A golden opportunity to “clear” the qualification for the EuroCup playoffs was lost by Panathinaikosas lost 84-80 to Mechelen in the closed area of Holargos. In fact, the Belgians equaled the +4 of the first match and now the second place in the group will be decided at the limit. It is noted that the eight best thirds of the twelve groups qualify for the playoffs.
Anna-Niki Stamolambrou stood out with 18 points, while Jazmine Jones and Courtney Range added 17 and 15 points respectively for the “greens”. Rees and Burrell with 21 and 20 points made the difference for Mechelen.
Panathinaikos came in determined from the first quarter and with Stamolambrou making 3/3 three-pointers, they led 29-20 in the quarter. Aggressive solutions from Jones brought the “green” to +12 (48-36) just before the end of the half (50-41). With an offensive outburst by Range, Eleni Capogianni’s team restored the double-digit difference in the third quarter (60-49), but the guests managed to get closer to four (62-58). The Belgian team’s counter-attack continued in the final period, resulting in 100” before the end to take the lead for the first time, 80-81. Range and Jones failed to respond and Mechelen escaped with the win.
Ten minutes: 29-20, 50-41, 69-62, 80-84
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