of their own with Singleton chipping in seven of those points. The Rodriguez-Hines duo showed they were in fine form, however, as CSKA closed the quarter on a 12-2 run for a 27-15 advantage at the end of the first frame.

CSKA started the second quarter right where the left off in the first as the game threatened to get out of control. Tempers would flare following an altercation between CSKA’s Nando de Colo and Panathinaikos’ James Gist – the pair eventually being ejected following technical fouls for unsportsmanlike conduct. Panathinaikos would finish the frame on an 8-1 run, but CSKA still held a 10-point lead at halftime (43-33).

Despite the bright run to close the quarter, Panathinaikos were unable to reduce the deficit by much more in the third quarter. The lead was reduced to nine points at 60-51 thanks to a buzzer-beater from Matt Lojeski to end the third frame.

Lojeski’s effort would be undone quickly in the fourth quarter as CSKA opened the final frame on a 5-0 run, before back-to-back three-pointers from Rodriguez put CSKA out of reach of any Panathinaikos comeback.

Panathinaikos have little time to reflect on the loss as a short week in the EuroLeague sees the Trifylli in action again on Friday when former coach Zeljko Obradovic and Fenerbahce return to OAKA for the first time since last season’s play-off series.

The win sees CSKA improve to 2-1 after last week’s loss away to Real Madrid. The Russian giants travel to Turkey later this week to take-on Anadolu Efes.


by Peter Katsiris
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