2012-13PlayoffsGame 2
April 12, 2013 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM

Olympiacos downs Efes to move closer to London

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus moved within one victory from returning to the Final Four after routing Anadolu Efes Istanbul 71-53 at Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday night. Olympiacos now holds a 2-0 lead in their best-of-five playoffs series, which moves to Istanbul for Game 3 – and if necessary Game 4 – next week. A potential decisive Game 5 would be played again in Piraeus. After falling behind early, with some stingy defense and with Vassilis Spanoulis leading the way, the Reds went on a 28-8 charge to take 35-26 halftime lead. Olympiacos never looked back, and sealed the deal with a 13-1 run bridging the third and fourth quarters. Spanoulis led the way with 15 points and 8 assists. Kyle Hines scored 12 points, Pero Antic collected 11 points plus 7 rebounds, and Stratos Perperoglou contributed with 8 points plus 6 rebounds. Kerem Gonlum amassed 13 points plus 14 rebounds for Efes. Stanko Barac added 9 points plus 5 rebounds and Jordan Farmar 8 points and 5 assists in defeat.

First quarter: Efes jumps ahead through 0-8 run

Kerem Gonlum, who led all Efes scorers in Game 1, opened the scoring with a layup, but also committed 2 personal fouls in the first two minutes of the game. Spanoulis free throws opened the hosts' account, but Jordan Farmar made a put-back, then assisted Gonlum and Jamon Lucas for layups. Stanko Barac dominated the boards on both ends of the floor early on, then added a layup to the visitors’ tally, before Josh Shipp’s tip-in extended the lead to 2-12, the first double-digit lead of the series. Georgios Printezis snapped the run with a short floater, and Josh Powell scored inside to halve the deficit, but a triple from Dusko Savanovic kept the lead at 7-16. Olympiacos answered, though, with a jumper from Acie Law and a three-pointer from Pero Antic, before a driving layup from Spanoulis brought the hosts within 14-16 at the end of the first quarter.

Second quarter: Spanoulis, Reds turn it around

Antic sank another triple to start the second quarter for the Reds’ first lead. After Kyle Hines scored twice inside, Stratos Perperoglou scored in the low-post to make it 23-18. Barac made a hook-shot and Farmar hit a baseline jumper to cut the deficit to 1, but while the visitors mixed man-to-man with zone defense, Olympiacos used its transition game to build a 28-22 margin. Spanoulis hit a jumper and a triple on back-to-back possessions. Perperouglou’s baseline jumper and a fastbreak layup made it 35-24, capping a 12-2 run. Gonlum finished the scoring in the first half with a layup thanks to Farmar’s assist, as the hosts took 35-26 into the locker room.

Third quarter: Printezis and Hines help Olympiacos pull away

Olympiacos started the third quarter with Dimitrios Katsivelis throwing an alley-oop pass to Kostas Papanikolaou for a layup before Shipp sank a triple for Efes. After a tough shot from Powell, Efes countered through Shipp and Farmar with aggressive drives to the hoop, and split foul shots from Semih Erden cut it to 39-34. However, Printezis sank a mid-range jumper and Hines made a couple from close range, including a layup-plus-foul. Printezis added a triple too, to make it 49-34, before a Farmar jumper snapped the run. The visitors once again tried with a zone defense, and managed to hold the hosts scoreless for more than three minutes. In that time Barac and Gonlum scored inside to cut the deficit to 9, but Kostas Sloukas sank a triple as third quarter expired for a 52-40 lead.

