2015-16Regular SeasonRound 8
December 03, 2015 CET: 21:00
Local time: 22:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.7 Points 74.3
40.4 Rebounds 32.9
13.1 O. Rebounds 11.0
27.3 D. Rebounds 21.9
17.6 Assists 15.1
7.0 Steals 7.4
3.4 Blocks 1.6
13.4 Turnovers 11.6
50.3 % 2PT 47.3 %
33.3 % 3PT 30.5 %
70.0 % FT 75.9 %
85.9 Index 73.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.8 / Printezis Points 20.0 / Gentile
6.6 / Hunter Rebounds 4.3 / Barac
3.2 / Hunter OR 2.0 / Macvan
4.2 / Printezis DR 3.1 / Simon
6.2 / Spanoulis Assists 4.2 / Gentile
1.3 / Strawberry Steals 1.6 / Jenkins
2.6 / Young Blocks 0.4 / Lawal
3.3 / Spanoulis Turnovers 2.3 / Simon
71.4 % / Young 2PT 71.0 % / Barac
63.6 % / Athinaiou 3PT 60.0 % / Cinciarini
100.0 % / Papapetrou FT 91.7 % / Lafayette
17.8 / Printezis Index 19.3 / Gentile

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
6-1 Regular Season 2-5
6-1 Overall 2-5

Referees

Crew Chief
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia
Referee
BULTO, VICENTE, Spain
Umpire
KOWALSKI, MARCIN, Poland

The Take

A winner of five in a row, Olympiacos has already clinched a Top 16 berth and could crown itself a Group B champs this week. To do so, the Reds must beat Milan and witness Limoges stopping Laboral Kutxa in Spain. Milan ended a five-game skid last week by beating Anadolu Efes as big man Jamel McClean captured MVP of the week honors. Both teams enter the contest with significant injury concerns; Milan hopes to get league-leading scorer Alessandro Gentile back, while Olympiacos, which has already lost center Patric Young, is eager for the return of stars Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis. Coach Giannis Sfairopoulos has been creative at times with his deep lineup, which leads the league in rebounds (40.4 rpg.) and is tied for second in the league in defense by allowing opponents just 68.7 points per game. Center Othello Hunter, swingman Matt Lojeski and guard Vangelis Mantzaris have stepped up for the Reds in their time of need. Milan’s Achilles’s heel this season has been its shooting; it is third-bottom in the league in true shooting percentage (44.0%). Milan will need both inside players like Stanko Barac and perimeter players like Charles Jenkins and Krunoslav Simon to make higher percentages of their shots to pick up a road win at Peace and Friendship Stadium.
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Olympiacos Piraeus

Othello Hunter leads the Euroleague in offensive rebounding this season though Round 7 with an average of 3.2 boards per game.

Georgios Printezis has scored in double figures in 10 straight Euroleague games.

Vassilis 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 is averaging 10 points on 7-of-12 three-point shooting (58.3%) and a performance index rating of 12.3 at home this season, but just 6.3 points on 6-of-16 three-point shooting (37.5%) and a performance index rating of 4.8 in road games.

Mantzaris needs 6 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Ioannis Athinaiou has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last four games; he is shooting 7 for 11 from downtown (63.6%) in that stretch.

Daniel Hackett spent the previous two seasons at EA7 Emporio Armani Milan. He was a teammate there of current Milan players Alessandro Gentile and Bruno Cerella.

EA7 Emporio Armani Milan

Jasmin Repesa coached Olympiacos guard Daniel Hackett during the latter’s first professional season at Benetton Treviso during the 2009-10 season. Alessandro Gentile was also on that team.

Alessandro Gentile is the top scorer in the Euroleague through Round 7 with an average of 20 points per game.

Gentile has scored in double figures in 16 straight Euroleague appearances.

Charles Jenkins has made at least 1 three-pointer in six of his last seven Euroleague games.

Krunoslav Simon needs 5 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Oliver Lafayette played for Olympiacos last season and helped it win the Greek League title. He was a teammate there of most of the current Reds’ squad.

Lafayette had one of his best Euroleague games against Olympiacos back in the 2011-12 season when he played for Anadolu Efes. Lafayette scored a career-high 26 points on 4-of-6 three-point shooting off the bench, but the Reds prevailed 65-67.

Jamel McLean was a teammate of Olympiacos scorer Matt Lojeski during the first half of the 2012-13 season at Belgian club Ostend.

