2012-13Top 16Round 6
January 31, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.1 Points 75.3
36.4 Rebounds 28.8
10.5 O. Rebounds 8.7
25.9 D. Rebounds 20.1
15.5 Assists 11.3
5.3 Steals 6.0
3.0 Blocks 1.7
13.4 Turnovers 12.1
50.1 % 2PT 53.1 %
37.2 % 3PT 32.3 %
75.5 % FT 75.3 %
84.9 Index 72.1

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.1 / Spanoulis Points 14.3 / Bogdanovic
6.4 / Hines Rebounds 4.5 / Sato
2.8 / Hines OR 1.4 / Sato
3.6 / Hines DR 3.2 / Andersen
5.3 / Spanoulis Assists 3.0 / Preldzic
0.9 / Mantzaris Steals 1.5 / McCalebb
0.9 / Hines Blocks 0.5 / Karaman
3.7 / Spanoulis Turnovers 1.9 / McCalebb
59.2 % / Hines 2PT 67.6 % / Savas
71.4 % / Sloukas 3PT 42.1 % / Onan
100.0 % / Gecevicius FT 100.0 % / Batiste
16.6 / Spanoulis Index 12.7 / Bogdanovic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
2-3 Top 16 1-4
8-2 Regular Season 5-5
10-5 Overall 6-9

Referees

Crew Chief
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Referee
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia
Umpire
LOPES, LUIS, Portugal

The Take

Two teams with positive momentum clash on Thursday when defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus hosts Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul at the Peace and Friendship Stadium. The Reds come off a tough road win at Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv, which boosted their record to 2-3 in Group F. Fenerbahce Ulker snapped a four game slide with a home win over BC Khimki. Olympiacos lost point guard Vangelos Mantzaris to a knee injury this weekend and Acie Law may not be back yet from a head injury, which places more responsibility on the shoulders of team leader Vassilis Spanoulis.

The hosts will turn to Spanoulis even more with a short-handed lineup, though Kostas Sloukas and Martynas Gecevicius will be expected to fill in too. The tough part for the Reds against Fenerbahce could be stopping point guard – and one of the fastest men in basketball – Ford Trophy winner Bo McCalebb. Fenerbahce’s hottest player recently has been swingman Bojan Bogdanovic, who is the No. 2 scorer in the Top 16. However the duo of Stratos Perperoglou and Kostas Papanikolaou are primed to make things difficult for Coach Pianigiani’s offensive ace. Fenerbahce has two players that know the Reds well from their years in Greece, big man Mike Batiste and small forward Romain Sato. Batiste joins David Andersen, Ogus Savas and Kaya Peker in a tough and versatile frontline. Olympiacos has turned to Giorgi Shermadini to make the difference at center recently and he has met all expectations. However with Josh Powell questionable due to injury, the hosts are also short in the paint. Pero Antic and Kyle Hines will join Shermadini to match up with the visitors’ bigs. Final Four hero Georgios Printezis could be the perfect man to stop Fener’s ultimate mismatch, point forward Emir Preldzic. Sharpshooter Uros Tripkovic is on hand to help keep the opposition’s defense stretched, which makes room for McCalebb to penetrate, Bogdanovic to attack and for Andersen and Batsite to maximize matchups.

Ultimately the game may hinge on the guard matchups. If Law doesn’t play and Sloukas has trouble with McCalebb, it could be a long night for the hosts. However Fenerbahce will need to be sure that Omer Onan and Sato are ready for Spanoulis. Also noteworthy will be the rebounding battle; Fener is last in the league in rebounding, but outrebounded Khimki by 8 last week en route to victory. With a deep and active frontcourt, a more-determined Fener could control the glass and make things even more difficult for the short-handed home team.
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS

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

Vassilis Spanoulis has made at least 1 three-pointer and scored in double figures in 17 of his last 18 Euroleague games.

Spanoulis is 8 assists away from becoming the ninth player in competition history to record 500 career assists.

Spanoulis leads the league in fouls drawn with 85.

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

Pero Antic is a teammate of Fenerbahce Ulker point guard Bo McCalebb on the FYROM national team. The two were FYROM’s top two scorers as the team reached the EuroBasket 2011 semifinals.

Giorgi Shermadini was a backup to Fenerbahce Ulker big man Mike Batiste and also played alongside Romain Sato for two seasons at Panathinaikos Athens between 2008 and 2010.

FENERBAHCE ULKER ISTANBUL

Fenerbahce Ulker has lost six straight Euroleague road games.

Fenerbahce Ulker is ranked last in the league in rebounding (28.8 rpg.).

Mike Batiste has made 10 straight free throws in Euroleague games.

Batiste is 23 points behind former CSKA great J.R. Holden for fifth place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Batiste enters the week with 2,365 career points.

Bojan Bogdanovic has scored in double figures in six straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games. He has averaged 17.1 points per game over that span.

Bogdanovic has made his last 21 free throws in Euroleague action.

