2007-08Top 16Round 4
March 06, 2008 CET: 19:50
Local time: 20:50 NOKIA ARENA
Lynn Greer - Olympiacos Olympiacos Piraeus returned to the fight for a spot in the Quarterfinal Playoffs with an 82-87 win over Maccabi Elite on Thursday night at Nokia Arena in Tel Aviv. Down 10 in the fourth quarter, the Reds used a 2-12 rally to tie the game at 75-75 with less than four minutes remaining. It was still tied after a Terence Morris triple with less than a minute to go, but Maccabi ran out of points while Lynn Greer capped a 27-point, 6-assist performance with 4 free throws in the final minute to give Olympiacos a precious road win. Head coach Panagiotis Giannakis’s charges improved to 2-2 in Group F – the same record as Maccabi – but trail the Israeli champs in the race for second place since they lost the Top 16 opener at home to Maccabi by 8. Next week, Olympiacos visits Zalgiris Kaunasm which lost to Real Madrid earlier Thursday, while Maccabi travels to Madrid. The hosts were in control for most of the game, surging ahead on a hot shooting night from David Bluthenthal. Maccabi led by 10 midway through the second period and despite seeing the lead shrink to 50-44 at halftime, the hosts raced to 67-53 in the third quarter. But strong three-point shooting – Olympiacos was 11 for 22 from beyond the arc – helped Olympiacos outscore Maccabi 11-26 in the fourth quarter to earn the win. Marc Jackson added 15 points and Panagiotis Vasilopoulos scored 10 for the winners. Bluthenthal paced Maccabi with 19 points, big men Morris and Esteban Batista added 15 apiece and 10 and 8 rebounds, respectively, Will Bynum chipped in with 13 and Vonteego Cummings finished with 8 points and 7 assists for Maccabi.

Maccabi won the opening tip, but it was Olympiacos that scored first as Rod Blakney fed Vasilopoulos with an alley-oop pass. The Reds scored again before Batista got Maccabi on the scoreboard with a free throw and then a Greer three-pointer made it 1-7. Bluthenthal with a running hook and then back-to-back triples single-handedly brought the hosts back. Batista capped a 10-0 run with a bucket in the paint, but another Greer triple kept Olympiacos close as 13-12. Jackson came off the bench and scored the first time he touched the ball, but committed an offensive foul on the next trip down court. Cummings produced a steal and then capitalized with a three-pointer to make it 20-14. After another Jackson bucket, Morris added a three to increase the lead to 7. Blakney and Nikola Vujcic traded baskets before Greer completed a three-point play that made it 25-21 after 10 minutes.

David Bluthenthal - Maccabi EliteVujcic scored with a nifty baseline move to start the second period and Bynum soon made the advantage 8 before Jackson answered back from the line. The speed of the game picked up with successive baskets from Gerogios Printezis, Yotam Halperin, Jackson, Morris and Milos Teodosic, but Maccabi maintained a healthy lead. A pair of Bynum free throws made it a 10-point game midway through the period and a Morris offensive rebound and lay-in made it 43-31 before Jackson stepped up with a three and Kostas Vasiliadis added a jumper-plus-foul to keep the Reds going. Greer then scored in transition as Maccabi called timeout after its lead was cut to 45-39. But after the stoppage, Vasiliadis continued the Olympiacos charge with a three-pointer before Morris ended the hosts’ drought with a jumper. Still Jackson attacked the paint for a basket, but Cummings’s second triple of the night kept Maccabi ahead 50-44 at halftime.

Bluthenthal fired in a triple to get the second half underway, but Olympiacos answered in style as Qyntel Woods threw down an alley-oop slam assisted by Greer. However Bluthenthal bettered him with his fourth and fifth triples of the game as the lead reached double figures again. Greer hit back with 7 straight points – the last 2 coming from the line on an unsportsmanlike foul call on Batista. The Maccabi center had his revenge with a pair of baskets inside and 2 free throws that restored a 65-53 advantage. Morris added a long jumper to cap an 8-0 charge. Ioannis Bourousis and Blakney’s threes changed little as the third quarter drew to a close with Maccabi on top 71-61.

Giorgos Printezis - OlympiacosVujcic was called for an unsportsmanlike foul on Jackson, who made 2 free throws to give the Reds renewed hope as the fourth quarter got underway. Morris answered back with 2 from the line as the game took a turn to the slower and more physical side. Bourousis fired in a three and after a scoreless minute-and-a-half, Vasilopoulos hit from downtown to get the Reds within 73-69. After Bynum posted 2 free throws for the hosts, Blakney drilled another Olympiacos triple as the deficit closed to 3. Then a Vasilopoulos basket made it a 1-point game and seconds later he added a free throw to complete a 2-12 run that tied the game at 75-75 with less than four minutes remaining. Vasilopoulos fouled out and Vujcic made a free throw to put Maccabi on top, but Printezis came in and scored on the offensive glass to give Olympiacos its first lead since the first quarter, 76-77. Vujcic tied it again from the line, but Printezis drilled a three to stun the local fans. Bynum penetrated for a quick basket only to see Greer match him. When Morris stepped up with a triple, it was tied again at 82-82 with less than a minute to go. After Greer free throws, Garcia missed from downtown. Greer then made it a two-possession game with clutch free throws with 20.5 seconds to go. When Bluthenthal’s three-pointer came up short, it signaled the end and the Olympiacos players began to celebrate.

