2008-09PlayoffsGame 2
March 26, 2009 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
Lynn Greer - OlympiacosOlympiacos moved within a single victory of its first Final Four in a decade by again outlasting never-say-die Real Madrid 79-73 at home in Piraeus, Greece, to take a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five Quarterfinal Playoff series. Game 3 is next Tuesday in Madrid, to be follow on Thursday, if necessary, by Game 4. As in their opening-game victory, the Reds again nursed small leads before relying on big plays to seize victory from what was a close game down the stretch. at 70-69 with just over 3 minutes remaining, Nikola Vujcic found Georgios Printezis for one inside basket and scored another himself to give Olympiacos the cushion it needed to win. Lynn Greer led the winners with 21 points, including 3 of 6 three-point shooting. Printezis followed with 18 points and 6 rebounds, Vujcic with 14 points and Theodoros Papaloukas with 12. For Real Madrid, Felipe Reyes was the catalyst inside all game, with 23 points and 9 rebounds, while Louis Bullock rifled in 22 points from the perimeter. No other Madrid player scored more than 6. The Olympiacos bench proved the difference, however, as it outscored Madrid 45-18.

Felipe Reyes - Real MadridRaul Lopez scored off-balance to get Madrid's side of the scoreboard going after tipoff, but soon Yotam Halperin dished twice to Printezis for a 4-2 Olympiacos lead. Real Madrid was setting up its defense well, while at the other end Kennedy Winston and Reyes found good options to put the guests ahead 5-6. The Reds used side pick-and-rolls in order to feed the ball inside to Vujcic, who bore offensive responsibility with mixed results. Reyes, on the other hand, was more efficient as he helped Madrid regain the lead at 10-11. Olympiacos starter Jannero Pargo was called for his third personal foul after 6 minutes and replaced by Papaloukas. who joined Printezis in splitting a pair of baskets from the paint. Another substitute, big man Ioannis Bourousis, found 4 points at the free-throw line as Olympiacos stayed ahead 18-15 at the end of one quarter.

Bourousis and Reyes exchanged baskets to open the second quarter before Papaloukas used his height to post up Sergo Llull and make it 22-17. Reyes continued to prove unstoppable, though, as the Madrid captain kept on connecting, lastly on a nice jumper at 22-19. Bourousis answered with a three-pointer for the biggest lead yet, 25-19, but Reyes again answered for Madrid in close. Lopez then brought Madrid within 25-23 before Greer chipped in a triple to curb the visitors' enthusiasm. Bullock exploded then for three-pointer and a driving lay-up to forge a 30-30 tie. Olympiacos score only on 1 of 4 free throws then, allowing Bullock to give Madrid the lead at 31-32. Vujcic and Papaloukas had seen enough, however, and combined for 5 straight points to make it 36-32. Both teams were playing excellent defense not allowing open opportunities, but Madrid got the better of a late exchange of free throws to trim the difference to 38-36.

Georgios Printezis - OlympiacosGreer created room for a three-pointer earlier in the second half, making it 41-37. The real bad news for Madrid was third fouls for both Reyes and Lopez, who were replaced. Printezis continued to shine, hitting another jumper for 43-37. Llull nailed a triple to keep Madrid from falling further gack, but Printezis connected on his third consecutive basket for a 47-40 lead. Olympiacos was now facing foul trouble, too, as Vasilopoulos, Bourousis and Halperin went to the bench with their third each, but Greer sent the difference into double digits with a corner triple at 50-40. The Olympiacos defense was even better, holding Madrid to just 3 points through 6 minutes of the third quarter. Vujcic scored on a nice pass by Papaloukas and then added free throws to make it 54-41. Reyes and Alex Mumbru stepped up for Madrid to with 5 points, but Olympiacos was finding solutions to the visitors' zone defense. Vujcic lobbed back-door for an alley-oop dunk by Josh Childress while Papaloukas bagged a three-pointer to keep the Reds ahead 59-49 after 30 minutes.

