2012-13Top 16Round 1
December 27, 2012 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 FERNANDO BUESA ARENA

Caja Laboral rallied to end champs' winning streak

Caja Laboral Vitoria continued its strong run in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague with an 82-74 victory at Fernando Buesa Arena over Olympiacos Piraeus to start Group F play and snap the reigning champions’ seven-game winning streak. Maciej Lampe scored a career-high 25 points to lead Caja Laboral, which has now won four straight games. Lampe’s previous high was 19 points from November 2009 when he played for Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv. Brad Oleson added 15 points, Thomas Heurtal had 13 points and 7 assists and Andres Nocioni chipped in 11 points. Olympiacos, which had beaten Vitoria twice in the regular season, lost despite 18 points from Vassilis Spanoulis, 13 points from Pero Antic and 10 each from Georgios Printezis and Kostas Papanikolaou.

First quarter: Spanoulis sparks Olympiacos 4-20 answer to quick Vitoria start

Olympiacos coach Georgios Bartzokas trusted the same starting five from the end of the Regular Season in Spanoulis, Josh Powell, Printezis, Papanikolaou and Evangelos Mantzaris. Caja Laboral coach Zan Tabak replaced Fernando San Emeterio with Nocioni alongside Milko Bjelica, Heurtel, Oleson and Lampe. Nocioni and Printezis swapped baskets to open the game before Oleson scored and converted a three-point play for a 9-4 Caja Laboral lead. Heurtel twice fed Lampe for inside baskets and a 13-4 lead for the hosts. Spanoulis would not let Caja Laboral get too far ahead as he converted a four-point play before Lampe pushed his first quarter total to nine points with a layup to make it 15-8. Spanoulis hit a driving layup and the foul and raced to the basket yet again to bring Olympiacos to within 15-13. Nocioni pushed the lead to 17-13 with a tip-in, but it would be the Spanish host side’s last basket for a while. Papanikolaou nailed a triple from the right corner followed by a turnaround baseline jumper by Printezis and an offensive rebound putback by Kyle Hines. Two Martynas Gecevicius foul shots and a Printezis score completed the 0-11 run for a 17-24 Olympiacos lead. Nocioni did a good job ending the quarter on a high note for Caja Laboral with a buzzer-beating lay-up to end a 2:50 minute scoring drought to keep the hosts within 19-24 after one quarter.

Second quarter: Heurtel steps up game to bring Caja Laboral into game

Antic started the second quarter with a three-ball and Acie Law’s tough layup and free throw pushed Olympiacos’ lead to 19-30. Tibor Pleiss’s free throw got Vitoria on the scoreboard with Nocioni’s inside score cutting the deficit to 22-30. Antic, who came into the game hitting just 20 percent of his threes this season, knocked down another triple to make it 22-33. Caja Laboral worked well getting to the free throw line, hitting five straight points from the charity stripe – three of which came from Heurtel, who added a jumper to trim the gap to 29-35. Stratos Perperoglu answered with a three-ball and two Spanoulis free throws pushed the Olympiacos margin back to double-digits at 30-40. Vitoria came right back with a Nemanja Bjelica trey, a Heurtel jumper and a San Emeterio three-pointer from the right wing to make it 38-42. Perperoglu’s fine move inside pushed the margin back to six points before Oleson’s foul shots sent the teams to the locker rooms with Olympiacos ahead 40-44.

Third quarter: Lampe scores 11 straight for Caja Laboral

Caja Laboral clearly decided early in the second half to feed the low post with Lampe scoring the first points of the third quarter. Spanoulis restored a 42-46 lead before Lampe hit another basket and converted a three-point play to push Vitoria ahead 47-46. Hines and Printezis sandwiched scores around a Lampe basket and the Vitoria big man hit again for his 11th straight point for Caja Laboral’s 51-50 lead. Oleson nailed a three from the right wing and Heurtel followed with a jumper and a three-ball in transition from the right wing to push the advantage to 61-53 after two Pleiss foul shots. Law cut the margin to six with two from the charity stripe before Pleiss and Heurtel combined for three foul shots and San Emeterio nailed a long three-pointer just before the third quarter buzzer for a double-digit Vitoria lead 67-55.

