2015-16Regular SeasonRound 7
November 26, 2015 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
80.8 Points 88.7
40.3 Rebounds 35.7
13.5 O. Rebounds 9.3
26.8 D. Rebounds 26.3
18.0 Assists 16.3
6.5 Steals 8.2
3.8 Blocks 3.8
13.2 Turnovers 11.8
52.7 % 2PT 53.7 %
34.8 % 3PT 35.5 %
71.8 % FT 81.2 %
91.3 Index 101.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.8 / Printezis Points 15.8 / Bourousis
6.4 / Printezis Rebounds 9.3 / Bourousis
3.3 / Hunter OR 2.7 / Bourousis
4.2 / Printezis DR 6.7 / Bourousis
6.8 / Spanoulis Assists 4.7 / Adams
1.2 / Young Steals 1.5 / Hanga
2.6 / Young Blocks 1.3 / Hanga
3.4 / Spanoulis Turnovers 2.0 / Adams
71.4 % / Young 2PT 100.0 % / Corbacho
75.0 % / Athinaiou 3PT 52.0 % / Causeur
100.0 % / Mantzaris FT 100.0 % / Adams
17.8 / Printezis Index 25.0 / Bourousis

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-0 Top 16 0-0
5-1 Regular Season 4-2
5-1 Overall 4-2

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
SHULGA, BORIS, Ukraine
Umpire
KOLJENSIC, MILOS , Montenegro

The Take

Two traditional rivals meet again. Laboral center Ioannis Bourousis, who leads the league in index rating (25 per game), played for Olympiacos for five seasons and beat the Reds in the Euroleague final with Real Madrid last season. Olympiacos allows fewer two-point shots (16.5) than anyone and leads the Euroleague in rebounds (40.3 rpg.). Laboral is second in scoring (88.7 ppg.), fouls drawn (23.8 per game) and free throw percentage (81.2%), while committing just 11.8 turnovers per night. Toko Shengelia is back, giving Coach Velimir Perasovic another option at power forward. Georgios Printezis and Vassilis Spanoulis are questionable, so a lot depends on their situation. Young players like Dimitrios Agravanis, Ioannis Papapetrou and Ioannis Athinaiou stepped up in Zagreb last week. Athiniaou and Vangelis Mantzaris will have the tough mission against Laboral's electric point guard duo, Mike James and Darius Adams. Fabien Causeur and Adam Hanga are in great shape these days, so Olympiacos's most experienced players, Matt Lojeski and D.J. Strawberry, need to be solid on defense. Othello Hunter and Nikola Milutinov will be ready to go against Bourousis, in what seems to be a key to this exciting game at the top of the standings.
Tuesday, November 24, 2015
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Game Notes

Olympiacos Piraeus

Othello hunter leads the Euroleague in offensive rebounding this season though Round 6 with an average of 3.3 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.

Vassilis Spanoulis scored 27 points and dished 6 assists to lead Olympiacos to a 76-64 victory over Laboral Kutxa in the Top 16 last season.

Vangelos Mantzaris played one of his best Euroleague games against Laboral Kutxa Vitoria two seasons ago. Mantzaris led the Reds to an 89-59 victory in the Top 16 with 5 points, 8 rebounds, a career-best 9 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 18.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis was named Round 2 MVP after leading his team to an overtime win over Olympiacos with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 44.

Bourousis is the Euroleague leader through six games this season in average performance index rating with 25 per game.

Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding through six games this season with an average of 9.3 boards per game.

Bourousis has made 16 consecutive free throws in Euroleague games.

Bourousis is ranked fourth in competition history with 158 career blocked shots. He needs 2 more rejections to catch Stephane Lasme for third place.

Bourousis played five seasons for Olympiacos between 2006 and 2011. In that time he helped the club win a pair of Greek Cups and reach two Euroleague Final Fours. He played alongside Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis during that period.

