2017-18Regular SeasonRound 24
March 02, 2018 CET: 20:15
Local time: 21:15 OLYMPIC SPORTS CENTER ATHENS

Olympiacos in the playoffs with overtime win over Panathinaikos

In a tense drama that only a derby between such great rivals can produce, Olympiacos Piraeus secured a place in the playoffs by edging Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens on the road after overtime 85-87 on Friday in the Greek capital. Olympiacos improved to a 17-7 record, the Turkish Airlines EuroLeague's second best, while Panathinaikos dropped to 14-10 in a share of fifth place. Olympiacos opened a double-digit lead in the second quarter and was still up by 10 midway through the fourth when Nick Calathes fueled a Panathinaikos rally that sent the game to overtime. In the extra session, the teams traded buckets before Brian Roberts nailed a triple with 64 seconds to go to give the visitors the lead for good. Roberts finished with 18 points, shooting 4-for-4 from three-point range. Vassilis Spanoulis scored 15 points for Olympiacos, as did Georgios Printezis, who moved into ninth place on the all-time scoring charts with 2,507 points. Ioannis Papapetrou scored 11 in victory. Nick Calathes had 23 points and 10 assists for the hosts while James Gist stood out with 21 points and 6 rebounds and Chris Singleton collected 13 points plus 8 rebounds in the losing effort.

The teams struggled to get baskets in the opening minutes, before Gist hit a corner triple and Calathes drove for a layup and a 6-3 Panathinaikos lead midway through the first quarter. Nikola Milutinov had a dunk and Printezis nailed a three for the visitors before Spanoulis banked in a runner to give Olympiacos an 11-12 edge. But Gist fought his way inside and Kenny Gabriel hit a transition triple as the hosts held an 18-16 margin after 10 minutes. Adreian Payne had a pair of dunks early in the second, but Roberts knocked down 2 three-pointers for Olympiacos and Papapetrou hit a corner three in transition to make it 23-32. After a Panathinaikos timeout, Singleton's basket from downtown snapped a 0-12 Olympiacos run. Nonetheless, the visitors used buckets from Kim Tillie and Janis Strelnieks, plus a dunk from Milutinov and a floater from Printezis, to open a 13-point margin before another Singleton triple cut it to 34-43 at halftime.

Spanoulis had a driving layup and a jumper after the break, while Gist scored inside then slammed an alley-oop dunk. After Printezis and Calathes traded triples, Calathes set up a Gist fastbreak dunk to get Panathinaikos within 45-52. After a timeout, Spanoulis nailed a long three and Jamel McLean drove for a layup as the visitors maintained a double-digit lead. Papapetrou then hit a last-second three-pointer to make it 50-62 after three quarters. Panathinaikos started the fourth with a triple from Matt Lojeski and a three-point play from Mike James. Bobby Brown answered with a basket-plus-free throw of his own, but another three-point play, this time from Calathes, and his runner off the glass helped the hosts get within 64-67 with little more than 4 minutes left. The Greens' charge continued when K.C. Rivers hit a triple, followed by James driving for a layup before Gist's dunk gave Panathinaikos its first lead since the second quarter, 71-70 with 1:21 remaining. After Spanoulis split free throws, each team had its chance to win it, but the game went into overtime instead.

In the extra session, Rivers hit a wide-open three to give the hosts a 78-75 edge, and after Olympiacos tied, step-back triple by Calathes made it 81-78. But Spanoulis answered with a three-point play and Roberts nailed a three-pointer followed by free throws with 36 seconds to go make it 82-86 and Olympiacos held on in the remaining time.

