2012-13Top 16Round 14
April 04, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
77.3 Points 79.0
35.3 Rebounds 32.4
10.2 O. Rebounds 9.0
25.0 D. Rebounds 23.5
15.2 Assists 19.2
5.4 Steals 5.8
3.3 Blocks 3.9
12.7 Turnovers 12.5
50.6 % 2PT 54.4 %
35.6 % 3PT 38.2 %
73.8 % FT 76.5 %
83.8 Index 87.5

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
15.7 / Spanoulis Points 13.4 / Davis
5.9 / Hines Rebounds 5.5 / Davis
2.7 / Hines OR 1.7 / Davis
3.2 / Hines DR 3.8 / Davis
5.4 / Spanoulis Assists 6.4 / Planinic
1.0 / Spanoulis Steals 1.1 / Planinic
1.1 / Hines Blocks 1.2 / Monia
3.4 / Spanoulis Turnovers 3.1 / Planinic
59.1 % / Hines 2PT 63.3 % / Vyaltsev
51.5 % / Sloukas 3PT 100.0 % / Davis
85.4 % / Sloukas FT 100.0 % / Vyaltsev
16.3 / Spanoulis Index 16.2 / Davis

Records

Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
0-0 Playoffs 0-0
8-5 Top 16 7-6
8-2 Regular Season 6-4
16-7 Overall 13-10

Referees

Crew Chief
ROCHA, FERNANDO, Portugal
Referee
LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT, Germany
Umpire
LATISEVS, OLEGS, Latvia

The Take

In a decisive, no-tomorrow battle for survival in Top 16 Group F, Olympiacos Pireaus faces BC Khimki Moscow Region in the Game of the Week on Thursday. Olympiacos will be at least third if it wins and will qualify regardless of other results if it loses by less than 4 points. The Reds can be out of the playoffs if they lose by 4 or more points, depending on other scores. Khimki needs to win to advance to the playoffs and will be out if it loses, regardless of other scores. Khimki will also be eliminated if it wins by less than 4, Maccabi wins and Montepaschi beats Caja Laboral. In all other scenarios, Khimki is second if it wins and Barcelona beats Maccabi, or third in any other scenario as long as it beats the Reds by at least 4 points.

Khimki must be ready to stop Olympiacos superstar Vassilis Spanoulis, whose basketball IQ, talent and leadership make him the Reds' go-to guy. Spanoulis, who will also see minutes at point guard, will get plenty of help at both wings from small forwards Kostas Papanikolaou and Stratos Perperoglou, off-guard Kostas Sloukas and three-point specialist Martynas Gecevicius. Papanikolaou and Perperoglou are ready for a critical matchup against two athletic players with deep range, Sergey Monya and K.C. Rivers. Monya has averaged 15.5 points on 7-of-12 three-point shots in the last two games and could be a critical factor in this one. Sloukas and Spanoulis must be ready to stop Vitaly Fridzon, who can change any game with his transition game and three-point shots. A big battle is expected at point guard, as Olympiacos needs to slow Zoran Planinic, who set a Top 16 record with 13 assists when these teams played in February and Olympiacos rallied to win in Moscow. Combo guard Petteri Koponen and defensive stopper Egor Vyaltsev give Khimki head coach Rimas Kurtinaitis more playmaking options. Vyaltsev may see extended playing time against Spanoulis. Acie Law and especially Doron Perkins will be ready for the big matchup against Planinic. Olympiacos must try to stop Paul Davis, a really effective scorer down low who is also deadly from mid-range. Khimki also counts on aggressive rebounder James Augustine, scoring big man Kresimir Loncar, former Olympiacos star Matt Nielsen and center Alexey Zhukanenko to make a difference around the baskets. Olympiacos is also deep down low, with little big man Kyle Hines and Giorgi Shermadini as the Reds' main option to guard Davis. Last season's Final Four hero Georgios Printezis and hard-nosed big man Pero Antic will split minutes at power forward. Josh Powell offers athleticism, size and power that will be needed against Davis and Augustine.

