2015-16Top 16Round 1
December 29, 2015 CET: 20:00

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.1 Points 82.2
38.3 Rebounds 32.9
11.9 O. Rebounds 9.9
26.4 D. Rebounds 23.0
17.4 Assists 18.7
6.4 Steals 6.7
2.8 Blocks 2.9
12.9 Turnovers 10.5
50.0 % 2PT 53.4 %
34.6 % 3PT 38.6 %
70.0 % FT 74.5 %
84.8 Index 96.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.1 / Printezis Points 13.9 / Tomic
5.4 / Hunter Rebounds 6.3 / Tomic
2.6 / Hunter OR 2.3 / Tomic
3.8 / Printezis DR 4.0 / Tomic
6.2 / Spanoulis Assists 3.6 / Satoransky
1.0 / Strawberry Steals 1.2 / Satoransky
0.3 / Agravanis Blocks 1.1 / Lawal
3.3 / Spanoulis Turnovers 1.5 / Satoransky
63.5 % / Hunter 2PT 70.0 % / Ribas
48.0 % / Athinaiou 3PT 48.0 % / Perperoglou
81.0 % / Printezis FT 100.0 % / Doellman
16.1 / Printezis Index 19.9 / Tomic


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
8-2 Regular Season 6-4
8-2 Overall 6-4


Crew Chief

The Take

It's the first meeting between these two teams since last season’s playoffs, when Georgios Printezis hit the game-winning three-pointer in Game 4 that clinched the series and sent Olympiacos to the Final Four. Printezis is expected to be in one of the main figures once again for the Reds, leading the frontcourt and stretching the floor for Othello Hunter, Nikola Milutinov and Shawn James, who will battle inside against Barcelona's front line, which features three-time All Euroleague center Ante Tomic as well as Samardo Samuels and Shane Lawal. Justin Doellman should keep the Olympiacos defense busy, while defensively Stratos Perperoglou will help keep Printezis and Ioannis Papapetrou in check. But the key to the game will be on the perimeter, where Vassilis Spanoulis, Vangelis Mantzaris and Daniel Hackett will try to set the tempo to Olympiacos’s liking and get D.J. Strawberry, Ioannis Athinaiou and Mat Lojeski involved. Barcelona's deep backcourt features point guards Carlos Arroyo and Tomas Satoransky and has great shooters in Juan Carlos Navarro, Alex Abrines and Brad Oleson.
Thursday, December 24, 2015

Game Notes

Olympiacos Piraeus

Olympiacos defeated Barcelona 73-58 for its first Euroleague title in the 1997 Championship Game in Rome.  David Rivers scored 26 points and Dragan Tarlac totaled 11 points and 14 rebounds for the Reds.

Georgios Printezis sank a three-pointer at the buzzer to win Game 4 of last season’s playoffs and eliminate FC Barcelona.

Printezis has scored in double figures in 13 straight Euroleague games.

Printezis has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague games.

Vassilis Spanoulis of Olympiacos enters the Top 16 needed 184 more points to become just the second person in competition history to reach 3,000 career points

Spanoulis needs 3 more three-pointers to become the 10th player in competition history to make 300 career triples.

Spanoulis is 7 steals shy of becoming the 12th player in competition history with 200 career steals.

Vangelis Mantzaris needs 1 more three-pointer to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Ioannis Athinaiou has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last seven games; he is shooting 12 for 25 from downtown (48%) in that stretch.

Matt Lojeski needs 7 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

FC Barcelona Lassa

Barcelona defeated Olympiacos 86-68 in the 2010 Euroleague Championship Game.  Juan Carlos Navarro scored 21 points to lead the winners; he is the only current Barcelona player that was on that team.

This game features the Euroleague’s all-time top two scorers, Juan Carlos Navarro (3,745 points) of Barcelona and Vassilis Spanoulis (2,816) of Olympiacos.

Barcelona committed the fewest turnovers in the regular season with just 105.