Bourousis and Spanoulis were teammates on the Greek national team that won the gold medal at the 2005 European Championships in Serbia. The two were also teammates on the Greek junior national team that won the gold medal at the 2002 European Championships for Young Men in Lithuania.

Fabien Causeur has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Adams has made 10 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Darko Planinic was a teammate of Olympiacos guard D.J. Strawberry at Cibona Zagreb during the 2013-14 season.

Toko Shengelia had one of his best Euroleague performances against Olympiacos last season. Shengelia totaled 14 points, 7 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks per a career-best performance index rating of 26 in an 89-70 home win.

Ilimane Diop recorded his best Euroleague game against Olympiacos. The center scored 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, grabbed 7 rebounds and blocked 1 shot over 19 minutes of a 70-89 loss in January 2014.

Tuesday, November 24, 2015
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We have a very difficult game in front of us. Printezis and Lojeski are our for sure and we will wait till last minute to see if we can have Spanoulis and Milutinov with us. Laboral Kutxa is a very good and solid team and we have to be very careful. The control of the rhythm will be the key to the game. They like to play fast so we have to stop their guards. Bourousis is doing an excellent job at both parts of the court so we have to play better defense on him than we did at the first’s round game."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We know that we have to fight and play a very good game because it's a difficult gym, with an imposing team that plays tough and with quality. We have to play serious basketball to win this game. Let's see how we do because we come from two road losses and I hope my team does better in another away game."

Players

HUNTER, OTHELLO
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We have a lot of injuries. It’s not going to be an easy game for us. That’s why we have to be very careful. Everybody must do a step forward in order to cover the players that they are not going to play."
CORBACHO, ALBERTO
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Olympiacos is one of the great teams in Europe and at home they are demonstrating that they are strong. We must think about being intense for 40 minutes to compete, be demanding of ourselves and, most of all, behave like a team. We have to go to Piraeus without fears and willing to win. If we compete we are a high-level team. We have confidence and anything can happen."

Olympiacos tops Laboral and punches Top 16 ticket

In a physical, defensive showdown that went down to the wire, Olympiacos Piraeus qualified to the Top 16 from Group B by downing Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz 59-52 at home on Thursday. Olympiacos was without four key players and lost superstar Vassilis Spanoulis midway through the fourth quarter, but managed to improve to 6-1 and seal its ticket to the next stage. Laboral dropped to 4-3. Spanoulis led the winners with 10 points, but seven other players scored 6 or more. Ioannis Bourousis led Laboral with 16 points and 15 rebounds. Jaka Blazic and Darius Adams each had 11 points for the visitors. Vangelis Mantzaris led a 12-1 opening run, which allowed the hosts to keep a 12-6 margin after 10 minutes. Olympiacos boosted its margin to 36-22 at halftime, but Laboral, led by an outstanding Bourousis, cut its deficit to 46-39 at the end of the third quarter and then again to 51-49 with three minutes left. Mantzaris hit a key three-pointer and Ioannis Athinaiou also buried one from beyond the arc to seal the outcome down the stretch.

First quarter: Defenses set the early tone

D.J. Strawberry got Olympiacos going with a reverse layup and Spanoulis scored in penetration for a 4-0 lead. Laboral was held scoreless in the opening three minutes, while a layup Dimitrios Agravanis and a three-pointer by Vangelis Mantzaris prompted the guests to call timeout at 9-0. After Adam Hanga split free throws, a three-point play by Mantzaris gave the Reds their first double-digit lead, 12-1. Bourouis tried to change things with a three-point play and Fabien Causeur added a layup off a steal to make it 12-6. Ioannis Papapetrou left the game with a sprained ankle, though he would later return. Olympiacos started to miss shots, as the game turned into a physical battle. Neither team scored in the final five minutes of the quarter, combining for 13 missed shots and 8 turnovers.