McLean claimed his first weekly MVP honor last week after scoring 26 points on 9-of-10 shooting for a performance index rating of 36 in a victory over Anadolu Efes.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
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Quotes Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"The game for them is do-or-die. Τhey want to win in order to have chances for the Top 16. They have three wins in a row, so they are very dangerous. We have to be very careful. Also we have to be focused for 40 minutes and fight for every ball."
REPESA, JASMIN
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"The win over Efes gave us the chance to still try to get to the Top 16 and this is our goal. We are aware of how difficulti it is because of two games we gave away and should have won. Besides we are without some key players. But this is the kind of game you playe with sense of urgency and very determined to win, you don't look for excuses."

Players

MILUTINOV, NIKOLA
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We still got injury problems but we show that we have character. We have to stay all together and give our best for 40 minutes. For Armani the game is like a final, so we must be very careful."
LAFAYETTE, OLIVER
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"We are coming together as a team especially at the defensive end of the floor. We want to fight for our lives in the Euroleague and now it takes a great game to win in Piraeus against one of the best defensive team in Europe."

Reds roll to fifth straight win by beating Milan

Already-qualified Group B leader Olympiacos Piraeus extended its winning streak to five games by pulling away in the fourth quarter for 73-63 win over visiting EA7 Emporio Armani Milan on Thursday night at Peace & Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. After a game in which the hosts missed Vassilis Spanoulis, and Milan played without Alessandro Gentile, the Reds improved to 7-1 and have a two-win cushion atop Group B, while Milan dropped to 2-6 in a share of fifth place. Olympiacos’s victory also put Anadolu Efes Istanbul through to the Top 16, while Milan needs to win by a double-digit margin next week against Cedevita in Zagreb to keep alive its Top 16 chances. D.J Strawberry scored 9 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and also pulled down 9 rebounds to lead Olympiacos. Nikola Milutinov added 12 points and Georgios Printezis 11, while Daniel Hackett had 9 points, 8 rebounds and 5 assists in victory. Andrea Cinciarini and Charles Jenkins each had 12 points and 4 assists for the visitors. Jamel McLean collected 11 points and 10 rebounds, while Krunoslav Simon netted 9 points and dished 6 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Defensive battle at the start

Stanko Barac hit a jumper for Milan, and Milutinov scored inside for the Reds. However, those were the only baskets in the first four minutes of the game until Cinciarini hit a corner triple to make it 2-5. Jenkins added a three-pointer in transition, to make it 2-8 and force an Olympiacos timeout. But Hackett went coast-to-coast, Strawberry got to the hoop, and Milutinov added a monster dunk to tie the game at 8-8. Cinciarini ended Milan's three-minute drought with a driving layup, and a second-chance triple by Jenkins opened an 8-13 advantage. As the defenses dominated, Printezis made his trademark baseline floater, then knocked down a triple to beat the buzzer at the end of the quarter for a 14-13 advantage after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Triples help Milan to halftime lead

Printezis also scored inside on the opening possession of the quarter, but that turned out to be the only basket for another three minutes, until McLean made a tough turnaround baseline jumper. Jenkins buried a jumper, and after Simon made a corner triple, Jenkins knocked down a triple to make it 16-24. Matt Lojeski ended a span of more than seven minutes without Olympiacos basket and snapped a 0-11 run. But McLean finished inside, and after Milutinov threw down a big dunk, Cinciarini nailed a three to open a 21-29 advantage. In the final 80 seconds of the half, Lojeski hit a runner and Hackett free throws made it 25-29 at the break.

Third quarter: Milan hits more threes, but hosts stay close

The scoring picked up a notch as Lafayette hit a corner triple, and after Printezis scored inside for the Reds, Lafayette and Ioannis Athinaiou traded triples to make it 31-35. Simon dished for an easy layup by Barac, but Mantzaris and Milutinov scored from close range, before Mantzaris battled inside for a layup-plus foul, giving the hosts a 41-37 edge. Simon snapped a 10-0 run with a driving layup. Milutinov scored inside again, but McLean scored in a crowd to keep Milan in sight, 43-41. Othello Hunter had a put-back, but McLean fought his way for a basket-plus-foul and as Olympiacos lost Lojeski to an injured hamstring, McLean nailed a mid-range jumper and Robbie Hummel finished a fast break to give the visitors a 45-48 lead. However, Strawberry knocked down a triple to make it 48-48 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: The Reds pull away

Hackett put Olympiacos in front with a driving layup, and Athinaiou beat the shot-clock with a triple to make it 54-49. Simon hit a turnaround jumper for the visitors, but Printezis and Strawberry each scored 2 free throws, then Strawberry made a steal and raced for a dunk and a 60-51 lead. After a Milan timeout, a long floater by Athinaiou extended the difference to 11 points before Simon’s foul shots snapped a 13-2 run. However, the Reds grabbed a couple offensive rebounds to keep Milan from gaining any momentum. Hummel knocked down a long jumper, but Printezis assisted Strawberry, who maintained the hosts’ double-digit lead. Barac hit a baseline jumper, but Strawberry iced it with a triple at 69-57 with 1:37 left in the game. Before the end, Hunter extended the lead to 14 points with a put-back. Hummel nailed three-pointer and Cinciarini drove for a layup to round out the score.

