Regular Season Round 2 - October 30, 2008 CET: 19:45 Local time: 20:45 - PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Records

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

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
BACHAR, SHMUEL, Israel
Umpire
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
83.0 Points 84.0
42.0 Rebounds 36.0
9.0 O. Rebounds 13.0
33.0 D. Rebounds 23.0
11.0 Assists 17.0
8.0 Steals 5.0
8.0 Blocks 3.0
18.0 Turnovers 20.0
63.8 % 2PT 51.4 %
22.2 % 3PT 40.9 %
70.8 % FT 91.3 %
114.0 Index 94.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.0 / CHILDRESS, JOSH Points 14.0 / Ndong
8.0 / CHILDRESS, JOSH Rebounds 7.0 / HAISLIP, MARCUS
2.0 / CHILDRESS, JOSH OR 3.0 / ARCHIBALD, ROBERT
6.0 / CHILDRESS, JOSH DR 6.0 / HAISLIP, MARCUS
4.0 / Papaloukas Assists 4.0 / Cook
2.0 / CHILDRESS, JOSH Steals 1.0 / Kelati
3.0 / CHILDRESS, JOSH Blocks 2.0 / ARCHIBALD, ROBERT
4.0 / CHILDRESS, JOSH Turnovers 4.0 / Cabezas
100.0 % / Bourousis 2PT 100.0 % / ARCHIBALD, ROBERT
100.0 % / Halperin 3PT 100.0 % / Welsch
100.0 % / Greer FT 100.0 % / Ndong
22.0 / CHILDRESS, JOSH Index 19.0 / Ndong

THE TAKE

One of the biggest showdowns in the Euroleague in Week 2 takes place in Athens, Greece, where Olympiacos hosts Unicaja in Group A on Thursday. Both teams won their respective opening games 1, so the winner will at least tie for first place in Group A at the end of the day. Both teams played a major role in the off-season market and started the 2008-09 Euroleague with improved rosters. Olympiacos signed former Euroleague MVP Theo Papaloukas, star center Nikola Vujcic, last year's All-Euroleague second team selection Yotam Halperin, as well as Zoran Erceg and Josh Childress, among others. Meanwhile, Unicaja landed Thomas Kelati, Omar Cook, Robert Archibald and head coach Aito Garcia Reneses. Of course, slowing Papaloukas is a major issue for Unicaja, which counts on Carlos Cabezas and Cook to do it. Cabezas has been in great shape lately, becoming his team's leader. Milos Teodosic and defensive stopper Michalis Pelekanos will have the tough mission to slow Cabezas. Menawhile, Lynn Greer will test his scoring skills against Joseph Gomis. Unicaja has problems at both wing spots, as Berni Rodriguez and Alfonso Sanchez remain sidelined. As such Jiri Welsch, Kelati and Carlos Jimenez are set to see extended playing time in the near future. Welsch will test his defensive skills against Halperin, while Jimenez will have a key matchup against Childress. Kelati may be the X-factor for Unicaja due to his all-around skills, but Olympiacos features a similar player in Georgios Printezis. The battle in the paint will be interesting, as both teams feature hard-to-guard, yet very different players. Marcus Haislip of Unicaja has a rare combination of shooting range and athleticism, which he’ll use against Panos Vasilopoulos and Ioannis Bouroussis. Meanwhile, Vujcic offers his unique passing skills and Sofoklis Schortsianitis can be unstoppable due to his power and size. Schortsianitis and Vujcic will have a strong test against Archibald and Boniface Ndong, as German Gabriel remains sidelined for this week's game. If Unicja can use its trademark full-court pressure and play up-tempo, it will have more chances to win the game. Olympiacos will be back by thousands of fans at the Peace and Friendship Stadium and needs its stars to give 100% to stay undefeated. Above all, sit back and relax to enjoy another outstanding Euroleague game.

