Regular Season Round 14 - January 30, 2008 CET: 20:30 Local time: 21:30 - PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
7-6 Regular Season 9-4
7-6 Overall 9-4

Referees

Crew Chief
ZACHARA, IVAN, Czech Rep.
Referee
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Umpire
PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL, Spain

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
85.5 Points 78.3
33.3 Rebounds 28.7
9.1 O. Rebounds 7.9
24.2 D. Rebounds 20.8
13.0 Assists 12.2
8.2 Steals 14.2
3.0 Blocks 3.3
13.8 Turnovers 11.1
54.5 % 2PT 52.4 %
38.6 % 3PT 37.2 %
85.0 % FT 76.1 %
94.7 Index 84.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.3 / JACKSON, MARC Points 12.9 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
6.5 / JACKSON, MARC Rebounds 5.2 / STONEROOK, SHAUN
2.4 / JACKSON, MARC OR 1.5 / Eze
4.2 / JACKSON, MARC DR 4.5 / STONEROOK, SHAUN
3.7 / Greer Assists 4.2 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
2.2 / MACIJAUSKAS, ARVYDAS Steals 2.7 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
1.2 / Bourousis Blocks 1.2 / Eze
2.5 / JACKSON, MARC Turnovers 2.2 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL
77.8 % / Vasileiadis 2PT 80.0 % / Carraretto
50.0 % / Vasileiadis 3PT 55.2 % / Lavrinovic, K.
100.0 % / Vasileiadis FT 100.0 % / Carraretto
18.5 / JACKSON, MARC Index 13.0 / MCINTYRE, TERRELL

THE TAKE

One of the more important Week 14 battles in Group A will take place at the Peace and Friendship Arena in Piraeus, Greece, on Wednesday when Olympiacos hosts Montepaschi Siena. Though both teams have wrapped up Top 16 berths, where they sit when the Top 16 draw is still up for grabs. Montepaschi, which enters the game in second place in the group with a 9-4 record, could still place anywhere from the top level to the third, though it depends mostly on other results. Meanwhile Olympiacos, 7-6, simply wants to avoid the fourth level of the draw and to do so must win and hope for Tau Ceramica to beat Zalgiris Kaunas in another Group A encounter on Wednesday. Pini Gershon’s Reds have hit a rough spot lately, dropping back-to-back games at Prokom and Zalgiris and then losing another game in the Greek League. However Olympacos, which has been hit hard by injuries this season, hopes to have Arvydas Macijauskas back this week, which would make a world of difference for the Reds. Also in Olympiacos’s favor is the fact that it’s undefeated at home this season. Montepaschi has won three in a row to shoot up to second in the standings, despite dealing with some injuries of its own and retooling its roster. Now with Ksistof Lavrinovic back and newcomers Hector Romero and Keith McLeod having meshed with the team, Montepaschi is as strong as ever. When these teams last met in December, point guard Terrell McIntyre came up with a key steal, basket and assist in the final minute to lead Montepaschi back from a 7-point fourth quarter deficit to an 86-84 win. Olympiacos played that game without its top point guard, Lynn Greer, who will upgrade its attack this week. As the top-scoring team in the Euroleague and with four players averaging at least 12 points per game in the lineup – Greer, Macijauskas, forward Qyntel Woods and center Marc Jackson – Olympiacos has the talent to outscore anyone when healthy. However in Montepaschi the Reds take on one of the very best defensive outfits around. Some of the exciting matchups figure to be Greer vs. McIntyre, Macijauskas against Romain Sato and Jackson on Lavrinovic. But ultimately it will be about team play on both sides of the ball and which role players step up to determine the victory. If Macijauskas is back and at 100%, Olympiacos becomes the favorite at home, but either way this game has the makings of a 40-minute thriller, just like when they last met.
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Quotes Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"It is very important to win this game for many reasons. If Tau Ceramica beats Zalgiris Kaunas, we will go to a higher level towards the Top 16 draw. And then, because we want to return to victories for psychological reasons. In addition, we want to keep our home court unbeaten. The game is very important for Montepaschi Siena as well, since they have possibilities to take the second place of Group A and definitely they have big interest in winning at our arena."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"Olympiacos is the most offensive team in Europe and they are unbeaten at home. This describes how hard it will be for us to win the last regular season game. We'll be missing Kaukenas and Sato, who was injured last Sunday, but we'll try to do our best to end the first round in the better way. Defense and shooting accuracy will be two of the main keys of the game."

