2006-07Regular SeasonRound 3
November 09, 2006 CET: 19:45
Local time: 20:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
Nikos Zizic - Olympiacos Olympiacos thrashed visiting Prokom Trefl Sopot by 97-74 in Pireaus, Greece on Thursday to take over sole possession of first place in Group A and stay on the short list of undefeated teams in the Euroleague after three weeks. The Reds now lead their group at 3-0, while Prokom finds itself at 1-2. Inside dominance marked the game from the outset, and soon Olympiacos was nursing and adding to double-digit leads that were never threatened the rest of the way. Andrija Zizic led five Olympiacos scorers with 22 points in just 24 minutes on the floor. Alex Acker added 14 points, Scoonie Penn and Sofoklis Schortsianitis 12 each, while Ryan Stack had 11 and 10 rebounds for a double-double. Prokom's scoring came mostly on the perimeter, where Donatas Slanina drilled 19 points, Justin Hamilton 15 and Christian Dalmau 11.

Prokom's backcourt started the game hot as Rasheed Atkins first drove to the basket and then chipped in a triple, while Hamilton nailed a jumper for an early 2-7 scoreboard. Olympiacos answered back by feeding Zizic and Stack inside to get within 8-9. When Stack connected from behind the arc too, and seconds later dished to Zizic in a high-low set, the Reds were ahead 13-9. Henry Domercant came off the bench to pop a three-pointer on his first touch as Prokom ran out of open opportunities and could not follow Olympiacos in transition to defense. Penn, Domercant and Zizic fired the Reds ahead 22-12, and Schortsianitis made his presence evident with a basket. Slanina stepped up for Prokom with free throws and a corner triple as the first quarter ended 26-17.

Donatas Slanina - Prokom TreflAt the start of the second quarter, Panagiotis Vassilopoulos scored 5 points in a row on a triple-dunk combination but Dalmau was there for Prokom to nail a three-pointer. When Alex Acker found consecutive lay ups, Olympiacos built its biggest lead yet, 35-22. Adam Wojcik scored from the arc for Prokom, but Olympiacos remained in charge, scoring 7 more unanswered points punctuated by Acker’s triple at 42-25. Penn made his team's fifth triple so far while Prokom settles for free throws by Slanina and Huseyin Besok. These two proved the go-to guys for Prokom in that time as they combined on 8 points to make it 45-36. Although Prokom's defense had strengthened some, the Reds had the last word before halftime with a 7-2 run that featured a buzzer-beating layup by Christos Charissis that made it 52-39 at the break.

Hamilton nailed a triple from downtown to open the second half, but Acker’s sixth assist sent Zizic for an impressive tomahawk dunk that made it 55-42. Atkins chipped in another three-pointer for Prokom, but Olympiacos still found it easy to score, whether passing inside, penetrating or shooting from outside. Domercant, Zizic and Acker sparked a 8-0 blast that forged a 20-point-difference, 65-45, after 25 minutes. Hamilton reacted for the guests, but Stack, Zizic and Acker, with a triple, pushed the difference to 72-48. As Prokom seemed to stop pushing now, Schortsianitis pushed the Reds ahead 77-50 with 5 points of his own. Prokom was suffering on both sides of the floor, but Hamilton's late basket fixed a 77-52 scoreboard after three quarters.