Second quarter: Olympiacos takes off

Othello Hunter scored around the basket early in the quarter and a coast-to-coast layup by Daniel Hackett set a 16-6 Olympiacos margin. Laboral kept struggling to score and Spanoulis downed his trademark stop-and-pop jumper for a 12-point lead. Jaka Blazic hit an off-balance shot and soon added a close basket to keep the guests within 19-10. Agravanis made free throws, but Blazic answered with a put-back basket. Ioannis Athinaiou boosted his team's lead to 23-12. Blazic struck from downtown and a put-back layup by Alberto Corbacho caused the Reds to call timeout at 23-17. Bourousis scored down low, but Hunter dunked and a layup by Strawberry gave Olympiacos a 27-19 advantage. Bourousis took over with a put-back basket, but Hunter and Agravanis answered with consecutive layups. Papapetrou returned to action and ignited the crowd with a reverse layup and a jump hook off a spin move, good for a 36-22 Olympiacos lead at halftime.

Third quarter: Laboral keeps its chances alive

Bourousis hit a mid-range jumper immediately after the break and Hanga added a fast break layup that made it 36-26. Spanoulis stepped up with a second-chance basket, as Laboral switched to a small lineup with Hanga at power forward. Olympiacos dominated the game with outstanding defense, now allowing Laboral to run its offense through Bourousis. Spanoulis and Darius Adams exchanged foul shots and a one-handed dunk by Hunter brought the crowd to its feet at 42-28. Hackett took over with a wild driving layup, which Adams matched with an acrobatic basket. Blazic scored in penetration and free throws by Bourousis gave Laboral hope at 44-34. Olympiacos could not find a way to the basket and free throws by Bourousis got the guests within single digits. Adams swished a seven-meter bomb, but Michais Tsairelis beat the buzzer with a layup that gave the Reds a 46-39 lead.

Fourth quarter: Excitement till the end

Hackett hit a tough turnaround shot early in the quarter, but Corbacho immediately answered from downtown to keep Laboral within 48-42. Spanoulis split free throws and left the game after that due to a leg injury, Bourousis hit a jump hook and a layup-plus-foul by Hanga made it a 2-point game with 7 minutes left. Olympiacos lacked ball circulation without Spanoulis on court, but Papapetrou shined with a one-handed breakaway dunk that caused the guests call timeout at 51-47. Adams scored off a midcourt steal to keep Laboral within 2 with three minutes to go. After Mantzaris buried a critical three-pointer, Adams made free throws. Athinaiou struck from downtown, which prompted Laboral to stop the game at 57-51 in the next-to-last minute. Bourousis split free throws and a layup by Strawberry sealed the outcome, 59-52, as the guests never recovered.

