2012-13Top 16Round 8
February 22, 2013 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.0 Points 76.5
36.2 Rebounds 33.2
10.7 O. Rebounds 10.8
25.5 D. Rebounds 22.4
15.2 Assists 14.8
5.4 Steals 5.6
2.9 Blocks 2.2
12.6 Turnovers 12.2
50.8 % 2PT 50.0 %
36.3 % 3PT 35.5 %
75.1 % FT 78.2 %
85.9 Index 79.6

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
16.2 / Spanoulis Points 12.9 / Lampe
6.1 / Hines Rebounds 5.9 / Lampe
2.8 / Hines OR 2.0 / Bjelica, N.
3.4 / Hines DR 4.1 / Lampe
5.4 / Spanoulis Assists 4.3 / Heurtel
0.9 / Mantzaris Steals 1.1 / Bjelica, N.
0.9 / Hines Blocks 0.6 / Nocioni
3.4 / Spanoulis Turnovers 2.2 / Heurtel
61.0 % / Hines 2PT 75.0 % / Cabezas
66.7 % / Sloukas 3PT 50.0 % / Oleson
88.2 % / Printezis FT 95.5 % / Cabezas
16.9 / Spanoulis Index 13.4 / Lampe

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
4-3 Top 16 4-3
8-2 Regular Season 4-6
12-5 Overall 8-9

Referees

Crew Chief
CEREBUCH, GUERRINO, Italy
Referee
SAHIN, TOLGA, Italy
Umpire
NURAN, RUSTU, Turkey

The Take

Two Turkish Airlines Euroleague superpowers face a pivotal Top 16 Group F showdown in Greece, where defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus hosts Caja Laboral Vitoria on Friday. Olympiacos and Laboral join BC Khimki Moscow Region in a three-way tie for third place in the group, each with a 4-3 record. Olympiacos has a 7-3 home record against Vitoria all-time and has won its last five home games against the Spanish powerhouse. Vitoria beat Olympiacos 82-74 behind 25 points from Maciej Lampe in the Top 16 opener in December.

Of course, stopping Lampe will be a priority for the Reds. His combination of talent, size, low-post moves and deep shooting range make him tough to guard. Moreover, Vitoria has other options around the baskets, such as blue-collar big man Milko Bjelica, talented forward Nemanja Bjelica and defense-minded center Tibor Pleiss. Lampe and Pleiss will not have it easy against two great shot blockers in Kyle Hines and Giorgi Shermadini, who also offer great energy and activity around the baskets. Pero Antic is set to battle against Milko Bjelica while Josh Powell and especially Georgios Printezis must use their quick legs and mobility to stop Nemanja Bjelica. The point guard battle will be equally interesting, especially now that Olympiacos signed playmaker Doron Perkins, one of the best on-the-ball defenders the Euroleague has seen in recent years. He will be a perfect complement to Acie Law. Perkins will be ready to work against pass-first playmaker Omar Cook while Law must use his speed and athleticism against Thomas Heurtel. Coach Zan Tabak can also use Carlos Cabezas for added experience. Vitoria inked David Jelinek several weeks ago, but he is ready to make his Euroleague debut this week. He adds shooting range and intensity at both wings along with more experienced players like Fernando San Emeterio, Andres Nocioni and Fabien Causeur. Causeur and San Emeterio face the tough mission of guarding Olympiacos superstar Vassilis Spanoulis,who is always ready to make the difference with his many talents. Nocioni faces an intriguing matchup against another aggressive, physical small forward, Kostas Papanikolaou. Coach Georgios Bartzokas has plenty of options at the wings with experienced forward Stratos Perperoglou, savvy Kostas Sloukas and three-point specialist Martynas Gecevicius.

Vitoria must run its offense through Nocioni and Lampe, expect Cook and Heurtel to set a high tempo on offense, get Nemanja Bjelica involved in one-on-one opportunities and play with great aggressiveness at both ends. Olympiacos must stay loyal to its never-give-up mentality, expect Spanoulis and Hines to make the difference on offense, use its advantage at both wings, with more depth and versatility, and use its many big men to control the boards at all times.
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS

Eleven different Olympiacos players have appeared in the starting lineup this season. Vassilis Spanoulis is the only player to start every game.

Vassilis Spanoulis has made at least 1 three-pointer and scored in double figures in 19 of his last 20 Euroleague games.

Spanoulis leads the league in fouls drawn with 98.

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

Georgios Printezis needs 39 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Kostas Sloukas has made 11 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

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

Hines was a teammate of Caja Laboral center Tibor Pleiss during the 2010-11 season at Brose Baskets Bamberg. Together they helped Bamberg win the German League and Cup double that season.

Hines scored a season-high 19 points last week in the road win at BC Khimki.

Pero Antic was a teammate of Caja Laboral forward Milko Bjelica on the Crvena Zvezda Belgrade team that won the 2006 Serbian Cup.

CAJA LABORAL VITORIA

Maciej Lampe and Thomas Heurtel are the only Caja aboral players to start every Euroleague game this season.

