Madrid continues to hunt for Fenerbahçe. Before the trip to Munich and to pay a visit to the leader of the competition, Laso's players undid with authority from Panathinaikos, although they had to win the game twice. Halfway through the second quarter the discussion seemed to end, but the tenacity of the Greeks forced Madrid to a new effort before entering the final minutes to seal the eleventh victory of the season in Europe.
The defeat to one of the bottom of the Endesa League there was no trace in the return to the Euroleague, in a new week with double session. Panathinaikos is far from being the team that collected trophies from the hand of Zeljko Obradovic. His goal now is to get into the top eight and it's hard to see him alive there in the month of May. His competitiveness and the atmosphere in his track take him to where talent no longer arrives. And if Madrid appear in the game with a seriousness several points above the usual … The basket with which Calathes opened the game was an anecdote. The bomb of the Greek base was the prelude of almost perfect minutes of Madrid. Another quarter of an hour of those in which the Laso team takes ahead of the one in front of them.
This time it was not about fireworks. With two types in the starting quintet as Deck and Ayón, the reliability is above the show. And that's how the takeoff started. Anchored behind and with the usual clarity of ideas, Madrid was a rocket from the start. Llull points were not needed because the rest of the quintet was added. The Greeks scored a basket in the first five minutes. The Madrid accumulated 16 points and the advantages flew over the ten from the beginning.
The collection of losses and errors in the shot of the green and white was sonrojante. Calathes' gestures of despair were a reflection of how lost the Greeks came to be (34-14, min 14). There are teams to which Madrid is able to knock a blow, but Panathinaikos retains at least part of its warrior spirit. They began to defend, they entrusted themselves in attack to Langford and to the Madrid it gave the sensation to understand that the party already was closed. The escalation of the Greeks was not sudden. The game thickened. Papagiannis, without Tavares nearby, hurt inside and Langford never tired of scoring. When the game went into the last quarter, Panathinaikos was already there (63-58). Madrid had to win the game again. It was to get serious, to give a partial of 8-0 and the differences soon returned to be around the twentieth. Almost two hours after the start of the game, Madrid added the eleventh European victory.
89. Real Madrid (23 + 23 + 20 + 26): Llull (7), Causeur (14), Deck (4), Randolph (5) and Ayón (8) -quintet holder- Rudy (7), Taylor (8) ), Campazzo (13), Tavares (11), Thompkins (8), Carroll (4) and Prepelic (0).
68. Panathinaikos (10 + 21 + 24 + 13): Calathes (17), Pappas (6), Antetokoumpo (2), Thomas (2) and Gist (1) -quincy starter- Mitoglou (4), Lojeski (2) , Langford (20), Vougioukas (4), Lekavicius (0), Lasme (2), Papagiannis (8).
Referees: Ryzhyk (Ucr), Javor (Esl) and Hordov (Est). Without eliminated. Techniques to Ayón and Papagiannis.
Incidents: 10,000 viewers in the WiZink Center. Match corresponding to the thirteenth round of the Euroleague.
13th session: Anadolu Efes, 106-Buducnost, 68; Fenerbahce, 79 -CSKA, 75; Barcelona Lassa, 60-Olympiacos, 69; Herbalife Gran Canaria, 71-Kirolbet Baskonia, 84; Darussafaka, 71-Zalgiris Kaunas, 75; Maccabi, 79-Khimki, 63; Armani Milan, 78-Bayern Munich, 80 and Real Madrid, 89-Panathinaikos, 68.
Classification: 1. Fenerbahçe (12/1); 2. Real Madrid (11/2); 3. CSKA Moscow (10/3); 4. Anadolu Efes (9/4); 5. Olympiacos (8/5); 6. Bayern Munich (7/6); 7. Zalgiris Kaunas (6/7); 8. Armani Milan (6/7); 9. Kirolbet Baskonia (6/7); 10. Panathinaikos (6/7); 11. Barcelona Lassa (6/7); 12. Herbalife Gran Canaria (5/8); 13. Maccabi (4/9); 14. Khimki (4/9); 15. Buducnost (3/10); 16. Darussafaka (1/12),