Panathinaikos Thrashes Lokomotiv

Antonis Fotsis

The struggling Panathinaikos basketball team, traditionally a strong player in the Euroleague, rebounded from a home loss to Iraklio to whip group leader Lokomotiv Kuban, a Russian club, at their home stadium in Krasnodar.

The victory put the Greens in third place in their bracket and they can finish second if they win their last game at home against Maccabi Tel Avi.

Without Jonas Maciulis and Nikos Pappas, Panathinaikos used radar-like shooting of 60 percent, 14-of-23, from three-point land to put the game ouet of reach early.

The winners had six players in double figures and dug down deep on defense to stymie the Russian team, which was atop the group. After trailing 23-21 when the first quarter ended, Panathinaikos turned on the jets for a 20-2 run to take a first half lead of 46-30 and never looked back, firing away with more three pointers in the second half to keep the Russians gasping on defense with no answers for the attack.

Antonis Fotsis and Roko Ukic scored 17 points each, while Ramel Curry had another good game in the Euroleague with 13 points.