Panathinaikos of the terrible Derrick Williams fought it, overturned the situation, but in the final lost in the details (83-80) to Monaco of Mike James. What is certain is that with the presence of “bomber” Dwayne Bacon, he can hope for better days, especially in the offensive part. In one move from the top shelf.
A Panathinaikos full of mistakes and lack of clear mind!
The “greens” were out of place and time on the spiritual level. They didn’t have a clear mind offensively while defensively they conceded points in transition. Monaco did everything they wanted on the offensive side with 12/19 shots inside the box. The Monegasques aimed for the basket with Hall and the Radonich players showed enough stability as a result to find themselves at -16 (29-13 at 10′).
The mistakes continued. The “greens” looked “flooded” as if they didn’t understand where they are and only with a few flashes they managed to get a pulse and mainly with Gudaitis. But they didn’t have a clear mind and especially in attack they made a lot of mistakes with the crowd cheering and Monaco finding solutions in the open field.
The “greens” responded with Williams playing Monaco alone with 24(!) personal points streak
Panathinaikos reacted through its defense. He showed stubbornness and with Lee in front he gave the impetus and Bohoridis in the creative part ignited the… spark so that the difference did not rise any further. With Williams putting his stone for -9 (39-30 at 18′), but in the final “hitting” in the open court. Despite his 12 mistakes, Panathinaikos stayed “alive” (40-34 at 20′). Bohorides was the one who changed the facts in the offensive part.
Despite their bad start, Panathinaikos managed to get back into the game thanks to their stubbornness and the tightest defense against Monaco’s guards. At the same time, he closed the lanes to the basket in the 2nd period and remained “alive” with Derrick Williams having ignited the… spark for good.
It’s a terrible fact and of course remarkable that from 35-26 at 17′ when Paris Lee also scored two points, the incredible Derrick Williams took… the lead and scored the next 24(!) points for Panathinaikos. Thus, until the 24th minute, he was the only one who scored for Panathinaikos and with 4/4 three-pointers he tied the match (50-50) in the midst of apotheosis, while he was the one who, despite James’ baskets, brought +1 to the “greens” ( 59-58 at 29.14).
He had taken… chances, but in the finale he was “bent” by James and his company
The energy in the defense for both teams played an important role in the last period after the “greens” counter-attacked with Gudaitis also playing for Papagiannis who tried but was not ready (of course) while Ponitka did a good job with his poking. and with the help in the block outs.
But Mike James had found his hand and with personal phases he was giving the lead to the Monegasques. The American guard and Okobo “knocked” inside the basket with their drives. Especially the American guard and former player of Panathinaikos did “damages”, but the “greens” did not give up and reduced to 2 with Grigonis (76-74 at 39′), but Hall scored the decisive basket (78-74 at 39.34).
Panathinaikos lost 83-80 to Monaco on points, but with the arrival of Dwayne Bacon, they can hope and bet on better offensive nights in the Euroleague and in general in their future this year. For a better continuity.
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