It is Time for Panathinakos to Celebrate

By: Ally White

Panathinaikos has now accumulated four Euroleague titles by taking away the championship from CSKA Moscow 93-91 on Sunday. Ramunas Siskauskas made two free throws with five seconds left to secure victory and send the crowd of 18,000 at the Athens Olympic Hall to celebrate.

It was a record sixth title for coach Zeljko Obradovic, who has won with four different teams and three times with Panathinaikos since 2000. It seems as if it is the product of a season's work aimed for this title. What is important right now for this team is to keep playing basketball as they have been this season and next year they can fight for another Final Four.

Panathinaikos led 46-36 at halftime, largely thanks to a big second quarter, when the Greek club tied a Final Four record by scoring 28 points. They were clearly stronger equally in tactic and psychologically, they managed to be on top from the start of the game. They played very well offensively and defensively.

CSKA rallied in the second half and tied the game 47-47 on a pair of layups by Theo Papaloukas. After Panathinaikos were called for a technical foul, Papaloukas gave CSKA the lead 51-50 with a pair of free throws.

Diamantidis replied with a three-pointer and six straight free throws by Dejan Tomasevic, Hatzivrettas and Tomasevic again restored Panathinaikos to a 65-55 lead. It was a good game for euro basketball lovers.

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