2012-13PlayoffsGame 5
April 26, 2013 CET: 20:45

Team Stats

Ave.   Ave.
76.4 Points 72.8
35.8 Rebounds 35.3
10.4 O. Rebounds 11.1
25.4 D. Rebounds 24.2
15.6 Assists 14.6
5.2 Steals 6.9
3.4 Blocks 2.2
12.3 Turnovers 13.6
50.0 % 2PT 49.2 %
35.5 % 3PT 34.6 %
72.6 % FT 71.8 %
83.5 Index 79.0

Player Stats

Ave.   Ave.
14.6 / Spanoulis Points 13.9 / Farmar
5.9 / Hines Rebounds 5.5 / Erden
2.7 / Hines OR 2.2 / Erden
3.4 / Papanikolaou DR 3.4 / Gonlum
5.6 / Spanoulis Assists 4.0 / Farmar
0.9 / Spanoulis Steals 1.8 / Gordon
1.1 / Hines Blocks 0.8 / Erden
3.4 / Spanoulis Turnovers 2.6 / Farmar
59.9 % / Hines 2PT 56.6 % / Erden
53.4 % / Papanikolaou 3PT 39.5 % / Farmar
85.1 % / Sloukas FT 93.8 % / Shipp
15.3 / Spanoulis Index 14.3 / Farmar


Ave.   Ave.
0-0 Final Four 0-0
2-2 Playoffs 2-2
9-5 Top 16 9-5
8-2 Regular Season 5-5
19-9 Overall 16-12


Crew Chief

The Take

A do-or-die fight to make it to the 2013 Turkish Airlines Euroleague Final Four takes place in Greece, where Olympiacos Piraeus welcomes Anadolu Efes Istanbul in Game 5 of their playoff series at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Friday. The series is tied at 2-2 so only the winner will make it to the Final Four in London, England. Efes has the chance to reach the Final Four for the first time since the 2001 FIBA SuproLeague and in doing so to become the first team to rally from a 0-2 deficit in the playoffs to win the series. Olympiacos, the defending Euroleague champion, aims to reach its fourth Final Four in five years.

As in all four previous games in this series, Efes must do its best to stop Vassilis Spanoulis, as Olympiacos runs its offense through its undeniable leader. Spanoulis, a two-time Final Four MVP, provides one-on-one skills, experience and a high basketball IQ. Kostas Papanikolaou will be ready to make the difference at small forward with his deep shooting range, intensity and team-oriented game. Clutch shooter Kostas Sloukas and small forward Stratos Perperoglou give Olympiacos depth and experience off the bench. Combo guard Jamon Lucas and do-it-all swingman Sinan Guler give Efes coach Oktay Mahmuti plenty of options at both wings - and two valuable defensive weapons to use against Spanoulis. Lucas earned playoffs Game 3 MVP honors and scored the game-winning tip-in in Game 4, becoming arguably the key – and must-stop – player in this series. Acie Law and Dimitrios Katsivelis will split playing time at point guard - but Spanoulis and Sloukas also help with the playmaking duties. Law will guard Efes' go-to guy, playmaker Jordan Farmar, whose shooting range, ability to penetrate and high basketball IQ make him dangerous. Kerem Tunceri brings experience and on-the-ball defense to guard Katsivelis and Spanoulis. With Sasha Vujacic out for the game, Josh Shipp could see a bigger role at small forward. The battle in the paint will be one of the biggest keys to this critical showdown. Olympiacos relies on undersized center Kyle Hines and power forward Georgios Printezis to make the difference. Power forward Pero Antic and big men Josh Powell and Giorgi Shermadini give coach Georgios Bartzokas plenty of weapons to use against Semih Erden, who has been in great shape recently. Printezis faces a terrific one-on-one player in Dusko Savanovic, in arguably a key matchup in this series, and has the chance to test his rebounding skills against Kerem Gonlum. Efes is deep at center with Erden, Ermal Kuqo and Stanko Barac, so it can use a lot of fouls against Hines and Shermadini.

Olympiacos needs Spanoulis to run his team's offense, controlling the game tempo and making sure his team plays the right way. It needs Hines, Powell and Shermadini to lock the defensive boards. Papanikolaou, made for make-or-break games, will be a very important player for the Reds. Efes needs a big game from Savanovic and Erden, for expect Farmar to make the difference at point guard and an especially a good shooting night. Efes combined for 3 of 34 three-point shots in Games 1 and 2, but if it improves those numbers, the battle to get to the London will be close, intense and thrilling.
Monday, April 22, 2013

Game Notes

Olympiacos Piraeus

Olympiacos is 9-1 in playoff games at Peace and Friendship Stadium over the past five years.

