Credit: Sputnik – Scanpix
Credit Sputnik – Scanpix

Following Panathinaikos's first home defeat of the season, to ASVEL Villeurbanne (70-84) at OAKA, the Greens' coach Dimitris Priftis pointed out that the game was decided by his team's lack of defensive aggressiveness, the large number of turnovers and the hosts' low three-point percentage (26,3%).

Player of the Game
Elie  Okobo
EFF
37
Elie Okobo
Points 35
Accuracy 13-19
Rebounds 4
Assists 2

At the post-game press conference, the coach of Panathinaikos singled out the reasons for his team's demise in a competitive game that was decided in the last three minutes, mostly by Elie Okobo.

"It was a tough game. We made our effort. Our main problems were defensive, guarding Okobo one-on-one. He had a great night and made almost every shot he took,  as did the entire ASVEL team in the crucial moments.

On the other hand, we shot poorly and that cost us. There were shots we had to make and we didn't, we had a very low three-point percentage. We also made mistakes that gave them easy points.

Of course, congratulations to ASVEL for playing firmly, decisively and consistently. Their results to this day were not accidental," the Greek coach stated in his opening remarks.

When asked about Panathinaikos's 19 turnovers and the element that puzzled him the most, Priftis replied:

"Some offensive fouls, like 3 or 4, that the refs called against us were exaggerated. The game had a lot of contact. We were very bad and passive at that part, we didn't respond as we should have.

Also, in the first half, we didn't handle our fouls properly at some moments. We made our effort, the guys tried. As I said last time out, some things go at their own pace, not the one we would like. We must be patient," Priftis repeated once more.

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Atėnų Panathinaikos
Vilerbano ASVEL
45%
23/51
Field goals
51%
35/69
29
Rebounds
32
14
Assists
12
5
Steals
12
56%
18/32
2-pointers
52%
25/48
75
Efficiency
85

Best players

Ioannis  Papapetrou
16 PTS
6/12 FG
2/2 FT
Elie  Okobo
35 PTS
13/19 FG
4/4 FT
Panathinaikos Athens
Few players
6 REB
Kostas   Antetokounmpo
6 REB
2 DREB
4 OREB
Nemanja  Nedovic
3 As
5 TO
24 MIN
LDLC ASVEL Villeurbanne
Few players
3 As
Jeremy  Evans
19 EFF
80% 2P%
- 3P%
Elie  Okobo
37 EFF
67% 2P%
71% 3P%