2011-12Top 16Round 3
February 01, 2012 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Olympiacos downed Anadolu Efes 83-65

Olympiacos dominated the fourth quarter en route to a convincing 83-65 victory over Anadolu Efes on Wednesday at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Greece. The result gives the Reds their first win of the Top 16 and tied them with Efes at 1-2 with a possibility of being tied for second place in Group E depending on Thursday’s game. The score was tied at 53-53 through three quarters, but Kostas Sloukas led the way as the hosts started the quarter 24-5 and put the game away. A big difference in the game was three-point shooting as Olympiacos made 9 of 19 (47.4%) compared to 1-of-8 shooting (12.5%) for Efes. Vassilis Spanoulis paced the winners with 18 points, Slokas scored 10 fourth-quarter points among his career-high 15 and Joey Dorsey added 10. Stanko Barac paced Efes with 14 points and 8 rebounds, Sasha Vujacic scored 12 and Esteban Batista and Oliver Lafayette netted 11 each in defeat.

The Olympiacos big man had their say early as Joey Dorsey rejected Dusko Savanovic at one end and Pero Antic scored at the other. Efes went inside to Barac for its first points. Spanoulis drove for a basket-plus-foul before Dorsey did the same on the offensive glass as the hosts took charge. Vassilis and Dorsey produced a highlight with an alley-oop lob from the guard to the big man for a two-handed jam and a 12-4 lead. Kerem Tunceri penetrated for a floater, after which the Reds broke the Efes pressure and Kostas Papanikolaou put in a wide-open layup. Spanoulis kept the ball on a string before setting up Papanikolaou for the hosts’ third three-point play and their first double-digit lead. Lafayette and Savanovic each scored as Efes worked its way back. Kyle Hines answered back before Vujacic set up Sinan Guler for an open jumper to make it 20-12 after 10 minutes.

Vujacic stayed hot with a jumper, Guler generated a basket for Lafayette and before long Savanovic buried a jumper to cut the gap to 24-18. But Olympiacos answered with a triple from Antic, Hines threw down a slam on the offensive glass and Spanoulis shined with a three-point play that extended the lead to 32-20. Andreas Glyniadakis came in and made an impact with 4 points. Efes managed to stay alive thanks to Lafayette’s second-chance basket and a Vujacic jumper. Batista finished inside twice to make it 36-30 after a 0-8 run. After a timeout, Sloukas knocked down an open three, but Tunceri worked the pick-and-roll with Batista for 2 more points by the center. Vujacic finished the half with a circus shot at the buzzer, which drew the visitors within 41-36 at halftime.

Tunceri drove to make it a 3-point game at the start of the second half. Spanoulis answered but Efes kept coming. The teams kept trading scores until Papanikolaou stepped up with a clutch three at the end of the shot clock to make it 51-43. A lengthy offense that brought sheers from the fans for a series of offensive rebounds did not result in points, but Olympiacos denied Efes at the other end. However Batista finally came through to close back within 4. Georgios Printezis came alive with a fast break layup and a spin move to draw a foul. However after a timeout, Tarence Kinsey scored on the break and Barac converted a basket-plus-foul to make it a 1-point game. Lafayette tied the game with a single free throw that left the scoreboard showing 53-53 through three quarters.