Olympiacos needs to run its offense through Spanoulis and Printezis, expect Papanikolaou to make the difference at small forward, play under control with well-defined roles all 40 minutes and use the energy from its crowd to get to the playoffs. Khimki needs a good game from Planinic and Davis, to make the most out of its bigger size in the paint, and to try to stop Spanoulis through Fridzon and Vyaltsev, as well as locking up the defensive boards against a great rebounding team.
Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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Game Notes

OLYMPIACOS PIRAEUS

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 10 straight and 25 of his last 26 Euroleague games.

Spanoulis leads the league lead in fouls drawn with 130.

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

Hines has blocked at least 1 shot in eight straight and 12 of his last 13 Euroleague appearances.

Hines scored a season-high 19 points in a road win at BC Khimki in February.

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

BC KHIMKI MOSCOW REGION

BC Khimki leads the league in assists with 19.2 per game.

Twelve different players have appeared in the starting lineup for Khimki at least once this season; no player has started every game.

Rimas Kurtinaitis coached Martynas Gecevicius at Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius between 2008 and 2010. Together they won the 2009 Eurocup and back-to-back Lithuanian League and Cup doubles.

Now in his ninth Euroleague season, Zoran Planinic is averaging career highs in scoring (12.4 ppg.) and assists (6.4 apg.).

Planinic set a new Top 16 single-game record with 13 assists last month against Olympiacos.

Vitaly Fridzon has made at least 1 three-pointer in 21 consecutive Euroleague games.

Fridzon has made 9 straight free throws in Euroleague action.

Paul Davis has scored in double figures in 16 consecutive Euroleague games.

Matt Nielsen spent the 2010-11 season with Olympiacos, during which he helped the Reds win the Greek Cup.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
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Quotes Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We have in front of us a game that looks like a final. We need the win and they also, so the team that will prove how much wants to be at the playoffs, will win. It will not be easy. Khimki is a very solid team, they perform extremely well in front of their fans but also they play very good at away games. We want to qualify so we will do our best to achieve our goal."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
"In the first game with Olympiacos Piraeus we played well but at the end we lost control and were a little bit unlucky. In a number of meetings we were down by one or two points because of the lack of sports luck, and that game was the same. We made a mistake at a crucial moment, and in the return offense Olympiacos hit a three-pointer. I suppose it will be difficult to play in Greece, but I do not see any particular danger right now, we are well prepared, and perhaps for the first time of this season, we didn't have the VTB United League game on Monday, so we had more time to rest. Last game with Caja Laboral proved we were late by half a meter, half a second, that decided the outcome of the meeting, which had been very important for us. Now I feel that the players returned to the right physical shape, they have necessary aggression and energy, so I think we have a good chance to succeed."

Players

PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"If we play as we know, we don't have to afraid anyone or any team. We want our fans to come and give us energy to make that victory and qualify to the next round. It is a final for us. In our minds we have only the win and how we will take it. Nothing else."
LONCAR, KRESIMIR
Khimki Moscow Region
"For us, this is the last chance, the most important game of the season. Everything would have been done if we had won the game with Caja Laboral last week. Now the situation is difficult – we need to win to get a chance to go to the playoffs. Also our opponent needs this victory. I'm sure our rival will be supported by thousands of fans. It is more difficult to play on the road, but we didn't do well at last games even at home. In a few Euroleague Top 16 games everything was decided at last minutes. Everyone in out team understands the situation and we will do all our best on Thursday."

Olympiacos rocks Khimki to clinch playoff ticket

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus stormed into the playoffs and took out BC Khimki Moscow Region with a 79-70 victory at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday night. Kostas Papanikolaou turned in a masterful evening with 21 points on 6-of-6 three point shooting plus 12 rebounds and 2 blocks to pace the winners, who will have home-court advantage when they meet Anadolu Efes Istanbul in the playoffs. Olympiacos finished second in Top 16 group F with a 9-5 record, while Khimki bowed out at 7-7 and in fifth place. The Reds first took charge with a 14-2 run bridged the first and second quarters. Olympiacos continued piling it on as Georgios Printezis boosted the lead to 45-30 with two minutes left in the second half. James Augustine revived Khimki as it rallied to within 45-38 at the break. Big minutes from Zoran Planinic in the third quarter completed the comeback at 56-56, but Khimki never took the lead. Papanikolaou helped keep Olympiacos in front with two more triples before his coup de grace – a four-point play to restore a double-digit lead with a little over four minutes remaining and Khimki never got closer than 7 the rest of the way. Vassilis Spanoulis added 15 points and 5 assists and Acie Law tallied 10 points and 8 assists for the victors, who also outrebounded Khimki 43-36. Augustine led Khimki with 19 points and 8 boards, Paul Davis scored 13 and Planinic finished with 12.