Maciej Lampe has scored in double figures in five straight and nine of his last 10 Euroleague games.

Lampe set his Euroleague career high in scoring with 25 points against Olympiacos in the Top 16 opener in December.

Nemanja Bjelica has made at least 1 three-pointer in nine consecutive Euroleague games.

Fernando San Emeterio needs 6 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his career.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Caja Laboral is a great team. A classic Spanish team, they like to play fast and we have to stop their fastbreaks and have the control at the rebounds and not let them score from the three point line with a good presentence. We have played them three times and we know them well, they know us too, so there are no secrets between the two teams. We want to win and make a big step to our target that is to qualify to the Playoffs."
TABAK, ZAN
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"We visit a very complicated court and a great team that has improved throughout the season. Olympiacos is our direct opponent in this group. We must play a solid game, we cannot have ups and downs. If we are trailing, we cannot give up; we must keep fighting. Our team's image is not those 17 consecutive wins, but also not what we have been doing lately. The team has been through tough moments before and showed its character. I trust that by being positive and working hard, we will carry on."

Players

PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is not a final for us. For sure it is an important game but not a final. Caja Laboral is a very good team and we have to play very well to beat them. They like to run and we have to stop their fastbreaks."
SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"If we win the game against Olympiacos, we will be in a good position in the Top 16. If we lose it, it won't be definitive, but our path will be a bit more complicated. There is no reason for drama; we are second in the Spanish League and with good options to reach the Euroleague playoffs. We have to bounce back to keep those options alive and the best way to do it is against a direct playoffs opponent like Olympiacos. We want to fight until the end and to do so, we have to win on Friday. If we win eight games and take care of tie-break situations, I think we can make it to the playoffs."

Olympiacos stays hot by topping Vitoria

Olympiacos Piraeus led from start to finish in routing Caja Laboral Vitoria 82-74 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium to remain tied for third place in Top 16 Group F. The defending champs improved to 5-3, while dropping Vitoria to fifth place at 4-4. Acie Law scored a season-high 18 points to pace the Reds, who raced out to a 10-2 start and never looked back. The lead was double-digits for almost the entire second half, peaking at 20 in the fourth quarter, until a late rally brought Vitoria back. The final minute revolved around the potential tiebreaker, with the Reds looking to better the 8-point deficit from the game in Vitoria. Alas Thomas Heurtel drew Vitoria within 8, Law missed in the closing seconds and the teams remained on even terms for their Top 16 series. Georgios Printezis added 11 and four Reds scored 9 points, including Vassilis Spanoulis, who also dished 5 assists. Heurtel led the visitors with 16 points and 9 assists, Fabien Causeur scored 15, Nemanja Bjelica tallied 12 points and 8 rebounds and Maciej Lampe added 12 points too.

First quarter: Defense gives champs early control

Kostas Papanikolaou opened the scoring before Andres Nocioni got Vitoria on the scoreboard. Printezis was first to a loose ball and went to the hoop for a two-handed slam. Papanikolaou came up with a steal, which led to an unsportsmanlike foul by Nocioni on Law. Following the resulting free throws and a Vassilis Spanoulis layup on the ensuing possession, the Reds led 10-2 and Vitoria coach Zan Tabak called timeout. Nemanja Bjelica scored in transition to recharge the visitors. Lampe missed on the break and instead Spanoulis dished to Papanikolaou to keep Olympiacos firmly in control. Heurtel closed the gap to 5 with a three-pointer, but Josh Powell soared for a follow-slam on the next play. Printezis free throws made it 18-9. Heurtel sank a floater and after Omar Cook missed twice from the line, it was 18-11 through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Law and co. keep rolling

Kyle Hines came in and made an immediate impact at both ends with a block and a layup. Pero Antic gave the Reds their first double-digit lead with a three-pointer, 23-11. Omar Cook banked in a three at the other end. Law completed a three-point play to keep the champs rolling. Olympiacos’s defense was so tough that even when the team got good looks, it struggled to convert. Law doubled Vitoria up with a layup, 28-14, midway through the quarter. The Reds piled it on with Antic and Law increasing the margin to 18 before Nemanja Bjelica drained a triple. Nocioni soon added a basket inside and Lampe scrored a three-point play, but that only closed the deficit to 36-22. More from Lampe and a Nocioni free throw were not enough as Spanoulis sank a triple that ended the half with the champs in control 41-27.

Third quarter: Olympiacos coasts and pleases its fans

Nemanja Bjelica scored first in the second half before Papanikolaou and Printezis sandwiched threes around one by Heurtel. Giorgi Shermadini made free throws and hiss teal set Law up for a layup and a 54-36 lead. Fernando San Emeterio countered with a triple, but Spanoulis found Papanikolaou for a dunk as the local fans continued to enjoy the show. More highlights were forthcoming. Heurtel and Law traded triples. Papanikolaou soared for a big block on Heurtel on the break that brought the fans to their feet. But Causeur came through with a pair of triples, the latter at the end of the quarter, to keep his team alive, 62-50, heading into the fourth quarter.

