2012-13Top 16Round 4
January 18, 2013 CET: 21:00
Local time: 22:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.5 Points 87.5
35.8 Rebounds 32.0
10.3 O. Rebounds 9.7
25.5 D. Rebounds 22.3
15.5 Assists 17.1
5.5 Steals 4.4
2.9 Blocks 2.8
13.6 Turnovers 11.8
49.8 % 2PT 48.9 %
38.5 % 3PT 42.9 %
76.1 % FT 82.2 %
84.8 Index 93.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.8 / Spanoulis Points 20.9 / Brown
6.2 / Hines Rebounds 6.0 / Sanikidze
2.8 / Hines OR 2.3 / Sanikidze
3.5 / Hines DR 3.7 / Sanikidze
5.5 / Spanoulis Assists 5.6 / Brown
1.0 / Mantzaris Steals 1.2 / Hackett
1.0 / Hines Blocks 1.4 / Ress
3.9 / Spanoulis Turnovers 2.2 / Brown
58.4 % / Hines 2PT 66.7 % / Carraretto
80.0 % / Sloukas 3PT 64.7 % / Carraretto
100.0 % / Perperoglou FT 100.0 % / Rasic
16.8 / Spanoulis Index 20.0 / Brown

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
1-2 Top 16 3-0
8-2 Regular Season 5-5
9-4 Overall 8-5

Referees

Crew Chief
BULTO, VICENTE, Spain
Referee
JOVCIC, MILIVOJE, Serbia
Umpire
PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO, Spain

The Take

Two of the top dogs in Group F square off in Greece on Friday night when Olympiacos Piraeus hosts Montepaschi Siena at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. Defending champion Olympiacos is only 1-2 in the Top 16, but still undefeated at home. Siena is 3-0 and a second road win would put it firmly in the drivers’ seat. The teams have played each other in the playoffs in back-to-back seasons, with Siena winning 3-1 in 2011 and the Reds by the same score last season. Olympiacos won three of the four games played in Greece in those series.

Two names come to the forefront when speaking about Olympiacos and Montepaschi: Vassilis Spanoulis and Bobby Brown. The former is the champs’ undeniable leader, top scorer and best playmaker. The latter fits the same role for Siena and leads the Euroleague in scoring and is ranked this in assists. Despite their similarities, Spanoulis and Brown may not guard each other often in the game, but they will always be near one another and their performances will be critical to the outcome. Brown will likely see Evangelos Mantzaris and Acie Law on him defensively, while Siena is expected to send Matt Janning and Daniel Hackett to stop Spanoulis. Both teams also have great shooters at the forward spots that help open the floor, Kristjan Kangur for the visitors and Kostas Papanikolaou for the hosts. Montepaschi’s frontcourt duo of Thomas Ress at center and Viktor Sanikidze has been red hot lately and together with Ben Eze make the Italian champs tough inside. The Reds have answers with a long and deep frontcourt featuring Josh Powell and Giorgi Shermadini as traditional centers and Kyle Hines, Pero Antic and Georgios Printezis too. Hines particularly caused Siena trouble last season, but Coach Luca Banchi’s squad has a largely different rotation now. Papanikolaou and Stratos Perperoglou could play big roles for the hosts at small forward against David Moss.

Montepaschi is hands down the top offensive team in the Turkish Airlines Euroleague this season, but there is no doubt to Olympiacos’s ability to match them, especially at home. Ultimately, while many other players are likely to have important roles, the keys to the game rest with Spanoulis and Brown. If either team can find the recipe to slow down the other, it would become the instant favorite to secure a valuable win.
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS

Olympiacos ousted Montepaschi 3-1 in the playoffs last season en route to winning the title. Kyle Hines averaged 14.5 points, 5.5 rebounds and 1.5 blocks – including a career high 4 on the deciding game – to lead the Reds.

Kyle Hines leads the league in offensive rebounding with 2.8 per game.

Vassilis Spanoulis had the only double-digit assist game of his career against Montepaschi in the 2009 playoffs. Spanoulis, then with Panathinaikos, led the Greens to a series clinching 84-91 Game 4 win with 11 points, 10 assists and 3 steals. 

Spanoulis’s streaks of making at least 1 three-pointer and scoring in double figures in 15 straight Euroleague games both came to an end last week.

Spanoulis cracked the Euroleague career top 10 in assists last week and enters this week tied for ninth place all-time with Greek national teammate Nikos Zisis at 483.

Spanoulis needs 3 more free throws to become the sixth player in competition history to knock down 500 free throws.

Spanoulis leads the league in fouls drawn with 76.

Kostas Papanikolaou was the regular season leader in three-point accuracy at 59.4%.

Pero Antic has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine Euroleague games. 

MONTEPACHI SIENA

Montepaschi Siena leads the Euroleague in scoring (87.5 ppg.), three-pointers made (159), three-point percentage (42.9%), free throws made (227), free-throw percentage (82.2%) and average performance index rating (93.0) this season.

Brown leads the Euroleague in scoring (20.9 ppg.) and is ranked third in assists (5.6 apg.).