GAME QUOTES

Olympiacos
  • Olympiacos will appear at home for the first time in front of its supporters this season. So far the Reds have played only one home game, in the Greek League against Aris, but without fans due to a sanction from incidents in the finals series last season versus Panathinaikos. The Reds' management has announced a new code of behavior for its fans, including a ban of smoking.
  • Center Nikola Vujcic has averaged 17.2 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 1.3 blocks in six career Euroleague performances against Unicaja.
  • Big man Sofoklis Schortsanitis has averaged 11.5 points, 7.5 rebounds and 4.5 fouls drawn in just 22 minutes per game against Unicaja in his Euroleague career.
  • Head coach Panagiotis Giannakis and five Olympiacos players – Theo Papaloukas, Sofoklis Schortsanitis, Ioannis Bouroussis, Georgios Printezis and Panos Vassilopoulos – were part of the Greek Olympic team that lost to the Spanish Olympic team this summer, which was coached by Unicaja head coach Aito Reneses Garcia and had Unicaja players Carlos Jimenez and Berni Rodriguez.
Unicaja
  • Swingman Jiri Welsch needs just 3 more steals to reach 100 for his Euroleague Basketball career.
  • Shot-blocker extraordinaire Marcus Hailsip swatted a career-high 6 shots against Olympiacos at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in January 2007. Haislip, then with Efes Pilsen, also recorded 22 points and 7 rebounds in his team’s 72-91 win.
  • Guard Carlos Cabezas had one of the best games in his career in part against Olympiacos’s Yotam Halperin. Cabezas scored 32 points and dished 6 assists in a 106-101 overtime loss in the 2006-07 season opener at Maccabi Tel Aviv. Halperin scored 7 points in 27 minutes for the hosts that night. Cabezas recorded his career-high of 7 assists on the road at Olympiacos in February 2006.
  • Last week center Robert Archibald fouled out for the 13th time in his Euroleague career. He has played in 37 career games and averages 3.5 fouls per game and commits a foul every 5:29 minutes of game action over the course of his career.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
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Quotes Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"I keep telling my players that Unicaja Malaga is a great team with tradition in the Euroleague; so our mind has to stay on the court and not in what is happening in the stands. There is no doubt that we want to perform in front of our crowd and we know that the gym will be available to our fans for the first time this season, but I always say that the secret of a great team is to play the same way under any circumstances; In an empty or a full arena, at home or on the road. The secret for us is to stay concentrated and drift for no reason, while our fans have to be patient with the team."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Unicaja
"Olympiacos has an impressive team. Only listening to the names of its players it is surprising that, in fact, they are all in the same team. It is a tough rival, generally speaking, not taking into account the fact that it has so many good players and for us it will be difficult. They have up to 17 quality players. For this game we will have Vitor Faverani back, and that will allow us to have some more rotation and to use Carlos Jimenez as small forward for more minutes, because they have taller players in that position. There are some games against smaller rivals that allow you to play with shooting guards at small forward, but this game will be different due to the importance of the rival."

Players

GREER, LYNN
Olympiacos
"This game is between two good teams. We know they came here to play hard and it is the first tough battle in front of our fans. We have to defend our home court, since Unicaja and Olympiacos have the same goal, which is to win first place in the group. That’s the reason why the game is so important. In addition, we have to double our Euroleague wins to please our fans. It is the first time they are coming to watch us and I am sure they are looking forward to filling the gym and supporting Olympiacos."
GOMIS, JOSEPH
Unicaja
"It's going to be a hard game. We will have to have concentration and self-confidence. If we can win, it would be great. The potential of Olympiacos is stopped with good defense and team play and, yes, self-confidence. If we are more aware of what they do rather than of how we have to play, we will be dead wrong. The first game wasn't good, but the most important thing is that we won. We are just starting the season and teams are still in search of their identities on court, so we have to keep working. Olympiacos is favorite to take the final crown and it will be hard to beat them, but I think we can do it."
Ioannis Bourousis - OlympiacosOlympiacos improved to 2-0 with an 83-72 win over Unicaja at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Greece, on Thursday. Ioannis Bourousis stood tall with 20 points and 13 rebounds to pace the Reds, who visit co-Group A leader Cibona next week. Unicaja dropped to 1-1 before its trip to Avellino next week. The home fans built a wonderful atmosphere at the sold-out arena, but Unicaja came ready to ruin the party and led by Marcus Haislip. scored the game’s first 7 points and led 6-15 in the early going. Lynn Greer and Bourousis paced an 11-0 run early in the second period, but the game stayed close and the Reds led 39-38 at halftime. A collective team effort led by Bourousis, Josh Childress and Giorgos Printezis saw Olympiacos pull away in the third quarter. Robert Archibald and Boniface NDong continued to battle for Unicaja down the stretch, but Olympiacos was able to hold on and take an impressive win. Childress finished with 15 points, Printezis added 12 and Greer had 11 for the home team. Archibald paced Unicaja with 17 points and 7 rebounds, Thomas Kelati scored all of his 15 points from downtown and Haislip and NDong added 11 each.

Unicaja came out hot and raced to a 0-7 lead behind 4 points from Haislip. Printezis got Olympiacos on the scoreboard, but Unicaja was dictating the tempo as Kelati connected from behind the arc and Archibald and NDong dominated the paint for a 6-15 lead. Childress scored twice near the basket to cut into the lead, but Kelati from the perimeter and Haislip inside helped Unicaja push its advantage to double figures. Greer and Bouroussis managed to offer offensive solutions for the Reds to close the first quarter down just 14-20.

Jiri Welsch - Unicaja Olympiacos seemed determined to extend its run and baskets by Greer and Bouroussis saw the Reds finish an impressive 11-0 charge to sail in front 21-20. Kelati added another triple, but Bouroussis was there again to dunk the ball and tie the score at 23-23. Unicaja kept on connecting with the basket, though, as Jiri Welsch chipped in two baskets and Kelati hit his fourth three-pointer to give the visitors a 23-30 lead. Bouroussis stepped up once more, this time from three-point range. Then Childress threw down a pair of baseline dunks – including a tomahawk slam-plus-foul worthy of any highlight reel – to bring his team within 1. Greer tied it from the line, but Archibald answered back with a nice basket-plus-foul for 35-38 Unicaja lead. Theo Papaloukas made sure that Olympiacos was the team to go into halftime with the lead as he scored twice to make it 39-38 at the break.