First quarter: Powell leads 8-0 run as Reds take slim lead

K.C. Rivers sank a tough pull-up jumper in the lane to open the scoring. Spanoulis got the hosts rolling with a three-pointer. Khimki, unfazed by the atmosphere, got going and boosted its lead to 3-7 on a Rivers triple. Vitaly Fridzon added a triple to make it a 5-point game. Acie Law showed off his speed for 5 quick points – including a nifty layup-plus-foul – to trim the deficit to 9-12. Davis scored twice, but Papanikolaou pulled up in transition and buried a three. Law got the ball to Josh Powell on a broken play for a slam and Pero Antic corrected a Spanoulis miss to tie it at 18-18 through seven and a half minutes. Powell put the Reds ahead and after a pair of Spanoulis free throws capped an 8-0 run, Planinic could only bring Khimki within 22-20 at the end of the quarter.

Second quarter: Printezis boosts hosts lead to 15

Dmitrios Katsivelis nailed a triple and Kyle Hines went through Rivers for a basket-plus-foul as the hosts boosted the lead to 8. Davis hit a jumper to try to recharge the visitors. After forcing a 5-second violation, the Stratos Perperoglou scored his first points to make it 31-22. Despite a pair of Augustine free throws, Spanoulis knocked down a three to give Olympiacos a double-digit lead. The teams traded buckets until Georgios Printezis nailed a triple to put the hosts up 43-30. A Perperoglou block led to a Spanoulis layup as the Olympiacos faithful roared in approval. Petteri Koponen answered from downtown. Before long, Egor Vyaltsev free throws and an Augustine slam revived Khimki. Augustine added a free throw to bring Khimki within 45-38 at the break.

Third quarter: Planinic rallies Khimki back to tie it

Koponen opened the second half by cutting the Khimki deficit to 5, however back-to-back Papanikolaou triples got the stadium rocking again. Khimki did not lie down and Augustine scored twice to make it 53-46. The teams continued to trade baskets with the Reds keeping control, but Khimki staying within striking distance. Planinic took charge with a pull-up three-pointer to close the gap to 55-51. A three-point play by Davis silenced the crowd as the lead was cut to a single possession. After an offensive foul on Davis soon after made it 4 on the big man, Planinic knotted the game at 56-56. Spanoulis put the hosts back on top with a free throw before Papanikolaou drilled a three. Planinic split free throws to make it end the third quarter at 60-57.

Fourth quarter: Papanikolaou heroics secure victory

Hines went through Kresimir Loncar for a basket-and-foul – though he missed the free throw – as Olympiacos maintained a slim lead. An offensive rebound from Powell set the stage for Papanikolaou to send in his fifth three-pointer of the night, 67-59. After an Augustine basket, neither team was able to convert on offense for the next three minutes. The shot that may have sealed the game was a Papanikolaou triple from the wing – and the foul that came with it. That made it 71-61 with a little over four minutes to play. Augustine ended the Khimki drought, but Papanikolaou set up Powell inside as Olympiacos rolled on. From that point, the hosts matched Khimki almost basket for basket and Khimki never got closer than 7 as Olympiacos moved on to the next stage and sent Khimki home for good.