Alex Hervelle's tip-in set the tone at the start of the fourth quarter, although Greer beat the shot-clock buzzer to rebuild the 10-point Olympiacos margin. Madrid tightened its defense, while Reyes and Mumbru connected while drawing the third and fourth fouls of Papaloukas, who was substituted at 61-55, still 8 minutes to play. Without him, Olympiacos struggled to attack Madrid's zone, and when Mumbru scored in traffic, the guests were as close as 63-59. The fourth-quarter hero from Game 1, Vasilopoulos, offered Olympiacos a solution again from behind the arc, making it 66-59. Madrid did not panic, though, and kept dictating the fourth-quarter tempo. Bullock nailed a difficult, off-balance jumper and follwed it with a three-pointer in transition to cut it to 68-66. Olympiacos head coach Panagiotis Giannakis put Papaloukas back in and Greer scored for 70-66, but a confident Bullock blasted another triple for a one-point-game at 70-69. With every point worth gold, Vujcic made a brilliant pass to Printezis for another left-handed layup. Next, the veteran center canned a jump-hook in the paint, giving Olympiacos control again at 74-69 with 1 minute, 10 seconds to play. Vasilopoulos stole, although Printezis missed twice from the free-throw line, keeping Madrid alive. Bullock's free throws made it 74-71 with 28 seconds left, Vujcic made 1 of 2 at the line, then Vasilopoulos had a great rebound on a miss by Lopez, leading to free throws by Greer that meant a 77-71 score with 16 seconds remaining, enough for Olympiacos to capture a 2-0 lead before traveling to Madrid next week as the Quarterfinal best-of-five series moves to Spain.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Stelios Kyriakoglou, Athens
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Referees: PUKL,SASA (SLO), HERCEG, SINISA (CRO), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR)
Attendance: 12000
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Olympiacos18202120
Real Madrid15211324
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Olympiacos18385979
Real Madrid15364973
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 24:16 12 2/4 2/3 2/2 1 1 2 4 2 2     4 2 13
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 26:12 2 1/4     1 4 5 1 1 2 1       5
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 25:36 14 3/5 0/1 8/12   3 3 3   1     4 8 16
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 16:48 9 1/3 1/1 4/6 2 3 5     1 1   3 4 11
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 19:51   0/1 0/1         2         4 1 -3
11 GREER, LYNN 29:45 21 3/6 3/6 6/6 1 3 4 2 1       1 6 27
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 15:27 3 0/1 1/2 0/2 1 3 4   1 1 1   4 1 1
14 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 30:08 18 9/11 0/1 0/3 1 5 6     2     3 4 17
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 0:57           1 1               1
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 PARGO, JANNERO 11:00     0/1         1         3 1 -2
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 79 19/35 7/16 20/31 7 25 32 13 5 9 3 0 26 27 88
        54.3% 43.8% 64.5%
Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
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
Real Madrid
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 MIROTIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 SANCHEZ, PEPE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 WINSTON, KENNEDY 17:01 2 1/2 0/1     3 3   1       1 1 4
9 REYES, FELIPE 31:14 23 9/15   5/8 3 6 9 1 1 1     5 6 25
12 VAN DEN SPIEGEL, TOMAS 7:08 1 0/1   1/2                 3 1 -3
15 MUMBRU, ALEX 24:51 4 1/5 0/2 2/3 1 4 5 1   1   1 1 2 2
17 HERVELLE, AXEL 20:23 6 3/3 0/2   2 7 9   1 2     5 1 8
21 MASSEY, JEREMIAH 20:33 4 1/3 0/1 2/2 3 2 5   1 1     2 1 5
22 BULLOCK, LOUIS 27:15 22 2/3 3/10 9/10 1   1 1   2     3 10 20
23 LLULL, SERGIO 13:16 5 0/2 1/3 2/2       1   1   1 2 1 -1
24 LOPEZ, RAUL 32:16 4 2/5 0/1     1 1 4 3 2   1 5 3 3
33 TOMAS, MARKO 6:03 2 1/1     1   1     1         2
Team           1 1 2           1   1
Totals 200:00 73 20/40 4/20 21/27 12 24 36 8 7 11 0 3 28 26 66
        50% 20% 77.8%
Head coach: PLAZA, JOAN

Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"We knew that Real Madrid would play better in this game. We tried to control the game from the beginning, but we played nervous at times. The important thing is that we used our mind when it counted most and that shows that we have a quality team. We are now up 2-0 and we have to be ready to play even better in Game 3. I am happy because we had some good decision making down the stretch. That is something we were working from the beginning of the season. We have players that are really willing to improve their way of thinking and that’s very important."
PLAZA, JOAN
Real Madrid
"Tonight, I think we managed to control Olympiacos’s pick-and-roll plays, while on the offensive end we did a better job when they decided to switch after screens. It was a tough game and we managed to stay close till the end, once more. In the first half the tempo was slowed down. When Olympiacos built a difference, we came back and had the opportunities to sail in-front. However, we committed some errors down the stretch and they found solutions. We have to believe that we can win the games in Madrid and come back here for a Game 5. The team that makes fewer mistakes wins the games. End of story."

Players

PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos
"Nothing is over, yet. We managed to achieve our goal, to win both games at our home and take a 2-0 advantage before moving to Madrid. We now aim to beat them on Tuesday to win the series and not let them stay alive. We have to travel to Spain as if the series is tied 0-0. Our fans gave us a huge blast of support. We now should qualify to the Final Four to make them happy. Real Madrid proved that they have a great team. This was another hard and tight game. We controlled the tempo for most of the game, but they gave us a hard time when they used the zone defense. However, we improved our defense and found solutions on the offensive end down the stretch."
BULLOCK, LOUIS
Real Madrid
"We had the opportunity to win the game, but committed a few turnovers in the final minutes that cost us. I think that we had the momentum in the final quarter, but Olympiacos found solutions down the stretch using its experience as a team. Once more we stayed close till the final buzzer, but before that we allowed them to build an advantage and we had to come back. I think that the situation will be different at our home and I hope that we will be back here to play for a spot at the Final Four."
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