By Eurohoops team/ [email protected]
CSKA Moscow put on an offensive clinic in the first half against Panathinaikos Athens to ultimately get a 98 – 74 blowout win on the road. This result improved CSKA to 11-7. Panathinaikos, that hadn’t played a game in weeks due to COVID-19 problems, fell to 4-14 after losing its fourth straight game.
With Marius Grigonis (a season-high 19 points), Daniel Hackett (a season-best 17 points, six assists, five rebounds) and Tornike Shengelia (16 points) taking charge, CSKA overpowered Panathinaikos 13 – 34 in the second period to get a 33 – 60 lead at the break. The Army Men fired 11-18 3-pointers in the first 20 minutes by creating many open shots and making the most out of these opportunities.
Panathinaikos never became competitive in the rest of the game and was unable to even become a bit threatening. CSKA went up by 30 with three minutes to play in the third period and retained a big advantage. Ioannis Papapetrou dropped 16 points and Kendrick Perry scored a season-high 15 points, 10 of them in the second half.
This was the only EuroLeague game taking place Wednesday (12/1) and just the fourth to be held among all Round 20 matches following a series of suspensions due to most clubs suffering from multiple coronavirus cases.
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