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19.10.2009, 19:30h
19.10.2009, 19:30h
79-94
16 - 2721 - 2220 - 2422 - 21
16 - 2721 - 2220 - 2422 - 21
Venue: Riga (LAT) |
Spectators: 2100 |
Referees: Romualdas Brazauskas (LTU), Boris Schmidt (GER), Aare Halliko (EST)

GAME REPORT


Panellinios Win Convincingly At VEF Riga

Panellinios took a giant step towards playing in the Eurocup after claiming a 94-79 victory at VEF Riga in their Qualifying Round opener.

Konstantinos Charalampidis poured in 18 points, including 13 in the first half when the Greek team took command.

Devin Smith finished with a game-high 25 points for Panellinios, who host the second leg on October 27.

Panellinios began the contest in electric fashion, reeling off the first nine points with Roderick Blakney, Ian Vougioukas and Charalampidis all scoring.

VEF Riga hit back immediately.

A Jurijs Aleksejevs jump shot closed the gap to 11-10, but the first half belonged to the visitors.

They blew the game wide open with a 23-8 run that bridged the first and second quarters and left them on top at 39-20 with 5:12 remaining in the half.

Charalampidis poured in seven points during that surge.

With 3:15 to go in the second quarter, VEF Riga showed signs of a recovery.

Janis Gailitis and Aleksejevs drilled back-to-back three-pointers, and the pair added two more baskets to reduce the arrears to 44-35.

They went to the break trailing 49-37, however, after a three-point play by Blakney.

The Riga team's chances didn't look good when play resumed as Vougioukas dunked and Charalampidis followed with a three-pointer for a 54-37 Panellinios lead.

In fact, they stayed in front by double digits the rest of the way.

Twice they went in front by 20 in the fourth quarter, though VEF Riga did make a last-ditch effort to claw their way back.

An Arnas Labuckas lay-up trimmed the deficit to 84-73 with 3:17 remaining, but the hosts got no closer.

Djuro Ostojic dunked and Smith buried a three-pointer to take the advantage to 89-73 with 2:16 to play and they ended up winning by 15.

Aleksejevs had 21 points for VEF Riga.

 

COACH QUOTES


Quotes VEF Riga vs. Panellinios

VEF Riga coach Valdis Valters:
"Today on the court you could see two teams with different skills. My players tried to perform their A game on court but that was not enough because the opponent was much better than we were. We struggled in defense under our basket and let Panellinios score too many easy points. Then in offense we made too many mistakes and the shooting percentage was way too low. Before the game we agreed a game plan but my players just couldn't follow it. We are a young team which needs experience that will come with time. Anyway, despite today's loss we are looking forward to the next game in Greece where we will still try to qualify to the EuroCup group stage."

Panellinios coach Ilias Zouros:
"This was very important game for us, in addition to it being our first official game of the season. We hoped for the win but we were still cautious because we have a lot of new players and we still need to find our game; so I'm very happy with this win. VEF Riga is a dangerous team with very good perimeter players so we have to keep in mind that this is only half time..."

Top performers

Accumulated statistics

45.5%

30/66
FG
M/A

69.6%

39/56

55.6%

20/36
FG2P
M/A

70.5%

31/44

33.3%

10/30
FG3P
M/A

66.7%

8/12

56.3%

9/16
FT
M/A

72.7%

8/11

25

14/11
RT
RO/RD

28

6/22

22

AS

25

7

TO

12

6

ST

7

1

BS

0

16

PF

20

79

Pts

94

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