Fourth quarter: Lampe too much for Olympiacos

Spanoulis started the fourth quarter with a long three-ball and Papanikolaou also hit from long range as the Vitoria lead was down to 69-61. Nemanja Bjelica picked Spanoulis’s pocket and hit a fast break layup to push Caja Laboral ahead 72-61 before Antic nailed another three-ball to make it 72-64. Lampe continued his outstanding game with three free throws – including drawing Hines’s fifth foul with six minutes to play – and then scored to make it 77-64 with 4:30 remaining. And the margin was 80-66 after Nocioni’s triple with just less than four minutes to play. Olympiacos worked on at least trimming the margin of defeat with Antic scoring, Spanoulis hitting two free throws and Antic dunking after two Papanikolaou offensive rebounds to make it 80-72 with 1:44 remaining. The reigning champs made it 80-74 with 37 seconds left on two Papanikolaou free throws. Oleson finished the game with two foul shots with 35 seconds to play.

Omar Cook - Caja Laboral Vitoria - EB12
Thursday, December 27, 2012
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Referees: SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 12500
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 16:45   0/2 0/1   1   1 3 1 2     3 1 -2
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 25:01 11 4/5 1/4   1 5 6     1   1 2 1 10
11 BJELICA, MILKO 15:14   0/1     2 1 3           2 1 1
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 21:07 6 0/2 2/4     2 2 2             6
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 13:56 5 1/2   3/4 1 2 3   1 1 1 1 1 3 8
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 23:15 13 3/4 1/2 4/6 1 3 4 7   2     1 3 20
24 OLESON, BRAD 23:19 15 2/2 1/2 8/9   2 2 3 2 1 1   3 6 23
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 26:04 25 10/18 0/1 5/7   3 3   2   1 1 2 4 21
42 CALBARRO, UNAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 18:38 5 1/2 1/5     3 3 2 1       2   4
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 16:41 2 1/1       2 2 3         3 1 5
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 82 22/39 6/19 20/26 7 25 32 20 7 7 3 3 19 20 99
        56.4% 31.6% 76.9%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN
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
4 HINES, KYLE 16:40 6 3/3     1 4 5 1   1 2   5 1 9
5 LAW, ACIE 20:37 5 1/4 0/1 3/3 1 2 3 1 1 1     2 3 6
6 ANTIC, PERO 19:59 13 2/2 3/7     4 4 4 1 2     1   15
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 31:20 18 3/7 2/4 6/6   2 2 3   5   2 2 9 17
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 13:05 7 2/4 1/2                   1   3
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS 7:13   0/2     1   1               -1
12 POWELL, JOSH 12:05   0/3       3 3     2     4 1 -5
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 10:16 5   1/1 2/2   2 2   1       1 1 8
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 24:03 10 5/5 0/3     2 2 2 1 1     2 2 11
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 25:19 10 1/2 2/7 2/3 4 2 6       1     2 12
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 19:23   0/1 0/2     1 1 2   1   1 2   -4
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 74 17/33 9/27 13/14 8 24 32 13 4 13 3 3 20 19 74
        51.5% 33.3% 92.9%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

TABAK, ZAN
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"First. I am happy to have won this game because it has been very difficult to make the players believe after they lost two games already to Olympiacos that they could win the third time. Outside our team, people said we couldn't, but inside we prepared very well mentally for this game. Next, not during the whole game, but in certain moments of the game, I was very happy with our defense. The defense worked. We knew what we had to do. The players were into it, and that I liked. What I didn't like was in some moments of the game, we were soft. We have to work every day on our aggressiveness."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We had some problems in defense in the second half. We made a lot of mistakes at the end of the first half. Our defense was not what it was supposed to be and that gave confidence to Caja Laboral. This is the first game in the Top 16. We start all over again, everybody. Caja is a completely different team from the regular season. Now they have confidence, chemistry and they have roles. For us, we start a new league and we have to see next week with Besiktas on our home court if we can improve some things. We will learn from our mistakes today and be better for our next game. Congratulations to Caja Laboral. "