2016-17Regular SeasonRound 25
March 10, 2017 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Olympiacos holds off Darussafaka, punches playoff ticket

Olympiacos Piraeus secured its playoff berth by holding off visiting Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul 81-73 at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday night. Olympiacos improved to 18-7 to remain in third place in the standings, while Darussafaka dropped to 12-13 and stays in ninth place. The Reds dominated for 25 minutes, making 18 of their first 22 two-point shots and held a 60-39 advantage. But the visitors rallied behind Bradley Wanamaker and with help of Will Clyburn and James Anderson. Darussafaka cut the lead to 4 points midway through the fourth quarter, but Vassilis Spanoulis took over, scored a pair of key baskets and grabbed or saved some loose balls down the stretch to secure the victory for Olympiacos. Khem Birch collected 13 points and 8 rebounds and 2 blocks for the Reds, Matt Lojeski scored 12 points, Erick Green had 11 and Spanoulis returned from injury with 8 points and 8 assists in 23 minutes. Wanamaker shined with 23 points and 6 assists for Darussafaka, Clyburn added 20 points and 7 rebounds and Anderson scored 12 points in defeat.

After the teams traded blows early on, Green’s run of 9 points and a pair of baskets from Lojeski, including a buzzer-beating jumper at the end of first quarter, gave Olympiacos a 25-18 lead. The hosts kept pulling away, as Lojeski’s triple capped a 15-2 run and opened a 34-20 lead. Clyburn stopped the bleeding and Wanamaker, Anderson and Adrien Moerman made basket for the visitors, but Spanoulis orchestrated the Olympiacos offense, finding Birch inside and Dominic Waters outside. Patric Young, also returning from injury, scored a couple times inside, and Vangelis Mantzaris hit one from the outside to help Olympiacos go into halftime up 48-33. Spanuolis hit a three-pointer early in the third, then three consecutive dunks, one by Birch and a fastbreak slam by Kostas Papanikolaou helped open a 60-39 margin. However, Wanamaker had a three-point play, Moerman knocked down a three-pointer and Clyburn’s fastbreak slam cut it to 66-56. The Reds entered the final quarter by 11 points, but Darussafaka’s small lineup with Moerman, Clyburn and Anderson kept troubling Olympiacos. Anderson’s baskets cut the deficit to 71-67 with 5:55 to go in the game. Darussafaka was still within 75-71 a couple minutes later, but Lojeski scored a lucky put-back, before Spanoulis drove to bank it on from close range and make it 79-71, a lead the hosts kept safe until the final buzzer.

Will Clyburn - Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul - EB16
Friday, March 10, 2017
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Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), PEREZ PIZARRO, EMILIO (ESP), MAJKIC, MARIO (SLO)
Attendance: 8756
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Olympiacos Piraeus25232112
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul18152515
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Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul18335873
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 GREEN, ERICK 16:54 11 2/5 1/2 4/4       1 1   1     2 12
2 BIRCH, KHEM 18:12 13 5/5   3/5 2 6 8     2 2   4 4 19
4 YOUNG, PATRIC 4:51 4 2/2       1 1     2     3    
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 13:21     0/1     1 1   2 1     2   -1
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 23:18 8 2/4 1/5 1/2   1 1 8 1 2     1 5 13
9 WATERS, DOMINIC 19:49 7 2/4 1/2     4 4 4   1     1 1 11
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 11:07 8 2/2   4/6       1     2   1 3 11
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 26:44 8 4/10 0/1   1 3 4 2   1   1 2 4 7
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 24:00 7 2/2 0/1 3/3 1 2 3 2 1   1     2 15
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 19:38 3   1/4     3 3 3         5   1
24 LOJESKI, MATT 22:06 12 3/4 1/3 3/3 2 2 4     2   1 3 1 8
Team           3 3 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 81 24/38 5/19 18/23 9 26 35 21 5 12 6 2 22 22 101
        63.2% 26.3% 78.3%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
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
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 WILBEKIN, SCOTTIE 29:09 6 3/5 0/6   1 1 2 1       2 2 1 -2
4 YAGMUR, MEHMET DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 BATUK, BIRKAN 7:31     0/1   1 1 2     1     2   -2
11 WANAMAKER, BRAD 35:30 23 7/13 0/1 9/10   1 1 6 1 2 1 3 2 12 29
12 CLYBURN, WILL 33:36 20 6/15 1/4 5/6 2 5 7 1 1 4   1 2 3 12
13 ULUBAY, OKBEN 2:15                              
18 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 30:44 5 1/3 1/4   1 5 6 1 1       5 3 6
19 ALDEMIR, FURKAN 10:11           4 4           2   2
21 SAVAS, OGUZ 5:01 2 1/3     2 1 3               3
23 ANDERSON, JAMES 25:59 12 6/7 0/4   2 2 4   2       3 1 11
41 ZIZIC, ANTE 12:17 5 2/4   1/3 2   2     2 1   2 2 2
81 HARANGODY, LUKE 7:47         1   1           2   -1
Team           5 1 6     1         5
Totals 200:00 73 26/50 2/20 15/19 17 21 38 9 5 10 2 6 22 22 65
        52% 10% 78.9%
Head coach: BLATT, DAVID

Head Coaches

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"First I want to congratulate happy birthday to our club. Today is 92 years since the club was founded. This was one of our good games. We played very good, started focusing defensively. We kept them in low scoring, at only 33 points in the first half. Players from the bench did a lot both offensively and defensively. And until the 25th minute we fully controlled the game. The difference was 20 points. At that moment, Darussafaka changed their plan. They went with a small lineup and they had Moerman at position five, and he is a four. They started to play a lot of one on one, attacking with drives. That gave us defensive problems, they scored some easy points with layups and also we were blocked offensively because we did not have an easy transition game. But I believe that in the last five, six minutes we fought more, we kept a small margin that we had and we showed big character, fighting for every ball, diving on the floor. We showed we wanted it more than them, and that is why we won. Congratulations to players for the effort. For sure we need to be more concentrated, and the conclusion from this game is to be more consistent. Thanks to the fans that came to support us. There is no easy game, so we need their support every game."
BLATT, DAVID
Darussafaka Dogus Istanbul
"Congratulations to Olympiacos. There are games that you do enough to compete and give yourself a chance to win, and fall on basic things. Obviously we did not have a good first half, but in the second we played good enough to win the game. And despite being behind by so many points, we did give ourselves a chance to win a game. But you don’t beat a high-quality team like Olympiacos going 2 for 20 from three-point range. Sometimes you got to knock down shots. And Olympiacos is a good team; you got to shoot the ball well against them. First half they defended us hard and took us out of our stuff, but second half we had a lot of wide-open shots. And we did not make them. That’s reality. "
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