2015-16Regular SeasonRound 9
December 10, 2015 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 PALAIS DES SPORTS DE BEAUBLANC

Olympiacos KO’s Limoges to clinch top spot in Group B

Olympiacos Piraeus never trailed in no-doubt-about-it 67-76 road win over CSP Limoges on Thursday night in France. The win lifted Olympiacos to 8-1 as it clinched the first place in Group B. Limoges, in its last Euroleague home game this season, dropped to 2-7. Olympiacos pulled away with a 2-11 run in the first five minutes of the game, then assumed complete control after Ioannis Athinaiou and Georgios Printezis hit back-to-back triples in the second quarter to open a 27-40 margin. Limoges closed within 44-50, but The Reds hit three consecutive triples during a 2-13 run to break the game wide open. Georgios Printezis paced the Reds with 13 points. Vangelis Mantzaris scored 12, and Ioannis Papapetrou played 16 minutes to chip in with 11 points in victory. Ali Traore and Leo Westermann each scored 14 for Limoges, and Will Daniels had 10 in the losing effort.

First quarter: The Reds off to a good start

Mantzaris opened scoring from close range, and after Westermann opened the hosts' account with a runner, Mantzaris answered with a triple. Ousmane Camara was on a receiving end of some nice passing by Limoges and made an easy layup, but Papapetrou drove for a layup to spark an Olympiacos run. Printezis scored a fastbreak layup, and Nikola Milutinov added a put-back dunk to make it 4-13 midway through the first quarter. Westermann ended an almost a three-minute long Limoges drought with a driving layup, and after a timeout, he added another one. Daniels had a monster put-back, and after a floater from Mantzaris beat the shot-clock, Daniels had a three-point play that helped the hosts come within 15-17. But Othello Hunter banked one in from close range, and Daniel Hackett split free throws to make it 15-20 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Olympiacos hits from downtown to pull away

Frejus Zerbo scored inside to start the second, and after Athinaiou nailed a corner triple, Daniels matched it with another three-point play, 20-23. But Printezis made his trademark baseline floater, and Athinaiou drove the baseline for an easy layup. Traore had a dunk, but Printezis and Hunter each scored inside extended to the lead to 22-32. Traore answered with another basket from close range, and added a pair of free throws to the tally. However, Papapetrou drove the baseline for a reverse layup before Athinaiou and Printezis knocked down back-to-back triples that opened a 27-40 margin. After a Limoges timeout, Nobel Boungo-Colo scored an easy layup, but Printezis matched it with soft touch on a tough off-balance floater. Traore buried a jumper, and in the final seconds, Strawberry drove for a layup in the crowd, but Heiko Schaffartzik had enough time to launch and hit a half-court buzzer-beater, making it 36-46 at halftime.

Third quarter: Limoges makes a run, but Olympiacos answers back

Traore made 3 of 4 from the foul line early in the third, but Printezis dished it to Milutinov for a big slam and Hackett hit a turnaround jumper that made it 39-50. Traore kept pouring it in, making a mid-range jumper, and Westermann followed with a triple that cut it to 44-50. But Mantzaris made a corner triple, before Papapetrou and Strawberry each added one of his own to help open 46-61 margin. Michalis Tsairelis made a second-chance basket, and after Schaffartzik scored for the hosts, Hunter made it 48-65 at the end of the quarter.

Fourth quarter: Olympiacos cruises to victory

Papapetrou’s corner triple broke the 20-point barrier. Traore and Tsairelis traded baskets inside, before Westermann hit a three-pointer, 53-70. But baskets were few and far between as game was closing to its end. Traore got hurt and left the game with five minutes to go, and it took teams more than two minutes to score again, as Camara banked one in high of the glass. But Hackett nailed a triple to make it 55-73, as Olympiacos was closing the deal. After Camara scored inside, Hackett hit it from downtown again, making it 57-76. Matt Gatens fought for a put-back, then delivered back-to-back triples, but it was too little too late for Limoges, which finished the game on an 11-0 run.

Georgios Printezis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB15
Thursday, December 10, 2015
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Referees: JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 4000 (Tentative)
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Limoges CSP
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SCHAFFARTZIK, HEIKO 23:37 5 1/1 1/3     1 1 1         2 2 5
5 WOJCIECHOWSKI, MATHIEU 8:38 2 0/1 0/1 2/2 1 1 2     1       1 2
6 DANIELS, WILL 14:29 10 3/5 0/1 4/4 1   1 1       1 3 3 8
8 GATENS, MATT 20:35 8 1/2 2/3   1 1 2   1 2     1   6
9 WESTERMANN, LEO 26:19 14 3/7 2/5 2/2   1 1 5 2 1     2 2 14
10 FAUCHE, VINCENT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 PAYNE, MARK 21:17 2 0/2 0/1 2/2 1 2 3 1         2 2 3
12 CAMARA, OUSMANE 16:19 6 3/4     3 2 5 1 1       4 1 9
16 BOUNGOU-COLO, NOBEL 28:46 2 1/2 0/4     1 1 2   2   1 1 4  
24 TRAORE, ALI 25:11 14 5/11   4/6 3 3 6 1 2 3     3 5 14
55 ZERBO, FREJUS 14:49 4 1/5   2/2 1 5 6 1   1     2 1 5
74 DIALLO, ABOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 67 18/40 5/18 16/18 12 18 30 13 6 10 0 2 20 21 68
        45% 27.8% 88.9%
Head coach: HERVE, PHILIPPE
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, SHAWN 5:23   0/1       1 1           1   -1
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 16:10 6 3/5     1 3 4   1   1   3 1 8
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 16:01 11 2/3 2/4 1/1 1 3 4 1   3     4 2 8
8 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 31:45 9 1/2 1/2 4/4   1 1 3   1 1     5 16
9 TSAIRELIS, MICHALIS 10:38 4 2/3           2   1     1 1 4
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 18:27 4 2/2   0/2 2 2 4 1   2     2 1 4
12 MOURATOS, VASSILIS 1:21   0/1                         -1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 18:28 13 4/6 1/2 2/3   3 3 1 1       1 4 17
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 6:17   0/1 0/1     1 1 1         2   -2
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 27:39 12 2/4 2/4 2/2   3 3 3 1 1     2 3 15
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 27:11 9 1/1 2/4 1/2   3 3 3 2 3     4 1 8
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 20:40 8 1/1 2/5     1 1 5         1 1 11
Team           1 1 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 76 18/30 10/22 10/14 5 22 27 20 5 12 2 0 21 19 88
        60% 45.5% 71.4%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

HERVE, PHILIPPE
Limoges CSP
"It was the last Euroleague game at Beaublanc for this season. We had to show a total effort for the club, for the Euroleague competition and for our fans. "

Players

PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
It is very important we won the game and we have first place in our group, but I cannot say we controlled the game for all 40 minutes. We had many ups and downs, especially on defense, and we didn’t find the rhythm that we wanted. It is very important we won, but for the next round we have to improve many things and play more minutes at a higher level. The Final Four is still far away. First of all, we have to go game by game in the Top 16, which is a very difficult phase. We will see. The Final Four is our target, but there is a lot of time in front of us to improve and play a lot of games.