Bogdanovic was Top 16 Game 5 MVP last week after recording 26 points, 4 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals before fouling out for a performance index rating of 27. He shared the honor with Unicaja guard Marcus Williams.

Uros Tripkovic has made his last 12 free throws in Euroleague action.

Tripkovic is 4 three-pointers away from tying former Unicaja teammate Berni Rodriguez for 25th place on the Euroleague’s career list of three-pointers made.

Romain Sato has at least 1 steal in four straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I'm sure you all know the importance of this match. Every game is very important. Even though we have two more games to go for the first round, each game is like a final to us. Fenerbahce's place is not in accordance with their budget, their players and their coach. They beat Khimki last week and they are looking for a win away from home, as they have clearly stated. We, on the other hand, want the win and we will do everything in our power to get it."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Of course we still have problems with the players and they are injured. We don't know how many players will be ready for the game. We said one week ago that this is the moment for us to play every ball, fight one the court, this is what we need until the end of the season in the Euroleague, the Turkish Cup and Turkish League. We are coming from 2 victories in our league and one in the Euroleague that are important for us to show that we can compete in any case. This is what I would like to see in Athens in the European champions home."

Players

PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Fenerbahce is a team with very qualified players. There is still a long way in the Top 16, you cannot underestimate anyone. It's a pretty good team. They like to play fast, they have McCalebb who runs and can carry the ball fast. They play with two forwards or two centers. Their play is a bit strange and we have to be very focused to win."
SATO, ROMAIN
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"Olympiacos is going to try to fight like us so it's not going to be easy. Especially over there it's going to be crazy. If we want to change anything and turn the season around we need to win this kind of game on the road. Its going to be a tough game."

Olympiacos rolls past Fenerbahce

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus picked up its second consecutive Top 16 victory by beating Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul 82-71 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday night. The win improved Olympiacos’s record to 3-3 for fourth place in Group F, while Fenerbahce dropped to 1-5. The Reds took control of the game with a 8-0 spurt in the second quarter, and then cruised to victory after pulling away to a 20-point advantage at the beginning of the third quarter. Georgios Printezis scored 11 of his 13 points in the first half, and Vassilis Spanoulis also finished with 13 for the winners. Acie Law had 12 points in less than 13 minutes before being ejected from the game after an altercation with Romain Sato. Kyle Hines scored 10 points before leaving the game to receive stitches for a cut above his eye. Bojan Bogdanovic, David Andersen and Bo McCalleb combined to score 58 of Fenerbahce’s points. Bogdanovic and Andersen each finished with 20 points, and McCalebb scored 18 in defeat.

First quarter: Andersen, Bogdanovic and McCalebb get Fenerbahce going

Andersen started the game with a three-pointer, and Olympiacos opened its account with baskets inside from Giorgi Shermadini and Kostas Papanikolaou. With the offenses having their way early, the visitors countered with a drive from Bogdanovic and a triple from McCalebb, while Reds kept going inside to Printezis and Shermadini, 8-8. Fenerbahce opened a 5-point lead as Andersen and Bogdanovic each scored twice more from close range, and McCalebb hit another triple, but Law made couple of steals for fastbreak layups, then added a basket-plus foul, before Printezis made it 19-19 from the paint. Olympiacos went in front on a fastbreak layup from Spanoulis, but Andersen answered from long range and McCalebb made an acrobatic driving layup that gave Fenerbahce a 23-24 edge after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Law and Sato ejected; Reds take lead

Printezis reached double figures with a triple at the start of the second quarter, before Ilkan Karaman and Stratos Perperoglou traded put-backs. Uros Tripkovic sank a triple to make it 28-29 before the hosts went in front with an 8-0 spurt that included a dunk from Kyle Hines and layup-plus-foul from Law. Andersen snapped the run with a fadeaway jumper, and after Kaya Peker and Hines traded layups, 40-33, both teams were dealt a major blow as Law and Romain Sato were ejected for their on-court altercation. The two players got tangled under the rim while fighting for a position underneath the hosts’ basket, and after some forceful pushing and shoving, both players were issued disqualifying fouls. After emotions calmed down, McCalleb and Bogdanovic got Fenerbahce within 3 points, before Spanoulis nailed a triple to give Olympiacos a 43-37 halftime lead.

