2017-18Regular SeasonRound 14
December 22, 2017 CET: 18:30
Local time: 20:30 SINAN ERDEM DOME

Spanoulis strikes late as Olympiacos outlasts Efes

Olympiacos Piraeus claimed a hard-fought 58-61 victory in a gruelling defensive battle with Anadolu Efes Istanbul at Sinan Erdem Dome to keep the top spot in the standings with an 11-3 record. It was closely contested throughout and although the Reds led most of the way Efes battled back to lead in the final quarter, but Vassilis Spanoulis struck a game-winning triple with 61 seconds remaining. Olympiacos was led by Spanoulis’s 12 points and 4 assists, while Hollis Thompson added 11 points and 5 boards. Jamel McLean made a strong all-round contribution with 9 points, 7 rebounds and 3 assists. Krunoslav Simon led the game in scoring with 17 points, followed by 16 points from Errick McCollum. Derrick Brown added 11 points in defeat for Efes, which stays in last place at 3-11.

Vladimir Stimac scored the game’s first 2 baskets but Olympiacos responded to go ahead with a three-pointer from Kyle Wiltjers. Spanoulis then hit a triple and gunned an assist to Wiltjer, and after a long-range strike from Brian Roberts and a Hollis Thompson lay-up it was 9-17 at the end of the first quarter. Thompson started the second period with a triple, but Efes fought back as Bryant Dunston scored inside and Brown netted a triple, before back-to-back baskets from Josh Adams made it 22-24. Olympiacos pulled away again with a 2-9 run as Ioannis Papapetrou scored a triple and McLean converted twice from close range, making it 25-33 at half-time.

Efes started the second half with a pair of baskets from McCollum, before Spanoulis and Brown traded jumpers for 31-35. Thompson sent Olympiacos further ahead but McCollum responded with 5 consecutive points and it was a one-point game. Spanoulis steadied Olympiacos with a triple, but Simon responded from downtown. Thompson hit a turnaround jumper and Georgios Bogris floated in his first basket of the season, giving the visitors a 39-45 lead after three quarters. Simon started the fourth from mid-range before Bogris netted again, but Simon netted a triple and McCollum scored a jumper and foul shots to give Efes the lead, 48-47. Brown and Simon converted big dunks to protect the lead, and Stimac’s jump hook made it 54-50. Free throws brought Olympiacos closer, and Papapetrou netted a triple for his team’s first field goal in nearly 8 minutes for 54-56. Simon tied it from the foul line, but Spanoulis netted a trademark triple with 61 seconds remaining. Free throws were traded before Efes tried to force overtime, but McCollum’s triple wouldn’t fall and the leaders held on.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB17
Friday, December 22, 2017
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Referees: PUKL,SASA; ROCHA, FERNANDO; DIFALLAH, MEHDI
Attendance: 5650
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul9161419
Olympiacos Piraeus17161216
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Anadolu Efes Istanbul9253958
Olympiacos Piraeus17334561
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 LEDO, RICKY 12:41   0/2 0/4     1 1 3             -2
3 MCCOLLUM, ERRICK 30:43 16 4/8 1/4 5/6   5 5 4 4 3 1   2 6 23
5 BROWN, DERRICK 28:08 11 3/8 1/2 2/2 1 1 2 1 1       2 1 8
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 10:43     0/1     3 3       1   4   -1
10 BITIM, ONURALP DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 DEMIR, BERK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 MOTUM, BROCK 10:19   0/3 0/1   1 1 2     1         -3
14 ADAMS, JOSH 5:59 4 2/2 0/1                   1   2
15 STIMAC, VLADIMIR 14:38 6 3/8     4 2 6   1 1   1 1 3 8
30 DRAGIC, ZORAN 26:20   0/2 0/1         2 1 1     2   -3
42 DUNSTON, BRYANT 27:21 4 2/4     1 5 6 2     1   3 1 9
44 SIMON, KRUNOSLAV 33:08 17 4/6 2/6 3/4 1 6 7 1 4 1     4 5 22
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 58 18/43 4/20 10/12 9 24 33 13 11 7 3 1 19 16 64
        41.9% 20% 83.3%
Head coach: ATAMAN, ERGIN
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
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL 24:53 9 2/4   5/6 1 6 7 3   1       5 20
4 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 24:11 6 0/2 2/7   2 2 4       1   1   3
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 27:46 12 1/3 3/6 1/2   4 4 4   5   1 2 1 7
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 19:02 1 0/2 0/3 1/1   1 1 3       2     -2
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 21:24 4 1/1 0/3 2/2   3 3 1 1 3     2 2 3
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 12:18 2   0/1 2/2   2 2 2   1     5 3 2
19 ARSENOPOULOS, NIKOLAOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 20:00 7 1/2 1/3 2/2   3 3 1   4     2 1 3
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS 15:04 4 2/3       2 2   1       2 5 9
33 WILTJER, KYLE 15:17 5 1/2 1/1     1 1               5
34 THOMPSON, HOLLIS 20:05 11 4/4 1/3 0/1 1 4 5   1 1     2 1 12
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 61 12/23 8/27 13/16 5 31 36 14 3 16 1 3 16 18 65
        52.2% 29.6% 81.3%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

ATAMAN, ERGIN
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
“We did not start well. We missed shots and gave away easy baskets. Then we took control of the game. In the second, third and fourth quarters we dominated the game and played excellent defense. Our strategy worked tonight. Especially in the second half we had a great defense, but we missed a lot of fast breaks, a lot of easy layups. we attempted 20 three point shots and 15 of those were correct shots. We missed open shots, we gave some stupid offensive rebounds after free throws. Then everybody missed, Spanoulis came to the game, he made two three pointers and they won. We're very upset, because tonight Efes played with hustle, our fans were great and it was bad luck that we lost.”
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus

“I think we showed character in the final period. When Efes got the lead it was very difficult to come back but our players showed their toughness and big heart, with good defense and some smart plays on offense. Spanoulis is our leader, everybody knows this and he was crucial at the end, but all the players fought a lot because we had a demanding game against CSKA two days ago.”

"The most important thing was defense. Efes scored 58 points, 21 below their average. We controlled the game, but at the end Efes took control and got the lead. It’s very important that we did not panic and we got important three point shots from Papapetrou and Spanoulis. Now we need to rest, bring back injured players and start to prepare for the coming games.”

Players

MCLEAN, JAMEL
Olympiacos Piraeus
“We just had to dig deep and find energy near the end, there’s no magical answer. Both teams worked hard and were tired, but you have to find a way to win and we did that. Vassilis has been doing it for years, he’s our leader and captain and we expect big things from him. He did it today.”