Brown has made 24 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Brown has scored at least 10 points and made at least 1 three-pointer in 12 of his last 13 Euroleague games.

Kristjan Kangur has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 consecutive games.

Aleksandar Rasic has made 9 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Tomas Ress has blocked at least 1 shot in seven straight games. He is the Top 16 leader in blocked shots with an average of 3 rejections per game.

Matt Janning has made at least 1 three-pointer in eight of his last nine straight Euroleague games.

David Moss has made at least 1 three-pointer in 10 of his last 11 Euroleague games.

Tuesday, January 15, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"They are without pressure because of the 3-0 start to the Top 16. They play great offensively and we have to stop them. We have some injuries and Josh Powel will be out for 10 days. So some players that they have not played well will have to step up and help us. We want to win all our games at home and take some victories away to achieve our goal, which is to qualify to the playoffs."
BANCHI, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"Tomorrow we expect to have a really tough and at the same time exciting game. Facing the defending European Champions will give us an additional push in order to overcome an actually difficult moment characterized by some injuries which certainly influence us. Olympiacos is the team that has changes the less compared to last season, it was a memorable year for this club made by successes in Greece and in Europe. This game proves to be prohibitive but it will give us the chance to test our level of competitiveness even in this moment of emergency due to injuries therefore those who will be on the court will have to make an extra effort."

Players

MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is a very important game for us. We are at 1-2 and Siena at 3-0 and this means a lot. They have the best offense in the Euroleague, so we have to be ready and try to stop them with our defense. It will not be easy. We have to be focused 100% in our plan and try to give our best to take the victory. We want to win all the games in our home and that's why the match against Siena is something like a final for us."
BROWN, BOBBY
Montepaschi Siena
"It will be a very tough game against the defending European Champions. They will try to win at home, and so we have to compete with them on their court. It will be a great night, in a great atmosphere, and we will be ready. We know that they are a very good team, with great players like Spanoulis, but we will try to get another win on the road."

Siena stuns champs on Brown layup

Bobby Brown scored a fast break layup with 1.7 seconds remaining as Montepaschi Siena finished the game on a 0-7 run over the final 33 seconds for a thrilling 72-74 win over Olympiacos Piraeus at Peace and Friendship stadium on Friday night. The victory improved Siena to 4-0 and a share of the first place in Group F together with Caja Laboral Vitoria, while the reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champions fell to 1-3 and fifth place in the Group F standings. During the contest, the two teams traded leads for the final three quarters, but Olympiacos went up by 72-67 in the final minute after some magic from Vassilis Spanoulis. However, Thomas Ress and Brown need only 14 seconds to tie the game and Brown used all his speed in the final seconds to race for the game-winning layup. Daniel Hackett sealed the win by blocking a potential buzzer-beater from Acie Law. Brown led Siena with 22 points plus 6 assists, Hackett scored 11, Ress finished with 10 points, while Viktor Sanikidze contributed in victory with 9 points plus 8 rebounds. Kyle Hines had 13 points plus 9 rebounds for Olympiacos, and Spanoulis also scored 13. Giorgi Shermadini chipped in with 9 points and 7 rebounds and Stratos Perperoglou also had 9 points in defeat.

First quarter: Spanoulis guides Reds to early lead

Evangelos Mantzaris started things off with a triple for the hosts before David Moss made a layup for Siena’s first basket. A drive from Spanoulis and 3 free throws from Giorgi Shermadini made it 8-2 before Daniel Hackett converted on a layup-plus-foul. With both teams playing up-tempo basketball, Georgios Printezis and Brown traded triples, before Shermadini and Kristjan Kangur each threw down monster dunks. Kangur's triple cut it to 15-13, but Spanoulis had couple of layups and Kyle Hines dunked to extend the Olympiacos lead to 23-15. However Montepaschi managed to come closer with Kangur sinking another triple and Thomas Ress making a long baseline jumper for a 25-20 scoreline after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Siena takes the lead with a 0-8 run

Hackett’s jumper opened the second quarter, and Moss scored a layup to get the visitors within 1 point. Hines’s basket-plus-foul was the Reds’ lone field goal against the visitors’ disciplined defense in a span of more than six minutes, but as the pace slowed down, so did the scoring. Sloukas hit a long jump shot before Ress muscled his way to the rim. A dunk from Hines and a triple from Stratos Perperoglou made it a 5-point game, but Viktor Sanikidze hit from downtown while stringing together 7 points, and Brown sank a three-pointer from the right corner as Siena grabbed its first lead and held on for a 36-38 halftime advantage.

