2015-16Top 16Round 9
March 04, 2016 CET: 20:45
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Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
75.3 Points 82.6
36.0 Rebounds 39.2
11.2 O. Rebounds 10.4
24.8 D. Rebounds 28.8
16.2 Assists 15.1
6.2 Steals 8.1
2.7 Blocks 3.9
12.5 Turnovers 13.4
49.6 % 2PT 51.3 %
34.5 % 3PT 35.3 %
71.0 % FT 79.3 %
81.2 Index 95.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
13.6 / Printezis Points 14.1 / Bourousis
5.9 / Hunter Rebounds 9.5 / Bourousis
2.9 / Hunter OR 2.1 / Bourousis
3.9 / Printezis DR 7.4 / Bourousis
4.9 / Spanoulis Assists 3.9 / Adams
1.0 / Strawberry Steals 1.6 / Adams
0.6 / Milutinov Blocks 1.2 / Hanga
3.2 / Spanoulis Turnovers 2.3 / Adams
60.2 % / Hunter 2PT 77.8 % / Corbacho
46.3 % / Hackett 3PT 43.1 % / Causeur
78.9 % / Hackett FT 100.0 % / Corbacho
14.8 / Printezis Index 21.8 / Bourousis

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
3-5 Top 16 6-2
8-2 Regular Season 6-4
11-7 Overall 12-6

Referees

Crew Chief
BELOSEVIC, ILIJA, Serbia
Referee
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT, Germany
Umpire
VIATOR, EDDIE, France

The Take

Two classic Euroleague teams meet for the 32nd time since the turn of the millennium – and for the fourth time this season. Olympiacos beat Laboral twice, including a 76-82 road win in Top 16 Round 2 behind 19 points from three-time Euroleague champion Vassilis Spanoulis. Laboral leads the Top 16 in rebounds (40.4 rpg.), but will probably arrive in Greece without star center Ioannis Bourousis. If he stays sidelined, Kim Tillie, Darko Planinic and Ilimane Diop will see most of the playing time around the baskets, and head coach Velimir Perasovic will keep using David Bertans as a stretch power forward to make the most of his unlimited shooting range. Tillie will not have it easy against power forward Georgios Printezis, who has been in great shape lately, while Hakim Warrick may make his Euroleague debut, helping Othello Hunter and Nikola Milutinov around the baskets. Laboral must try to stop Spanoulis, who will get plenty of help from Daniel Hackett, Ioannis Papapetrou, D.J. Strawberry and, if available, Matt Lojeski. Hackett and Spanoulis must use their experience against Fabien Causeur and Jaka Blazic, in a critical matchup in this game. Papapetrou must use his size and power against do-it-all swingman Adam Hanga. Vangelis Mantzaris and Darius Johnson-Odom must set the right game tempo and play physical against the guests' dynamic point guard duo of Mike James and Darius Adams. Olympiacos is allowing 72 points in home games in this year's Top 16 while Laboral is scoring 82.3 in its three road wins in this phase. Whoever sets the right tempo - Laboral's run-and-gun or Olympiacos's full control, five-on-five offense - will have more chances to win.
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Euroleague.net

Game Notes

Olympiacos Piraeus

Vassilis Spanoulis scored 27 points and dished 6 assists to lead Olympiacos to a 76-64 victory over Laboral Kutxa in the Top 16 last season.

Spanoulis needs 96 more points to become just the second person in competition history to reach 3,000 career points.

Spanoulis is 3 steals shy of becoming the 12th player in competition history with 200 career steals.

Matt Lojeski needs 3 more three-pointers to reach the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Georgios Printezis has made at least 1 three-pointer in seven straight and 13 of his last 14 Euroleague games.

D.J. Strawberry has made at least 1 three-pointer in each of his last six Euroleague games.

Daniell Hackett has made 7 straight three-point attempts over his last four games.

Vangelos Mantzaris played one of his best Euroleague games against Laboral Kutxa Vitoria two seasons ago. Mantzaris led the Reds to an 89-59 victory in the Top 16 with 5 points, 8 rebounds, a career-best 9 assists and 2 steals for a performance index rating of 18.

Recent signing Hakim Warrick is set to make his Euroleague debut this week.

Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz

Ioannis Bourousis leads the Euroleague in rebounding with an average of 9.5 boards per game.

Bourousis needs 19 more points to reach the milestone of 2,000 for his Euroleague career.

Bourousis is 6 three-pointers away from reaching the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Bourousis is shooting 12 for 25 from downtown (48%) at home this season compared to 4-for-19 shooting (21.0%) from behind the arc on the road.

Bourousis was named Regular Season Round 2 MVP after leading his team to an overtime win over Olympiacos with 28 points, 12 rebounds, 3 assists, and 4 steals for a performance index rating of 44.

Bourousis played five seasons for Olympiacos between 2006 and 2011. In that time he helped the club win a pair of Greek Cups and reach two Euroleague Final Fours. He played alongside Vassilis Spanoulis and Georgios Printezis during that period.

Bourousis and Spanoulis were teammates on the Greek national team that won the gold medal at the 2005 European Championships in Serbia. The two were also teammates on the Greek junior national team that won the gold medal at the 2002 European Championships for Young Men in Lithuania.

Darius Adams has made at least 1 three-pointer in 13 straight Euroleague games.

Adam Hanga has recorded at least 1 steal in eight straight Euroleague games.

Darko Planinic was a teammate of Olympiacos guard D.J. Strawberry at Cibona Zagreb during the 2013-14 season.

Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Euroleague.net

Quotes Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We are at 3-5 right now and we want to react, starting from tomorrow. We respect Laboral Kutxa Vitoria, but I believe that depends on us. If we play like we want, then we will have a lot of chances to win."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Olympiacos' options remain intact. They are a team that always plays the same way and they won't be changing their style. They try to play physical and like to put pressure on the riva. They have many players that allow for many tactical variants. We have to try to stop their way of playing. To win in Piraeus you need to make the shots and a touch of courage. If you don't have those, they roll over you. They have experienced players."

Players

ATHINAIOU, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We know that we don’t have any other margins. If we want to qualify, we must beat Laboral Kutxa. We know that they have played very welll from the beginning of the season. We faced them three times already and we know them and they know us. So, there are no secrets."
ADAMS, DARIUS
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"There's a complicated game waiting for us in Greece, but I think we are ready to play physical and win this game. Olympiacos is an athletic team that plays tough, so we will have to match that intensity and give our best effort. We must stay together as a team, be true to ourselves, play strong defense, aggressive offense and play a serious game."

Olympiacos halts Laboral's five-win streak

In a must-win home game to restart its playoffs expectations, Olympiacos Piraeus fired on all cylinders at both ends of the court to register a resounding 82-68 victory over visiting Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz on Friday. Olympiacos improved its record to 4-5 in Top 16 Group F, while Laboral remained in second place at 6-3. With its second victory over Laboral, however, the Reds will win almost any tiebreak should the teams finish with the same record. Georgios Printezis scored 13 of his team-high 17 points in the first quarter as the Reds turned around a slow start. Another 16-0 blast in the second provided game-long double-digit leads that Laboral cut to 71-63 on late, back-to-back triples by Davis Bertans, but there the threat ended. Vassilis Spanoulis added 14 points and 8 assists for the winners, while Ioannis Papapetrou had 11. Former Olympiacos player Ioannis Bourousis led Laboral with 19 points and 7 rebounds, while Bertans added 11, Mike James and Jaka Blazic 10 each.

First quarter: Printezis turns things around

Adam Hanga was fed by Darius Adams for a reverse and Fabien Causeur drove for another basket in close to start the scoring for the visitors. After Spanoulis fed Othello Hunter to put Olympiacos on the scoreboard, Hanga picked up a loose ball and drilled a triple to give Laboral a quick 2-7 advantage. Printezis downed a free throw before Adams and Hanga connected on another easy basket at 3-9. Printezis responded with a pair of shots in close to pull Olympiacos within 7-9. Printezis continued giving footwork lessons in the paint and hit go-ahead free throws. Spanoulis fed Hunter again before Vangelis Mantzaris assited Printezis on a fastbreak layup to make it a 12-0 run and a 15-9 lead for Olympiacos. Out of a timeout, Bourousis buoyed Laboral with a hook shot and soon got to the foul line to make 1 of 2. Printezis made 2 of 2 free throws before Bourousis hit a fadeaway. Printezis fed Nikola Milutinov for a layup and Blazic answered with a triple for Laboral that ended the first quarter with a 19-16 scoreboard.

