2012-13Top 16Round 9
February 28, 2013 CET: 19:00
Local time: 20:00 ABDI IPEKÇI SPORTS HALL

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
66.0 Points 78.2
32.8 Rebounds 35.7
10.9 O. Rebounds 10.4
21.9 D. Rebounds 25.3
12.2 Assists 15.2
5.7 Steals 5.6
3.1 Blocks 3.0
14.3 Turnovers 12.5
48.5 % 2PT 50.9 %
31.3 % 3PT 36.4 %
65.5 % FT 74.4 %
62.2 Index 85.9

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.2 / Jerrells Points 15.8 / Spanoulis
5.7 / Markota Rebounds 5.9 / Hines
2.1 / Falker OR 2.7 / Hines
4.1 / Markota DR 3.3 / Hines
2.9 / Jerrells Assists 5.4 / Spanoulis
1.1 / Jerrells Steals 0.9 / Spanoulis
1.3 / Vidmar Blocks 0.9 / Hines
2.3 / Vidmar Turnovers 3.3 / Spanoulis
62.2 % / Vidmar 2PT 60.2 % / Hines
38.5 % / Jerrells 3PT 65.0 % / Sloukas
100.0 % / Akin FT 89.5 % / Printezis
14.1 / Jerrells Index 16.5 / Spanoulis

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
0-8 Top 16 5-3
5-5 Regular Season 8-2
5-13 Overall 13-5

Referees

Crew Chief
MARTIN, JOSE, Spain
Referee
CONDE, ANTONIO, Spain
Umpire
SHULGA, BORIS, Ukraine

The Take

Two teams with very different momentums in Top 16 Group F meet again when Besiktas JK Istanbul hosts defending Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus on Thursday. Besiktas is 0-8 in Group F and is all but mathematically out of the playoffs race. Olympiacos is tied for third place at 5-3 and is on a four-game winning streak. Olympiacos beat Besiktas 77-64 behind 18 points from Vassilis Spanoulis when they met in January.

Stopping Spanoulis must be a big priority for Besiktas. He offers leadership, court sense and a high basketball IQ at both guard spots for the champs. Spanoulis will get plenty of help at the wings from small forward Kostas Papanikolaou, two-time Euroleague champion Stratos Perperoglou and Kostas Sloukas, who always steps up in close games. Spanoulis will not have it easy against Besiktas’s top on-the-ball defenders, Muratcan Guler and Ricky Minard, who signed for Besiktas before the deadline and should make his Euroleague return in this game. Papanikolaou will test his quickness and athleticism against Patrick Christopher. Muratcan Guler offers intensity and deep shooting range off the guests' bench. Besiktas could have trouble at point guard, with Curtis Jerrells out of the team and Daniel Ewing having limped off the court in his team’s last domestic contest. Accordingly, reserve Tutku Acik could be relied upon for big minutes against the Reds’ playmaking combo of Acie Law and newly-signed Doron Perkins. Both teams have deep, versatile frontcourts that could make the difference in this game. Besiktas relies on strong center Gasper Vidmar and mobile power forward Damir Markota to win the battle under the boards. Cemal Nalga and defensive ace Randal Falker join Cehver Ozer and his outside shooting as the visitors’ premier backups. Vidmar must use his size and strength against Kyle Hines and Giorgi Shermadini. Nalga and Falker face a big physical battle against Pero Antic and Josh Powell. In a critical matchup, Markota must do his best to guard Euroleague hero Georgios Printezis.

Besiktas must try to slow down the game tempo, play with high intensity at both ends, expect Minard to be its X-factor and rely on Acik to play at his best. Olympiacos must be its usual self on defense and try to run the floor as soon as possible. It needs Spanoulis to control the game in five-on-five offenses and to use its bigger athleticism in the paint to control the boards.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Game Notes

BESIKTAS JK ISTANBUL

Besiktas is looking to snap an eight-game losing streak.

Coach Erman Kunter has used a total of 12 different players in the starting lineup this season.