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

Spanoulis leads the league lead in fouls drawn with 5.4 per game.

Spanoulis is the playoff leader in assists with 7 per game.

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

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

Kostas Papanikolaou is this season’s most accurate three-point shooter at 53.4%.

Georgios Printezis is Olympiacos’s top scorer in the playoffs with 13.3 points per game.

Martynas Gecevicius had one of the best games of his Euroleague career against Efes in the 2009-10 season opener.

Gecevicius set career highs with 21 points and a performance index rating of 25 in leading his team at the time, Lietuvos Rytas Vilnius, to a 77-70 victory.

Anadolu Efes Istanbul

Anadolu Efes is making its first playoffs appearance since 2006.

Efes was 5-0 in Top 16 games decided by 5 points or less.

Efes is 10-0 when it has scored at least 77 points this season.

Jordan Farmar flirted with a triple-double in a victory over Olympiacos in October. He tallied 25 points, 8 rebounds and 9 assists in 98-72 victory.

Farmar is the team’s leading scorer in the playoffs with 12 points per game.

Josh Shipp has made 14 consecutive free throws in Euroleague action.

Semih Erden is the team’s leading rebounder in the playoffs with 7.3 boards per game.

Kerem Tunceri needs 3 more assists to join the Euroleague’s exclusive 500-assist club. He would become the 10th player in competition history to do so.

Tunceri (if in the starting five) will be making his 100th career Euroleague start.

Jamon Lucas has recorded at least 1 steal in seven straight and 18 of his last 19 Euroleague games. He is ranked second in the Euroleague this season with 1.8 steals per game.

Kerem Gonlum averaged 15 points and 9.5 rebounds in the first two games of this series in Greece.

Ermal Kuqo registered the best game of his lengthy Euroleague career in his rookie season against Olympiacos. Kuqo went for 26 points and 13 rebounds as Efes bested Olympiacos 61-52 in January 2004.
Monday, April 22, 2013

Quotes Head Coaches

Olympiacos Piraeus
"We play the last game in our home. We want the victory and the qualification. This is very important for us. It’s the seventh game against Efes this year and I think that the two teams don’t have any secrets. When a coach or a player agrees to play for Olympiacos, he does this in order to play games like this one. Our fans helped us a lot in the first two games and I strongly believe that they are going to do the same tomorrow."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"For the fifth game of the playoffs we trust in ourselves. The games against Olympiacos are very competitive. I believe that Anadolu Efes has the power to win in Athens the last game of the series. A hard game is waiting for us in Athens. The two teams know their positive and negative ways very well so this converts it all into a chess game. I think that the team who will fight on court and will control its nerves will grab the London ticket. For this, we have to put our own game and must fight on court for 40 minutes. Our goal is to return back to Istanbul with the third win and to reach the third Final Four in our history."


Olympiacos Piraeus
"Our main goal is to be in London, to be in the Final Four. We have to control the rhythm of the game and the rebounds. Without pressure you can’t be champion. We know that we are the better team, but we have to prove it."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Now the series is 2-2 and we will face each other for the fifth and last time. The two teams know each other very well. In my point of view the team who wants and fights more will be the one to reach the Final Four. We gained morale by winning the last two games in Istanbul. We are in good condition and will put our best efforts on court to reach the Final Four."

Olympiacos KOs Efes, heads to London to defend crown

Reigning Turkish Airlines Euroleague champion Olympiacos Piraeus will head to London to defend its crown after knocking out Anadolu Efes Istanbul with an 82-72 victory Fridat at Peace and Friendship Stadium in the fifth and final game of their exciting playoff series. 2012 Final Four MVP Vassilis Spanoulis led the champs with 19 points and 5 assists as Olympiacos rallied from a 15-point second-quarter deficit to win the game and series. Spanoulis’s layup with four minutes left game his team the lead for good, 68-67, and started a 16-5 charge to finish the game. In London, Olympiacos will face CSKA Moscow in the semifinals in a rematch of their thrilling championship game from last season. Georgios Printezis added 15 points and 7 rebounds as Olympiacos got points from 11 different players. Jamon Lucas led Efes with 14 points and 5 assists, Dusko Savanovic added 12 points and Jordan Farmar 11 in the loss. Kerem Tunceri made a three-pointer and dished assists – and Farmar and Sinan Gular also connected from deep – in a 0-13 blitz to open the second quarter that put Efes ahead 21-36. Olympiacos closed the gap to 8 by halftime, tied the game and took the lead in the third quarter and set the stage for an exciting finish. The lead changed hands three times in the last 10 minutes, but the closing minutes all belonged to Olympiacos, which can continue to dream of a repeat.

