Luigi Datome Fenerbahce
Photo: EuroLeague Basketball

Fenerbahce dominated Panathinaikos at home (85-66) and became the first team that officially qualified to the EuroLeague playoffs (19-3).

The Turks took control of the game from the opening tip and never looked back. They were in front by 19 at halftime (48-29) and led by as many as 26 points (72-46) to rally past their opponents and remain on top of the standings.

Nicolo Melli and Luigi Datome led the winners with 14 and 12 points, respectively. Sean Kilpatrick (game-high 19 points) and DeShaun Thomas (13 points) were the best players of the losing squad.

Fenerbahce improved to 19-3 and became the fastest team in the modern era of the EuroLeague to qualify to the playoffs.

On the other hand, Panathinaikos lost its ninth straight game on the road and dropped to 9-13, as its qualification to the postseason still is in serious jeopardy.