Fourth quarter: Hosts cruise down the stretch to big win

A shot from downtown from Papanikolaou and a monster dunk from Hines opened the fourth quarter, before a layup and a three-pointer from Antic made it 62-41. Efes had not score a field goal in more than six minutes until Gonlum’s basket in a crowd for 62-45. Perperoglou made a reverse layup on the other end as the hosts were looking to close out the game, but were not letting down on defense. The margin was as large as 69-47 before Sasha Vujacic and Sinan Guler scored their first points of the night, and Stanko Barac rounded out the scoring with a baseline jump shot.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12
Friday, April 12, 2013
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Referees: CEREBUCH, GUERRINO (ITA), HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), LOPES, LUIS (POR)
Attendance: 11008
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Olympiacos Piraeus14211719
Anadolu Efes Istanbul16101413
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Olympiacos Piraeus14355271
Anadolu Efes Istanbul16264053
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 17:57 12 5/7   2/3 1 2 3   2   1   2 3 16
5 LAW, ACIE 21:07 3 1/3 0/1 1/2   3 3 1   1     2 3 3
6 ANTIC, PERO 23:03 11 1/2 3/5 0/1   7 7 1   2     2 1 12
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 27:06 15 3/7 1/4 6/6   4 4 8 1 2     2 4 21
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 15:32 8 4/9     2 4 6 1 1         1 12
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 11:13 1 0/1   1/2 1 1 2       1 1 1 3 3
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 19:45 5 0/3 1/2 2/2   2 2 3         1 1 6
12 POWELL, JOSH 10:50 4 2/8     3 1 4     1   2 2   -3
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 16:57 7 2/5 1/2     1 1     1     1 1 3
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 24:28 5 1/3 1/3   4 3 7 2 1       3 1 9
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 12:02   0/1 0/1         1   1         -2
Team           3 3 6               6
Totals 200:00 71 19/49 7/18 12/16 14 31 45 17 5 8 2 3 16 18 86
        38.8% 38.9% 75%
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 25:29 8 4/6 0/2   1 1 2 5   2     1 2 10
7 VUJACIC, SASHA 18:48 2 1/3 0/2     1 1     1     1 1 -2
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 19:32 3 0/2   3/4   1 1 1   1 2   4 2 1
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 14:07     0/2     1 1 1   1     1 1 -1
11 SHIPP, JOSHUA 27:45 7 1/3 1/4 2/2 1 1 2 2   2     4 3 3
12 GONLUM, KEREM 25:20 13 6/10 0/1 1/3 4 10 14   1 1   1 3 2 18
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 11:35 5 1/2 1/2   1 1 2   1 1       1 6
22 GORDON, JAMON 31:20 4 2/7 0/2     4 4 3 3     1 1 2 7
23 KUQO, ERMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN 2:34 2 1/2                     1    
42 BARAC, STANKO 23:30 9 4/10   1/2 1 4 5 1   1 1   3 2 7
Team             4 4     1         3
Totals 200:00 53 20/45 2/15 7/11 8 28 36 13 5 11 3 2 19 16 52
        44.4% 13.3% 63.6%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We are leading 2-0 and we came closer to our target, which is to make it to the Final Four and defend our title. The key point now is to keep our concentration and not allow them to react and come back to the series. We will do our best to win on Wednesday and not give them another chance. However, the series may have a future, but I think that everything depend on us. Tonight we didn’t start well, but it was a matter of time to find our good rhythm and dominate on the court. Defense was once again our guide, but I am satisfied because we improved our offensive function."
MAHMUTI, OKTAY
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Congratulations to Olympiacos for their win. Although we started the game well, we didn’t play the same way and my team was affected by the injury to Savanovic. We lost the lead and we allowed our opponents to find their tempo and play their game. In the second half we didn’t play an organized defense and that was one of the most important factors of the game. Regarding the performance of Vujacic, I have to remind that he underwent a serious operation one month ago and didn’t come back to his best shape yet."

Players

PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Game 2 is always dangerous, but we handled it the right way. Fortunately we kept our concentration and didn’t let them react. We didn’t qualify yet, the series may have a future, but, no doubt, everything is in our hands, especially if we will keep playing the same way."
SLOUKAS, KOSTAS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We controlled the rhythm of the game and now we are going to Istanbul to finish the series early and not to worry about the qualification. Anadolu Efes is expected to be better than they played here. From our side, we need to keep playing good defense and stay focused."