First quarter: Savanovic helps Efes take slim lead

Efes went inside to Semih Erden for two of its first three baskets. In between Spanoulis put the hosts ahead briefly with a triple. Erden committed his second foul just three minutes into the game as Kostas Papanikolaou scored and was fouled to make it 7-6. However Farmar and Savanovic answered to push the visitors ahead by 4. Spanoulis’s next basket was matched by Erden, who took a pass from Savanovic and threw down a two-handed slam to make it 11-15 midway through the quarter. Lucas further extended the Efes lead with a jumper. The Reds kept pace behind free throws by Printezis, Spanoulis and Dimitris Katsivelis. Lucas fed Farmar on the break for a layup and Guler scored with an impressive spin move in the paint. Josh Powell beat the buzzer with a long jumper to bring his team within 21-23 after 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Tunceri fuels 0-13 charge for the visitors

Efes kept its confidence into the second quarter. Stanko Barac scored inside, Farmar added a layup and Guler connected from behind the arc, while on defense the visitors held Olympiacos scoreless for nearly five minutes. A Farmar triple sparked an Olympiacos timeout, but even after that Tunceri knocked down a triple to completed a 0-13 run and put his team up 21-36. Printezis finally ended the Reds’ drought, but Farmar raced down court and scored seconds later. Stratos Perperoglou and Kyle Hines each scored their first points to rejuvenate the hosts. Even though the Olympiacos attack remained stalled, the Reds stepped up on defense and a Kostas Papanikolaou three made it 30-40. A second Papanikolaou triple closed the gap to 33-41 at halftime and gave the hosts – and their fans – hope for the second half.

Third quarter: Spanoulis leads Reds back

Game 4 hero Lucas scored a tip in a minute into the seconds half, temporarily restoring a double-digit lead. Powell countered for the hosts, but Lucas and Savanovic put Efes back up by 12. Powell started becoming a force with a second-chance basket. A pair of Spanoulis baskets closed the difference to 41-47 and got the Peace and Friendship Stadium rocking. A Guler layup was matched by a Powell jumper. Kostas Sloukas drained a three to make it a one-possession game… and Spanoulis followed with a game tying-triple, 49-49. Erden split free throws to put Efes ahead, but Printezis made sure it didn’t last. The forward collected a Sloukas miss, put it in and drew Erden’s third foul. Guler carved through the Olympiacos defense to tie the score with a layup. The lead continued to flip flop until Kerem Gonlum free throws pushed Efes ahead 54-55 at the end of the third quarter.

Fourth quarter: Champs too strong down the stretch

The hosts looked to assert themselves at the start of the fourth quarter. Pero Antic buried a three, Acie Law penetrated for a layup and Perperoglou followed with a long jumper to make it 61-55, prompting an urgent Efes timeout. Josh Shipp banked in a tough shot for Efes, but Law matched him. After Savanovic scored inside, Perperoglou connected from downtown. Seeingly down and out, Efes roared back. A fast break Shipp slam over Hines silenced the crowd before Tunceri capped a 0-8 run with a triple to put the visitors up 66-67. Savanovic took a seat with 5 fouls and Spanoulis went inside for a layup that put the Reds back on top. Printezis added a triple and suddenly Piraeus was loud again. Printezis’s trademark baseline floater made it 73-68 before Hines rose to block Lucas. Free throw woes for Efes – Gonlum, Shipp and Erden combined for 3 of 6 – kept the visitors from getting too close. Instead Law drained a three from the corner with 1:24 to go to make it 76-70. Printezis split free throws with 54 seconds remaining, Olympiacos got the rebound and Spanoulis iced the victory from the line with 41 seconds left.

