2008-09Regular SeasonRound 6
December 03, 2008 CET: 18:00
Local time: 19:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
Josh Childress - OlympiacosOlympiacos kept the top spot in Group A and improved to 5-1 in the standings by simply overwhelming Air Avellino 91-66 in Athens, Greece on Wednesday night. Olympiacos may share first place with Cibona at the end of this round if the Croatian powerhouse downs Maccabi Electra in Tel Aviv tomorrow. Meanwhile, Avellino dropped to 2-4 and hosts Maccabi in a make-or-break game next week. Josh Childress led the winners with 13 points. Ioannis Bourousis, Lynn Greer and Milos Teodosic each added 11 while Nikola Vujcic had 10 for Olympiacos. Chris Warren led Avellino with 16 points. Eric Williams added 12, Tamar Slay had 11 while Mike Nardi got 10 for the guests, who trailed 25-22 early in the second quarter. Bourousis and Teodosic fueled a game-breaking 23-3 run that put the Reds ahead for good, 48-35. Olympiacos boosted its margin to 73-40 after 30 minutes and never looked back.

Eric Williams - Air AvellinoOlympiacos started with Bourousis bearing offensive responsibility as the hosts moved ahead 5-2. Soon, however, Warren stepped up for a dunk and Nikola Radulovic fired in a three-pointer to make it 5-9 for Avellino. It was time for the Reds to tighten their defense, and around a pair of Avellino misses, Greer scored the game's next 5 points to put Olympiacos in front again, 10-9. Childress had 2 layups to a single by Travis Best before Warren drilled a three-pointer from the wing to tie 14-14. Olympiacos looked inside again to find Vujcic and Schortsianitis before Theodoros Papaloukas finished the quarter with a baseline jumper and the hosts in charge at 20-16.

Schortsianitis proved unstoppable on offense with 5 quick points to open the second quarter by stretching the Olympiacos lead near to double digits, 25-16. Williams dunked twice and Best drove for the game's next 6 points as Avellino pulled within 25-22, but Olympiacos now got hot on the perimeter, too. Yotam Halperin, Bourousis and Teodosic chipped in a triple each as the Reds zoomed ahead 36-22. Warren stopped Avellino's slide at the free-throw line, but again Olympiacos reacted immediately with a layup by Bourousis and a three-pointer by Greer to go to the lockers with its biggest lead yet, 41-25.

Sofoklis Schortsanitis - OlympiacosAvellino needed to get something started after halftime, but it was Olympiacos which blasted off with a 7-0 run started by Zoran Erceg and finished from long distance by Teodosic. Williams dunked again to end Avellino's scoring silence, but Childress was ready to run the floor and score some layups using his great athleticism to let Olympiacos double the guests on the scoreboard, 54-27. Avellino seemed uninspired for comeback as the Reds enjoyed easy opportunities for open shots and the margin reached 30 points, 61-31, on a three-point basket-plus-free throw by Halperin. Even when Slay hit a triple for Avellino, Vassilopoulos matched him at the other end ti give the Reds a 73-40 lead after 30 minutes.

With the final winner already decided, the two head coaches had the opportunity to try out some plays. Every Red had seen more than five minutes of playing action before the start of the last quarter. Greer added another three-pointer to his tally to make it 76-40. Nardi and Warren combined for 6 points to cut it a bit to 80-48, but it was too little as the Reds coasted to an easy win.
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
Stelios Kyriakoglou, Athens
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Referees: ZIEMBLICKI, GRZEGORZ (POL), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), JURAS, MARKO (SRB)
Attendance: 5000
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Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 12:08 6 3/3   0/1   1 1 5   3     1 2 9
5 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 13:10 3 1/1 0/1 1/1   2 2     4     3 1 -2
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 19:40 13 5/7 0/2 3/4 2 2 4   1 2     1 2 12
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 15:25 10 3/7   4/4 1 4 5 2 1 1   1   4 16
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 17:46 11 4/5 1/2     5 5     1 1   2 1 13
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 11:48 8 1/1 1/1 3/3   1 1 1   1     1 2 10
11 GREER, LYNN 19:55 11 2/3 2/2 1/1 2 1 3 2     1   1 1 16
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 19:31 4 2/2 0/1         1         3   1
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 17:25 2 1/5       4 4     1   1 1 3 2
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 16:24 4 1/1 0/2 2/6 2 4 6   1       2 3 6
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 23:48 11 0/2 3/8 2/2       4         3 1 6
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 13:00 8 3/3   2/3 1 2 3           2 3 11
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 91 26/40 7/19 18/25 9 27 36 15 3 13 2 2 20 23 102
        65% 36.8% 72%
Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
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
Air Avellino
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 WARREN, CHRIS 36:58 16 5/7 1/6 3/5 1 4 5 4   2 1 1 1 4 17
5 RADULOVIC, NIKOLA 19:36 3 0/1 1/1   1 1 2   1 1     3 1 2
6 PORTA, ANTONIO 4:07   0/1               2       1 -2
8 BEST, TRAVIS 17:18 6 3/9           1   2   1 1 3  
10 CINCIARINI, DANIELE 6:24   0/1 0/1                   1   -3
11 CROSARIOL, ANDREA 13:47 7 1/1   5/6   2 2   1 1     4 3 7
12 LISICKY, PETER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 SLAY, TAMAR 35:14 11 4/7 1/5     5 5   1 3 1   4   4
17 TUSEK, MARKO 20:24 1 0/1 0/5 1/2 3 2 5   1 2     1 2 -1
20 WILLIAMS, ERIC 20:20 12 4/5   4/6 1 1 2 3         5 3 12
21 DIENER, DRAKE 11:48   0/1 0/2   3 1 4           1    
30 NARDI, MIKE 14:04 10 2/2 1/2 3/3           2     2 3 8
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 66 19/36 4/22 16/22 9 18 27 8 4 15 2 2 23 20 46
        52.8% 18.2% 72.7%
Head coach: MARKOVSKI, ZARE

Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"We knew what kind of team we were about to face, were well-prepared and didn’t lose concentration during the entire game. We made an exception in the last quarter when we lost our focus a bit because of the big difference in the score."
MARKOVSKI, ZARE
Air Avellino
“Congratulations to Olympiacos for its win and its performance tonight. They have one of the most impressive rosters of the competition and they are the best team of our group. We only managed to stay close for one quarter. I am disappointed because we gave up early in the game. We have to work harder and improve.”

Players

VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"Avellino has a good team. We are the ones that made it look so easy tonight. We managed to play good defense, especially on their perimeter players. I am happy with our performance, it will increase our rate of self-esteem. We relaxed a bit in the final quarter because of the big difference on the scoreboard. We are looking forward to the next game in order to earn the group’s top spot”
BEST, TRAVIS
Air Avellino
"The final score speaks volumes about our performance tonight. We didn’t play good in defense and faced big trouble to get connected. I think we played well in the first quarter, but when Olympiacos built a difference, we soon surrendered. We knew that it is difficult to beat such a good team on the road, but we should have been more competitive”
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