2011-12PlayoffsGame 4
March 30, 2012 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Olympiacos downed Montepaschi Siena 76-69

Olympiacos advanced to its third Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four in the past four seasons by beating Montepaschi Siena 76-69 to secure a 3-1 series victory. Vassilis Spanoulis scored 19 points - including 10 of 10 free throws - while Kyle Hines collected 19 points, 7 rebounds and 4 blocks for Olympiacos. Georgios Printezis and Acie Law both chipped in 8 points for the winners, who grabbed 17 offensive rebounds to make up for just 4 of 22 shooting (18%) from long range. David Andersen had 15 points and 11 rebounds for Siena, which also received 15 points from Nikos Zisis, 11 points from Igor Rakocevic and 10 points each from Bo McCalebb and Ksistof Lavrinovic. Siena was foiled by 14 turnovers compared to just 7 by Olympiacos.

Siena boss Simone Pianigiani made two changing to his starting lineup with Zisis and Lavrinovic starting for the first time in this series. Olympiacos coach Dusan Ivkovic meanwhile brought Kostas Papanikolaou and Printezis back into the starting five for the first time since the first game of the Playoffs while Hines replaced the injured Joey Dorsey. Hines opened the scoring for Olympiacos after the hosts grabbed two offensive rebounds. Zisis put Siena on the board after a fine dish from Lavrinovic. After Hines hit inside again, Zisis nailed a three-ball for Siena’s first lead 4-5. Evangelos Mantazaris answered with a triple of his own and Hines hit his third basket for a 9-5 Olympiacos lead. Andersen and Lavrinovic scored to give Siena some inside production and keep the guests within 11-9. Olympiacos grabbed yet another offensive rebound and Spanoulis nailed a long ball and a driving layup for a 16-11 advantage. McCalebb then hit a tough long ball with a defender in his face for his first basket of the night to make it 16-14. Hines grabbed Olympiacos’ fifth offensive rebound of the first quarter and put it back for a 20-16 Olympiacos lead. A Hines free throw was his ninth point of the quarter and a 21-18 advantage before Shaun Stonerook nailed a three-ball from the right side to even the game at 21-21, which was the score after 10 minutes.

Rakocevic’s three-point play gave Siena the early lead to start the second quarter and his second basket of the period had the advantage at 22-26. Kostas Sloukas’s jumper and a Georgios Printezis score kept Olympiacos close. But Andersen nailed a turn-around jumper and a three-pointer to give Siena its biggest lead, 28-33 and Rakocevic’s layup made it 30-35. Siena had a chance to have an even bigger cushion but committed five turnovers in six possessions. In the meantime, Spanoulis made two free throws and Hines continued his phenomenal game with another offensive rebound and put-back to cut the deficit to 34-35. Andersen hit a big inside hook to stop the Siena struggles and converted another hook for a 36-39 just before the end of the half. But Hines hit another basket just before the buzzer for a 38-39 game at the break.

After scoring just five points in the first half, McCalebb opened the second half with a triple for a 38-42 lead. Papanikolaou answered with a reverse layup and Pero Antic converted a driving layup to tie the game at 42-42 for Olympiacos. After a Zisis layup, Olympiacos missed a chance to even the game turning the ball over after four straight offensive rebounds on a single trip down the court. Lavrinovic nailed a long jumper and McCalebb’s fast break layup after a second straight turnover by Antic pushed the Siena lead to six points, 42-48. Olympiacos would knot the game at 48-48 with free throws by Spanoulis, Printezis and Hines before David Moss nailed a triple for a 48-51 advantage. And the Siena gap was 50-55 after a Rakocevic jumper. Olympiacos again used the charity stripe to keep close with two free throws by Kostas Sloukas and Law to pull within 54-55 after three quarters.

Hines got Olympiacos on the board first in the fourth quarter and Antic nailed a three-ball for a 59-55 lead for the hosts and a Siena timeout. Montepaschi still could not score and the Olympiacos cushion was 61-55 after a lay-in by Hines. Siena missed its first eight shots from the field in the quarter and scored its first points with 5:42 remaining on two Lavrinovic free throws. Another two foul shots by the Lithuanian international brought Siena to within 61-59. And Andersen’s two free throws evened the game at 61-61 with five minutes to play. Printezis’s inside basket gave Olympiacos the lead again while Spanoulis nailed two free throws and Law converted a fast break layup for a 67-61 advantage and another Siena timeout. Spanoulis hit a jumper to make it 69-61 and Zisis finally scored Siena’s first basket from the field in the fourth quarter with a triple with 1:40 to play for a 69-64 game. Sloukas answered with a three-ball of his own to re-establish the seven-point lead but Zisis raced back for a layup and then hit three free throws to cut the deficit to 72-69 with a minute remaining. Siena watched Printezis miss a triple but get his own offensive rebound and Spanoulis was fouled and made two free throws for a 74-69. Zisis then missed two three-pointers and McCalebb missed two foul shots with 8 seconds to give Olympiacos the victory.

