2018-19Regular SeasonRound 18
January 10, 2019 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 WIZINK CENTER

Madrid's offense overpowers Olympiacos

Real Madrid outlasted Olympiacos Piraeus to record a comprehensive 94-78 victory in an entertaining showdown between two EuroLeague powerhouses in the Spanish capital. Both offenses were on fire in the opening stages, but Madrid gradually pulled away and led for the last 28 minutes through a fluid demonstration of non-stop scoring. Anthony Randolph shined with 16 points and 8 rebounds, while fellow big man Gustavo Ayon added 13 points, 7 boards and 4 assists. Facundo Campazzo combined 13 points and 5 assists and Jeffrey Taylor scored 13 points on 3-of-3 shooting from long range. Vassilis Spanoulis recorded a double-double of 12 points and 11 assists for Olympiacos, while Zach LeDay had 15 points and 8 rebounds and Nigel Williams-Goss scored 13. Madrid remained in second place with a 15-3 record, while Olympiacos dropped to fifth at 11-7.

Georgios Bogris scored twice as Olympiacos made a fast start, but Gabriel Deck and Sergio Llull answered from long range. Spanoulis netted a pair of baskets for an 8-13 edge, but Randolph scored a fastbreak slam before Ayon sent Madrid ahead. Taylor and Janis Timma traded triples and Campazzo also struck from deep as the first quarter ended 28-23. Spanoulis started the second quarter with a triple and another assist for Bogris to tie the game, but Ayon dunked, Fabien Causeur hit a corner three and Campazzo penetrated for a layup. Seven fast points from LeDay kept Olympiacos close, but Trey Thompkins hit a triple for a 47-39 lead. Walter Tavares threw down a high alley-oop and Taylor hit a three as the lead advanced to double figures, but Williams-Goss and Georgios Printezis pulled it back to 54-46 at the break. Deck started the second half with another three-point strike, but Printezis scored three quick baskets and Madrid's offense finally slowed down – but not for long as Campazzo drained a triple and Randolph threw down a slam for a 67-56 edge. Janis Strelnieks scored twice as the third quarter finished 72-63. Rudy Fernandez and Randolph scored early in the fourth before Williams-Goss and Taylor both struck from deep, making it 81-70 with five minutes to go. Randolph extended his team's lead with a pair of triples and converted free throws, effectively ending the game, and Madrid cruised home.

Madrid turns on the style

The first half was an offensive masterclass from both teams. Olympiacos made its first 6 field goals without a miss and 23 points were scored in just over 3 minutes in an explosive start. The fun continued as Madrid reached 50 points with just 17 minutes played. Olympiacos could not maintain that pace, but Madrid nearly did, passing 90 points for the seventh time this season.

Campazzo leads ball sharing party

The main reason for Madrid's 94-point haul was its ability to keep the ball moving, creating great looks both inside and from long range. Facundo Campazzo led the way with 5 assists in a team total of 24, and the slick passing allowed Los Blancos to make 21 of 32 two-pointers (65.6%) and 13 of 23 shots from beyond the arc (56.5%).

Spanoulis suffers hurt finger

With big man Nikola Milutinov already missing through illness, Olympiacos suffered another blow when Vassilis Spanoulis appeared to dislocate a finger on his right hand during the first quarter after making a fantastic start to the game. He had the pinky taped up and returned to action, but was less effective in the second half, surely bothered by the injury.

Next round

Olympiacos will welcome Khimki Moscow Region to Piraeus next Thursday and a day later Madrid travels to the capital of Montenegro to take on Buducnost VOLI Podgorica.