Kyle Hines - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12
Thursday, April 4, 2013
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Referees: ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), LOTTERMOSER, ROBERT (GER), LATISEVS, OLEGS (LAT)
Attendance: 8657
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  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HINES, KYLE 23:45 9 3/4   3/8 4 3 7 2   1 1   3 5 14
5 LAW, ACIE 33:38 10 3/8   4/5 1 3 4 8   2     3 5 16
6 ANTIC, PERO 12:08 2 1/1 0/3   1 3 4           3    
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 31:45 15 3/6 2/8 3/4   1 1 5 1 3     3 4 10
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 13:52 4 2/6       2 2 1     1   2 1 3
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 10:15   0/1 0/2             1     1   -5
12 POWELL, JOSH 23:00 8 4/6 0/1   2 5 7 1         1   12
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 15:25 7 2/5 1/2   1 2 3 1   2 1 1 1   4
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 31:50 21 1/3 6/6 1/1 2 10 12 1 2 1 2   1 3 37
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 4:22 3   1/1     1 1     1     3    
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 79 19/40 10/23 11/18 11 32 43 19 3 11 5 1 21 18 93
        47.5% 43.5% 61.1%
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
Khimki Moscow Region
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 AUGUSTINE, JAMES 35:01 19 8/10   3/4 2 6 8 2 1 1 1   1 2 28
7 FRIDZON, VITALY 18:05 8 1/5 2/4     1 1 1   1   1 2 2 2
8 KOPONEN, PETTERI 25:03 5 1/3 1/5     1 1 6   1   1   3 7
9 VYALTSEV, EGOR 12:32 4 1/1 0/2 2/2   1 1 1           1 5
10 LONCAR, KRESIMIR 16:18 2 1/3     1 2 3         1 2    
11 RIVERS, K.C. 22:36 7 2/3 1/3     1 1 2   1     3   3
12 MONIA, SERGEY 19:43     0/6   2 3 5 1   1   1 2 1 -3
13 KHVOSTOV, DIMITRIY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
21 ZHUKANENKO, ALEXEY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
34 PLANINIC, ZORAN 30:38 12 3/7 1/5 3/4 1 6 7 4 1 1     3 8 19
40 DAVIS, PAUL 20:04 13 6/11   1/1 3 3 6 1 2 1   1 5 4 14
44 NIELSEN, MATT DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 2 3               3
Totals 200:00 70 23/43 5/25 9/11 10 26 36 18 4 7 1 5 18 21 78
        53.5% 20% 81.8%
Head coach: KURTINAITIS, RIMAS

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a very crucial and an extremely difficult game, because Khimki has the best frontline and the best creator in the Euroleague. The are very good in the post up play, while Zoran Planinic dished 13 assists in the game we played there, but tonight he had only four. We fought for forty minutes, we outrebounded them and that was a main factor to win the game. Kostas Papanikolaou had 6 for 6 from the three-point range, but I appreciate more his rebounding double digits. I am very enthusiastic to make it to the quarterfinals and we feel that all our efforts are paid off. It is not fair for that team to be compared to the last season team. Let’s compare it at the end of the competition with the previous Euroleague reigning champions and what they did in the next season. Now we have to concentrate on the first game vs Anadolu Efes. We have to go step by step and not counting what happened in the regular season, where they beat us easily and we defeated them the same way. I don’t count a lot on the home court advantage, it is not the main factor. The 2012-13 Top 16 is a case study to be discussed in the future."
KURTINAITIS, RIMAS
Khimki Moscow Region
“Congratulations to Olympiacos for their victory and qualification to the quarterfinals. It was a good game, but we missed a lot of open three-pointers and they outrebounded us. But this is sports, a team wins while a team loses. We spent a lot of energy, but this is not an excuse. Papanikolaou killed us as he was unstoppable and sank six three-point shots."

Players

HINES, KYLE
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is a big win and now we will have the opportunity to defend the crown we got in Istanbul. Tonight we played good defense and remained focused for forty minutes. Anadolu Efes, our next opponent, is a very talented team, but I am optimistic that we will take a Final Four berth. The key points to make it is to defend the home court advantage and play tough in every game, either home or in the road ."
PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It’s great. Making the playoffs was our goal for this season and we are very happy. We played a great game; a great defensive game and a great offensive game. I am very happy that I helped my team win. It is all about teamwork. What counts and what matters is what the team does at the end of the season. "
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