Third quarter: Teams trade leads as drama builds

Hackett opened the third quarter with a layup, but Shermadini answered. Mantzaris then hit a baseline jumper and Shermadini, again, threw down a fast break dunk for 42-40. Siena regained the lead with a triple from Moss, before Mantzaris and Marco Carraretto traded threes. The see-saw battle continued with a reverse layup from Printezis, and Brown’s driving layup in traffic made it 48-48. With the defenses stiffening and players hustling, the visitors went up again with baskets inside from Sanikidze and Brown before Acie Law’s layup just before the buzzer made it 51-52 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Siena scores game’s last 7 points

Hines and Ress traded easy dunks to start the fourth quarter, and Carraretto hit a long jumper to make it 53-56. Kostas Sloukas hit from downtown on the ensuing possession, but Ress answered with a jump shot. With players on both teams showing increased emotion, every basket seemed to carry great importance. Perperouglou drove the baseline for a layup-plus-foul, but Brown replied with a three-pointer. Olympiacos managed to string together 6 points and go up 65-61 when Hines scored twice inside and Perperoglou made a baseline jumper. A couple of layups from Hackett tied things up at 67-67 as the game headed for a dramatic ending. It was time for Spanoulis to take over. He hit his first basket of the second half – a triple with 90 seconds remaining – and then followed it up with a jump shot to put Olympiacos up by 5 points. A dunk by Ress kept Siena’s hopes alive, and the visitors tied the game 19 seconds before the end with Brown calmly sinking 3 free throws after being fouled behind the 6.75-meter arc. Olympiacos had the ball, but Hines missed from close range, and Brown had enough time to race for a fastbreak layup and 72-74 lead. Still 1.7 seconds remained on the clock, but Hackett blocked Law’s potential game-winning shot and Siena started celebrating an improbable victory.

Bobby Brown - Montepaschi Siena - EB12
Friday, January 18, 2013
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Referees: BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP)
Attendance: 7893
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HINES, KYLE 25:54 13 6/9   1/1 4 5 9     2 1   4 2 16
5 LAW, ACIE 23:06 4 2/5 0/1   1 1 2 2   1   1 1 1 2
6 ANTIC, PERO 18:52   0/2 0/1     4 4 2   1   1 2 1  
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 30:05 13 4/7 1/4 2/4       5   4       5 11
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 17:51 9 2/6 1/3 2/3   2 2 1   1       2 6
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 14:06 9 3/3   3/4 1 6 7   1   3   1 3 21
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 11:17 5 1/1 1/2     1 1 1   1     2   3
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 18:34 7 2/5 1/4     3 3 1   2   1   1 3
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 24:29 4 0/2 0/3 4/6 1 3 4 2   1     2 4 4
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 15:46 8 1/1 2/2   2 3 5 2         2   13
Team             5 5               5
Totals 200:00 72 21/41 6/20 12/18 9 33 42 16 1 13 4 3 14 19 84
        51.2% 30% 66.7%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
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
Montepaschi Siena
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
6 BROWN, BOBBY 36:46 22 4/8 3/9 5/5   3 3 6 3 3   1 1 5 24
8 EZE, BENJAMIN 6:44   0/2     3 1 4         1 1    
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 13:44 5 1/1 1/1   1   1 1   1     3   3
10 RASIC, ALEKSANDAR 5:31   0/1                         -1
11 KANGUR, KRISTJAN 22:58 8 1/3 2/4   1 4 5 1 2   1 1 4   8
13 SANIKIDZE, VIKTOR 20:51 9 2/5 1/2 2/5 3 5 8       1   2 5 14
14 RESS, TOMAS 29:27 10 5/11 0/5     3 3 2 1       2 1 4
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JANNING, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 27:20 11 5/7 0/2 1/3   4 4 2 2 1 1 1 3 3 12
34 MOSS, DAVID 36:39 9 3/6 1/2   2 2 4 3 1 2     3   8
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 74 21/44 8/25 8/13 10 23 33 15 9 7 3 4 19 14 73
        47.7% 32% 61.5%
Head coach: BANCHI, LUCA

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is a bad loss against a team that played without pressure and used mixed defenses to stop our game… We have the responsibility because we allowed them to win, but I have to mention that they played very well. Now we came to a difficult situation, because there are many games to correct it. The positive thing is that Shermadini showed that he can help us a lot."
BANCHI, LUCA
Montepaschi Siena
"First of all, I want to congratulate both teams. Maybe it was not the most spectacular you will see, but I think both teams played with great intensity. Siena and Olympiacos tried to do their best to take this win, which was very important for both teams. As for the end of the game, it was crazy, but I believe both teams deserved to win tonight. I want to thank my players for their special effort tonight. We arrived in Athens in a very tough situation, because we came off a tough, 30-point loss in the Italian League, which is not usual for Siena. Some of our players like Ben Ortner, Aleksandar Rasic and Matt Janning were unable to play tonight. Everybody understood the game plan and did their best with very solid, consistent defense, even playing undersized."

Players

PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is a kind of suicide on our part. We committed a lot of mistakes and they punished us. I have to mention that Montepaschi Siena read our game and managed to trap us. We had the same problems at the beginning of the regular season, but we came up big and I am looking forward to doing it again. Starting inTel Aviv, next week, we have to retrieve our confidence and the usual way of playing."
LAW, ACIE
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We missed two crucial layups in the last seconds of the game and they took advantage of that to beat us. But it is still early and nothing was decided yet. Now we have to go to Tel Aviv and get the win. "
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