ISTANBUL – Panathinaikos fell to Fenerbahce 84-62 on Dec. 4, with the Turkish team getting even for an 18-point loss to the Greens in Athens last month.
Fenerbahce coach Zeljko Obradovic also got even with his his former team and dealt a blow to Panathinaikos’ hopes of finishing in the top two in its division in the Euroleague basketball tourney.
Panathinaikos had to play without injured centers Esteban Batista and Loukas Mavrokefalidis, and lost captain Dimitris Diamantidis to a twisted ankle only five minutes into the game..
American AJ Slaughter had another good game for Panathinaikos, scoring 20 points and keeping his team in contention, behind only 36-32 at the half.
But Fenerbahce ran away with it in the third, outscoring the Greek team 31-16 and a margin of victory (22 points) that was four more than Panathinaikos, which is crucial in European basketball where ties over a final division finish are based on point differentials and not playing a deciding game.