Ricky Minard is due to play his first Euroleague game in over three years.

Minard has made at least 1 steal in five straight and eight of his last nine Euroleague games.

Gasper Vidmar is ranked last among 81 qualified players in free throw shooting this season at 31.4%.

Damir Markota was a teammate of Olympiacos center Giorgi Shermadini during the 2010-11 season at Union Olimpija. They helped the club win the Slovenian Cup.

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 is tied with Montepaschi guard Bobby Brown for the league lead in fouls drawn with 100.

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

Georgios Printezis needs 28 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Printezis has made 10 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Kostas Sloukas has made 13 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Kyle Hines leads the league in offensive rebounding with 2.7 per game.

Acie Law scored a season-high 18 points in last week’s win over Caja Laboral Vitoria.

Tuesday, February 26, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

KUNTER, ERMAN
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"We haven't won in the Top 16 so far. We should have won some games, but we missed those opportunities with little mistakes. We want to play well and win our game against Olympiacos. Our fans gave their best to support us in every game and we'll do our best to get a win for them against Olympiacos."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It's a difficult game for us. At the Top 16 there are no easy away games. They don't have a win after the first eight games but it will not be easy for us. We have to be very focused and play great defense if we want to win. I know that it is possible to finish first or second at this group but now, honestly, we have in our mind only Besiktas JK and nothing else."

Players

MARKOTA, DAMIR
Besiktas JK Istanbul
"We haven't been able to win in the Top 16 yet despite our decent performance. Now it's time to win. We want to make our fans happy by winning against the last champion."
PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Our goal is to qualify for the Playoffs. That's why we want to win tomorrow. The game is difficult and if we want to win we have to play fast, run the fastbreak and score easy baskets. They are strong in front of their fans, that's why we have to be very focused from the first till the last second of the game."

Olympiacos rolls to fifth straight win

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champs Olympiacos Piraeus picked up its fifth consecutive win after downing Besiktas JK Istanbul 60-79 at Abdi Ipekci Arena on Thursday. The Reds improved to 6-3 in Group F, and could be in a share of second place at the end of the night if results go their way, while Besiktas remains winless in its first ever Top 16 appearance. Olympiacos took the lead for good at the start of the second quarter as Vassilis Spanoulis fueled a 7-22 spurt that gave the visitors a double-digit advantage, which they controlled the rest of the way. Josh Powell led in victory with 16 points on 7-for-8 two-point shooting. Kostas Papanikolaou netted 11, Spanoulis finished with 9 points and dished out 8 assists, while Georgios Printezis had 9 points plus 8 rebounds. For Besiktas, Gasper Vidmar collected 13 points and 7 rebounds, while Patrick Christopher also scored 13. Randal Falker added 11 points plus 9 rebounds, and Ricky Minard also chipped in with 11 points in defeat.

First quarter: Vidmar and Minard get Besiktas going

The teams’ respective centers, Powell and Vidmar, split free throws to open the scoring. Spanoulis found a cutting Powell for the first basket before Ricky Minard gave the hosts the lead with a basket-plus-foul. Second-chance baskets by Vidmar and Damir Markota extended the lead to 8-3. Olympiacos responded with back-to-back dunks from Powell and a layup from Printezis to surge ahead 9-11, but Besiktas held on for a 15-13 lead at the end of the first quarter after Vidmar’s two-handed slam and fastbreak baskets from Fikret Akin and Cevher Ozer.

Second quarter: Spanoulis fuels big Olympiacos run

Kyle Hines opened the second quarter with a basket-plus-free throw, and after Ozer replied by nailing a triple, Olympiacos went back in front with Hines sinking a jumper and Pero Antic scoring inside. The Reds went on a run fueled by Spanoulis who first made all 3 free throws after drawing a foul behind the arc, then assisted Papanikolaou and Kostas Sloukas for threes and dished the ball for a Powell dunk and a 24-31 lead. The margin reached 26-38 with Papanikolaou making a put-back dunk and sinking a triple on back-to-back possessions before Randal Falker and Minard scored from close range to make it 30-38 at the break.