Players

BLAKNEY, RODERICK
Olympiacos
"I don't think there is much to say. We know we must beat Montepaschi Siena and then wait for Tau Ceramica to give significance to our victory by beating Zalgiris Kaunas in Vitoria. At this moment, the point for Olympiacos is to return to victories and to good performances and then to take advantage of the Euroleague break and try to correct all the wrong things we did during the past two weeks."
CARRARETTO, MARCO
Montepaschi Siena
"We are in good shape coming from a three-win streak in the Euroleague. But we are facing a very difficoult period due to many heavy injuries. First Lavrinovic, stopped one month, then Kaukenas, out for the rest of the season, and now Sato. It is not easy to play under these conditions twice a week. That's why tomorrow will be a tough game for us, proprably the most difficult in the regular season. But we are still in the race for second place, so we'll make our biggest effort to stay in the game until the end."
Ksystof Lavrinovic - Montepaschi Siena Montepaschi Siena flexed its strength on Wednesday with a big road win over Olympiacos at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Greece. A huge fourth quarter from Terrell McIntyre helped the Italian champs become the first team to beat Olympiacos at home this season, 73-80. The victory sealed second place in Group A for Montepaschi, which finished the regular season with a 10-4 record. Meanwhile Olympiacos finishes the regular season on a three-game losing streak, which dropped the Reds’ record to 7-7. Olympiacos used a big second period to take control, leading by as many as 12 settling on a 31-41 halftime lead. After a stern talk from head coach Pini Gershon, Olympiacos used a 14-3 charge to tie the game in the third period and went ahead early in the fourth. Big minutes from Marc Jackson and Lynn Greer put the hosts up 62-55. However that’s when McIntyre took over, going for 4 three-pointers – each one –bigger than the last – and 15 fourth-quarter points to put Montepaschi in control. Shaun Stonerook iced the game with a critical triple that made it 71-77 with less than a minute to go as the visitors swiped a nice road win. McIntyre led Montepaschi with 19 points, Ksistof Lavrinovic scored 16, Vlado Ilievski 13 and Stonerook added 11. Jackson was Olympiacos’s best player with 23 points, 9 rebounds and 5 assists, Greer added 14 points and Ioannis Bourousis had 10.

Some good offensive rebounding by the hosts resulted in an Olympiacos 4-1 start with baskets-on-offensive boards coming from Milos Teodosic and Greer. McIntyre and Bootsy Thornton, though, found easy points to push Siena infront 4-5. Ben Eze scored a good basket-plus-foul before Qyntel Woods nailed a triple to make it 7-8. It was obvious that Montepaschi preferred to go for a slow-tempo game and the guests managed to control the rhythm as Olympiacos was finding trouble to create open opportunities. Points came from the free-throw line for the Reds, mainly with Jackson, allowing Olympiacos sail ahead 13-10. Poor shooting hurt Siena, too, but from the line the visitors were accurate to get to a 15-15 tie. Shaun Stonerook sank a triple for a 15-18 Montepaschi lead after one quarter.

Marc Jackson - Olympiacos Lavrinovic fired in a three-pointer and drew the foul, too, and when Ilievski scored on the fast-break Siena was ahead 23-17 as the home fans started to express loudly their disappointment. The guests continued to dictate the tempo; Ilievski and Hector Romero scored for a 19-27 lead to force coach head coach Pini Gershon call for an Olympiacos timeout. Ilievski stole the ball from Greer and ran the open floor for Montepaschi’s first double-digit lead. The difference grew more with points from Romero, but Giorgos Printezis showed some reaction for Olympiacos with a basket-plus-free-throw to cut it to 22-31. Lavrinovic nailed a triple from the corner, but Kostas Vassiliadis dished consecutive assists to Jackson to allow the Reds to get within 29-34. However Montepaschi didn’t panic. A three-pointer by Marco Carraretto and inside baskets from McIntyre and Lavrinovic let the guests run away again at 29-41. Printezis scored before halftime to make it 31-41 for Siena.

A dunk by Bouroussis warmed the atmosphere in the Hall, but soon Stonerook chipped in a triple for a 35-46 Siena lead. Consecutive steals from Olympiacos led to easy layups as the Reds came closer. Some bad decision making by both sides followed before Jackson scored in the paint to get the hosts within 41-46. Ilievski and Manolis Papamakarios exchanged three-pointers before Bouroussis fired in another triple as the shot clock expired to bring the hosts as close as 47-49 as the crowd got loud, this time to support Olympiacos. Vassilopoulos tied it from the charity at 49-49, wrapping a 14-3 charge. Keith McLeod stepped up for a huge three-pointer for Siena to make it 49-52 and silence the crowd. Free throws by Jackson closed the third quarter with the score at 51-52, still in favor of Montepaschi.