Players Olympiacos Piraeus celebrates - EB12
Friday, April 26, 2013
Attendance: 11245
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Olympiacos Piraeus21122128
Anadolu Efes Istanbul23181417
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Olympiacos Piraeus21335482
Anadolu Efes Istanbul23415572
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 18:52 6 3/4 0/1     6 6 2 1   1   3   11
5 LAW, ACIE 24:21 7 2/6 1/5   1 1 2 2         1   2
6 ANTIC, PERO 18:44 5 1/1 1/3 0/2 1 5 6   1 1     3 3 7
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 36:00 19 4/6 2/7 5/6 1 1 2 5   4     2 6 18
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 15:42 7 1/3 1/3 2/2                 3 1 1
9 SHERMADINI, GIORGI 5:02 2 1/1       1 1     1         2
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 14:20 3 0/1 1/3     1 1 1         1 1 2
12 POWELL, JOSH 16:06 9 3/4 1/1   3 1 4           3 1 10
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 19:04 15 4/6 1/3 4/5 3 4 7   1 1     3 5 19
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 24:46 8 1/3 2/5 0/1   1 1 4   1     1 4 9
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 7:03 1   0/1 1/2   2 2 2         2 2 3
Team           1 4 5               5
Totals 200:00 82 20/35 10/32 12/18 10 27 37 16 3 8 1 0 22 23 89
        57.1% 31.3% 66.7%
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 0:15                              
5 FARMAR, JORDAN 23:15 11 4/7 1/2     2 2     1     1 3 10
8 BATUK, BIRKAN DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
9 ERDEN, SEMIH 21:32 8 3/5   2/4 2 6 8 1   1     4 4 12
10 TUNCERI, KEREM 19:34 7 0/1 2/3 1/2   1 1 4   2     2 1 6
11 SHIPP, JOSHUA 27:01 6 2/4 0/1 2/4 1   1   2 2     3 2 1
12 GONLUM, KEREM 18:22 3 0/1   3/4   3 3   2       3 3 6
20 SAVANOVIC, DUSKO 25:41 12 4/10 0/2 4/5 1 5 6 1 1 1     5 6 11
22 GORDON, JAMON 31:50 14 7/11 0/3   1 5 6 5 1 2   1 2   14
23 KUQO, ERMAL DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
32 GULER, SINAN 19:20 9 3/3 1/4         1   2     2 1 4
42 BARAC, STANKO 13:10 2 1/2     1 6 7           1 2 9
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 72 24/44 4/15 12/19 8 30 38 12 6 11 0 1 23 22 77
        54.5% 26.7% 63.2%
Head coach: MAHMUTI, OKTAY

Head Coaches

Olympiacos Piraeus
"I can’t describe my feeling right now. I am extremely happy and proud for the club, for my players, for the owners and for the fans. Olympiacos will be there for a fourth time in five years and this is a really big deal. We have a body based on Greek players and this is a something that makes us optimistic for the future. Tonight we played in a game with several changes of situations and sentiments. Anadolu Efes won the last two games and came here without pressure. They decided once again to give us some open shots, but we had very bad percentages in the first half. Then we showed our character and that was the key to get the win and the Final Four berth. From our side, we had to show once again patience and perseverance. I think that we are a better team than they are and after all there is a very sweet flavor for the whole team. The must-win situation is the biggest obstacle for any team, but we used it as an extra motivation. Everybody was aiming to beat the reigning Euroleague champions and this put us under extra pressure all season long."
Anadolu Efes Istanbul
"Congratulations to Olympiacos."


Olympiacos Piraeus
" We proved tonight that the Euroleague trophy we won last season was not a lucky one. Olympiacos makes it to the Final Four for the fourth time in five seasons and I feel proud to belong to such a basketball powerhouse. Tonight we suffered a lot, but we came back and this is business as usual for this team. We are a good team and aiming to repeat."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"Definitely is a great day for the club and myself. The game was tough and Anadolu Efes caused us a lot of problems, but at the end we managed to get the win and make it to the Final Four. We will travel to London for the best possible result, playing hard, smart, with good defense and effective offense."
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It is always very difficult for any reigning Euroleague champion to make back-to-back Final Four appearances. The season was too tough and long, that’s why all the teams had to deal with the ups and downs. We didn’t start well both in defense and offense, but we found the path to the victory. Now we are going to London to play our basketball. We are the defending Euroleague champions and we will do everything possible to be successful there. We have to play freely, with heart, good tactics and, hopefully, with some luck. "
Olympiacos Piraeus
"This is a great season. I think that this is a huge success that doesn’t happen very often for a reigning Euroleague champion. We corrected our mistakes during the game and played with heart, passion and great will. For the upcoming Final Four, impossible is nothing! It is very difficult to repeat it, but we will try to do the best. I feel very happy and proud as a player of this outstanding team."
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