Barcelona Bounces Panathinaikos, 84-62

Panathinaikos’ basketballers were bombed by Barcelona, 84-62 in Euroleague play in Spain, but still have a chance to finish in the top four of their group thanks to Armani Milano beating Fenerbahce in Turkey.

The combination means that Panathinaikos should get through to the quarterfinals if they can beat another Spanish team, Unicaja Malaga in Athens next week.

They’ll have to play better than they did against Barcelona, which used a 28-point second period to run up a 42-32 halftime lead and then ran away in the second half with ease.

A dispirited Panathinaikos team went through the motions and suffered its first loss under new coach Fragiskos Alvertis.

Roko Ukic was the best player for the Greens on the night with 13 points, while captain Dimitris Diamantidis had 11.

With the loss, Panathinaikos is in third in its group with a 6-6 record, the same as its arch rival Olympiakos.