2012-13PlayoffsGame 1
April 10, 2013 CET: 20:00
Local time: 21:00 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Champs hold off Efes to start playoffs with vcitory

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus pulled out a dramatic 67-62 win over Anadolu Efes Istanbul on Wednesday in the opening game of their best-of-five playoff series. Olympiacos also hosts Game 2 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday night before the series moves to Istanbul next week. In a game that did not feature a double-digit lead, Georgios Printezis sparked a 7-0 run near the end of the third quarter for Olympiacos to take the lead for good. But the visitors hung around, cut it to 65-62 with 50 seconds to go and relied on their defense to get the shot at overtime. However, Kyle Hines came away with an offensive rebound and secured a win for Olympiacos. Printezis led in victory with a career-high of 26 points on 4-for-7 three-point shooting, while Vassilis Spanoulis had 9 points, 8 assists plus 6 rebounds for the winners. Hines grabbed 9 rebounds along with his 6 points. For Efes, Kerem Gonlum scored 17 points, Jamon Lucas had 10 plus 6 assists, and Semih Erden 9 points plus 7 rebounds.

First quarter: Triples from Spanoulis and Katsivelis put Olympiacos in front

With Stanko Barac and Gonlum getting rare starts in the paint for Efes, Lucas sank a long jumper to get the series started. Josh Powell and Josh Shipp traded easy layups, before Gonlum’s tip-in and a triple from Lucas made it 4-9. Printezis replied with a triple for the hosts, and after a fast break layup from Kostas Papanikolaou, Printezis made a runner that tied the score at 11-11. After a baseline floater from Dusko Savanovic, Spanoulis made a basket-plus-foul to give Olympiacos its first lead, 14-13. Dimitrios Katsivelis followed it up with a three-pointer before a fast break slam from Jordan Farmar ended the scoring in the first quarter at 17-15.

Second quarter: Late Efes run cuts into margin

Giorgi Shermadini made a jump shot for Olympiacos, and Erden made a layup on a baseline spin-move at the other end, but those were the only baskets in almost four minutes of the second quarter. After Lucas hit a runner of the glass to tie it at 19-19, Kyle Hines made a coast-to-coast basket-plus-foul to spark an 8-0 run, continued with a three-pointer and a layup from Printezis. After Savanovic hit a jumper and Erden made a put-back in the crowd to halve the deficit, Stratos Perperoglou scored from downtown and Printezis from close range, extending it to 32-23. Efes switched to zone defense after a timeout, which helped it make a run of its own. Barac hit a baseline jumper and made a tough runner, while Gonlum scored twice inside to cut the margin to 33-32 at halftime.

Third quarter: Efes takes lead, Olympiacos answers

Gonlum scored two easy layups after pick-and-rolls with Lucas for Efes to regain the lead, but Printezis nailed his third triple to tie the score, 36-36. Efes remained in the lead with Barac’s hook shot and Farmar’s driving layup, but Printezis scored twice inside, singlehandedly keeping Olympiacos close before Acie Law sank a triple from the left corner for 43-42. The hosts stayed in front with some help from offensive rebounds by Kyle Hines, and a driving layup from Spanoulis made it 50-44 before Sasha Vujacic scored from close range to make it 50-46 after three quarters.

Fourth quarter: Hines helps Reds hold on

A put-back from Erden started the fourth quarter, and as Efes switched back to zone defense, Law drove through the crowd for a floater, and Printezis sank another triple making it 55-50. Gonlum answered with a layup-plus-foul, but a baseline floater from Printezis and a put-back from Perperoglou gave the hosts more breathing room, 62-56. After a pair of timeouts, Gonlum scored inside, but the hosts used missed shots on the same possession from Vujacic and Farmar, as Papanikolaou raced for a fast break dunk and 65-58. A tough layup from Farmar and a floater from Lucas kept hope for Efes, 65-62, but Hines secured a key offensive rebound with 24 second to go. Spanoulis sank both foul shots to seal the deal.

Georgios Printezis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
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Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP), ZAMOJSKI, JAKUB (POL)
Attendance: 10493
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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 23:22 6 2/4   2/7 3 6 9   1       3 6 12
5 LAW, ACIE 26:34 7 1/2 1/3 2/4   2 2     3     2 2 1
6 ANTIC, PERO 12:27     0/4     1 1               -3
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 38:13 9 2/7 0/5 5/5 1 5 6 8 1 3   2 1 6 14
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 16:06 5 1/3 1/2   1 1 2 2   1 1       6
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 4:06 2 1/1     1 1 2     1     2   1
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 9:14   0/1 0/1     1 1 1 1       1    
12 POWELL, JOSH 13:32 5 2/2   1/2 1 3 4   1 1     1 4 11
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 1:43     0/1                       -1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 24:14 26 7/11 4/7   1 3 4     1 1   4 1 20
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 29:06 4 2/3 0/3     4 4 3         1 1 7
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 6:23 3   1/1   1 1 2   1 1       1 6
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 205:00 67 18/34 7/27 10/18 11 29 40 14 5 11 2 2 15 21 77
        52.9% 25.9% 55.6%
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
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BALBAY, DOGUS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 FARMAR, JORDAN 32:50 8 4/7 0/5     4 4 4 1 4     4 2 3
7 VUJACIC, SASHA 27:30 4 2/6 0/3   3 2 5           1 1 2
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 20:55 9 4/4   1/2 4 3 7   2       2 5 20
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 8:17   0/1       1 1     1       1  
11 SHIPP, JOSHUA 21:40 2 1/1 0/3     2 2 2 1       5   -1
12 GONLUM, KEREM 23:03 17 7/10   3/3 1 4 5 1     1   4 3 20
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 19:34 6 3/7 0/5   2 4 6   1   1 2 1 1 3
22 GORDON, JAMON 35:36 10 3/7 1/3 1/2   3 3 6 1 2     2 2 11
23 KUQO, ERMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
42 BARAC, STANKO 15:35 6 3/7     2 3 5   1 2     2   4
Team             2 2     2          
Totals 205:00 62 27/50 1/19 5/7 12 28 40 13 7 11 2 2 21 15 62
        54% 5.3% 71.4%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
" There is much pressure on all the teams participating in the playoffs and this explains the bad percentages in both the three-point shots and the free throws. We missed too many of them, but our opponents had a worse percentage from behind the arc, only 5%. Our plan was to stop Farmar and Vujacic and go into a possession by possession kind of game. In such a playoff situation, victory is what counts. We are leading 1-0 , but we have to forget this victory and play Game 2 on Friday from scratch, because the 2-2-1 format is sly. We need to have more minutes of good basketball, more concentration and more determination. "
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Congratulations to Olympiacos for their win. It was a good and balanced game, which was decided in the last 90 seconds. From the very first moment I got involved with sports, I keep my hopes alive. We trust ourselves and we will keep going."

Players

PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We allowed only 62 points, although we had some bad defensive moments. Efes Anadolu is a team that has a lot of offensive talent and personalities, but we managed to handle it. We came into the game well prepared, but Game 1 is over. Now we have to look forward into Game-2 and get a second victory to exploit the home-court advantage."
PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"To get only 62 points from such an offensive team is a big deal. We discussed and agreed that defense has to be the one and only way to make it to the Final Four. Defense always takes you up. We limited the production from their offensive weapons, but nothing is decided yet. We have to work mentally, try to lead 2-0 and feel more comfortable."
GORDON, JAMON
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Our priority now is to forget what happened tonight and start thinking of the next game. We are 1-0 behind, but there is no other option for us than to do everything possible in order to tie the series. Olympiacos played exceptional defense and this is the reason they beat us tonight."