Both teams started the final quarter knowing that that the outcome was decided. Schortsianitis's dominance in the paint remained obvious at 79-53, but perimeter shots now fell easily for Prokom. Dalmau scored three times and Wojcik and added a in a 0-10 Prokom run that made it 79-63, but Schortsianitis answered with consecutive layups before the Olympiacos reserves came on the floor. Manolis Papamakarios nailed a jumper and a corner triple to make it 90-66. Slanina, after having scored 15 in the first half, added his first points of the second, but he and his teammates were too late for a final buzzer that left Olympiacos an easy 97-74 winner.
Thursday, November 9, 2006
Stelios Kyriakoglou, Athens
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Referees: FACCHINI, FABIO; DOZAI, SRDAN; PEREZ, EMILIO
Attendance: 8000
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Olympiacos26262520
Prokom Trefl Sopot17221322
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Olympiacos26527797
Prokom Trefl Sopot17395274
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PENN, SCOONIE 27:45 12 1/3 2/4 4/6   2 2 2 1 2     3 5 11
5 PAPAMAKARIOS, MANOLIS 5:15 5 1/2 1/1   1 1 2   1     1     6
6 ACKER, ALEX 34:30 14 4/9 2/3   2 5 7 9   1   1 2 3 23
8 ZIZIC, ANDRIJA 23:45 22 7/11   8/9 3 3 6     3     2 6 24
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 3:30 6 1/2   4/4   2 2             3 10
11 HARISSIS, CHRISTOS 4:30 2 1/1                     1   1
12 BARLOS, NIKOS 7:15 2 1/2       1 1 1         3 1 1
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 14:00 7 2/4 1/3     2 2 1         3 1 4
14 STACK, RYAN 27:45 11 3/4 1/1 2/4 2 8 10 3   3 2   2 2 20
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 10:45 12 5/6   2/5 1 1 2 1         5 3 9
22 MULAOMEROVIC, DAMIR 16:15 1   0/2 1/2   2 2     1     1 1 -1
44 DOMERCANT, HENRY 24:45 3 1/3 0/3 1/2   4 4   1       2 1 1
Team           1 1 2           1   1
Totals 200:00 97 27/47 7/17 22/32 10 32 42 17 3 10 2 2 25 26 110
        57.4% 41.2% 68.8%
Head coach: GERSHON, PINI
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
Prokom Trefl Sopot
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 HUKIC, JASMIN 26:00 2 0/3 0/1 2/2   6 6           3 3 4
5 ATKINS, RASHID 18:00 9 1/3 2/2 1/2       4 1 1     1   9
6 HAMILTON, JUSTIN 28:00 15 4/5 1/4 4/5   2 2 1   1     5 4 11
7 MASIULIS, TOMAS 22:15 3 0/1 0/1 3/4 2 1 3           2 3 4
8 DYLEWICZ, FILIP 12:00   0/4 0/3     2 2   1     2 2   -8
9 DALMAU, CHRISTIAN 21:45 11 3/6 1/4 2/3   2 2 1 1 3     3 5 7
10 WOJCIK, ADAM 18:45 9 3/4 1/2     1 1 1 1 4 1   2 2 7
12 BESOK, HUSEYIN 16:00 6 2/8   2/3 2 2 4   1 1     1 2 4
13 SLANINA, DONATAS 19:00 19 3/5 3/6 4/4   2 2   1 1     4 4 16
14 ANDERSEN, MICHAEL 11:00           1 1       1   2 1 1
33 NORDGAARD, JEFF 7:15   0/1       1 1 1         1    
Team           2   2           1   1
Totals 200:00 74 16/40 8/23 18/23 6 20 26 8 6 11 2 2 27 24 56
        40% 34.8% 78.3%
Head coach: KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
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Head Coaches

GERSHON, PINI
Olympiacos
"There are no easy games, you make them easy. It wasn't a great game, but as long as we won everything, it's OK. It's not easy to play 40 minutes at the same level. We have weaknesses and we need to work on them. But, we have to take it step by step. It's difficult to dish no-look assists, unless your name is Alex Acker. But, we shouldn't get enthusiastic. By this time we need experience on court and that's why I use Charissis and Papamakarios to come from the bench."
KIJEWSKI, EUGENIUSZ
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"I would like to congradulate Olympiacos. They played much better tonight. They confirmed that this year they belong to the top teams of the Euroleague. We learned a good lesson tonight and this game helped us to make some very useful conclusions. There is nothing else to say about the game. Olympiacos played way too better than we did."

Players

ZIZIC, ANDRIJA
Olympiacos
"Don’t think that this win was easy. Every game in the Euroleague is difficult and every win is important. We controlled the tempo of the game and found solutions on the offensive end. I do whatever the coach orders and this year the coach wants me to get involved much offensively. We have to play two consecutive away games now and I hope that we will continue like that."
SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS
Olympiacos
"We keep improving our team chemistry. This year we are way much stronger. We have many offensive options and that gives us strength. Our defense helps us to find open opportunities on offense and get easy baskets on the fast break. When we play home we have an extra advantage; our fans that always make things easier for us. We lost twice at home to Panathinaikos; I think that this made us stronger and now our goal is never lose again in our arena."
DALMAU, CHRISTIAN
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"We were mentally not ready for this game tonight. When you face such a great team like Olympiacos, you have to give your best. We did not manage to stay in the game. They played really great basketball and we had to play as well too in order to be competitive. But, we weren’t able to do that. We had problems in defense and did not execute well in offense."
SLANINA, DONATAS
Prokom Trefl Sopot
"We were not mentally prepared for this game. We proved too soft, we didn’t fight until the end. We played terrible defense. The most important thing is that we did not use our strengths and allowed Olympiacos play their game. They played much better and we could not follow."
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