2017-18Regular SeasonRound 2
October 20, 2017 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Thompson leads Olympiacos to 2-0 after fast start

Olympiacos Piraeus rode a fast start on offense to improve to 2-0 with a hard-fought 80-75 victory over Unicaja Malaga at Peace and Friendship Stadium. The Greek team flew into a 15-point lead in the first quarter, but Unicaja soon showed their renowned fighting spirit to battle back. The visitors were trailing by only three for much of the final period but Olympiacos managed to stay ahead all the way and eventually hung on. Hollis Thompson led the home team with 15 points, Nikola Milutinov added 12 and Georgios Printezis combined 9 points with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. Dragan Milosavljevic and Ray McCallum both scored 14 points for the visitors, who also had 12 points apiece from big men James Augustine and Dejan Musli. Unicaja won the rebounding battle 27-34, but were left to rue committing 17 turnovers and converting only 17 of 30 free throws.

Olympiacos made a fast start, racing into a 9-2 lead with four different players getting on the scoreboard. Three-pointers from Thompson and Ioannis Papapetrou made it a 19-4 advantage as the hosts threatened to run away with it, but Unicaja then burst into life by bridging the first and second quarters with a 0-8 run including a steal and slam from Augustine and a triple from Alberto Diaz, reducing the deficit to 21-14. Three-point strikes from Janis Strelnieks and Kostas Papanikolaou got Olympiacos moving again, but powerful play inside the paint from Musli and Augustine kept Unicaja well in contention, and it was 37-33 at the break as the visitors finished the half with a 2-11 run. Thompson started the second half with five consecutive points before Printezis re-established a double-digit lead with his first basket of the night, and the lead stayed around that margin for the remainder of the third. A three-point play from Vangelis Mantzaris extended the lead to 15 at the start of the fourth, but Unicaja responded with a 0-8 tear including back-to-back triples from Milosavljevic to make it 63-56. Carlos Suarez scored four in quick succession as Unicaja repeatedly came back to within 3 points, but the home team’s defense then found new resolve and a classic finish from Printezis stretched the lead to 75-68 with a minute remaining. Mantzaris hit a big triple and although McCallum’s three-point play kept the contest alive, Olympiacos held on to stay perfect.

Hollis Thompson - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB17
Friday, October 20, 2017
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Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), OVINOV, SEMEN (RUS)
Attendance: 7228
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Olympiacos Piraeus21162221
Unicaja Malaga11221428
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Olympiacos Piraeus21375980
Unicaja Malaga11334775
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 11:02 6 2/5   2/2 1 1 2     1     4 2 2
4 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 17:54 7 2/3 1/2   1 3 4 1         3 1 8
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 14:15 2 0/2 0/2 2/2   3 3     1   1 1 1 -1
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 25:12 12 4/6   4/5 1 4 5 1   3 1   4 3 12
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 15:44 5 1/1 1/4         1         2   1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 25:45 9 3/9 1/1   2 4 6 3 1       1 2 14
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 21:39 6 1/4 1/2 1/2   3 3 2 2 4     3 2 3
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 21:39 9 1/1 1/3 4/5   2 2 2 2 1     2 3 12
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 24:22 9 3/3 0/2 3/3   2 2 4 1 3     3 4 12
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS 3:03                         2   -2
34 THOMPSON, HOLLIS 19:25 15 2/2 2/4 5/6       1 1 1     3 4 14
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 80 19/36 7/20 21/25 6 22 28 15 7 14 1 1 28 22 76
        52.8% 35% 84%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
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
Unicaja Malaga
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
2 OKOUO, VINY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
3 MCCALLUM, RAY 22:25 14 2/5 1/1 7/12 1   1 1   4     5 7 6
9 DIAZ, ALBERTO 21:05 3 0/2 1/2   1   1 3 1 4       1 2
10 SALIN, SASU 14:27 1 0/1 0/1 1/2   2 2 2 1       4 1  
11 DIEZ, DANIEL 17:01     0/1     1 1   1       1 1 1
12 MILOSAVLJEVIC, DRAGAN 25:11 14 2/5 2/2 4/4 1 4 5 1   2     4 2 13
16 NEDOVIC, NEMANJA 20:19 7 3/6 0/3 1/2   4 4 2 1 3   1 1 4 6
17 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 15:19 5 1/4   3/5 3 2 5 1   3     2 5 6
21 WACZYNSKI, ADAM DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
40 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 26:00 12 6/7     2 2 4 1 3       3 1 17
43 SUAREZ, CARLOS 22:06 7 3/6 0/1 1/3 2 2 4 1 1   1   2 2 8
44 MUSLI, DEJAN 16:07 12 6/8   0/2 2 5 7 1   1       4 19
Team                                
Totals 200:00 75 23/44 4/11 17/30 12 22 34 13 8 17 1 1 22 28 78
        52.3% 36.4% 56.7%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a very important win against a tough team. Malaga have a fighting spirit. We started really well, both offensively and defensively. It was unexpected how Malaga played in that period but we knew for sure they would react. I want to congratulate the players but in some moments we gave up some easy points we could have avoided. We need to learn from these mistakes and these turnovers which gave our opponents a chance to score easily. They scored 28 points in the last period and we’re not happy with that. But we won a very important game in front of our fans, and I want to thank them for the atmosphere. We have a lot to improve and through games and practise we will get better. We are a new team with a lot of new players, we have some injury problems but this is not an excuse and we will fight for victories."
PLAZA, JOAN
Unicaja Malaga
“We began the game really bad, it was horrible. They were ten points up, and after that step by step we got closer and had chances to win in the last minutes. But our hard beginning, our turnovers and our free throws were the worst part of our game. They won two quarters and we won two quarters, but that’s not enough to win on this kind of court. We need a bit more experience – we’ve got six new guys who never played here before – and a bit more calm to not commit mistakes when things are going wrong. But we competed and didn’t give up, we committed some silly turnovers at the end, but I’m proud because we didn’t lie down and stayed competitive until the last minute. When you miss 50% of your free throws and commit 17 free throws, you can’t complain [about the result].”

Players

PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“We were playing against a good team. Malaga play really well and have made a good start to the season so we knew it would be a difficult game. We had the focus at the end to win the game.”
MCCALLUM, RAY
Unicaja Malaga
“They came out and hit us early, and as point guard and a leader of this team I’ve got to make sure we come out early. But we stayed with it and competed til the end, and again I take the blame for this – I missed a lot of free throws and committed too many turnovers. We’ll get better over time, we’re still figuring everything out, but the guys competed and played hard in a tough environment on the road. If we can eliminate turnovers and start making free throws we’ll give ourselves a chance.”
AUGUSTINE, JAMES
Unicaja Malaga
“We played well, we fought at the end and got to a point where we had a chance to win. We made a lot of mistakes but that’s part of basketball. I’m happy we fought and gave ourselves a chance to win. If we take advantage of our opportunities in the future we can win big games.”
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