Fredette leads Panathinaikos to 7th win
Panathinaikos OPAP Athens recorded its third consecutive win in the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague by downing KIROLBET Baskonia Vitoria-Gasteiz 100-68 in the Greek capital on Thursday. Panathinaikos improved to 7-4 in the standings, while Baskonia dropped to 5-6. Jimmer Fredette led the winners with 21 points, DeShaun Thomas added 15, Tyrese Rice and Nick Calathes each had 12 and Ioannis Papapetrou got 11 for Panathinaikos. Calathes also dished 9 assists for the Greens. Youssoupha Fall and Nik Stauskas led Baskonia with 12 points apiece and Toko Shengelia added 11. Papapetrou and Fredette stepped up for the hosts in the second quarter and a layup by Wesley Johnson made it a double-digit game, 46-36, at halftime. Fredette took over after the break, burying back-to-back three-pointers to break the game open at 72-51 after 30 minutes. Baskonia kept trying but Panathinaikos won on its way to a well-deserved win.
Fredette and Pierria Henry exchanged early baskets before Shavon Shields and Fall drove Baskonia ahead 5-10. Calathes reeled it back to a 12-10 Panathinaikos lead with a triple and free throws. Thomas got his first points and Fredette connected from deep to suddenly make it 17-11 after a 12-1 run. Stauskas revived the visitors with a pair of triples to tie the game at 17-17 after Baskonia's seventh offensive rebound. Rice broke the tie from downtown to leave a 20-17 score after one quarter. The third three-pointer by Stauskas forged another tie before Calathes fed Georgios Papagianis and Rice struck from deep, 27-22. Papapetrou had 5 points to raise the lead to 34-27. Fredette took over with an off-balance three-point play and Johnson added a fastbreak layup to make it a double-digit game, 39-28. Matt Janning struck twice from beyond the arc, but Dinos Mitoglou answered from downtown, Calathes scored in penetration and Johnson added a layup that set a 46-36 Panathinaikos edge at halftime. Thomas and Papapetrou scored around the basket right after the break and Papagiannis added an alley-oop dunk for a 52-36 Panathinaikos margin. Shields and Fall tried to change things for Baskonia, scoring 4 points each to get the visitors within 57-44. Thomas downed a corner three-pointer and Calathes banked in a floater to break the game open at 62-44. Johnson and Fredette kept pushing Panathinaikos, but Fall and Shengelia kept Baskonia in the picture at 66-51. Fredette buried back-to-back three-pointers to boost the hosts' lead to 72-51 after 30 minutes. Rice downed a triple early in the fourth quarter, as Baskonia tried to run its offense through its big men, Michael Eric and Shengelia. Johnson joined the three-point shootout, however, and Fredette added a driving layup to keep the hosts way ahead, 80-57. Little changed after that, as Panathinaikos never looked back.
Fredette lived up to his reputation as an elite shooter, hitting shots from almost every angle to lead Panathinaikos to an important win. He finished the game with 21 points on 4-of-5 three-point shooting, added 4 rebounds, 5 assists, a steal and 2 fouls drawn for a PIR of 22.
Panathinaikos led 44-36 late in the first half, but Johnson scored around the basket before the break and the Greens came finding easy baskets early in the third quarter. Calathes fed Papagiannis for an alley-oop dunk and all of a sudden, Panathinaikos led by 16 points, 52-36. Baskonia never recovered, as Panathinaikos made sure to keep full control of the game until the final buzzer.
Panathinaikos shot the ball much better, with much better percentages, hitting 53.7% of its two-point shots (22 of 41) and 46.4% from downtown (13 of 28). Baskonia only hit 19 of 41 inside the arc (46.3%) and struggled from three-point range (25.8%). Free throws made the difference, too (Panathinaikos 94.4%, Baskonia 42.9%).
Did you notice?
It was Baskonia's third-biggest road loss in the club's EuroLeague history. Baskonia had only lost by more than 32 points twice before: 82-45 against Zalgiris Kaunas on November 23, 2012, and 98-64 against Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul on February 14, 2013.
Both teams return to Turkish Airlines EuroLeague action on Friday, December 6. Panathinaikos hosts archrival Olympiacos Piraeus in the first Greek derby of the season. Baskonia welcomes Anadolu Efes Istanbul, led by former star guard Shane Larkin.
Thursday, November 28, 2019