Second quarter: Reds' defense rules

Bourousis faded away on the baseline to make in 19-18 at the start of the second quarter. Daniel Hackett turned a short jumper into a three-point play before James hit a mid-range shot for Laboral before Darius Johnson-Odom swished a step-back three to make it 25-20. Laboral tied it quickly, however, as Blazic first led Bourousis for a dunk then drilled a transition triple at 25-25. Spanoulis made 2 of 2 free throws and D.J. Strawberry fed Milutinov for a layup to make it 31-25. After a Laboral timeout, Spanoulis drove for a gutsy layup. Hakeem Warrick debuted for Olympiacos and seconds later helped force a steal that ended with Strawberry hitting a reverse. Hackett drove hard for another basket, then stole and assisted Papapetrou for a fastbreak slam. When Warrick dished to Strawberry for a layup, a 16-0 run to a 41-25 lead for Olympiacos was complete. A putback by Bourousis ended Laboral's five-minute scoring drought while Johnson-Odom came back on for Olympiacos to finish another fastbreak. Blazic downed free throws for the visitors and Bourousis made 1 of 2 himself as the first half ended 44-30 for the hosts.

Third quarter: Reds keep rolling

Bertans dropped a baseline jumper for Laboral to make it 44-32 in an otherwise scoreless first 2 minutes of the third quarter. Strawberry stopped on a dime and turned his step-back shot into a three-point play before Bertans matched him from deep at the other end. Spanoulis got loose for a triple himself, but James did the same for Laboral to make it 50-38. Printezis returned to the scoring column with his trademark one-hand push shot. When Spanoulis then shook his defenders for back-to-back layups, Olympiacos was suddenly ahead 56-38. Blazic connected from downtown for Laboral, but was soon matched by Kostas Papanikolaou, with his first points at home since rejoining the Reds. When Papapetrou followed with a layup, Olympiacos had a 20-point lead, 61-41. Adams answered from deep for Laboral before Johnson-Odom detonated a high-speed rim-rocking fastbreak slam. But Adams had another triple in him before the third quarter ended 61-47 in favor of Olympiacos.

Fourth quarter: Olympiacos closes it out!

Papanikolaou hit a reverse off a feed from Hackett to re-start Olympiacos in the fourth quarter. And after James hit a triple for Laboral, Papapetrou did the same for the Reds. Bourousis backed down for a basket he converted into a three-point play then took a feed from Adams for 2 more points, cutting the difference to 68-53. After a timeout, Spanoulis fed Milutinov, who scored and converted the three-point play at 71-55. But with 5 minutes left, Laboral refused to go away as James scored in close and Bertans buried a corner triple at 71-60. Bertans came back and did it again from the top before Hunter and Adams exchanged baskets to make it 73-65 with 2 minutes left to play. Hunter then added to the Olympiacos lead with 2 of 2 free throws and blocked a three-point try by Adams. When Spanoulis drove for a patented layup, the Reds were ahead by 12 again, 77-65, and on their way to a victory that could be good as gold if these two teams tie at the end of the Top 16.

