2012-13Top 16Round 10
March 07, 2013 CET: 20:45
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Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
78.3 Points 79.7
35.7 Rebounds 35.2
10.3 O. Rebounds 8.9
25.4 D. Rebounds 26.3
15.5 Assists 16.2
5.6 Steals 6.4
3.2 Blocks 3.6
12.7 Turnovers 12.8
50.9 % 2PT 57.2 %
36.6 % 3PT 36.9 %
74.3 % FT 76.2 %
86.1 Index 94.3

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.5 / Spanoulis Points 12.9 / Navarro
5.7 / Hines Rebounds 5.7 / Tomic
2.6 / Hines OR 1.5 / Tomic
3.2 / Hines DR 4.3 / Tomic
5.5 / Spanoulis Assists 3.2 / Huertas
0.9 / Spanoulis Steals 1.1 / Mickeal
0.9 / Hines Blocks 1.4 / Tomic
3.3 / Spanoulis Turnovers 1.6 / Huertas
60.6 % / Hines 2PT 82.4 % / Rabaseda
63.6 % / Sloukas 3PT 50.0 % / Lorbek
85.7 % / Sloukas FT 100.0 % / Jasikevicius
16.4 / Spanoulis Index 16.1 / Tomic

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
6-3 Top 16 8-1
8-2 Regular Season 9-1
14-5 Overall 17-2

Referees

Crew Chief
LAMONICA, LUIGI, Italy
Referee
ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB, Poland
Umpire
MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA, Italy

The Take

In a rematch of last season's Euroleague semifinals, Olympiacos Piraeus takes on FC Barcelona Regal in the Game of the Week in Top 16 Group F on Thursday. Barcelona leads Group F with an 8-1 record and Olympiacos ranks third at 6-3, which adds even more excitement to this great showdown. When the teams met in Top 16 Week 3, Barcelona beat Olympiacos 76-68 behind 15 points from Ante Tomic, who was chosen this week as the bwin MVP for February.

Stopping Tomic must be a priority for Olympiacos. He has been unstoppable lately with his jump hooks and rebounding. Tomic will split playing time with center Nate Jawai, while Erazem Lorbek and C.J. Wallace will see playing time at power forward. Lorbek must use his all-around scoring skills and experience against 2011-12 Euroleague hero Georgios Printezis. Wallace offers defense and intensity against Pero Antic. Meanwhile, Tomic and Jawai face a big battle in the paint against shot-block specialists Josh Powell, Giorgi Shermadini and Kyle Hines. Barcelona must find the way to slow Olympiacos superstar Vassilis Spanoulis, whose court sense, basketball IQ, clutch and leadership make him a unique player. Spanoulis will see most of the playing time at shooting guard with aggressive swingman Kostas Papanikolaou at small forward. Kostas Sloukas, three-point threat Martynas Gecevicius and two-time Euroleague winner Stratos Perperoglou give Coach Georgios Bartzokas plenty of choices at the wings. Papanikolaou must use his defense and quickness against another left-handed, intense small forward, Pete Mickeal. Meanwhile, Spanoulis needs to make the most out of his talent against scoring king Juan Carlos Navarro. Spanoulis, however, can expect to be guarded by starting playmaker and on-the-ball defensive stopper Victor Sada. Versatile forward Joe Ingles and athletic swingmen Xavi Rabaseda give Barcelona extra depth and talent at both wings. Sada and Marcelinho Huertas must set the right game tempo against Acie Law and Doron Perkins. Law must use his driving skills against Huertas. Perkins, an outstanding defender, will also see playing time against Navarro.

Barcelona needs to keep feeding Tomic and Jawai down low, get Navarro and Mickeal involved, prevent Olympiacos from playing in transition and expect Sada to slow Spanoulis, in a critical matchup in this game. Olympiacos must make the most of its depth at the wings, expect Shermadini and Hines to stop Tomic in the low post, run the floor as much as possible and play at a very high rhythm. Get ready for an exciting, high-profile showdown in the Peace Friendship Stadium on Thursday!
Monday, March 4, 2013
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Game Notes

OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS

Olympiacos and Barcelona have met in the Euroleague Final Four in three of the past four seasons. The Reds knocked off Barcelona 68-64 in last season’s semifinals in Istanbul behind 21 points and 6 assists from Vassilis Spanoulis. Barca beat Olympiacos for the 2010 title in Paris 86-68 as Juan Carlos Navarro netted 21. And Barca won the third-place game 79-95 in Berlin in 2009behind 20 points from David Andersen.

Vassilis Spanoulis tallied 21 points and dished 6 assists to lead Olympiacos past FC Barcelona 68-64 in the semifinals at last season’s Final Four in Istanbul.

