Panathinaikos seals playoffs advantage

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Antigoni Zachari

06/Apr/17 21:39

Panathinaikos put on an excellent performance in the second half, keeping Maccabi at a bare minimum in its final Euroleague game of the season.

By Eurohoops team /

Panathinaikos crashed Maccabi Tel Aviv on the road with 61-81 and made another step forward towards sealing the homecourt advantage in the playoffs. Maccabi will be finishing this season with a 10-20 record.

Mike James (17 points), Chris Singleton (13 points) and Nick Calathes (12 points) led the Greens into a broad and easy victory in Tel Aviv.

In the first period, Victor Rudd (17 p.) signaled the attack for Maccabi, and with a 3-pointer attempt, the hosts were up 9-6. After 10 minutes, it was a six-point game in the hosts’ favor, 26-20.

The Israeli team kept a short head during the second quarter and with an 8-2 run was able to grab a double-digit lead at halftime, 42-32.

With a 10-point lead at 21′, Maccabi wasn’t expecting Panathinaikos‘ strong comeback to the game. With an incredible partial 12-31 score, the Greek team managed not only to cover the deficit, but also surpass before entering the final period with 54-63.

The visiting team stormed into the forth quarter with a 11-0 run, an indication that Maccabi had lost its motive to fight for the last Euroleague game of the season.