Gustavo Ayon - Real Madrid - EB18
Thursday, January 10, 2019
Euroleague.net
Referees: JAVOR, DAMIR; PASTUSIAK, PIOTR; DIFALLAH, MEHDI
Attendance: 10860 (Tentative)
By Quarter1234
Real Madrid28261822
Olympiacos Piraeus23231715
End of Quarter1234
Real Madrid28547294
Olympiacos Piraeus23466378
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 4:04 5 1/1 1/1                   1 1 5
3 RANDOLPH, ANTHONY 27:57 16 4/5 2/5 2/2   8 8   3         3 26
5 FERNANDEZ, RUDY 20:36 8 1/1 0/3 6/7       4   2       4 10
7 CAMPAZZO, FACUNDO 22:25 13 2/3 3/3         5   2     3 5 17
9 REYES, FELIPE 6:48 4 2/3           1           1 5
14 AYON, GUSTAVO 23:00 13 6/10   1/1   7 7 4   2 1   1 2 20
22 TAVARES, WALTER 16:57 7 3/3   1/1 1 1 2   2 2 1   1 1 10
23 LLULL, SERGIO 19:34 3   1/5     1 1 4         2 1 3
24 DECK, GABRIEL 25:10 9 1/2 2/2 1/2 1 1 2 1         1 1 10
25 PREPELIC, KLEMEN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
33 THOMPKINS, TREY 5:15 5   1/1 2/2   1 1           1 1 6
44 TAYLOR, JEFFERY 28:14 11 1/4 3/3   1 1 2 5   1 1   3 1 13
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 94 21/32 13/23 13/15 3 22 25 24 5 9 3 0 13 21 127
        65.6% 56.5% 86.7%
Head coach: LASO, PABLO
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 WILLIAMS-GOSS, NIGEL 24:52 13 2/4 3/4         5 1 1     1 2 16
6 TOUPANE, AXEL 4:10   0/2                     1 1 -2
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 26:06 12 3/5 2/5         11   1   1 3 5 18
10 TIMMA, JANIS 9:18 3 0/1 1/1   1   1 1 1 1         4
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 16:39 4 2/2 0/1     1 1 1         2   3
14 VEZENKOV, SASHA 5:36 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1   1         1 2 1 -3
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 26:06 11 5/9 0/1 1/2   3 3   1 1     2 2 8
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 26:16 7 2/3 1/4     6 6     1     1   7
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 12:42     0/1     2 2 1         2 1 1
21 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS 20:34 12 6/6       2 2 3 2       4 1 16
32 LEDAY, ZACH 27:41 15 6/12 1/3   4 4 8     2   1 3   9
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 78 26/45 8/21 2/4 8 19 27 22 5 7 0 3 21 13 80
        57.8% 38.1% 50%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

LASO, PABLO
Real Madrid

“Offensively we did a very good job for 40 minutes. We moved the ball well, got inside, penetrated, took the extra pass and our percentages were good. Defensively we made some little mistakes the first half, but in the second half we were much better and dominated the game. Always a double week is difficult for every team but we were able to play a great second half in Gran Canaria and a complete game today. I’m happy for both victories.”

“We were able to win all four quarters and that says a lot. Offensively it was one of our best games.”

BLATT, DAVID
Olympiacos Piraeus
"First of all, congratulations to Real Madrid. They were the better team tonight. We had moments in the game where we had a chance to perhaps keep it close and for a good part of the game we did that, but we just didn't do enough things defensively ultimately to compete with Real when they shoot the ball as well as they did and when they are able to run the ball the way they did. We are at the tail end of a pretty tough stretch; this was our fifth game in the last nine days. And I thought, particularly in the second half, that the fatigue showed. And certainly missing Nikola [Milutinov] in our rotation caused us problems and Real took advantage of that."

Players

RANDOLPH, ANTHONY
Real Madrid
“Good win against a great team. They played until the end, I’m glad we got the win. We’re a very deep team, everyone from the bench can come in and contribute. You can take anyone from our team, put them on another team and they’d be a starter.”
TAYLOR, JEFFERY
Real Madrid
“We play with pride for Real Madrid, we want to go out and play well in every game. The coach does a good job of motivating us, we all have that motivation inside us to go and win every game. Against Olympiacos they have a really good defense so you have to move the ball, drive, kick and have a lot of assists, and we were able to do that today.”