2005-06Top 16Round 2
March 02, 2006 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
Olympiacos climbed to the top of Group D when it downed visiting Zalgiris Kaunas 78-69 at home on Thursday in front of a sellout crowd of 11,154 fans at Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. Olympiacos, undefeated in two home games, joins Winterthur FCB Barcelona in first place with identical 2-0 records. Zalgiris dropped to 0-2 and will need to start winning right away to keep its quarterfinals chances alive. In a breakout performance against one of the Euroleague's top opposing frontcourts, Sofoklis Schortsianitis led the winners with 25 points on 10-for-12 shooting. The Euroleague MVP for February, point guard Tyus Edney, added 16 points, 6 rebounds and 6 assists for Olympiacos. Paulius Jankunas led all Zalgiris scorers with 15 points and added 11 rebounds for a double-double. Simonas Serapinas and Darjus Lavrinovic each had 13 points for the guests, who led 36-39 early in the third quarter. Schortsianitis had 8 quick points to put Olympiacos in charge, 54-49, after 30 minutes. Schortsianitis then added 12 points, including 4 dunks, in the final 7 minutes of the game to lead the Reds to a well-deserved win.

n front of a packed house at Peace and Frienship Stadium, Zalgiris jumped out to a good start thanks to good passing in the paint. Back-to-back dunks by Darjus Lavrinovic let the guests burst in front 4-8 after 4 minutes. Vassilopoulos ended the drought for Olympiacos, scoring on a layup and a free throw, but Zalgiris was still in the driver's seat at 7-10, forcing a timeout by the hosts. The guests continued their momentum, as Olympiacos could not hit open shots from the perimeter nor score inside with its big men. On came recently-signed guard Ivan Kojlevic to score on a drive, however, and Quincy Lewis followed with a jumper to pull the Reds within 11-13 and bring the crowd to its feet. Zalgiris made them sit again, however, as three-point bombs by Simonas Serapinas and Paulius Jankunas finished the quarter with the visitors in full charge again at 11-23.

But the Reds were ready to react. Vassilopoulos opened the second quarter with a triple that ignited a 13-2 run that Renaldas Seibutis capped with a free throw. Seibutis had 6 points during that three-minute spurt that allowed Olympiacos to trim the deficit to 24-25. A couple of possessions later, Vassilopoulos scored on an offensive rebound to give his team its first lead of the game, 28-27. He then put his stamp on the defensive end by rejecting Tanoka Beard's shot. The Olympiacos defense was stellar as Zalgiris had scored only 5 points in the first 7 minutes of the quarter. Full of confidence from that defense, Schortsianitis worked on Beard and scored in the paint, while veteran Kenny Anderson responded with 4 points for Zalgiris to make it 34-32. Then, it was Schortsanitis again who capitalized on the fact that Beard had three fouls and rose up for a two-handed dunk. The momentum had shifted but the game was on fire as Reggie Freeman scored for Zalgiris on a follow shot at the buzzer to make it a one-point game at intermission, 36-35.

As the second half commenced, Zalgiris looked more determined and early on flashed some of its trademark defense, keeping Olympiacos scoreless for 3 minutes Freeman restored a 36-39 advantage for the guests but finally Edney loaded his gun and nailed consecutive long-range jumpers to put the Reds in front again, 40-39. Schortsanitis was given the ball inside, and he used his strength to add 4 points. Zalgiris coach Antanas Sireika brought back Beard, but Schortsianitis was virtually unstoppable and on the next possession knocked down a thunderous dunk to make it 46-43. Beard split a pair of free throws but was shadowed by Schortsanitis, who dunked once again. Serapinas nailed a triple and asked for a foul, but was a given a technical instead. Nikos Hatzis converted those free throws for and then punished the Zalgiris zone from downtown as Schortsanitis swatted a last shot by Beard to preserve a 54-49 Olympiacos advantage after 30 minutes.