Eleven different Olympiacos players have appeared in the starting lineup this season. Vassilis Spanoulis is the only player to start every game.

Spanoulis has made at least 1 three-pointer in six straight and 21 of his last 22 Euroleague games.

Spanoulis is tied with Montepaschi guard Bobby Brown for the league lead in fouls drawn with 103.

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

Georgios Printezis needs 19 more points to reach 1,000 for his Euroleague career.

Kostas Sloukas has made 15 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Kyle Hines leads the league in offensive rebounding with 2.6 per game.

Josh Powell scored a season-high 16 points in 7-of-8 shooting in last week’s victory over Besiktas.

FC BARCELONA REGAL

FC Barcelona Regal leads the Euroleague in defense with 66.8 points allowed per game and in performance index rating with an average of 94.3 per game.

Juan Carlos Navarro was named the 2010 Euroleague Final MVP after scoring 21 points to lead Barcelona to an 86-68 win over Olympiacos in Paris.

Navarro has made at least 1 three-pointer and scored in double figures in four straight and 11 of his last 12 Euroleague games.

Sarunas Jasikevicius has made 23 straight free throws in Euroleague action. He is the competition’s career leader in free throw percentage at 92.11%.

Jasikevicius is 14 points behind Gianluca Basile for 10th place on the competition’s career scoring charts. Saras enters this week’s game with 2,149 points in his 11 seasons in the Euroleague.

Saras has been a teammate of three current Olympiacos players during his time at rival Panathinaikos –Stratos Perperoglou, Giorgi Shermadini and Vassilis Spanoulis.  All three were on the roster in 2009 when the Greens won the Euroleague title in Berlin.

Marcelinho Huertas has made 14 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Ante Tomic has scored in double figures in 10 straight Euroleague games. He is ranked third in the Top 16 in performance index rating (20 per game), second in field goal shooting percentage (68.2%), fourth in rebounds (6.3 rpg.), sixth in scoring (15.2 ppg.) and 10th in blocks (1.1 bpg.).

Erazem Lorbek has made 9 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Pete Mickeal is 1 steal shy of the century mark for his Euroleague career.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Barcelona is a great team. They play very well and they have a 17-2 record until now in the Euroleague, something that says a lot about their quality as a team. They have a lot of great players and we have to play team defense if we want to win. We are very close to our target, which is to qualify to the quarterfinals, and we have to do our best in the last five games to qualify and to try to finish in the first two positions in the group."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"If we win, we will have a different approach to the competition, with four games left and three wins ahead the third-ranked team. Thinking too much about this can only give us trouble. The most important thing is to get the win. Winning a game on a court like this would give us a boost from the emotional point of view. Olympiacos is the reigning Euroleague champion and that says it all."

Players

PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Barcelona has played very well until now. They play great on defense and on offense. It is not a final for us, but we want to win. We have to find our rhythm and we hope that with the support of our fans we can take the win."
RABASEDA, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"I never played in Piraeus but have watched Olympiacos games from there on TV. It will be a tough basketball atmosphere and we all know how intense Greek fans are, especially in a game like this. We are used to playing in basketball atmospheres like this. We played in a similar environment against Partizan this season, and we won. We have to go for this win to get closer to winning our Top 16 group."

Barcelona outlasts champs, clinches playoffs berth

FC Barcelona Regal became the first team to clinch a spot in the 2012-13 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Playoffs by topping reigning champions Olympiacos Piraeus 77-90 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Greece on Thursday. Barcelona improved to 9-1 in Top 16 Group F and will lock up home court advantage in the playoffs with its next win. Olympiacos dropped to 6-4. Barcelona grabbed its eighth consecutive triumph and stopped the Reds' five-game winning streak. Erazem Lorbek paced the winners with 21 points on near-perfect shooting. Pete Mickeal added 20, while Ante Tomic and Juan Carlos Navarro each scored 10 for Barcelona. Vassilis Spanoulis led Olympiacos with 23 points. Georgios Printezis added 16 and Josh Powell had 15 for the Reds. The first quarter featured six lead changes, but an outstanding Printezis gave Olympiacos a 20-17 lead after 10 minutes. A dunk by Pero Antic soon boosted the Reds' lead to 26-22. Five different Barcelona players scored in a 4-17 run that put the visitors ahead 30-39. Navarro followed a three-point play with a 'bomba' to make it a double-digit game, 36-46, at halftime. Printezis and an unstoppable Spanoulis shined after the break as Olympiacos regained the lead, 55-54, late in the third quarter. Mickeal and Nate Jawai helped Barcelona to a 62-63 edge after three quarters. Mickeal and Lorbek took over early in the fourth quarter, as Barcelona grabbed a 69-78 lead and never looked back.

