2001-02Regular SeasonRound 3
October 24, 2001 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 GLIFADA "MAKIS LIOUGAS" SPORTSHALL
All alone at the top! That's what they were singing in Athens on Wednesday as Olympiakos beat Slask Wroclaw 101-79 to make it to the top as the only undefeated team left in Group A after three games. James Forrest scored a season-high with 27 points, Alphonso Ford totalled 24 points with an incredible second half and the Reds managed to get a third win, though it was harder than the final score shows! The experienced Maciej Zielinski (17 points) and Antrej Fetisov (15 points) kept their team for 28 minutes close in the game (63-59), but Slask lost its concentration in the fourth quarter. That was the first loss for the Polish champions in three games in the Euroleague.

Scoring 21 points in the first half, Forrest proved that he is capable enough to give great help to his partner, Ford, who only had 7 points in the first 20 minutes), as Olympiakos went in the lockerroom with a 15-point lead (52-37). Forrest was unstoppable, as he scored 15 points in the first quarter helping the Greek team recover from a slow start (15-14 seven minutes after the jump ball). For Wroclaw, Adomaitis and Einikis were hot at the beginning of the game, but then Olympiakos focused on defense and Theodore Papaloukas ran the fast break excellently, Slask lost everything. The score increased to 27-14, but Adomaitis hit a buzzer-beater to cut the deficit to 11 points, 27-16. In the second period, Andrei Fetissov tried to be the hero, hitting 3 of 3 three-pointers and closing the gap to 39-32 four minutes before halftime. But Dimitris Papanikolaou and Alexis Savrasenko were ready in those last four minutes to restore the Olympiakos lead and then some, pushing it to 52-37.

The score of the first half rang the alarm for Wroclaw. Veterans Zielinski, Einikis and Alanovic were the leaders as the Polish team managed a 7-0 run cutting the deficit to nine points, 52-43, two minutes after the break. Six mintues later, the match was still very close as Wroclaw managed topull within four (63-59). That was the moment when Ford took the law in his hands, starting his unique flights to Wroclaw's basket as the home team took a six-point lead into the fourth quarter, 69-63. Ford and Forrest high-fived as they managed to offer safety to their team. In the last minutes Olympiakos was very spectacular as its lead increased again to 15, at 83-68. The Reds were already on top of Group A.
Wednesday, October 24, 2001
K.S., Athens
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Referees: ZACHARA, IVAN (CZE), BITTON, MOSHE (ISR), JERSAN, ANDREJ (SLO)
Attendance: 3000
By Quarter1234
Olympiacos27251732
Idea Slask16212616
End of Quarter1234
Olympiacos275269101
Idea Slask16376379
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BOUNTOURIS, NIKOLAOS 6:18 2 1/1           1         2   1
5 JELIC, DUSAN 2:53           2 2     1     1    
6 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 36:56 15 4/7 1/1 4/6   2 2 9 1       2 3 23
7 PAPANIKOLAOU, DIMITRIOS 18:03 13 3/5 1/2 4/4   7 7 2   1   1 4 3 16
8 SAVRASENKO, ALEKSEY 27:53 12 5/6   2/2 1 7 8 1 2 5 1   2 5 21
9 RISACHER, STEPHANE 27:44 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   1 1 1 1 3 1     2 3
10 FORD, ALPHONSO 36:46 24 6/12 4/6     5 5 4 1 4 1 1 3 5 24
11 TOMIC, MILAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MANTZANAS, PANAGIOTIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 EKIM, EMRE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 FORREST, JAMES 31:17 27 11/13   5/5 2 3 5     4     3 4 27
15 DE MIGUEL, IGNACIO 12:10 6 3/5     1 1 2   2 1     4   3
Team                                
Totals 200:00 101 33/50 6/10 17/19 4 28 32 18 7 19 3 2 21 22 118
        66% 60% 89.5%
Head coach: ZOUROS, ILIAS
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
Idea Slask
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 VINSON, FRED 16:52 5 1/1 1/2   1 1 2     2     3 1 2
5 BIGUS, RAFAEL 3:37   0/1   0/2               1   1 -3
6 ALANOVIC, VLADAN 19:13 8 1/2 1/2 3/4 1 1 2 4   2     1 4 12
7 HAWKINS, MICHAEL 20:47 4 2/5 0/4 0/1   1 1 5 2 3     1 3 3
9 ZIELINSKI, MACIEJ 32:36 17 4/11 3/4   2 3 5 1 3     1 1 3 19
10 WIEKIERA, PAWEL 3:23     0/2                   1   -3
11 ADOMAITIS, DAINIUS 26:20 10 5/8 0/2   1 1 2     1     5   1
12 FETISOV, ANDREI 33:01 15 3/4 3/5   1 3 4 1   4     4 5 14
13 ADAMEK, ANDRZEJ 0:46                   1         -1
14 EINIKIS, GINTARAS 29:05 12 6/14 0/1   4 5 9 2   1 2 1 2 1 13
15 TOMCZYK, DOMINIK 14:20 8 2/5   4/4           1     4 2 2
Team                                
Totals 200:00 79 24/51 8/22 7/11 10 15 25 13 5 15 2 3 22 20 59
        47.1% 36.4% 63.6%
Head coach: BUCCHI, PIERO
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Head Coaches

ZOUROS, ILIAS
Olympiacos
"I feel good for the defense we put on the floor, which has covered some little offensive malfunctions. Anyway, this team is born to run, so 13 for 17 fast breaks it's a real big deal. We enjoy the win, but we keep working, in order to be prepared for the next Greek League game against Peristeri. So far, we have three newly injured players - Nikagbatse, Risacher, Forrest - victims of the game - and wait for the medical exams. Finally, I would like to congratulate coach Bucchi for the job he has done to Wroclaw. It doesn't matter the gap of 22 points, Slask is a really strong and well coached team."
BUCCHI, PIERO
Idea Slask
"We didn't deserve to lose by 22 points, but it happens. We paid for our mistakes at the crucial moments and Olympiakos took advantage of that. We had the desire to fight for the best possible result, we cut the margin to 4 points, but all the time Olympiakos had the proper answer, due to it's defense."
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