2015-16Regular SeasonRound 5
November 12, 2015 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKCI ARENA

Team Stats

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85.8 Points 77.8
38.3 Rebounds 40.8
10.8 O. Rebounds 13.5
27.5 D. Rebounds 27.3
22.0 Assists 16.5
6.0 Steals 6.5
2.8 Blocks 4.5
14.5 Turnovers 15.0
50.3 % 2PT 51.2 %
46.5 % 3PT 32.6 %
63.5 % FT 74.7 %
97.3 Index 89.3

Player Stats

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15.3 / Diebler Points 15.5 / Printezis
5.5 / Saric Rebounds 7.0 / Printezis
1.8 / Dunston OR 2.5 / Young
4.8 / Saric DR 4.5 / Printezis
8.5 / Heurtel Assists 7.5 / Spanoulis
0.8 / Granger Steals 1.5 / Young
1.0 / Korkmaz Blocks 2.5 / Young
3.0 / Heurtel Turnovers 3.8 / Spanoulis
72.7 % / Dunston 2PT 75.0 % / Mantzaris
60.0 % / Brown 3PT 52.9 % / Lojeski
91.7 % / Heurtel FT 100.0 % / Mantzaris
17.8 / Heurtel Index 20.5 / Young


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0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
2-2 Regular Season 3-1
2-2 Overall 3-1


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The Take

A pivotal clash with first place implications in Group B takes place when Anadolu Efes Istanbul hosts Olympiacos Piraeus. It will be a special night for Efes Coach Ivkovic, who coached Olympiacos for a total of five seasons in two different stints and guided the Reds to the 1997 and 2012 Euroleague titles. Efes center Bryant Dunston will also face his former team. Efes needs to turn things around after dropping two straight games. Despite its record, Efes ranks third in the league in scoring (85.8 ppg.). It also ranks second in assists with 22.0 per game thanks to playmaker Thomas Heurtel, who leads the Euroleague this season in assists through four games with an average of 8.5 per game. Many of those go to backcourt mate Jon Diebler, who leads the league in three-pointers made through four games this season with 16. Matt Lojeski and D.J. Strawberry are just two of Coach Giannis Sfairopoulos’s options for containing Diebler. Though Olympiacos’s offense is closer to the mean, it’s ranked second in the league in rebounding (40.8 rpg.) and tied for second in blocks (4.5 bpg.) thanks in part to Patric Young, whose average of 2.5 blocks is the most in the league through four games this season. Georgios Printezis has been Olympiacos’s go-to scorer this season, but a big game always seems to be around the corner from Vassilis Spanoulis. The hosts will hope to get more production from Cedi Osman, especially because Diebler leads the league in minutes played this season and Coach Ivkovic will want to keep him sharp in the long run. Power forward Dario Saric and Derrick Brown could also play significant roles against Printezis in what may be the game’s key matchup.
Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Game Notes

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Coach Ivkovic coached Olympiacos for a total of five seasons in two different stints. He guided the Reds to the 1997 and 2012 Euroleague titles. In his most recent period with the club, Ivkovic coached current Olympiacos players Vassilis Spanoulis, Georgios Printezis and Vangelos Mantzaris.

Thomas Heurtel is the Euroleague leads this season in assists through four games with an average of 8.5 per game.

Heurtel needs 3 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Jon Diebler leads the league in three-pointers made through three games this season with 16.

Diebler also leads the league in minutes played this season with an average of 33:09 per game.

Jayson Granger has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight Euroleague games.

Bryant Dunston reached the Euroleague Championship Game last season with Olympiacos. He played a total of two seasons with the Reds, during which he won the 2013 Intercontinental Cup and the 2015 Greek League and was twice named Euroleague Best Defender.

Dunston was a teammate of Olympiacos forward Michalis Tsairelis at Aris Thessaloniki during the 2010-11 season.

Dario Saric was a teammate of Olympiacos swingman D.J. Strawberry doe two seasons between 2012 and 2014 at Cibona Zagreb.

Olympiacos Piraeus

Patric Young’s average of 2.5 blocks is the most in the league through four games this season.

Georgios Printezis has scored in double figures in nine straight Euroleague games.

Printezis’s best scoring night in the Euroleague came against Efes in Game 1 of the 2013 playoffs when he scored 26 points on 4-of-7 three-point shooting to lead the Reds to a 67-62 victory.

Vassilis Spanoulis needs 5 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.

D.J. Strawberry and Efes guard Jon Diebler were teammates last season at Pinar Karsiyaka Izmir. They helped the team win the Turkish League championship.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Quotes Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We have the Game of the Week on Thursday and I am very happy that we have Olympiacos here in Istanbul. I expect a big game. This week is really difficult for us. In six days we have three games. From another side after so many troubles in the roster like injuries, I hope that we will play with a full roster against Olympiacos, which is a very experienced team. In the last four years they have two Euroleague titles. They qualify for the Final Four almost every season. We need a good game control. We have to improve our defense. Olympiacos is the first team to defend the 2 points field goals in Euroleague, they are one of the best defending teams."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It’s going to be a difficult game for both teams. They lost their last two games and I am sure that they will react. They are a very good and solid team. So we have to be very focused and concentrated for 40 minutes. We have Othello Hunter with us but we will decide if he is going to play or not tomorrow after the practice."


Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We expect a tough game against a very good opponent. We need to play physical and hard to win in front of our fans. We lost the last home game in Euroleague. So we need to focus more and try to not to lose any home game again."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"They change a lot since last year. They are more athletic. They play with energy and we have to stop their fast breaks and not allow them to find rhythm. It’s not going to be easy. We have to give our best and follow the strategy that the coach will ask from us."

Olympiacos rallies past Efes in overtime

In a dramatic Game of the Week, visiting Olympiacos Piraeus rallied from a late fourth-quarter double-digit deficit to force overtime and edge Anadolu Efes Istanbul 87-91 at Abdi Ipekci Arena on Thursday. Olympiacos had a 15-poit margin in the second quarter, but Jayson Granger led a big Efes rally, and the hosts took a 72-61 lead late in the fourth quarter. But Georgios Printezis started an Olympiacos rally that included a clutch triple from Daniel Hackett before a free throw from D.J. Strawberry forced overtime, 76-76. In the extra session, each team hit three times from behind the arc before Ioannis Papapetrou and Strawberry secured the Reds’ win in the final minute. Printezis finished with 17 points, and Othello Hunter had 15 for Olympiacos. Matt Lojeski had an all-round game with 11 points, 7 rebounds and 5 assists, while Ioannis Papapetrou and Hackett each also scored 11 in victory. Granger netted 26 points for Efes. Thomas Heurtel add 12, while Dario Saric had 11 points, 10 rebounds and 4 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Olympiacos jumps to an early lead

D.J. Strawberry split free throws only 4 seconds into the game to start the scoring. Patric Young scored inside, and Efes point guard Thomas Heurtel got into foul trouble with 2 personal fouls after a minute and 15 seconds. Alex Tyus nailed a baseline jumper for the hosts, but Strawberry scored from close range and then knocked one down from long range, making it 2-8. Dario Saric scored an easy layup, and as both teams ran up and down setting a quick pace, Cedi Osman made a fastbreak layup, but so did Georgios Printezis for Olympiacos, 6-10. After a timeout, Othello Hunter scored inside for the Reds. After Furkan Korkmaz hit a jumper for Efes, Hunter scored again in the trenches and Daniel Hackett hit from downtown to increase the margin to 9-18. Derrick Brown scored a put-back for Efes, but Ioannis Papapetrou made his way to the hoop for a layup on the other end. In the final second, Bryant Dunston made both foul shots, making it 13-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: The Reds go up by 15, Efes comes back

Hunter had a tip-in, but Jon Diebler used a dish from Dunston to score a layup. However, Olympiacos remained in control, not allowing another basket for almost five minutes. Meanwhile, Dimitrios Agravanis made a layup in traffic for the Reds, before Vassilis Spanoulis nailed a three-pointer to extend the margin to 15-28. After a timeout, Vangelis Mantzaris connected with Papapetrou for an alley-oop layup that made it a 15-point contest. Birkan Batuk snapped Efes’s scoring drought with a corner triple, 18-30. Ahmet Duverioglu made a big two-handed slam for the hosts, and after a put-back from Printezis, Jon Diebler nailed a three-pointer and Duverioglu added a put-back to close within 25-32. A tip-in from Hunter helped the Reds keep the hosts at bay, but in the final minute of the quarter, Dunston hit a pair of free throws, and Diebler added one after a technical by Spanoulis to make it 30-36 at halftime.

Third quarter: Efes goes in front, but Spanoulis ties it up

Saric nailed a corner triple to get things going in the third quarter, but Printezis answered with a triple of his own. Saric drove the baseline for a layup, and Granger had an easy driving layup to get Efes within 37-39. Printezis scored inside for the Reds, but free throws from Granger and Saric cut it to 40-41. Lojeski hit a short jumper for the visitors, and Heurtel replied with a floater on the other end. After a timeout, Heurtel buried a three to give Efes its first lead, but Agravanis matched it with a basket-plus-foul. However, Granger drove for a layup-plus-foul, then assisted Dunston for a layup-plus-foul that made it 51-47. Hackett made a move inside to finish with a layup, and Papapetrou drove for a layup, cutting the deficit to 1. Granger scored again, but Spanoulis nailed a three-pointer to tie things at 54-54 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Reds rally to force overtime

Hunter dunked after a dish from Papapetrou, but Granger bettered him with a three. Hackett fed Hunter for an alley-oop tip-in and another Reds’ lead, but Granger nailed another three. Brown’s fast break dunk made it 62-58, forcing an Olympiacos timeout. Printezis made a nifty move inside, but Saric hit a wide-open shot from long range, and Granger drove for a layup and a 67-60 advantage. The run did not stop there, as Granger raced through the Olympiacos defense for a fastbreak layup, then nailed a three-pointer to open a 72-61 margin. Olympiacos snapped a 10-1 run with a layup by Lojeski, three minutes before the end of regulation time, and Printezis added a layup to cut the deficit to 72-65. After Brown nailed a jumper, Papapetrou hit a triple 90 seconds before the end of regulation to get within 6. After Heurtel split foul shots, Printezis kept the Reds in it with another layup in traffic, followed by Hackett’s wide-open three, making it 75-73 with 19 seconds to go in the regulation. Granger split free throws, before Hackett made both to put 76-75 on the board with 11 seconds left on the clock. Heurtel missed twice from the foul line, and Olympiacos had a chance to go in front, but Strawberry only split foul shots with 4.5 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 76-76. Efes had last shot attempt, but Granger’s triple missed wide, as the game went into overtime.

