Kostas Antetokounmpo did it like Giannis, leading Panathinaikos to victory against Alba Berlin.

Kostas Antetokounmpo did it like Giannis, leading Panathinaikos to victory against Alba Berlin.

Panathinaikos struggled against Alba Berlin for most of the game as the home team. Despite missing key players, Alba Berlin started the game strongly and managed to take the lead by the end of the third quarter with a score of 60-63. Panathinaikos seemed to be mentally elsewhere, displaying significant defensive weaknesses and allowing the opponent easy scoring opportunities.

However, Kostas Antetokounmpo emerged as one of the pivotal players in Panathinaikos’ victory. He delivered an outstanding performance, particularly on the defensive end, providing the team with the momentum needed to mount a comeback and ultimately turn the game in their favor. Additionally, K. Sloukas continued his impressive form, while Kentrick Nunn achieved a career-high in Euroleague scoring with 28 points.

With this win, Panathinaikos secured the 2nd place and now awaits their opponent for the Play-offs. The Play-off opponent will be determined by the outcome of the match between Maccabi and the team finishing in 8th place, which will be decided after the result of Virtus Bologna versus Baskonia.

The timeline of the Panathinaikos vs Alba Berlin match.

Panathinaikos started the game sluggishly, allowing Alba to capitalize on open court opportunities and score easy shots. O. Balcerowski, who began as Panathinaikos’ starting center, struggled to contain C. Koumadje, who was in excellent form. E. Ataman subbed in M. Lessort, appearing to intend to rest him. The first period ended 17-23, prompting Panathinaikos to seek solutions to secure the win.

In the second quarter, Panathinaikos made improvements in several areas. K. Sloukas and M. Grigonis connected on some long-range shots, but issues persisted near the baseline. Nonetheless, Panathinaikos won the second quarter with a score of 21-14, taking a 38-37 lead at halftime.

While it seemed that Panathinaikos was in control of the game, the third quarter saw them trailing again. However, a positive development occurred when E. Ataman found a solution against C. Koumadje by inserting K. Antetokounmpo into the lineup. Antetokounmpo, who looks like his brother Giannis from the Milwaukee Bucks in this match, made an incredible impact with 4 blocks, 9 points, and 3 rebounds. He won numerous battles and converted crucial free throws, providing Panathinaikos with the breathing space needed to regain momentum. The third period concluded with a score of 22-26.

In the fourth quarter, Panathinaikos played with the intensity they should have displayed from the outset. They employed full-court pressing, applied traps to disrupt Alba Berlin’s possessions, and made scoring difficult for their opponents. They capitalized on steals, created scoring opportunities, and with Nunn performing exceptionally, secured the victory with a final score of 84-75.

Player stats.

The players’ statistics from the game between Panathinaikos and Alba Berlin are as follows:

Home Team: Panathinaikos Starters:

  • Kendrick Nunn: 31:16 Min, 28 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 2 Stl
  • Marius Grigonis: 30:59 Min, 11 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Kostas Mitoglou: 18:33 Min, 4 Pts, 5 Reb, 1 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Jerian Grant: 11:01 Min, 0 Pts, 0 Reb, 0 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Aleksander Balcerowski: 03:58 Min, 0 Pts, 0 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl

Bench:

  • Kostas Sloukas: 29:43 Min, 16 Pts, 4 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Kostas Antetokounmpo: 11:54 Min, 9 Pts, 3 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Mathias Lessort: 24:08 Min, 8 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Juan Hernangomez: 21:28 Min, 5 Pts, 8 Reb, 0 Ast, 2 Stl
  • Luca Vildoza: 09:46 Min, 3 Pts, 1 Reb, 2 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Ioannis Papapetrou: 05:31 Min, 0 Pts, 1 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Panagiotis Kalaitzakis: 01:43 Min, 0 Pts, 0 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl

Away Team: Alba Berlin Starters:

  • Christ Koumadje: 21:59 Min, 13 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Sterling Brown: 28:35 Min, 12 Pts, 2 Reb, 2 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Martin Hermannsson: 12:59 Min, 9 Pts, 2 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Matt Thomas: 26:22 Min, 8 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Tim Schneider: 19:38 Min, 2 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl

Bench:

  • Ziga Samar: 20:17 Min, 12 Pts, 3 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl
  • Malte Delow: 14:35 Min, 8 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Louis Olinde: 17:30 Min, 4 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Yanni Wetzell: 14:37 Min, 4 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Elias Rapieque: 02:54 Min, 3 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Justin Bean: 17:10 Min, 0 Pts, 7 Reb, 2 Ast, 0 Stl
  • Kresimir Nikic: 03:24 Min, 0 Pts, 1 Reb, 0 Ast, 0 Stl

Team Stats:

Panathinaikos – Alba Berlin

Field Goals:

  • Panathinaikos: 29/61 (47.5%)
  • Alba Berlin: 29/63 (46%)

3 Pointers:

  • Panathinaikos: 13/29 (44.8%)
  • Alba Berlin: 9/21 (42.9%)

Free Throws:

  • Panathinaikos: 13/18 (72.2%)
  • Alba Berlin: 8/10 (80%)

Assists:

  • Panathinaikos: 18
  • Alba Berlin: 19

Rebounds:

  • Panathinaikos: 27
  • Alba Berlin: 33

Offensive Rebounds:

  • Panathinaikos: 7
  • Alba Berlin: 8

Defensive Rebounds:

  • Panathinaikos: 20
  • Alba Berlin: 25

Steals:

  • Panathinaikos: 9
  • Alba Berlin: 2

Blocks:

  • Panathinaikos: 8
  • Alba Berlin: 2

Turnovers:

  • Panathinaikos: 16
  • Alba Berlin: 21

Personal Fouls:

  • Panathinaikos: 16
  • Alba Berlin: 21

Scoreboard:

QuarterPanathinaikosAlba Berlin
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Score8475

Watch the highlights of Panathinaikos’ game against Alba Berlin on the official Euroleague YouTube channel.

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