Panathinaikos wins at the end (vid)

In a game that had everyone on their toes until the very last second, Panathinaikos overcome Caja Laboral’s resistance in the dying seconds of the game, 76-74.

Antonis Fotsis made the first threepointer of the game, in what was the sneak preview of the one-man show he would later on offer fans in OAKA. Caja Laboral tied but with intense pressure in defense and easy solution on offense, The Greens ran a 9-0 for 14-3. Then it was San Emeterio’s turn to be heard as with three threepointers he allowed his team to come back. The first quarter score was 21-18, with the guests scoring only from behind the arc.

Nicholas paid Caja Laboral with their own coin and with two back-to-back threes made it 27-18. Still the Basques were not done. With another storm of threepointers by Logan and Huertas they came back, 32-29. With San Emeterio and Teletovic contributing, Caja Laboral took the lead for the first time in the game, 36-39, but the home team regained the lead before half time, 40-39.

Logan and Fotsis were almost playing all alone for their teams in the third period, but Panathinaikos had more solution as Teletovic couldn’t convert his shots. After 43-42 it was time for Diamantidis to step in the court and dish some assists and with a 12-4 run the score became 55-46. Nothing much changed until the end of the quarter, 59-50.

The visitors started with a fast 0-8 run and before you knew it, we had a game, 59-58. The crowd momentarily pushed Panathinaikos players for 63-58 but Caja Laboral was no pushover, 66-64. Fotsis was doing everything in the court, but it was not enough, as Caja Laboral tied the game with an and1 action, 72-72 with just forty seconds to go. Batiste and Huertas scored for 74-74 and then Panathinaikos’ American center won free throws with less than five seconds to go. He converted both, but the game was not finished yet. San Emeterio won a foul after a coast to coach, was didn’t keep his cool, missing both.

Antonis Fotsis was the man of the night and undisputed Week 4 MVP, as he had a Euroleague career high performance indexing a ranking of 40 with 22 points and 11 rebounds.

Panathinaikos: Tepic 2, Perperoglou 10, Batiste 12, Fotsis 22 (40 rkg), Sato 6, Nicholas 12, Tsartsaris 2, Diamantidis 7, Vouyukas 3, Calathes

Caja Laboral: Ribas, Huertas 17, Logan 21, Teletovic 8, Batista 7, San Emeterio 19, Oleson, Sow 2, Barac, Bjelica

Full boxscore here

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