Terrell McIntyre - Montepaschi Siena Bouroussis brought Olympiacos ahead for the first time since the very beginning at 53-52, but soon Lavrinovic fired in another triple to put Siena infront again. Jackson and Greer added 4 straight points for the hosts to take the lead back, 57-55. Papamakarios found a triple from the corner and Greer ran the court for 62-55 as Olympiacos was now ordering the tempo. McIntyre created room for a three-pointer behind the screen to make it 64-60 with five minutes still to play. Free throws by McIntyre and Carraretto offered solutions for Siena, but Papamakarios drove to make it 68-63. It was time for McIntyre to take the situation into his hot hands; two consecutive critical triples and Siena was at helm again at 68-69. Jackson answered from inside, but McIntyre was in the zone to add another three-pointer to make it 70-72. Bouroussis missed one from the line at 71-72, but Stonerook didn’t copy him as he sank two free throws. Teodosic and Greer missed twice and the ball possession was now to Siena with 50 seconds to go. Stonerook nailed a triple to make it 71-77 and there was no time left for Olympiacos to react as Siena forced the Reds to their first home defeat this season.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Stelios Kyriakoglou, Athens
Referees: ZACHARA, IVAN (CZE), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP)
Attendance: 3000
By Quarter1234
Olympiacos15162022
Montepaschi Siena18231128
End of Quarter1234
Olympiacos15315173
Montepaschi Siena18415280
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 21:18 8 1/1 2/2     1 1     1     5   3
6 WOODS, QYNTEL 14:04 3   1/3 0/2   3 3 1   3     2 1 -1
8 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 19:40 10 3/3 1/2 1/2   6 6 1 1 3 1   4 3 13
11 GREER, LYNN 29:14 14 5/8 0/4 4/4 3 4 7   1 5   1 3 5 11
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 20:15 2   0/1 2/6   3 3   1 2     2 4 1
14 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 9:33     0/2     3 3 2         3 1 1
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 20:59 5 2/3 0/1 1/1                 1 1 3
17 KAFKIS, PANAGIOTIS 1:25                              
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 27:54 8 3/8 0/2 2/2 2 2 4 1 1 2     3 3 5
25 JACKSON, MARC 35:38 23 7/16   9/10 4 5 9 5 1 2   3 2 7 28
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 73 21/39 4/17 19/27 12 27 39 10 5 18 1 4 25 25 67
53.8% 23.5% 70.4%
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
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
# Player Min Pts 2FG
M-A
3FG
M-A
FT
M-A
Rebounds As St To Bl Fouls PIR
O D T Fv Ag Cm Rv
4 BERTI, SIMONE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 MCINTYRE, TERRELL 30:34 19 2/5 4/7 3/4 1   1 2 1       3 4 17
6 ILIEVSKI, VLADO 31:17 13 4/7 1/2 2/2   2 2 4 3 2     1 3 18
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 16:08 5 2/2   1/1 1 3 4     4 1   3 1 4
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 30:42 4 0/3 1/3 1/2   2 2 1 3     1 1 2 4
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY 12:47 3 1/4 0/3 1/2   1 1   1       5 1 -6
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 27:05 16 2/2 3/3 3/7 1 5 6 1 1 3 2   5 8 22
14 RESS, TOMAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
18 MC LEOD, KEITH 14:43 5   1/3 2/3           1     3 3 1
19 ROMERO, HECTOR 11:37 4 2/2 0/1     2 2     1       1 5
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 25:07 11 0/2 3/4 2/2 1 4 5 3 2 1 1   4 2 16
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 80 13/27 13/26 15/23 4 21 25 11 11 12 4 1 25 25 83
48.1% 50% 65.2%
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Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"This is not an easy night for anybody in the team. It's something that we have to deal with. There was too much pressure on us, not only before, but also during the game, too. I think that some people were hoping us to lose tonight; they were organized to yell at us. We suffered too many unforced turnovers and bad shooting till halftime; 14 errors and 1-of-10 three-pointers, it’s really bad. We faced injuries again and I have to admit that we didn't practice and didn't prepare as well as we had for to do for this game. Basketball is a game of momentum; when we got the 7-point-lead, we sent Siena to the line for 5 times and they managed to come back. The main difference between the two teams tonight was the fact that Siena scored on open opportunities, while we had to face its aggressive defense on set offenses. That’s the reason we didn’t reach our standards on offense. Last year we were in the same situation. The fans were putting too much pressure to us. If they yell at us after a missed shot or a sub, they have to understand that they influence badly the players first and me after. I am here to take 100% of the responsibility. I always say that you pay the coach money to have somebody to blame in defeats. We have a great management and if they think that there is someone who can do the job better than me, then that’s ok. I am here to handle the situation."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"I am really happy tonight. I don't think there was anybody who would have bet even a single euro that we have finished second in this group. With this win and our overall presence, I think that we proved we can face any team in the next round. We showed clear mind and were focused on defense on Marc Jackson. Three-pointers gave us the win down the stretch. I have great respect for coach Gershon, he has won 3 Euroleague titles and I am sure he knows the way to the Final Four."

Players

JACKSON, MARC
Olympiacos
"We suffered some crucial mistakes down the stretch. Siena found some big shots. Based on defense, we managed to come back, but it was our defense that betrayed us in the last minutes. We lost a good chance. That's the way it is here in Europe; the fans really love you when you win, but they yell at you when you lose. We still have the experience to handle this and know how to do the job at the end."
ILIEVSKI, VLADO
Montepaschi Siena
"This was an important game for both teams. We knew that Olympiacos is in the middle of a crisis as they had lost to PAOK. But, we also came with two defeats in the Italian Championship and had to deal with two absences: Sato and Kaukenas. We somehow had lost our confidence these weeks, but tonight we showed once again character. And I think that this is the key in the team; winning character is always there."
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