Thursday, March 6, 2008
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), SUDEK, PETR (SVK), VOJINOVIC, MILIJA (SRB)
Attendance: 11000
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Maccabi Elite
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BYNUM, WILL 19:44 13 3/4 1/2 4/4   1 1 1 1 1   1 3 4 13
6 SHARP, DERRICK 1:03           1 1           2   -1
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 17:21 6 2/7   2/4 3 2 5 5   2     1 2 8
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 MORRIS, TERENCE 40:00 15 2/3 3/5 2/2 2 8 10 2   2     3 1 20
10 FANAN, REGEV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 CASSPI, OMRI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
12 GARCIA, ALEX 21:17   0/1 0/3 0/2 1 1 2 1 2 1     3 2 -3
13 BLU, DAVID 23:59 19 1/2 5/10 2/2                 2 1 12
14 CUMMINGS, VONTEEGO 23:48 8 0/1 2/5 2/2 1 3 4 7 2 1     2 2 16
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 22:32 15 5/10   5/6 4 4 8   1 4 2 1 2 6 19
21 HALPERIN, YOTAM 30:16 6 3/6 0/1     2 2 2 1     1 1 1 6
Team           2 2 4   4         1 9
Totals 200:00 82 16/34 11/26 17/22 13 24 37 18 11 11 2 3 19 20 99
        47.1% 42.3% 77.3%
Head coach: SHERF, ZVI
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BLAKNEY, RODERICK 34:02 8 1/3 2/3     4 4 2   1 1   2   9
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 WOODS, QYNTEL 19:21 2 1/3 0/3     3 3 2   1 1   1   1
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 25:22 8 1/2 2/6   3 3 6 1 1   1   2 1 11
10 TSAKALIDIS, JAKE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 GREER, LYNN 32:55 27 5/8 3/4 8/8   3 3 6 3 2   2 2 8 37
12 MAVROKEFALIDIS, LOUKAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 11:58 10 3/4 1/1 1/2       1   1     5 1 4
14 VASILEIADIS, KOSTAS 18:59 6 1/1 1/1 1/1           2     2 2 4
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 20:47 9 3/5 1/3 0/1 2 2 4     2       1 7
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 13:37 2 1/2     1 2 3 4         3 1 6
25 JACKSON, MARC 22:59 15 4/12 1/1 4/4 1 1 2 2   2     3 4 10
Team             1 1   7         1 9
Totals 200:00 87 20/40 11/22 14/16 7 19 26 18 11 11 3 2 20 19 98
        50% 50% 87.5%
Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS

Head Coaches

SHERF, ZVI
Maccabi Elite
"We lost the game in a very bad fourth quarter on both ends of the floor. There are many things that I still can't explain about what happened. We received more three pointers in that quarter than in the first three quarters. It's not the first time we lose the fourth quarter by a big margin. It's a shame we lost this game, because it was very critical for us. We'll try to do our maximum in the next two games. Everything is still open in this group."
GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"I feel very happy for my players. We had patience and knew how to stay in the game. Despite Maccabi having good rhythm for 30 minutes, we never stopped trying. We wanted to break their offense, and use their defensive weaknesses. It's a big win for us. My players deserve that, because since I came, we worked very hard. We tried very hard to change the mindset and today was the gift for my team. Congratulations to my players, and I believe we can be even better in the next game. Good luck for Maccabi in the future. I hope we meet again in the future, because I think Maccabi is one of the best teams in Europe and has fans that really adore basketball, and it's great atmosphere for us to play in."

Players

MORRIS, TERENCE
Maccabi Elite
"We just stopped playing in the last quarter. I don't know why, but they managed to outscore us 11-26 and won the game. We need to give credit to Olympiacos. They played better than us, and deserved the win."
BLU, DAVID
Maccabi Elite
"We played in the last quarter in order not to lose and not to win. We panicked in the final minutes, and it's a tough loss, especially since we played at home. We'll have to learn from that for the future. In the last quarter we had to be more aggressive, keep playing our game and not be scared to make mistakes. I should have made the last shot, but I didn't set my feet the best way. I still believe in our team."
GREER, LYNN
Olympiacos
"Our coach told us to keep fighting and keep playing our game even when the difference was big. He told us not to look at the scoreboard, and that's what we did. In the last quarter we made a big comeback and it's a very big win for us. I don't know if it's the best game we played with Giannakis, but it's sure we are playing much better than before and as a team."
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