Brian Roberts - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB17
Friday, March 2, 2018
Euroleague.net
Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), JAVOR, DAMIR (SLO), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR)
Attendance: 17401
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Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens1816162114
Olympiacos Piraeus162719916
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Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens1834507185
Olympiacos Piraeus1643627187
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
0 SINGLETON, CHRIS 38:44 13 1/2 2/5 5/7 3 5 8 1 1 1     4 5 17
3 RIVERS, KC 29:24 6 0/1 2/5   2 1 3 1 2 1     2   5
5 JAMES, MIKE 31:07 9 3/6 0/4 3/5   2 2 3 1 2   1 2 3 4
6 PAYNE, ADREIAN 4:02 5 2/2   1/1           1     1 3 6
11 PAPPAS, NIKOS 13:51 1 0/2 0/2 1/2   1 1 1 1 1     1 1 -2
14 GIST, JAMES 32:41 21 7/8 1/1 4/6 1 5 6 2 1 1 1 1 5 3 24
15 VOUGIOUKAS, IAN 4:12 1     1/2 1   1     1     2 2  
19 LEKAVICIUS, LUKAS 8:31   0/1           1         4 1 -3
22 GABRIEL, KENNY 8:52 3   1/2     2 2 1 1       4   2
24 LOJESKI, MATT 15:38 3 0/1 1/4   1 1 2           3   -2
33 CALATHES, NICK 36:29 23 7/15 2/5 3/9 1 3 4 10 1       4 8 25
43 ANTETOKOUNMPO, THANASIS 1:29                              
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 225:00 85 20/38 9/28 18/32 11 21 32 20 8 8 1 2 32 26 79
        52.6% 32.1% 56.3%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI
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 MCLEAN, JAMEL 21:25 9 3/5   3/7 2 3 5 1 1 4     1 9 14
3 BROWN, BOBBY 12:56 5 1/1 0/2 3/3       3   1     1 2 6
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 19:08 11 1/4 2/4 3/4   5 5     1     2 2 9
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 31:05 15 4/8 1/5 4/5   1 1 2   3     3 3 6
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 22:24 4 2/3       4 4 2 1       3 3 10
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 15:37 4 2/3 0/1   1 1 2 1 1       3 1 4
14 TILLIE, KIM 12:08 2 1/3     2 3 5 1   2 1 1 1   3
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 30:25 15 3/8 2/4 3/4 2 4 6     1     1 3 14
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 26:26 3   0/1 3/6 1 5 6   2 1 1   2 4 9
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 10:42     0/2   2   2     1     4   -5
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 20:11 18 1/1 4/4 4/5 1 1 2           5 4 18
33 WILTJER, KYLE 2:33 1     1/2   1 1             1 2
Team           3 4 7     1         6
Totals 225:00 87 18/36 9/23 24/36 14 32 46 10 5 15 2 1 26 32 96
        50% 39.1% 66.7%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

PASCUAL, XAVI
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
“Thanks to the fans who came to the game. We feel sorry for this loss. I think it was a game that we did not feel the game well in the second quarter. We did not have good defense, we did not play good on offense, and this is why Olympiacos took advantage. In the third quarter we played better defense and better offense, but could not change the game. Always something happened that we did not score easy baskets, or they scored a difficult basket, and always they kept the advantage. We changed the game in the fourth quarter. We had opportunity to win, we had the last ball, but we could not score. In the extra time the game was the same. In the last part of the game a lot of things happened, but ok, it is what happens in these kinds of games, and we could not win. We have to get better, all of us have to continue, and think about the next games.”
SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“It was a very interesting game, a derby between two big clubs of European basketball. As we started the game, I think we disorganized our opponents. We controlled the game defensively in the beginning, and we had a very good second period after which we got a lead and also had a very good offensive performance. We got a double-digit margin in some parts of the game, and in the third quarter we continued with the same concentration and the same consistency in our plan. We expected Panathinaikos would react, and this happened in the fourth period when our offense did not work well. We were very slow on offense, to bring the ball and to execute in the front court. Because of that we were struggling with bad decisions, and Panathinaikos took advantage of this. They scored as they like and as they want to do; in the open court, transition points, fastbreaks and three-point shots. At the end of the regulation, we had the last possession but we missed, Panathinaikos had four or five seconds left, and we played good defense and sent the game into overtime. In overtime, I think it was important, when Panathinaikos got the lead two or three times, that we did not give up. We continued to play, and we played much better offensively in these five minutes than in the entire fourth quarter. I think we deserved to win because for the most part of the game we played better than our opponents. We have six more games, and we need to continue because nothing is over and we need to keep working, improve our game, and play better.”

Players

VOUGIOUKAS, IAN
Panathinaikos Superfoods Athens
“We are very disappointed with the outcome of this game. It was a very important game for us, at home against our archrival. And it was a must-win game for us. But after this we look to the six games remaining, and we will try our best to finish as high as we can in the standings.”
ROBERTS, BRIAN
Olympiacos Piraeus
“Everybody was ready to fight, that was the key. We played a good first half the last time we played them, but didn’t play a good second half. Tonight we wanted to play 40 minutes of good basketball, and that’s what we did, actually 45 with overtime. That’s what we did. We competed our butts off and got a big win. It is always a big motivation when you play a derby game like this. We had a little extra motivation, we were unsuccessful the first three times we played them (this season), so we knew that in the back of our minds, so we wanted to come out and fight, and get ourselves a win.”