Third quarter: Olympiacos pulls away with a 15-2 run

Kostas Sloukas extended the lead to 9 points with a basket-plus-foul, before Andersen made a turnaround jumper at the other end. After Printezis and McCalebb traded mid-range baskets, Papanikolaou hit a three-pointer and Shermadini’s hook-shot opened a 53-41 lead. Sloukas extended the advantage to 16 points with 4 free throws, and after Andersen scored a layup, Spanoulis hit a triple and Hines added a put-back helping to extend the lead to 20. Bogdanovic snapped a 15-2 run with a three-pointer from the left corner, but baskets inside from Hines and Pero Antic made it 68-49 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: The hosts cruise to victory

Spanoulis hit a jumper and Shermadini made a layup to extend the margin to 23 points at the start of the fourth quarter before Bogdanovic hit a triple and McCalebb made a layup. The tempo significantly slowed down and the visitors did not allow a field goal for more than four minutes, but only managed to cut the deficit to 75-60 when McCalleb scored another driving layup. Spanoulis ended the drought for Olympiacos, and Perperoglou nailed a triple to get the lead back to 18 points, but Fenerbahce answered with a 0-8 run as Baris Ermis made couple of layups and Andersen hit another jump shot. However the margin was too great to overcome and Olympiacos celebrated its third Top 16 victory.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12
Thursday, January 31, 2013
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT), LOPES, LUIS (POR)
Attendance: 7284
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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 16:36 10 4/6   2/4 1 1 2     2 1 1 2 2 6
5 LAW, ACIE 12:41 12 4/4 1/2 1/2   2 2   1 1     2 2 12
6 ANTIC, PERO 15:55 4 1/1 0/2 2/2 3 1 4 1 1 1     2 1 6
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 32:45 15 4/7 2/6 1/6   3 3 5   2       6 15
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 21:07 5 1/1 1/2   3 6 9 3         3 1 14
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 17:21 8 4/7     1 2 3 1 1 1   1 4   4
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 22:14 9 1/3 0/1 7/7 1 3 4 1 1       4 5 13
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 POWELL, JOSH 6:03   0/1               1 1   4   -5
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 8:41 1 0/1 0/1 1/2 1 1 2 1 1     1   2 3
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 24:05 13 4/5 1/6 2/2   3 3 2         2 1 11
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 22:32 5 1/2 1/2 0/2 2 3 5 1 1 1     2 2 7
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 82 24/38 6/22 16/27 13 28 41 15 6 10 2 3 25 22 89
        63.2% 27.3% 59.3%
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
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 McCALEBB, BO 40:00 20 5/7 2/5 4/6 1 5 6 3 1 1     2 5 25
9 ERMIS, BARIS 13:20 4 2/3 0/1 0/2 1 1 2 1 1 1 1 1 4 1  
10 SATO, ROMAIN 14:27   0/1       1 1 1         2 2 1
11 TRIPKOVIC, UROS 14:19 5 0/2 1/4 2/2 1 1 2   1 4     4 1 -4
13 ANDERSEN, DAVID 32:09 18 6/10 2/4   2 3 5   1       1 4 21
14 PEKER, KAYA 14:38 2 1/3       4 4     1 1 1 4   -1
15 SANLI, MEHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 8:49                              
22 BIRSEN, JAMES METECAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 BATISTE, MIKE 16:33   0/3     1 3 4     1     3 1 -2
41 KARAMAN, ILKAN 7:51 2 1/2 0/1   1   1           1    
44 BOGDANOVIC, BOJAN 37:54 20 3/6 2/5 8/8   4 4 2   1 1   2 10 28
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 71 18/37 7/20 14/18 7 23 30 7 4 9 3 2 23 24 69
        48.6% 35% 77.8%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We corrected the mistake from the game versus Siena and this is our second win in a row, after the one we got in Tel Aviv. It was a very difficult game, because we were forced to play without our starting point guard, Vangelis Mantzaris and we lost very early Acie Law, who was playing great. I was obliged to use some unusual schemes, but the whole team played with determination. We dominated under the boards and dished a good number of assists, but we missed 11 free throws and some open shots. It is quite risky to say that we are again in good shape, because the season is long and we have to play without Mantzaris."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"It was a tough and difficult game. We came here without Onan and Preldzic , but I think that the game was over when Romain Sato was disqualified. We didn’t have the rotation needed in the perimeter and some players were forced to play more minutes that they usually do. We tried to remain competitive, but it was difficult to do so without Sato. He is a key player in several parts of the game, but despite the problems my players didn’t surrender. I hope that we will find our confidence and this is a reason to feel proud. Olympiacos showed respect to our team, as they kept Spanoulis until the end and they called a timeout in the last minute. The ups and downs are normal, because we are a new team. We lacked confidence after the loss to Montepaschi Siena, in a game we were leading by 11 points. In the Euroleague you have to be concentrated and not lose consecutive games. We are still seeking a big win, but I don’t know when and where we will get it. I don’t feel pressure because we are 1-5 do far. I am a coach who pressures myself."

Players

ANTIC, PERO
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was not an easy game. It looks like it was, but it wasn’t. After the loss to PAOK in the Greek League game, we had to work and try hard in order to beat Fenerbahce Ulker. Individually they are very good, but since we got our rhythm and played much better in defense, we did it. I hope that after two consecutive victories, the situation will be better, but we have to prove it game by game."
ANDERSEN, DAVID
Fenerbahce Ulker Istanbul
"We had injury problems and our job here was a hard one. We also missed Romain Sato during the game and the situation became extremely difficult, especially in defense. Now we are 1-5 and a great comeback is needed. It is not an easy task, but we will do our best."
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