Fourth quarter: After Vitoria gets within 10, Reds pull away to finish the job

Causeur made it a 10-point game early in the fourth and Nemanja Bjelica had a chance to make it closer, but he missed badly from downtown and Stratos Perperoglou nailed a triple at the other end. Causeur hit another jumper only to see Hines rock the arena with a coast to coast slam. San Emeterio’s basket-plus-foul made it 69-58, however Kostas Sloukas found Law for a three from the corner and Antic added a score to restore a very comfortable margin. Perperoglou capped a 9-0 run that gave Olympiacos its first 20-point lead. Vitoria rallied late, not threatening the lead, but getting within single figures hoping to take the head-to-head tiebreak advantage between the teams. After Antic missed free throws, Heurtel’s runner made it 82-74. Law missed in the closing seconds, which kept the teams on ever terms for the season.

Acie Law - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12
Friday, February 22, 2013
Euroleague.net
Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR)
Attendance: 7315
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Olympiacos Piraeus18232120
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria11162324
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Laboral Kutxa Vitoria11275074
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 21:27 4 2/5     1 2 3 1 1   1   1 1 7
5 LAW, ACIE 28:11 18 4/7 2/2 4/5   2 2 3   3     3 6 19
6 ANTIC, PERO 18:51 8 2/3 1/3 1/4   2 2     3     2 2 1
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 23:08 9 3/9 1/3     2 2 5 3 1   1 2 2 9
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 20:28 9 3/5 1/4     2 2     1     4 2 3
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 5:48 3 0/1   3/6 1   1   1         3 4
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 13:14 9 2/2 1/2 2/2       1 1 1     4 2 7
12 POWELL, JOSH 12:45 2 1/2     1 1 2     1 1   2   1
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 5:15     0/2     2 2           1   -1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 21:09 11 3/5 1/4 2/2 2 4 6 1       1   3 15
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 19:24 9 3/5 1/1     3 3 3 3 1 2   1 1 17
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 10:20           1 1           1 1 1
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 82 23/44 8/21 12/19 5 23 28 14 9 11 4 2 21 23 85
        52.3% 38.1% 63.2%
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
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
00 COOK, OMAR 15:07 3   1/1 0/2   1 1   1 1     1 2 3
5 NOCIONI, ANDRES 23:55 7 2/3 0/4 3/4 1 4 5     3   1 4 4 2
11 BJELICA, MILKO 10:10   0/3 0/1 0/2 1 2 3         1 2 2 -4
16 CABEZAS, CARLOS 7:28                           1 1
19 SAN EMETERIO, FERNANDO 21:10 7 2/2 1/4     6 6 4 1 1       1 15
21 PLEISS, TIBOR 12:02 2 1/1       1 1     1     3   -1
22 HEURTEL, THOMAS 29:15 16 2/4 4/4     2 2 9   4   2 3 2 18
30 LAMPE, MACIEJ 27:58 12 4/13 1/1 1/1   4 4     5 1   2 1 2
42 CALBARRO, UNAI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
44 BJELICA, NEMANJA 28:07 12 4/5 1/2 1/2 1 7 8 2 1 3 1   4 3 17
55 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 24:48 15 3/3 2/2 3/4   3 3   1 3     4 5 16
Team           1   1     1          
Totals 200:00 74 18/34 10/19 8/15 4 30 34 15 4 22 2 4 23 21 69
        52.9% 52.6% 53.3%
Head coach: TABAK, ZAN

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We got a very important win, no doubt. I had said that we were expecting a tough game, but after all, victory is what it counts. We beat them thanks to our good defense, although Caja Laboral shot 53% from three-point range. We committed some mistakes in the last minutes and we allowed them to cut the margin, but it has no meaning. We had the possibility to make a good rotation, especially with Spanoulis who was ill and didn't play so much. I don't think that anything changed after we lost to Montepaschi Siena. It is impossible to keep the same rhythm for the whole season. Fortunately Olympiacos has players with a winning mentality, great character and concentration on our target."
TABAK, ZAN
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria
"Energy is always the most important thing in a basketball game. If you lack that, there are no other tactical issues to discuss. We played with a lot of energy in the beginning of the Top 16, but it doesn't happen anymore. Tonight we allowed Olympiacos to score a lot of easy points in the fast break, on one on one situations and after offensive boards. Defense becomes a problem for us, since we allow our opponents to score up to 80 points. We need to work hard in order to regain concentration and energy, otherwise we will not be competitive."

Players

PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"For 36 minutes we showed a great performance, but in the last part of the game we didn't keep our game in that way and this is the reason because they outscored us and cut the margin. But the most important thing here is to get the win and this is the fact from tonight. We had a defensive plan based on limiting their pick-and-roll plays and fast breaks and we did it. The whole team played with a lot of energy and passion and starting from now we see every game as a final in order to reach our high expectations."
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