Georgios Printezis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB15
Friday, March 4, 2016
Euroleague.net
Referees: BELOSEVIC, ILIJA (SRB), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA)
Attendance: 10040
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Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 JOHNSON-ODOM, DARIUS 13:02 7 2/3 1/1     2 2 1   1     1   7
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 20:11 8 3/8   2/2 3 2 5       1 2 3 2 6
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 15:37 11 4/5 1/2     1 1   1 1     1 1 10
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 28:00 14 4/6 1/2 3/6       8   4     2 7 17
8 STRAWBERRY, D.J. 23:55 7 3/4 0/1 1/1   3 3 3 3       3 2 13
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 15:00 7 3/3   1/1 3   3 1 2 1 2   2 1 13
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 24:23 17 6/9 0/3 5/6 1 4 5 2   1     1 4 19
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 24:53 1 0/2 0/1 1/2 1 2 3 3         3 1 1
21 WARRICK, HAKIM 4:49   0/2       4 4 1       1     2
23 HACKETT, DANIEL 15:07 5 2/4 0/1 1/1   2 2 4 3 1       3 13
25 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 15:03 5 1/3 1/2     3 3           3 1 3
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 82 28/49 4/13 14/19 8 25 33 23 9 9 3 3 19 22 106
        57.1% 30.8% 73.7%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
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 Gasteiz
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 JAMES, MIKE 25:01 10 2/5 2/4     2 2 4 1 3     3 2 8
4 DIOP, MAMADOU DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CAUSEUR, FABIEN 24:54 2 1/1 0/3     1 1 2 3 2     3 2 2
6 PLANINIC, DARKO 2:27   0/1                         -1
8 HANGA, ADAM 31:30 7 2/5 1/4   4 2 6 4 1     1 1 2 12
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 23:38 19 8/8 0/3 3/5 1 6 7     1 1 1 2 5 23
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 13:36 10 1/2 2/4 2/2   1 1     1     1 2 8
12 DIOP, ILIMANE 13:55   0/2     1 4 5     1 1   4 1  
14 TILLIE, KIM 15:11   0/2     1 2 3     2     2   -3
20 ADAMS, DARIUS 24:59 9 1/1 2/7 1/2   3 3 3   6   1 3 4 3
33 CORBACHO, ALBERTO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BERTANS, DAVIS 24:49 11 1/1 3/6   1 1 2     1 1   3 1 8
Team             1 1               1
Totals 200:00 68 16/28 10/31 6/9 8 23 31 13 5 17 3 3 22 19 61
        57.1% 32.3% 66.7%
Head coach: PERASOVIC, VELIMIR

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We would like to return to getting victories, so we are happy because we combined this win with a very good performance. I think that we deserved to win because we controlled the game thanks to our defense and limited a great offensive team. We played with a lot of energy and found the rhythm that gave us the opportunity to score on the open court. This is the way to continue in the next games. All the players tried hard to help the team and I appreciate it very much. Warrick is playing mainly at center and it is not easy for a newcomer to play two positions. He needs some time to get adjusted to the team and we need him as a center. Darius Johnson-Odom offered a tremendous highlight, which is included to his repertoire. He has strong legs and can be a key factor in our defense."
PERASOVIC, VELIMIR
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"Congratulations to Olympiacos for their victory. They deserved to win because they have been tougher and more concentrated than us. We lost the game when Olympiacos made a 12-0 charge and took the lead. Since then, we tried to react but it didn't work out versus such a solid opponent. Regarding Bourousis, I have to say that he has big motivation to play well in each game. He is very good in practice and this is the key for him to play great in all the games."

Players

PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"When you have consecutive losses and don't play well, you feel the obligation to change the situation. We never stopped believing in ourselves and hope that we are able to bounce back. Tonight, we had a lot of energy and spirit. We forced them to make many mistakes and bad shots. Every player was ready to attack and if we play like that, we don't need to be afraid of anybody."
HACKETT, DANIEL
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It came to a matter of pride tonight for us. After we lost to Barcelona, we had to win tonight and make a new start. We improved our defense, which is our trademark, and found the rhythm in offense. I don't agree that we have five more finals to play. We have just one against Brose Baskets Bamberg and have to win it. Then we will have another one and another one. One game at a time, this is the way to approach the situation "
MILUTINOV, NIKOLA
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is a very important victory and I hope that it can drive us in the future. We played great defense, which gave us the opportunity to get some easy points on offense. This is the right way to play in the next games, which are very crucial."
PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We played really well. We were concentrated most of the time and this is most important. We continue now five more finals. We won the first one and we continue for the second one next week against Bamberg. We have to see each game by game in a different way. That’s the most important. We have another five finals if we want to continue to the next round. So okay, we have to look forward. That’s most important for our team. We hope everybody will be healthy and play better game by game. "
BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS
Laboral Kutxa Vitoria Gasteiz
"It has been a very difficult game and we knew what to expect from Olympiacos. They had to deal with a must-win situation and did it. We still keep second place and have three home games to play. I am optimistic that we will make it to the quarterfinals, which is going to be a great success for our team. Since we downed Barcelona and Real Madrid, we feel that our appetite has grown."
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