Panathinaikos cruises past Zvezda in Athens

first_imgCoach Xavi Pascual and Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens registered their second consecutive win together, a comfortable 70-59 win over visiting Crvena Zvezda mts Belgrade in the Greek capital on Friday night. The victory improved Panathinaikos’s record to 3-1, while Zvezda dropped to 2-2. Other than the visitors’ opening lead, Panathinaikos controlled things for 40 minutes. The hosts used defense to open a double-digit margin in the first quarter and increased it to 23 points early in the second. Behind Nick Calathes and James Gist, Panathinaikos had a 46-25 cushion at halftime and Zvezda never threatened. Calathes finished with 16 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists, while Gist netted 17 in victory. K.C. Rivers and Ioannis Bourousis contributed with 12 points apiece for Panathinaikos. Ognjen Kuzmic stared with 15 points and a career-high 15 rebounds for the visitors, and Milko Bjelica scored late to finish with 12. Nate Wolters made his EuroLeague debut, scoring 8 points with 3 assists in defeat.Panathinaikos took control from the start. Gist helped matters by scoring 7 points, including a three-point play. James Feldeine hit a pair of jumpers and Calathes nailed a three-pointer as the hosts led 23-14 after 10 minutes. The Greens opened the game by making 12 of their first 13 two-point shots, including Rivers, Bourousis and Calathes, who each scored in the first 90 seconds of the second quarter. Bourousis added a triple moments later to help Panathinaikos increase its lead to 34-14. Zvezda needed four minutes to score its first point of the second quarter as Rivers drove for a dunk and a 41-18 advantage. Kuzmic collected 13 points and 8 rebounds before halftime, and sparked a 0-7 run that cut into the deficit, but Gist made sure Panathinaikos went into the break up big, 46-25. After the break, Panathinaikos was cruising and the visitors started making plays. Wolters beat the shot-clock, banking a shot in from way downtown for his first EuroLeague points, before he and Charles Jenkins got Zvezda within 61-47. Back-to-back threes cut it to 63-53 midway through the fourth quarter, but that is as close as the visitors got.Source: EuroleagueTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img

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