One Team - Olympiacos Piraeus vs. EA7 Emporio Armani Milan - EB15
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Euroleague.net
Referees: LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), KOWALSKI, MARCIN (POL)
Attendance: 6799
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Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 14:45 4 2/3   0/2 2 1 3   2 3     4 3 2
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 18:33   0/3 0/1   2 2 4 1 1       1   1
8 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 28:03 16 3/4 2/6 4/6 3 6 9 1 1     1 1 4 22
9 TSAIRELIS, MICHALIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS 0:59 2     2/2                   1 3
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 18:49 12 5/8   2/2 3 2 5 1   1 1   5 1 11
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 23:05 11 3/5 1/3 2/2       3         1 2 11
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 12:54   0/3     4   4               1
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 21:09 6 1/4 1/2 1/1   2 2 1 1 2       1 5
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 24:21 9 2/3 0/2 5/6 1 7 8 5   1     4 8 21
24 LOJESKI, MATT 13:00 5 1/3 1/2         1   2       3 4
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 24:22 8 1/3 2/5     2 2 4 1       1 2 11
Team             3 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 73 18/39 7/21 16/21 15 25 40 17 6 11 1 1 17 25 93
        46.2% 33.3% 76.2%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
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
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 McLEAN, JAMEL 32:24 11 5/7   1/1 2 8 10     4     3 5 17
3 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 16:13 6 0/1 2/6     1 1     2     4   -4
6 AMATO, ANDREA 0:06                              
7 CERELLA, BRUNO 6:56   0/1 0/3         1 1       2   -4
15 MAGRO, DANIELE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
20 CINCIARINI, ANDREA 32:20 12 2/7 2/2 2/4   1 1 4 2 1   1 3 5 12
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 34:31 12 1/5 3/3 1/2   2 2 4   1     4 2 10
24 HUMMEL, ROBBIE 25:35 7 2/6 1/1     4 4     2     5    
27 BARAC, STANKO 20:07 6 3/7     2 2 4 1   1 1   1   6
43 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 31:48 9 2/3 1/3 2/2   3 3 6 1 2     3 5 16
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 63 15/37 9/18 6/9 6 23 29 16 4 13 1 1 25 17 57
        40.5% 50% 66.7%
Head coach: REPESA, JASMIN

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“It is an important victory over a team which came here to play one of its last cards to advance to the Top 16. In the first half we lacked energy, fighting spirit and concentration and let our opponents play their game. Fortunately in the second half, we improved our performance on both ends, got the momentum needed, pressed the ball and found the path to the win. I am not surprised by the way that D.J. Strawberry, Daniel Hackett and Nikola Milutinov are playing. I knew their quality and what they can bring to our team. Right now we are still searching for a big man to replace Patrick Young and Shawn James is under consideration, but nothing is definite yet.”
REPESA, JASMIN
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
“Congratulations to Olympiacos for their win. Our target was to limit the offensive boards of our opponents, because it is one of their strongest points, but it didn’t work out. In the first half we controlled the rhythm of the game and our defense was efficient as we allowed them to score only 25 points. However in the second half they scored 47 points and this is a clear proof of what happened here."

Players

STRAWBERRY, D.J.
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We came out in the second half with more energy on both ends of the court and that was the key for us tonight. Thanks to that energy, we improved our defense and managed to run in the open court and score easy points on fast breaks."
PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I am happy to return to action and I hope to not to get injured again and stay healthy and strong for the remainder of the season. It was a crucial game in order to lock up the first place, no matter if it is important or not. We are improving our game, but we have to try harder because the Top 16 will be another story. Tonight we didn't start well by allowing our opponents to move the ball well and score with consistency from behind the arc. Time is all we need, and of course to avoid the injuries, because so far we have never played all together."
HACKETT, DANIEL
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a tough and difficult match against a team that is playing its last card to make it to the Top 16. We didn't start well, but our performance improved in the second half. We tried harder, we fought and we beat them. Although I used to play for EA7 Armani Milan, I tried to handle this game like a regular one."
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