Friday, March 30, 2012
Euroleague.net
Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), BULTO, VICENTE (ESP), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA)
Attendance: 12000 (Tentative)
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Olympiacos Piraeus21171622
Montepaschi Siena21181614
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Olympiacos Piraeus21385476
Montepaschi Siena21395569
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 34:41 19 8/15   3/7 4 3 7 1 1 2 4 1 2 5 21
6 ANTIC, PERO 15:03 5 1/2 1/4   2 3 5 1   2     3 5 7
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 27:10 19 3/7 1/2 10/10 1   1 2   2   2 1 8 20
8 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 KESELJ, MARKO 15:52 3 1/1 0/3 1/2       1 1       2 1  
12 PAPADOPOULOS, LAZAROS 1:50   0/1                         -1
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 28:26 8 3/3 0/6 2/2 2 7 9 2   1     3 2 11
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 20:07 4 1/2 0/3 2/2 2 3 5 2         1 2 8
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 15:13 3   1/2   2 1 3           1   4
18 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 19:34 7 1/2 1/1 2/2 1 1 2 1 1       3 1 8
55 LAW, ACIE 22:04 8 2/6 0/1 4/4   4 4 2 3       2 2 12
Team           3   3               3
Totals 200:00 76 20/39 4/22 24/29 17 22 39 12 6 7 4 3 18 26 93
        51.3% 18.2% 82.8%
Head coach: IVKOVIC, DUSAN
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
4 MCCALEBB, BO 32:05 10 2/7 2/4 0/2 2   2 1   3   1 3 2 -1
6 ZISIS, NIKOS 28:51 15 3/5 2/5 3/3   2 2 1   2     2 2 11
7 ANDERSEN, DAVID 34:21 15 5/14 1/1 2/2 6 5 11   2 3   3 4 6 15
8 RAKOCEVIC, IGOR 19:05 11 5/7 0/1 1/1   2 2 1   1 1   2 2 11
9 CARRARETTO, MARCO 5:26   0/1                     1   -2
11 THORNTON, BOOTSY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 LAVRINOVIC, KSISTOF 24:44 10 3/5 0/3 4/4   4 4 2 2 3     4 5 11
14 RESS, TOMAS 2:11                   1         -1
18 LECHTHALER, LUCA 1:58                         1   -1
20 STONEROOK, SHAUN 16:46 3   1/1     4 4           4 1 4
21 ARADORI, PIETRO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 MOSS, DAVID 34:33 5 1/2 1/5   1 4 5   1 1 2   5   2
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 69 19/41 7/20 10/12 12 22 34 5 5 14 3 4 26 18 53
        46.3% 35% 83.3%
Head coach: PIANIGIANI, SIMONE

Head Coaches

IVKOVIC, DUSAN
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Congratulations to everybody. The most important success is the sellout done by our fans. We deserved to advance to the Final Four and I am very happy for the guys and the whole club. I have stated that Game 4 should be different than the previous one.I was expecting Montepaschi Siena to play with two guards, Zisis and McCalebb, and to use the inside game. They played very well in the first half and finished with high shooting percentages, while Olympiacos had a lot of pressure and didn't find a good tempo. In the last two games, we averaged 7 turnovers and 17 offensive boards.. This team is one of my beloved and I am sure that we will enjoy beautiful basketball. All the guys are trying hard and they can improve their game."
PIANIGIANI, SIMONE
Montepaschi Siena
"I am very proud of my players because we were in a difficult situation, after we missed Thornton, while Moss and Lavrinovic had injury problems. Olympiacos is in very good shape, played great defense and kept its concentration. Tonight we played a good game, but we had lost our opportunity in Game 1. In the Euroleague playoffs, everything can be changed. I am disappointed because we were eliminated, but we tried to change the momentum of the series. We set a record by shooting only one free throws in the first 30 minutes, while Olympiacos had already 23. They put a lot of pressure on our side and they grabbed too many offensive boards. It is a well coached team and I think that the have chance to beat Barcelona and make it to the championship game."

Players

LAW, ACIE
Olympiacos Piraeus
"I am very enthusiastic about what we have done. Olympiacos eliminated a great team in Montepaschi Siena and that makes me very happy and proud. Now let's go there to take it! Bo McCalebb is a very good player and I heard of him from the very first moment I came to Europe. I respect him a lot, but it was Olympiacos’s turn to win the series."
SPANOULIS, VASSILIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"This is a huge success, because there are not many people who trusted in our team, not even to make it to the playoffs. I want to congratulate everybody involved: the Angelopoulos family, the coaching staff, my teammates, our fans who pushed us. We tried hard during the season and now it has paid off. It is not the right time to talk about the future. I don't want to make predictions, just to enjoy what we have done and keep working. I am very proud to be a part of this team."
HINES, KYLE
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It's an amazing feeling. It was a long road. I always said 'if we get better, if we improve every day, we can reach our goal.' Defense has been the key all series. If we play physical and strong, we can get the job done. I’m gonna go celebrate with my teammates. We did it!"
STONEROOK, SHAUN
Montepaschi Siena
"Olympiacos played better and deserved to make it to the Final Four. They have a very talented team, with lots of desire and ambition. Unfortunately we had a very bad performance in the series and we didn't manage to react after we were tied 1-1."