Stratos Perperoglou was a teammate of Olympiacos players Vangelis Mantzaris, Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis last summer on the Greek national team at EuroBasket 2015. Perperoglou, Printezis and Spanoulis have played together for Greece as far back as the 2010 World Championships.

Perperoglou played two seasons for Olympiacos between 2012 and 2014 and helped the club win the 2013 Euroleague and the 2013 Intercontinental Cup.

Samardo Samuels was a teammate of Olympiacos guard Daniel Hackett over the past two seasons with EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. They helped the club win the 2014 Italian League title.

Aleksandar Vezenkov was a teammate of Olympiacos guard Ioannis Athinaiou during the 2013-14 season at Aris Thessaloniki.

Justin Doellman has made 27 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Juan Carlos Navarro has made 10 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in each of his last seven Euroleague games; he is shooting 50 of 68 (73.5%) over that period.

Saturday, December 26, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Olympiacos Piraeus
"Barcelona won last night at Madrid [for the first time]after seven years. if I am correct. So, they are in very good condition right now. We have to play with energy and make a good start. The Top 16 is like a marathon, we have to play at the highest level not one, but 14 games. So, starting from tomorrow, we have to do our best."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"We are looking forward to having a good start in this year's Top 16. Our first game is on a court we know well. We are aware of how difficult it is to play here. Olympiacos is a very tough opponent, one of the big teams in the Euroleague. It has first-level players and we have a lot of respect for them. We will have to do many things well if we want to win on their court. I hope that fans can watch a great basketball game."


Olympiacos Piraeus
"We need the fans to be on our side and help us to get the win. Barcelona is a great team and I believe that the key will be defense and the rhythm of the game. We have to control the rhythm and not give them easy baskets."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"It is a difficult game against one of the best teams in our group. We need to play well and be focused all game long to get a win and start the Top 16 in a positive way. We are in good shape and just had a big win against Real Madrid, and now we hope to get a second win. Olympiacos plays good defense and their crowd helps them a lot. We have to be able to play against their physical game and stay focused in our job."

Spanoulis sparks Olympiacos to big win over Barcelona

Olympiacos Piraeus started the Top 16 in style by beating FC Barcelona Lassa 74-62 at Peace & Friendship Stadium in their Top 16 opener. Vassilis Spanoulis starred with 11 points and 9 assists to lead the Reds, who finished the first half on a 16-2 tear to lead 39-26 and added a 10-0 third-quarter run to take care of business. The hosts also outrebounded Barcelona 41-30. Othello Hunter added 10 points for the hosts, who featured nine players with at least 6 points. Ante Tomic led Barcelona with 17 points, Tomas Satoransky added 12 and Pau Ribas totaled 8 points and 8 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Papapetrou shines early for Reds

Tomic got the visitors on the scoreboard before Ioannis Papapetrou buried a three for the Reds. Juston Doellman made a tough basket for Barcelona. Tomic took a seat after just three minutes with 2 fouls. A run of turnovers on both ends slowed the game. Satoransky split free throws before Stratos Perperoglou nailed a triple for a 3-8 Barcelona advantage midway through the quarter. Papapetrou’s offensive rebound and free throws got the hosts going. Juan Carlos Navarro drew a foul and added a free throw, but Barcelona had no answer for Papapetrou, who sank 3 free throws over two possession – both thanks to Spanoulis assists – to bring the Reds within 8-9. Georgios Printezis became the hosts’ first scorer not named Papapetrou when he scored over Doellman. A Pau Ribas triple and Samardo Samuels layup put Barcelona up 10-14. Daniel Hackett scored on the baseline and Ioannis Athenaiou added free throws to tie the game at 14-14 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Spanoulis helps hosts surge ahead