Martynas Gecevicius connected from behind the arc to put the Reds back on top. And after the visitors missed twice from downtown, Sloukas stormed through the Efes defense for a basket-plus-foul. The playmaker then beat the shot clock with a jumper from deep in the corner to make it 61-53. Sloukas nailed another three-pointer to cap an 11-0 charge and restore the hosts’ control. Barac came through with a three-point play to make it 64-56, but the momentum remained with the Reds. Spanoulis sandwiched a pair of triples around another from Gecevicius and an excellent defensive play by Sloukas as the hosts jumped to 73-58 with less than five minutes to play. Dorsey extended the lead to 16 from the line and then Antic hit a three to put his team up 19, essentially sealing the win with several minutes to go.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Euroleague.net
Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), RYZHYK, BORYS (UKR), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA)
Attendance: 3500 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Olympiacos Piraeus20211230
Anadolu Efes Istanbul12241712
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Olympiacos Piraeus20415383
Anadolu Efes Istanbul12365365
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 14:10 6 3/3     2 1 3 3 1 1     4 1 9
6 ANTIC, PERO 26:37 8 1/3 2/3   2 3 5 2 1   2   4   11
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 34:16 18 3/6 2/2 6/10       4   3     2 9 19
9 DORSEY, JOEY 19:31 10 4/8 0/1 2/3 2 3 5 1 1   3 1 3 2 12
11 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 5:23   0/3                         -3
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 16:15 6   2/3     4 4 1 1         1 12
14 GLYNIADAKIS, ANDREAS 5:52 4 1/4   2/2 1 1 2         1 2 2 2
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 13:24 4 2/5 0/2   1 1 2           2 1  
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 21:08 8 2/3 1/3 1/1 1 6 7 1         1 2 14
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 1:49                              
18 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 17:54 15 3/4 2/3 3/3   1 1 2 1 2       2 17
55 LAW, ACIE 23:41 4 2/3 0/2     2 2 2 1 1     1   4
Team             2 2     1         1
Totals 200:00 83 21/42 9/19 14/19 9 24 33 16 6 8 5 2 19 20 98
        50% 47.4% 73.7%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BALBAY, DOGUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 KINSEY, TARENCE 18:02 4 2/5     2 1 3     1     2   1
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 25:16 4 2/3 0/1         4 1 2         5
11 AKYOL, CENK 8:06 3   1/1     1 1           1   3
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 22:50 11 5/7   1/2 2 4 6     2     5 3 10
19 VUJACIC, SASHA 29:44 12 4/9 0/2 4/4   3 3 2 1 3 1 2 3 3 7
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 35:34 4 2/7 0/2   1 2 3         2 2 1 -3
32 GULER, SINAN 13:43 2 1/3 0/1   1 1 2 3 1       2   3
33 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 25:09 11 5/9 0/1 1/2 1 3 4 2 2 1     3 4 13
34 SIRIN, OSMAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BARAC, STANKO 21:36 14 5/8   4/6   8 8     2 1 1 3 7 19
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 200:00 65 26/51 1/8 10/14 8 24 32 11 5 11 2 5 21 18 60
        51% 12.5% 71.4%
Head coach: SARICA, UFUK

Head Coaches

IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Olympiacos deserved to win this game, because we played with patience and persistence. Our defense worked the right way and since we allowed Efes Anadolu to score only 12 points in the first quarter, it was a good starting point. We missed some easy shots and this is related to our need for adjusting to the mismatches. But I am happy because we came up big in the last quarter at both ends and took a very important victory. I think that we have only to take benefits and nothing to lose from those games. To play with three guards was effective tonight, but this is not our only solution. Regarding Sloukas, he took his chances and he is doing well. At the beginning of the season Kostas was the 13th player, but I advised him to be patient and keep working hard. Mantzaris also was not happy with his playing time, but we need him even if it is only for one defense."
SARICA, UFUK
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"We were behind for 30 minutes and when we managed to tie the game, we suffered a collapse. Thanks to the zone defence, we caused some problems for Olympiacos and it changed the momentum of the game, but Sloukas killed us with his great shots. Now we have another game at home and I hope that we will play much better."

Players

SPANOULIS, VASSILIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a must-win situation, a do-or-die match for us. We played the right way and despite the surprising box-and-one defence used by our opponents, we had the right reaction. We executed the systems and played good defense. After all, we beat them and the 18-point margin may be useful. The team is really improved and showed its character. We work hard and I think that better days are to come, because all the players are really enjoying playing and learning at such a high level."
SLOUKAS, KOSTAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is a very important win, which we have lacked so far and will help us, especially in the psychology. We had a lot of pressure after we lost to CSKA Moscow and GS Medical Park two games, but we kept our concentration and did it. Regarding my game, I am trying to do my best in every game. It is great to enjoy a standing ovation from the fans and I am satisfied because I worked hard, especially in defense to get a place here."