At the outset of the final period, Edney scored on a jumper and then stole the ball and drew a flagrant foul, but missed both free throws. The home team's defense took care of business, holding Zalgiris without a point for 3 minutes until a dunk on the break by Schortsianitis supplied a double-digit lead at 59-49. After a timeout, Lavrinovic scored on a baseline jumper, but Schortsanitis - who else? - converted a monstrous three-point play and extended the advantage to 62-51 with 5 minutes left. Olympiacos was going full steam, now, but Zalgiris kept its composure and used free throws cut the deficit to 65-57 with 4 minutes to go. Then, Maciulis came up big and knocked down a decisive three-pointer. The guests were now clawing their way back, but Schortsanitis scored with a slippery move in the paint and widened the gap to 69-60. Zalgiris found a go-to guy in Serapinas who scored a jumper and a triple to make it 69-65, but there was already a go-to guy for the hosts. Schortsanitis was given the ball again, and with another three-point play emphatically showed who was in charge. Next, Manolis Papamakarios flashed his way to the basket to make it 76-66. Schortsanitis finished it, appropriately enough, with another dunk, as Olympiacos stayed undefeated a third of the way through the Top 16.
Thursday, March 2, 2006
Danos Tsakalos, Athens
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO (ITA), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), BUBALO, TIHOMIR (SRB)
Attendance: 0
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Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 EDNEY, TYUS 32:45 16 5/8 0/1 6/10   6 6 6 3 6     4 10 23
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 23:30 2 1/2 0/3         2   1     3   -4
8 SEIBUTIS, RENALDAS 17:30 9 1/1 1/4 4/4   2 2   1 1     3 3 8
9 CHATZIS, NIKOLAOS 16:45 5 0/3 1/1 2/2 1 1 2 1 1 1     1 1 5
10 KOLJEVIC, IVAN 7:15 2 1/2           1   1     1    
12 BARLOS, NIKOS 6:00 2 1/2 0/1     2 2   1     1 1 1 2
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 23:00 9 2/3 1/3 2/6 2 6 8 2 1 2 3   4 4 14
20 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 15:30 4 2/3     1 1 2     2     4   -1
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 24:30 25 10/12   5/8 1 4 5 1 1 1 2   3 7 32
24 LEWIS, QUINCY 22:15 4 2/6 0/1         1 2 2 2   1   1
32 HARISSIS, CHRISTOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
45 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 11:00   0/2       1 1           3   -4
Team           1 7 8   1         1 10
Totals 200:00 78 25/44 3/14 19/30 6 30 36 14 11 17 7 1 28 27 86
        56.8% 21.4% 63.3%
Head coach: KAZLAUSKAS, JONAS
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
Zalgiris
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GINEVICIUS, VIDAS 25:00 4   0/1 4/6 2 2 4 5 4 3     1 4 14
5 FREEMAN, REGGIE 28:45 4 2/6 0/5   1 2 3 1   2   2 4   -9
6 BEARD, TANOKA 24:45 7 2/9 0/1 3/4 2 5 7 2 1 2   2 5 5 4
7 LAVRINOVIC, DARJUS 31:00 13 3/6 1/2 4/6   8 8 2   4 1   2 6 18
8 MACIULIS, JONAS 18:30 6 0/2 2/2     2 2   1 2   1 3   1
10 ANDERSON, KENNETH 21:45 6 2/5   2/2         1 4     5 2 -3
13 JANKUNAS, PAULIUS 19:45 15 4/8 0/1 7/10 6 5 11 1   1   2 4 7 19
14 SILINSKIS, DARIUS 2:30 1 0/2   1/2   1 1             1  
15 SERAPINAS, SIMONAS 28:00 13 1/3 3/7 2/2 1 2 3 3 3 3     3 3 13
22 ALEKSANDROVAS, ANDRIUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           3 2 5               5
Totals 200:00 69 14/41 6/19 23/32 15 29 44 14 10 21 1 7 27 28 62
        34.1% 31.6% 71.9%
Head coach: SIREIKA, ANTANAS
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