Printezis finished a fast break and Bouroussis added another triple at the start of the second half to push Olympiacos to 44-38. Archibald hurt the hosts inside with a couple of free throws, but Olympiacos started moving the ball well and found open opportunities, with Printezis capitalizing by scoring a pair of baskets. The hosts controlled the rhythm as Panagiotis Vassilopoulos chipped in a three-pointer and Childress created a double-digit difference for the first time, 55-45. Still Unicaja had 10 minutes to change things as Olympiacos took a 60-48 lead into the fourth quarter.

The visitors seemed to have run out of energy as the difference kept increasing with Yotam Halperin scoring to make it 62-48. Archibald dunked the ball and drew a foul to keep his team in the picture and Kelati's three-pointer-plus-foul cut it to 63-56. When Archibald threw down another dunk, the guests had closed the gap to 5 and coach Giannakis had to call for a timeout. Childress returned for a trademark layup-plus-foul and then dunked off a great steal to push the lead to 68-58. The play of the day came from NDong, whose terrific slam-dunk drew the applause of the home crowd. Olympiacos was now ready for some show-time as Printezis ran the floor to dunk the ball and increase the margin to 77-63 as the Reds closed out their second win.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Stelios Kyriakoglou, Athens
Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), BACHAR, SHMUEL (ISR), BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 11420
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Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
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
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 23:05 4 2/4       4 4 6 1 2     2 1 10
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 29:32 15 6/9 0/1 3/4 1 3 4 1 1 4 1 1   4 16
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 20:43   0/1 0/1 0/2   4 4 1   2   1 3 2 -3
8 MILOSEVIC, IGOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 19:17 20 5/7 2/2 4/6 2 11 13 2 1 1   1 3 5 32
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 16:19 6 2/3   2/2   1 1 1 1         1 9
11 GREER, LYNN 24:49 11 3/5 1/3 2/3 2 2 4 4       1 1 2 14
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 18:09 5 1/2 1/3     1 1       1 1 3 1 1
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 10:06 12 6/6       1 1     1     2   10
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 20:45 6 2/3 0/2 2/4   2 2     3     4 3 -1
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 17:15 4 1/1 0/1 2/2   1 1 4 1 1     2 1 7
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 83 28/41 4/13 15/23 6 32 38 19 5 14 2 5 20 20 98
68.3% 30.8% 65.2%
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: GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Unicaja
# 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
00 COOK, OMAR 20:05     0/4   1 2 3 7   2     4    
4 GOMIS, JOSEPH 17:40 7 3/5 0/2 1/2       1 1       1 1 4
8 CORTABERRIA, JON 4:14     0/1               1   1   -1
9 WELSCH, JIRI 24:22 9 1/5 1/1 4/4 2 2 4 2         3 4 12
10 CABEZAS, CARLOS 19:55   0/1 0/3         1   2       2 -3
12 NDONG, BONIFACE 18:04 11 4/8   3/7 2 2 4 1     1   4 4 9
15 FAVERANI, VITOR 9:18 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1 2 3     2 1   3 1 -2
20 JIMENEZ, CARLOS 7:32                 1           1
21 ARCHIBALD, ROBERT 21:56 15 5/9   5/6 3 4 7   2   1 1 1 4 22
23 KELATI, THOMAS 26:12 15   5/11 0/1   1 1 1 1 2       2 11
24 HAISLIP, MARCUS 30:42 14 3/5 2/6 2/2 1 4 5   1   1 1 3 2 13
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 72 16/34 8/29 16/24 11 18 29 13 6 8 5 2 20 20 68
47.1% 27.6% 66.7%
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Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"We controlled the game tempo for the best part of the game. We didn't play well in the first quarter, but what matters is the score at the end of the game. We were patient and I think that we pleased our fans, generally speaking. It is still the beginning of the season, so there is a lot of time in front of us to work and improve."
GARCIA RENESES, AITO
Unicaja
"We started the game with intensity and willing to go for the win. As the game went by, however, we missed some opportunities and then tried to rally with outside shooting. I didn't like the way in we reacted. We tried too many three-pointers. Even with that, we are looking forward for the upcoming games."

Players

BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos
"Defense led us to the win. We found our rhythm during the process of the game. We didn't lose it even when Malaga started the game in such a good fashion. We are happy to win. Through these wins we get confidence and improve as a team."
HALPERIN, YOTAM
Olympiacos
"Unicaja is a great team, so I am really happy with this win. We didn't start the game well, but showed patience and soon reacted. There are many good players in this team and all of them can deliver. There is a lot of room for improvement. It is just a matter of each player learning the others' style."
NDONG, BONIFACE
Unicaja
“We managed to build an early 10-point, lead but soon that margin disappeared. We lacked consistency, and that was one of the keys to this game. When you face a team like Olympiacos, you have to be concentrated for 40 minutes. It is really tough to escape with a win from the Piraeus."
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