Othello Hunter - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB15
Thursday, November 26, 2015
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR), KOLJENSIC, MILOS (MNE)
Attendance: 8000 (Tentative)
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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 23:32 8 4/9     3 7 10 1 2       4   12
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 23:40 6 3/6 0/1         1 2 2 1   2 1 3
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 21:36 10 3/7 0/3 4/7 1 1 2 3   3     1 3 4
8 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 25:10 6 3/8 0/1   2 4 6   2 2   1 4 1 2
9 TSAIRELIS, MICHALIS 11:58 2 1/4 0/1   1 2 3         1 1 2 1
10 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MOURATOS, VASSILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 20:44 6 2/3 0/1 2/2 2 3 5 2 2 3     1 2 11
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 25:08 9 1/8 2/5 1/3 1 4 5 4   2   2 4 4 2
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 17:47 6 3/4   0/1   4 4 1   3     4 2 4
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 30:25 6 0/3 1/3 3/4 1 3 4 3 2       2 5 12
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 59 20/52 3/15 10/17 11 30 41 15 10 15 1 4 23 20 53
        38.5% 20% 58.8%
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
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, MIKE 14:29   0/4 0/1     1 1 2 2 2     2 1 -3
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 30:46 2 1/5 0/1     4 4   1 5     2   -5
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 5:54         1 3 4     3     3   -2
7 SHENGELIA, TORNIKE 9:27         2 1 3 1 2 2     1 2 5
8 HANGA, ADAM 34:58 6 2/3 0/1 2/5   5 5   2       1 5 12
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 31:50 16 5/9 0/1 6/7 2 13 15   1 5 3   3 5 26
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 17:56 11 4/9 1/1 0/2 1 2 3   1 2   1 1 2 6
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 2:16 1 0/1   1/2 1   1             1 1
14 TILLIE, KIM 11:33   0/3                     1   -4
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 26:41 11 2/3 1/6 4/4   2 2 2 1 2 1   2 5 12
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO 14:10 5 1/2 1/3   1 1 2 1 1 2     4 2 2
Team             4 4               4
Totals 200:00 52 15/39 3/14 13/20 8 36 44 6 11 23 4 1 20 23 54
        38.5% 21.4% 65%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Ιt is a brave victory for our team, which proved once again its great collective sprit. I want to congratulate my players for their effort, especially on defense. We controlled the game and played it the way we wanted to. The defense was outstanding, maybe the best we have performed from the time I took over the bench of the team. On offense, we missed some easy shots most of them due to weariness and overexertion. There is no reason to exaggerate, but we have to stay humble and try to give some rest to the players and wait for those missing to be back. The fans who came tonight didn't watch a spectacular match, but they enjoyed the fighting spirit of our team and a very important victory."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"We committed 11 turnovers in only eight minutes of playing and after that the situation became very difficult. We improved our defense in the second half, managed to cut the margin to two points and had the opportunity to go ahead, but in the crucial moments we made many mistakes. With such an offensive performance and such low shooting percentages, you can't beat Olympiacos on their own court. They deserved to win and did."

Players

HUNTER, OTHELLO
Olympiacos Piraeus
"As usual, we based our game on our defense and got a difficult, but very important win tonight. The problems and the absences didn't affect us, because we have built a strong character and a great team spirit. We stayed together in difficult moments and manage to survive. Bourousis is a very difficult opponent and I am happy that he didn't lead Laboral to the victory, as he did it in Vitoria"
STRAWBERRY, D.J.
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was kind of business as usual for our defense, which has been outstanding and the main reason because we got the victory. We played bad in offense, but defense was always there to give us confidence. We are a team of warriors, who keep fighting all the time, no matter who is in and who is out. We played without Lojeski, Young, Printezis tonight and our captain, Spanoulis got injured and left the court, but we didn't surrender. Our defense make things happen in every game and this is great."
MANTZARIS, VANGELIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Once again, defense was the key for us to win this game. Laboral Kutxa came here averaging 88.6 points per game but we forced them to score only 52 and this is a great achievement. In the first half, we allowed them to score only 22 points, but they came back and cut the margin to two points. Our offense was not efficient and we missed many open shots, including layups. We didn't think of the margin and finally beat them by seven, which is the same difference by which we lost in Vitoria. Probably it will not be a case at the end of this stage, but, to be honest, I am sorry because I missed the last shot!"
ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We had a lot of injuries before the game and then Vassilis (Spanoulis) got injured, too. We wanted to win the game also for these guys and I think that we played until the end, with heart. We followed our game plan and this is a very important win for us, against a very good team."
BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"First of all, I feel very happy because I came back to my country and especially to this arena, where I played for five years. We tried to win, but it didn't happen. Olympiacos has a lot of talent and depth, even when they played without three basic players, plus Spanoulis got injured and didn't finish the game. We are a young team which lacks experience and this is the reason because we committed 23 turnovers. Our defense was good, but when you average 88.6 points and you score only 52 you can't expect many things. The good thing is that we didn't give up and came back being 14 points behind, but the result is what it counts at the end of the day. Olympiacos is a team that has the goal and the potential to reach the Final Four, while Laboral Kutxa has to fight in the next games in order to secure a Top 16 spot."
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