Credit: Vangelis Stolis
Credit Vangelis Stolis

In a match between two Turkish Airlines EuroLeague teams that played without some of their most important players, Panathinaikos OPAP Athens (4-10) prevailed, beating the visitors, ALBA Berlin (5-9) 82-67 (30-25, 13-18, 14-9, 25-15).

Player of the Game
Georgios  Papagiannis
EFF
24
Georgios Papagiannis
Points 14
Accuracy 7-12
Rebounds 10
Assists 1

ALBA started the fourth quarter with five straight points to tie the game at 57, but Panathinaikos responded with a 10-0 run to gain a double-digit advantage (67-57). The hosts continued piling it on, with their lead ballooning to 17 after Leonidas Kaselakis' three (78-61).

Coach Priftis subbed in 16-year-old Neoklis Avdalas at the end of the game, who scored the last points for PAO with a slam. He became the youngest player in EuroLeague history to score in the competition.

The hosts maintained an edge for the remainder of the game, securing a 15-point victory. They only allowed ALBA to score 24 points in the second half.

"In the beginning of the game, we didn't play good," Georgios Papagiannis admitted. "After halftime, when we came back, we made some really important baskets. Daryl [Macon Jr.] did a great job, especially in assists. He got everybody open and it's all about the job we did in the second half. It's a very important win."

It was a high-scoring affair right from the start, with an 8-0 run by Panathinaikos giving them a 30-22 lead. Oscar da Silva responded with an and-one, cutting ALBA's deficit to five after the first period (25-30).

The visitors started the second quarter on an 18-4 run to gain a nine-point lead (43-34). However, Georgios Papagiannis and Darryl Macon Jr. sparked an end-of-quarter 9-0 spurt for Panathinaikos and tied the game at 43 going into the half. 

Panathinaikos continued playing well in the third, with Howard Sant-Roos helping his team to a six-point advantage in the third (53-47). They held ALBA to just nine points in the period and held a five-point cushion before the fourth quarter.

Darryl Macon Jr. led Panathinaikos with a double-double: 20 points (4/6 2PT, 2/8 3PT, 6/6 FT), 11 assists, 2 rebounds, 1 turnover, and 24 PIR.

"It feels just amazing to come back to this arena and win, to put on the show for the fans, give them what they want to see," Macon said post-game. "A lot of people don't know [that I can have 11 assists]. That's actually my first love, passing. [Nemanja Nedovic] is out, he knows we got his back while we wait to get him back healthy."

Leonidas Kaselakis recorded career-highs in scoring and efficiency. He finished with 17 points (2/5 2PT, 4/4 3PT, 1/2 FT), 4 rebounds, 1 assist, and 18 PIR.

Sikma was sidelined due to a minor injury tonight. Christ Koumadje was also out for ALBA.

On the opposing side, Nemanja Nedovic was out for Panathinaikos OPAP Athens. He suffered a sprained left ankle during Panathinaikos's Greek League game against Lavrio at OAKA.

Panathinaikos: Darryl Macon Jr. 20 (11 AST), Leonidas Kaselakis 17, Howard Sant-Roos 16, Georgios Papagiannis 14 (10 REB, 4 BLK).

ALBA: Marcus Eriksson 18, Oscar da Silva 13, Jaleen Smith 11, Tamir Blatt 9 (7 AST), Louis Olinde 5 (6 REB).

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Atėnų Panathinaikos
Berlyno ALBA
45%
30/66
Field goals
36%
27/74
44
Rebounds
37
19
Assists
17
2
Steals
7
102
Efficiency
67
6
Blocks
3

Best players

Daryl  Macon
20 PTS
6/14 FG
6/6 FT
Marcus  Eriksson
18 PTS
7/13 FG
0/0 FT
Georgios  Papagiannis
10 REB
7 DREB
3 OREB
ALBA Berlin
Few players
6 REB
Daryl  Macon
11 As
1 TO
27 MIN
Tamir  Blatt
7 As
0 TO
19 MIN
Daryl  Macon
24 EFF
67% 2P%
25% 3P%
Oscar da Silva
17 EFF
67% 2P%
0% 3P%