Samuels split free throws to push Barcelona back ahead. Shawn James scored with a tip-in and on the break with Dimitrios Agravanis rejecting Samuels in between. James’s baby hook made it 20-15. Tomic’s basket inside and Brad Oleson’s jumper closed the gap to 1. Tomic showed his moves inside to put Barcelona back on top, but Spanoulis was about the take charge. The Olympiacos guard hit a deep three, though Aleksandar Vezenkov answered with a three off an inbounds play for Barcelona. Spanoulis brought the fans to their feet with a tough layup for a 25-24 lead midway through the quarter. Printezis added to the lead and D.J. Strawberry nailed a triple for a 6-point edge. Hunter scored inside before Shane Lawal found a cutting Satoransky for a slam. Spanoulis banked in a tough shot to keep the Reds rolling. His assist on a pick-and-roll to Hunter gave the hosts a double-digit lead. Hackett beat the buzzer with a three for a 39-26 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Olympiacos builds on promising lead

Tomic split free throws, but committed his third foul at the other end on Printezis’s three-point play. Satoransky darted to the hoop for a tough layup and Doellman added a jumper. Tomic displayed his skills in the post to complete a basket-plus-foul to bring the visitors within 42-34. Vangelis Mantzaris kept Olympiacos rolling with a three-pointer and Spanoulis hit a nifty layup. Agravanis came off the bench to sink a triple and a Hunter’s hook shot capped a 10-0 run that made it 52-34 and prompted a Barcelona timeout. Ribas tried to right the Barcelona ship with free throws and Oleson sank a three. Hunter took a pass from Strawberry to make a reverse layup and after Samuels split free throws, a Strawberry jumper made it 56-40 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Strawberry and co. cruise to victory

Neither team scored during the first two minutes of the quarter, which played into the home side’s hands. Tomic scored first inside; it was the third quarter in which he scored the first points on the night. Nikola Milutinov responded inside for his first basket. Strawberry took charge with a drawn foul and free throw made on the break and then a jumper to extend the difference to 61-42. After a timeout, Ribas buried a three, Alex Abrines came up with a steal and Tomic scored inside to give Barcelona hope. But the Reds used a timeout and Hackett nailed a triple to practically ice the game with four minutes to go. Samuels added free throws and Spanoulis made a layup. Abrines got on the scoreboard with a three-pointer, but Spanoulis found Hunter for a layup. Tomic and Satoransky lowered the deficit to 12 with two minutes to go. Satoransky further brought Barcelona to 68-58, but threes by Agravanis and Mantzaris secured a comfortable victory.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB15
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Attendance: 11144
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Olympiacos Piraeus14251718
FC Barcelona Lassa14121422
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Olympiacos Piraeus14395674
FC Barcelona Lassa14264062
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, SHAWN 5:03 6 3/5     2   2           1   5
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 20:25 10 5/8       5 5 1   1     3   9
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 19:05 8 0/1 1/1 5/7 1 6 7 1   2     4 3 10
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 24:50 11 4/5 1/5   1   1 9   3     1 2 14
8 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 19:27 8 2/3 1/1 1/2 2 3 5 3   1     1 2 14
9 TSAIRELIS, MICHALIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 13:16 2 1/2       2 2       1   5 2 1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 20:01 7 3/7 0/2 1/1 2 3 5 3       1   3 11
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 20:19 6   2/4   1 2 3 2   1 2     1 11
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 17:50 6 0/2 2/4     3 3 1   2     2 1 3
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 26:52 8 1/3 2/4     1 1 1 2 1     3 2 6
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 12:52 2   0/3 2/2   2 2 1   1     2 2 1
Team           4 1 5               5
Totals 200:00 74 19/36 9/24 9/12 13 28 41 22 2 12 3 1 22 18 90
        52.8% 37.5% 75%
Min: Minutes played; Pts: Points; 2FG M-A: 2-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); 3FG M-A: 3-point Field Goals (Made-Attempted); FT M-A: Free Throws (Made-Attempted); Rebounds: O (Offensive), D (Defensive), T (Total); As: Assists; St: Steals; To: Turnovers; Bl: Blocks (Fv: In Favor / Ag: Against); Fouls: Cm (Commited), Rv (Received); PIR: Performance Index Rating
FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 18:18 4 2/5 0/3   3 1 4   1   1   2 1 3
8 RIBAS, PAU 28:51 8 0/3 2/4 2/2   2 2 8 1 2     2 4 14
9 LAWAL, SHANE 4:51   0/1     1   1 1 1       2    
10 ABRINES, ALEX 10:49 3   1/2   1 1 2 1 1       1 2 7
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 15:18 1   0/5 1/2   1 1 1           3  
13 SATORANSKY, TOMAS 25:23 12 4/7 1/3 1/2 1 2 3 3   1   1 2 1 9
14 VEZENKOV, ALEKSANDAR 13:39 3   1/2     1 1   1       1   3
20 ERIKSSON, MARCUS 8:05         1   1 1 1       1   2
23 SAMUELS, SAMARDO 22:44 7 1/6   5/10 2 5 7     3   2 2 6 3
24 OLESON, BRAD 14:53 5 1/2 1/1         1         1   4
33 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 16:45 3 0/1 1/3 0/2   2 2 1 1       1 1 2
44 TOMIC, ANTE 20:24 16 7/10   2/3 1 2 3 1         3 4 17
Team           2 1 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 62 15/35 7/23 11/21 12 18 30 18 7 8 1 3 18 22 65
        42.9% 30.4% 52.4%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is a very important win and a good start in the Top 16. I think that we played better than Barcelona and deserved to beat them, since we put our tempo through the defense and forced them to score only 62 points, instead of their average of 82.2 per game. We were under pressure in the first quarter and didn’t play so well in offense, but our defense didn’t allow them to score and kept us competitive. We took the momentum in the second quarter, outrebounded them, played an aggressive game and showed our potential. I think that we can improve our game in several parts, in both the individual and team level. Barcelona played the clasico before coming here and they spent lots of energy, but they have the talent and the quality to reach their expectations."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Congratulations to Olympiacos for its win. They were the best team tonight. The game was decided in three minutes - the last three minutes of the second quarter. It is easy to analyze the game. They grabbed 11 offensive rebounds in the first half, which means Olympiacos had 9 field goal attempts more than us, and that allowed them to get the lead at halftime. We controlled the defensive boards better and took 11 more shots than Olympiacos, but we lost because of our low shooting percentages - free throws, two-point and three-point shots. I truly believe that it all started by the 7 free throw attempts we missed in the first quarter. That would have allowed us to get the lead and play a different game."


Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is clear that the victory is based on defense, great energy and desire. We fought for every ball and showed great determination. This win is very important, but it is just the first in a long race. There is no doubt that we can improve some parts of our performance, even in defense. I didn't like the fact that we allowed them to score easily in the last minutes. Now we have to leave it behind and get prepared for the next game."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We played a great defensive game and opened the Top 16 in the best possible way. Coach Sfairopoulos and the staff prepared an excellent plan and we implemented it. I feel blessed to play here in such an atmosphere created by the fans, who push us in a unique way."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"Olympiacos was superior in every part of the game and deserved to win, maybe with a bigger margin. They were faster and tougher than us, had much more passion, heart and determination. They can choke any opponent on defense and they did it. On Sunday we played a superb game in Madrid, but tonight we didn't have the mental power to react. However this is not the end of the world. Let's get back to work, stay together and try to improve our game. This Top 16 group is very tough and the key point is to defend your home court."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"We played very bad in the second quarter and then it was impossible to catch them. Olympiacos showed a fighting spirit, which is their trademark. They outrebounded us and didn't allow us to play our game. We spent a lot of energy on Sunday against Real Madrid and lacked it tonight. However it is just the first game and I am sure that we will recover soon, win the home games and have some big victories on the road. Regarding my return to Piraeus , I am always very happy to be back here and to be treated as a friend."
FC Barcelona Lassa
"It was a tough game. They made the difference at the end in the second quarter, when they grabbed 6 or 7 offensive rebounds. They got a lead that we were not able to overcome. We now face a very important week, with our first Top 16 home game against Khimki."
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