Panathinaikos to shoot for top basketball spot

Reigning European basketball champion Panathinaikos will look to capture the top spot in the Round of 16’s Group D tonight when the Athens basketball club hosts group front-runner Siena. The Italian club leads with a 3-1 record with two rounds remaining. Panathinaikos and Partizan share second place with 2-2 records. «There’s not much to say before a game that looks like a final for Panathinaikos,» said coach Zelimir Obradovic. «Siena is a really good team that we know very well. Without a doubt, our objective is to win the game and cover the nine-point [losing] margin of the first round.» Also tonight, Olympiakos, on 2-2 in Group F, a win behind leader Real Madrid, is hosted by last-placed Zalgiris, on a 1-3 record.