As we like to say, friendlies are only for the… coaches, which test persons, things and situations. Let the fans enjoy the team’s new transfer acquisitions. We have to say this both to the “wrong” results (such as the defeats by Karditsa and Sassari), as well as to the positive ones, such as Panathinaikos’ victory over Ephesus. So we will try to avoid triumphalism and excessive comments.
However, the truth is that the “greens” presented a very good face for 25 minutes in total and spread smiles to their approximately 7,000 fans, who left the closed Olympic facilities satisfied.
In the first half, the Radonic team produced excellent collaborations and played with confidence and concentration, taking advantage of the looseness of the opposing defense. It’s no coincidence that he recorded 10 assists with just one error during that time, while also having very good percentages (15/23 2-pointers, 5/9 3-pointers). We also counted 5 creations by the team’s playmaker (Lee or Walters) with the respective center that was on the floor at the time (Papagiannis or Gudaitis), which led to dunks or layups. Easy points that is…
On the other hand, in defense the players of Panathinaikos they showed spirit, they were committed and they pressed the ball properly: they cut the lanes to their racket and did not leave many free shots to the Turks. They managed to find a solution to the problem that Clyburn created with his continuous postings.
And while everything worked perfectly in the first part (as evidenced by 51-34), the third quarter came to turn the tables. The “greens” were blocked offensively, they started the “killed” attacks, while… they also relaxed defensively, with the consequence of cutting the difference.
Things got even tougher at the start of the fourth period when the European champions went as close as -5, with Micic doing his own thing and unsettling the home defence. Nonetheless, the Radonić players they did not panic or bewilder. They reacted immediately, remembered the partnerships and the defense of the first half and somehow pulled away and reached the final 86-71.
The conclusion drawn from the match in question is something you heard in the press and in the corridors of OAKA: now Panathinaikos has regular “aces”. Normal playmakers. At last that is! Something he had missed so much in the previous two years. Lee and Walters organize, distribute and execute consistently, with the former especially being an excellent defender. A real weed for opposing guards. How much better will Papagiannis feel too? Which now has behind him a player (Gudaitis) who offers precious breaths.
Creatively and executively, we expect even better things in the next period, once they are integrated into the team the Grigonis and Ponitka, which will give a different dimension to the “clover” game than “2” and “3”. After all, Radonić relies heavily on them.
There were also blemishes apparently from the image of Panathinaikos against Ephesus. Andrews was like a… fish out of water. The American guard was 0/7 inside guys (had 2 blocks in the first half) and was clearly out of rhythm. At least he distributed the ball correctly (4 assists) and avoided mistakes.
Also negative that in the bad time of the “greens” in the third period, Radonić’s players showed that they were disorganized on the defensive end. We emphasize this because Montenegro has built (traditionally does) a team that will rely on its pressing defense. So there they didn’t manage to stop Mitsic’s penetrations (it’s not easy anyway), but also to limit the Turks’ shots from the perimeter, since they had bad rotations.
Additionally, we spotted a… gap behind williams in position ‘4’, mainly in terms of quality minutes that will give the outstanding American breaths. However, a move will be made to acquire a player, so he will be covered.
In closing, the first writing sample is encouraging about “clover”however, he still has a lot of work ahead of him and a long way to go to avoid mishaps and become competitive again in the EuroLeague.
Y. G. The presence of the people who honored the late Pavlos Giannakopoulos was extremely satisfactory. OAKA is expected to experience another “panathenaic” night on Saturday.
P. C. 2 The Kalaitzaki brothers seem ready to cope with the roles that will be assigned to them. Now is their chance.
P. C. 3 The fact that 6 players had double-digit points is also positive. It shows that it does not rely solely on the… appetites and “heroics” of 1-2 players, as was the case last year.