First quarter: Olympiacos ahead after six lead changes

Powell got Olympiacos going with a close basket, which Victor Sada erased with a five-meter jumper. Ante Tomic finished a long, two-chance Barcelona offense with a jump hook, good for a 2-4 lead. Mickeal and Powell traded layups and a coast-to-coast basket by Spanoulis tied it at 6-6. Spanoulis collected a steal and made free throws at the other end. Mickeal answered with foul shots and a driving layup by Juan Carlos Navarro put the guests back ahead, 8-10. Printezis did not miss from the free throw line and a fast break layup by Acie Law restored a 12-10 Olympiacos lead. Mickeal made a turnaround jumper and soon provided another lead change, 12-14. Printezis hit his trademark turnaround jumper and Spanoulis scored in penetration for a 16-14 Olympiacos edge. Mickeal hit a one-handed jumper in the lane that Printezis matched with foul shots. Printezis stayed on fire with a jump hook to put Olympiacos ahead 20-17 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: 4-17 run puts Barcelona way ahead

Kostas Sloukas hit a stop-and-pop jumper, as Barcelona struggled to score early in the second quarter. Tomic stepped up with a jump hook that Pero Antic matched with a long two-pointer. C.J. Wallace struck from downtown, but a dunk by Antic made it a four-point game, 26-22. Erazem Lorbek scored around the basket and a floating layup by Tomic tied it at 26-26. Olympiacos could not find open shots and a three-point play by Sarunas Jasikevicius put the guests back ahead, 26-29, after a 0-7 run. Law and Tomic exchanged layups before an off-balance basket by Powell kept the Reds within 30-31. Huertas and Lorbek buried back-to-back three-pointers to boost Barcelona's lead to 30-37. Joe Ingles capped a 0-8 run with a backdoor layup, Powell dunked and free throws by Spanoulis brought Olympiacos a bit closer, 34-39. Lorbek scored in the paint and Navarro provided a highlight with a wild three-point play off a steal for a double-digit Barcelona lead, 34-44. Spanoulis swished a six-meter jumper and a 'bomba' by Navarro fixed the score at 36-46 at halftime.

Third quarter: Spanoulis fuels the Reds' rally

Lorbek downed a turnaround jumper immediately after the break, as Olympiacos was held scoreless for almost two minutes until Law shined with a driving layup. Barcelona started to use longer possessions, but even with that, the guests did not find open shots, as the Reds were all over the passing lines. Powell hit a five-meter jumper and followed that with a three-point play that brought Olympiacos back in the game, 43-48. Printezis capped a 9-0 Olympiacos run with a jump hook. Navarro split free throws before Spanoulis nailed a jumper that Wallace bettered with a three-pointer. Printezis took over with a layup-plus-foul, Jawai and Doron Perkins traded foul shots and a three-pointer by Spanoulis completed the hosts' comeback, 55-54. Navarro sank free throws, Kyle Hines and Mickeal exchanged dunks and a three-point play by Spanoulis gave Olympiacos a 60-58 lead. Lorbek and Jawai split foul shots and Spanoulis put Olympiacos back ahead, 62-60. Mickeal took over with a backdoor layup and a free throw by Jawai restored a 62-63 Barcelona edge after 30 minutes.

Fourth quarter: Barcelona takes off, seals playoffs spot

Mickeal sank a turnaround jumper early in the fourth quarter and a jump hook by Lorbek gave Barcelona some fresh air, 62-67. Antic and Lorbek traded three-pointers, but Barcelona faced severe foul trouble, as Tomic, Jawai and Wallace had 4 apiece with eight minutes left. Mickeal scored again and erased Spanoulis's downed a stop-and-pop jumper with a four-meter shot, which caused Olympiacos to call timeout at 67-74. Jawai provided a highlight with a big slam, Hines scored in penetration and Lorbek added a jump hook after a wild spin move for a 69-78 Barcelona edge midway through the fourth quarter. Stratos Perperoglou hit a six-meter jumper, but Lorbek scored again and an alley-oop slam by Tomic boosted Barcelona's lead to 71-82 with three minutes to go. An unsportsmanlike foul on Powell allowed Huertas and Jasikevicius to seal the outcome, 71-87. The Reds never recovered and Barcelona had plenty of time to celebrate.

