Identical scene like the first two games in Barcelona, erected in Athens. Panathinaikos and Barcelona offered us another epic duel, which had a great finale with a last shot from Diamantidis that gave the victory to Panathinaikos (65-63).
With that victory, the score of the series went 2-1 for the Greek team. Panathinaikos had the control of the match in the first half, where preceded by 38-29.
In the third quarter Barcelona returned to the game and the fourth and last period we watched an awesome game. In the end, Diamantidis was there again, with two decisive three-pointers made his mark in the game.
Panathinaikos coach, Pedoulakis, said that this victory was great for the team, because it brings them just one step from the Final Four and he expressed his pride for his players. He concluded by saying that with the support of the audience, everything is possible, since this gives a big boost to his players.
The truth is that the atmosphere in the Olympic Stadium was really sensational.
James Gist may have lost some trainings, but in the critical final minutes he was there with key offensive rebounds, which turned into points. If he become better in today’s game, there are really no problems for Panathinaikos.
Barcelona may have the potential to win in Athens and this was very clear yesterday. Both teams alternated in the score, the defensive lines was very tough, and luck played its own crucial role.
Except the known absents, Pete Mickeal and Xavi Rabaseda, there are no other problems for Barcelona. The physical condition of Juan Carlos Navarro and Sarunas Jasikevicius is an issue, but the personality of these two athletes is so much, that can overcome the issue of fatigue.
This will be a very hard and tough game, we may see a low score, but the points margin is very low (only 137.5). I believe that Panathinaikos will play even better and will finish the qualification tonight.
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