Third quarter: Triples keep champs in command

After Giorgi Shermadini split free throws to start the third quarter, on the other end Akin made a layup and Christopher nailed one from downtown to bring the hosts within 35-39. But Spanoulis replied with a triple and after Powell’s mid-range jumper, the margin was back in double figures. Vidmar snapped the visitors’ run with a dunk and added a basket-plus-foul to his tally, but Printezis and Papanikolaou nailed three-pointers before Acie Law made back-to-back layups for 42-56. Besiktas, however, kept its hope alive with Christopher’s triple and a dunk from Falker making it 51-60 going into the final 10 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Margin reaches 20 as the visitors cruise to victory

Powell and Christopher traded jump shots to open the fourth quarter, before Stratos Perperoglou made a runner that helped the visitors extend it to 53-66. While holding a commanding lead, the Reds slowed down the tempo and controlled the boards to keep the hosts at bay. Perperoglou added a jumper and a fastbreak layup to make it 56-74 and seal the deal. Before the final whistle, Minard hit a jumper on one end and a Perperoglou layup and Hines jumper extended it to 58-78, the biggest lead of the night.

Kostas-Sloukas
Thursday, February 28, 2013
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Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), SHULGA, BORIS (UKR)
Attendance: 4850
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Besiktas JK Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GULER, MURATCAN 13:21 1 0/2 0/1 1/2   1 1 1   2     2 1 -4
6 OZMIZRAK, KARTAL 5:25   0/1 0/1     2 2     1   1     -2
10 AKIN, FIKRET CAN 29:15 4 2/5 0/2     2 2 4 1       3 2 5
11 ACIK, TUTKU 9:02                   1         -1
13 VIDMAR, GASPER 20:24 13 4/7   5/9 3 4 7     2   2 3 9 15
14 FALKER, RANDAL 24:28 11 3/5   5/6 5 4 9   3 1 3   4 5 23
22 MARKOTA, DAMIR 9:42 2 1/3 0/2     2 2     1     4   -5
23 CHRISTOPHER, PATRICK 32:14 13 2/9 2/2 3/4 2 1 3 2 5 5 1   2 4 13
24 MINARD, RICKY 30:43 11 4/11 0/2 3/3   3 3 3 1 2 1 4 2 2 4
25 HERSEK, BARIS 3:09                              
35 NALGA, CEMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
41 OZER, CEVHER 22:17 5 1/3 1/4     3 3   1       3 1 2
Team           7 1 8     3     1   4
Totals 200:00 60 17/46 3/14 17/24 17 23 40 10 11 18 5 7 24 24 54
        37% 21.4% 70.8%
Head coach: KUNTER, ERMAN
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
4 HINES, KYLE 11:24 8 3/4   2/3 1 1 2 2   1 1   4 2 8
5 LAW, ACIE 26:01 8 1/5   6/6   4 4 3   1 1 1 3 5 12
6 ANTIC, PERO 13:51 2 1/1 0/4   1 3 4     2     2 1 -1
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 28:40 9 1/4 1/2 4/5   4 4 8 1 4     1 3 15
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 16:55 8 4/6       4 4 2 2 2   1     11
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 8:32 1 0/1   1/2 1   1   1 2 1   3 1 -2
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 25:19 7 1/2 1/2 2/2   1 1 2 1     1 1 1 8
12 POWELL, JOSH 20:04 16 7/8   2/4   3 3     3 1   3 2 13
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PERKINS, DORON 5:38   0/1       1 1 1         3   -2
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 23:23 9 1/4 1/4 4/7 3 5 8 2         3 7 14
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 20:13 11 1/4 3/3   2   2 2   1 3 2 1 1 12
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 79 20/40 6/15 21/29 9 26 35 22 5 16 7 5 24 23 89
        50% 40% 72.4%
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