Ante Tomic - FC Barcelona Regal - EB12
Thursday, March 7, 2013
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Referees: LAMONICA, LUIGI (ITA), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL), MATTIOLI, GIANLUCA (ITA)
Attendance: 10920
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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
4 HINES, KYLE 18:31 4 2/4   0/2 3 3 6 2 2 1 1 1 3 2 8
5 LAW, ACIE 26:57 6 3/6 0/1     1 1 3   1   1 3 4 5
6 ANTIC, PERO 13:25 7 2/3 1/2             3     1   1
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 31:23 23 6/10 1/5 8/11 1 3 4 3 2 6   1 1 9 22
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 16:34 2 1/3 0/1         3   1         1
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 12:23 2 1/3 0/1   1   1     1     3   -4
12 POWELL, JOSH 21:29 15 7/8   1/1 2 1 3     2   1 3 1 12
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
14 PERKINS, DORON 9:17 2 0/1 0/1 2/2   1 1   1       3 1  
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 26:35 16 5/9 0/5 6/7 3 4 7 1 1 1     2 8 20
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 23:26   0/1 0/1     3 3 2 2     1 1 2 5
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 77 27/48 2/17 17/23 10 18 28 14 8 16 1 5 20 27 72
        56.3% 11.8% 73.9%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
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
FC Barcelona Regal
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
8 SADA, VICTOR 15:33 2 1/2       2 2 3 1 1     2   4
9 HUERTAS, MARCELINHO 24:27 5   1/5 2/2       6   2     1 4 8
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 18:31 10 3/5 0/2 4/5   2 2 1 1 2     1 5 11
13 JASIKEVICIUS, SARUNAS 20:34 6 1/2 1/1 1/1   1 1 4         3 1 8
14 TODOROVIC, MARKO 0:35                              
18 WALLACE, C.J. 11:37 6   2/3     3 3     1 1   5   3
20 INGLES, JOE 10:26 2 1/1       2 2 1   1         4
22 RABASEDA, XAVI 6:54           1 1     2     1   -2
25 LORBEK, ERAZEM 27:48 21 7/8 2/2 1/2 1 1 2 1         4 2 20
32 JAWAI, NATE 17:25 8 1/3   6/10 3 5 8   2 3 3 1 4 5 12
33 MICKEAL, PETE 23:35 20 9/10 0/2 2/2   3 3   1 3     2 2 18
44 TOMIC, ANTE 22:35 10 5/8     1 4 5 2   2 1   5 1 9
Team                     1         -1
Totals 200:00 90 28/39 6/15 16/22 5 24 29 18 5 18 5 1 28 20 94
        71.8% 40% 72.7%
Head coach: PASCUAL, XAVI

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We tried to make our best, but the result is not good. Barcelona is a high quality team, they played better and deserved to win. We allowed them to have a 72% shooting percentage in a road game, although our tactical plan was to defend our basket from inside either by trapping their big men or by fouling them. Tomic and Lorbek build a big men’s duo which seems sometimes unstoppable. Additionally with such a poor three-point percentage, 2 for 17, you can’t win a game like that. However we found our energy in the third period, but we missed four consecutive free throws and a three-pointer and those are things that Barcelona takes advantage of. There is no doubt that Barcelona is now the best team in the competition, but we keep fighting to get the second place."
PASCUAL, XAVI
FC Barcelona Regal
"We thank the Greek fans of Barcelona who came here and gave us a big support. It was a great game between two very good teams which are aiming to make it to the Final Four. We had a very good performance in both ends, but in the third period they outrebounded us and we lacked motion in the offense. We came up big in the last period, thanks to the effective passing game and the high shooting percentage. Maybe this is one of the best moments for this team, because we have a lot of smart players, but I can’t ignore the team we had in 2010, when we won the Euroleague trophy in Paris. I don’t consider my team the big favorite to win the 2012-13 Euroleague. We are topping the rankings but we have to play four more games. Regarding the Greek teams, I think that both Olympiacos and Panathinaikos will reach the quarterfinals, but I can’t predict their future."

Players

POWELL, JOSH
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We made some defensive mistakes in the last period and that caused us to lose the momentum we got from the third quarter. This is something I can’t explain. However this loss can be a good lesson for us, en experience that we have to take advantage of. We must react immediately and keep trying to get our targets."
SLOUKAS, KOSTAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Barcelona scored 90 points, which are too much for our defense. We managed to control the game in the third period but we missed four free throws in a row and then a three-pointer and they hurt us. There are four games left and we are going one by one. Right now Barcelona is the best team in the Euroleague and tonight they showed their class and quality."
LORBEK, ERAZEM
FC Barcelona Regal
"We managed to hold on in the third quarter, when they were putting on a lot of pressure. We played really well early in the fourth quarter and that allowed us to get the lead until the end. They missed 4 consecutive free throws when they had the lead; things like this can happen in a game. The most important thing is that we managed to stay focused, played our game, got a lead and stayed ahead until the end."
NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS
FC Barcelona Regal
"Other than a few minutes in the third quarter, in which they were really aggressive and got their own rhythm, we had good control of the game. Truth to be told, the atmosphere was great and winning here isn't easy at all. This win allows us to get to the playoffs. This was our initial goal and now we have to carry on."
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