2016-17Regular SeasonRound 24
March 02, 2017 CET: 20:05
Local time: 21:05 MENORA MIVTACHIM ARENA

Olympiacos cruises past depleted Maccabi

Olympiacos Piraeus took control early end went on to a comfortable 71-82 road win over a depleted Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv at Menorah Mivtachim Arena on Thursday night. Olympiacos improved to 17-7 to edge closer to securing a spot in the playoffs, while Maccabi, which was without Devin Smith, Andrew Goudelock and Quincy Miller, dropped to 8-16. The visitors took the lead for good with a 5-16 run that bridged the first and second quarters and built a double-digit margin for the first time in the second quarter, before opening a 15-point advantage in the third. The Reds, who were missing Vassilis Spanoulis, never looked back as Maccabi never got closer than 8 points the rest of the way. Erick Green paced the Reds with 16 points and Georgios Printezis scored 13 of his 15 points in the first half. Matt Lojeski also netted 15, Dominic Waters scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half, and Kostas Papanikolaou scored all of his 11 after the break. Sylven Landesberg finished as Maccabi’s top scorer with 17 points, Gal Mekel netted 12, while Victor Rudd and Yogev Ohayon scored 11 apiece in defeat.

The teams were slow in catching their offensive rhythm early on. D.J. Seeley and Colton Iverson had the hosts up 8-5, but Lojeski and Printezis hit back-to-back threes to help Olympiacos take a 13-17 lead after 10 minutes. Green’s floater made it 13-21 early in the season quarter. Maccabi was successful applying full-court pressure and Ohayon’s jumper got the hosts within 20-21, but Lojeski hit a jumper and a three-pointer, before a three-point play from Printezis opened a 21-31 lead, the first double-digit margin of the night. Mekel hit a three at the other end and Rudd had a pair of baskets, including a fastbreak dunk, but Green beat the halftime buzzer with a tough off-balance jumper that made it 32-40 at halftime. It did not take long for Olympiacos to re-establish a double-digit lead in the third quarter, as Green and Papanikolaou hit three-pointers that made it 41-52, before Waters and Khem Birch extended it to 43-58. In the fourth quarter, back-to-back threes from Waters opened a 52-70 lead. Landesberg scored 11 points in the fourth quarter and with help from Ohayon as well as Guy Pnini’s triple, the hosts cut it to 71-79 with 1:22 to go, but never got closer that.

Georgios Printezis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB16
Thursday, March 2, 2017
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), BOLTAUZER, MATEJ (SLO), FRITZ, CLEMENS (GER)
Attendance: 11060
By Quarter1234
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv13191326
Olympiacos Piraeus17231824
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Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv13324571
Olympiacos Piraeus17405882
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 RUDD, VICTOR 26:22 11 4/10 1/3     6 6   1 3 1   3   5
4 SEELEY, DENNIS 31:20 9 4/5 0/1 1/1 1 2 3 4   3     2 2 11
7 ZALMANSON, TOMER DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 LEVI, NIMROD 0:32                              
9 MEKEL, GAL 20:49 12 3/7 2/2   1 2 3 3   1   1 3   9
10 PNINI, GUY 28:49 3 0/3 1/2     2 2 2 2 1     2 2 4
11 SEGEV, ITAY 14:48   0/2     1 2 3     1 1   4   -3
12 OHAYON, YOGEV 23:16 11 5/9 0/3 1/3 1 2 3 3 1       2 3 10
15 LANDESBERG, SYLVEN 26:14 17 3/6 1/4 8/9 1 1 2           3 6 15
23 ALEXANDER, JOE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
24 IVERSON, COLTON 27:50 8 4/6   0/3 2 1 3 2         2 3 9
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 71 23/48 5/15 10/16 8 22 30 14 4 9 2 1 21 16 65
        47.9% 33.3% 62.5%
Head coach: BAGATSKIS, AINARS
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 GREEN, ERICK 29:20 16 6/8 1/3 1/1   3 3 2 2 2     1 2 18
2 BIRCH, KHEM 18:05 6 3/4     2 4 6 1     1   3   10
4 YOUNG, PATRIC DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 19:02 2 1/4 0/1     6 6     1   1     2
9 WATERS, DOMINIC 14:16 14 3/3 2/4 2/2       1   1     2 1 11
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 0:59           1 1               1
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 20:18 2 1/4     3 3 6     1     3 2 3
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 24:10 15 3/7 1/1 6/6   5 5 2 1 2       8 25
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 23:13 11 2/2 1/3 4/4 2 2 4 2   3     4 3 11
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 26:01 1 0/2 0/5 1/2 1 2 3 3       1 2 1 -3
24 LOJESKI, MATT 24:06 15 4/5 2/4 1/2 1 1 2 4   2     1 4 18
27 ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS 0:30                              
Team           1 3 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 82 23/39 7/21 15/17 10 30 40 15 3 13 1 2 16 21 99
        59% 33.3% 88.2%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

BAGATSKIS, AINARS
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"Olympiacos used every situation, any advantage they could get like at the end of quarters. The players did their best. I think we didn't lose because of defense, but on offense. It was hard having the short rotation; I'd like to see how other teams would manage without four guys. I'm happy for our guys who fought, didn't give up. We just missed shots at the end."
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"This is a very important win for us. On the road, against a very good and very talented team, a very good offensive team, with a lot of different options to score, especially on its home court. We saw that during the game today. It was important that our defense was very focused on the way Maccabi wants to play, and we did not allow a lot of points for the style of how Maccabi plays, and we controlled the game through our defense. Offensively, we had good ball movement, shared the ball, played a really good team game as we moved the ball until we found the best option to shoot. That is why we have five double-digit scorers, which shows the entire team participated in this win. We knew Maccabi’s problems with injured players. It is tough to manage such a game, not knowing what the roster will be, and knowing that a big part of Maccabi will be absent. That can also turn like a boomerang against you, if players are not focused. But in general, we approached the game with the right mentality; players were ready. The only part of the game I am not happy with is the last five minutes, after the score 59-76. We did not do anything on offense, and bad shot selection led to easy points by Maccabi. I wish good luck to Maccabi. It is too early to discuss the playoffs. We have been going game by game, week by week, and that’s what we will continue doing. We are missing Spanoulis who is our leader. Also Patric Young, who just recovered and he did not have a lot of practices with the team, and I don’t want to put him on the court too early. I want him to be 100 percent ready, and in the next few days he will be that. Spanoulis re-injured his old injury. We will also play him only when he is 100 percent ready."

Players

RUDD, VICTOR
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"I liked our effort. We played hard, just missed some shots. We play to win every game regardless of the standings. We'll continue to play hard."
LANDESBERG, SYLVEN
Maccabi FOX Tel Aviv
"It’s tough to play with a short rotation, but it's part of what happens in a season and we went out there and fought hard. I think we settled for too many three-point shots. We'll be alright soon when we'll get players back."
GREEN, ERICK
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Maccabi is a great team even with having only eight or nine players. We knew we had to come out and play good defense and stop them in transition. They have good one-on-one players, they rebound well. We just knew we had to focus on defense, and we knew we will take care of business on offensive end. Spanoulis has been out lately. He has been texting me, saying how important it is to step up, help be a leader of the team. And that I keep playing how I have always been playing, to be aggressive and make plays, and that’s what I have been doing lately."