Overtime: Olympiacos pulls it out

Granger and Hunter traded baskets inside, before Heurtel and Lojeski traded threes, 81-81. After two minutes with no baskets, Heurtel and Lojeski traded triples again, then Ioannis Athinaiou hit one with 74 seconds to go from the right corner, 84-87. Diebler answered right back with another three-pointer, but Papapetrou got Olympiacos in front for good driving to the hoop and finishing with a reverse layup. The Reds made a defensive stand, and Strawberry raced on a fast break and finished it with a layup to seal the deal.

Olympiacos Piraeus celebrates - EB15
Thursday, November 12, 2015
Attendance: 8165
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 TYUS, ALEX 13:08 2 1/2   0/2 2   2 1 1 1 3     2 7
4 BALBAY, DOGUS 1:59                   1         -1
5 BROWN, DERRICK 24:36 9 3/6 0/1 3/4 1 2 3 1     1   1 2 10
6 OSMAN, CEDI 9:55 2 1/4 0/1     2 2   1     1 1   -1
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 14:15 3   1/2   2 2 4       1   2 2 7
9 SARIC, DARIO 25:13 11 2/6 2/2 1/2 2 8 10 4   2 1   1 3 21
10 KORKMAZ, FURKAN 7:51 2 1/1 0/1     2 2           2 1 2
15 GRANGER, JAYSON 37:43 26 6/10 3/5 5/7   2 2 2 2 3     3 6 24
31 HEURTEL, THOMAS 27:22 12 1/6 3/5 1/4   2 2 6 1 2   2 4 6 9
33 DIEBLER, JON 35:55 9 1/2 2/6 1/1 1 1 2 1         3   4
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 22:03 7 1/4   5/7 3 4 7 3 1   1   3 4 15
44 DUVERIOGLU, AHMET 5:00 4 2/3     1 1 2         1 1   3
Team           1 1 2     2          
Totals 225:00 87 19/44 11/23 16/27 13 27 40 18 6 11 7 4 21 26 100
        43.2% 47.8% 59.3%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 YOUNG, PATRIC 4:35 2 1/2     1 1 2       3 1     5
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 27:43 15 7/8   1/4 3 1 4     2   1 2 2 12
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 26:53 11 4/5 1/2     1 1 2 1     1     12
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 21:58 6 0/5 2/6   1 1 2 4   2   2 3 1 -3
8 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 27:32 9 2/4 1/3 2/4 1 3 4 1       1 3 3 7
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 22:40 17 6/10 1/1 2/2 1 3 4 1     1 1 5 3 16
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 6:44 5 2/2 0/1 1/1           1     3 2 2
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 18:26   0/1 0/1     2 2 2 1 1     4 2  
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 25:25 11 1/3 2/3 3/4   2 2 8 2       3 5 21
24 LOJESKI, MATT 30:30 11 2/3 2/5 1/1 1 6 7 5 1 1     2 1 18
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 12:34 4 0/2 1/2 1/2   2 2           2 2 2
Team           2 5 7               7
Totals 225:00 91 25/45 10/24 11/18 10 27 37 23 5 7 4 7 27 21 99
        55.6% 41.7% 61.1%

Head Coaches

Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"It was a strange and tough and exciting game. Our entry to the game was very difficult. Olympiacos led the game in the second quarter by 15 points, 30-15. One of the reasons was [Olympiacos’s] good defense and Heurtel’s early fouls. Granger gave his maximum then. After a bad half, we finished 30-36 with a big opportunity to return to the game. In the last five minutes we were ahead by 11. Like everybody, we thought that the game was over. Our defense was not in the expected level even in overtime. We have to learn a lot from this loss. We lost a game that looked impossible to lose. But it is our fault and it is my responsibility with such a bad reaction of the team. "
Olympiacos Piraeus
"This was a big win for us. Efes is a very strong team at home. We showed character for a full game, we did not surrender. The last five minutes of the game, we were behind by 11 points and did not give up and got to overtime. In the first half our team was very good and played excellent defense. we gave Efes only 30 points in the first half. We made 52% of two-point shots. We knew that Efes would react in the second half. In the fourth quarter, in the first five minutes we lost concentration. They scored many three-point shots. But they only did this in the first five minutes of the fourth period. We came back in the last 5 mins of the game. In overtime we scored critical shots and won. "
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