2008-09Regular SeasonRound 4
November 13, 2008 CET: 20:45
Local time: 21:45 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
Ioannis Bourousis - OlympiacosOlympiacos bounced back from its first loss of the season by slapping Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv 84-65 at the Peace and Friendship Stadium on Thursday. Lynn Greer scored 21 for his best offensive output since burning Maccabi for 27 last season to lead the Reds. The win saw Olympiacos improve to 3-1, the same as Cibona, which defeated it in Croatia last week. Maccabi is now tied for third place with Unicaja at 2-2. The visitors were without start point guard Carlos Arroyo, who was sidelined with back pain. Maccabi nevertheless started strong and led 13-23 at one point in the first quarter, but the Reds soon regained control and without anyone to effectively run the offense, Maccabi managed just 5 second-period points as Olympiacos took a 34-29 halftime lead. It grew to 19 in the third and although the visitors never quit, they simply couldn’t match Olympiacos strength as the Reds cruised to a well-earned win. Nikola Vucic added 14 points, 3 assists and 3 steals against his former club, while Panos Vasilopoulos also netted 14 and Ioannis Bourousis posted 12 points and 9 rebounds. Omri Casspi paced Maccabi with 16 points in 18 minutes and Esteban Batista added 10 in defeat.

Both teams feed the ball inside to start the game. Maccabi started strong thanks to baskets from the paint by Tre Simmons, Lior Eliyahu and D’Or Fischer and took an early 2-6 advantage. Olympiacos answered back in the same way; Sofoklis Schortsianitis and Georgios Printezis bore offensive responsibility near the basket, but it was only when Josh Childress connected from behind the arc for his first Euroleague triple that Olympiacos sailed ahead to 7-6. Maccabi used some zone defense to keep the ball away from Schortsianitis, but the real good news for the guests came when the Reds' center had to go to the bench due to his third personal foul. Marcus Brown nailed a three-pointer for Maccabi to make it 9-13. It was only the beginning for a visitors' great run; Simmons, Fischer and Brown added consecutive baskets for an 8-0 streak and a double-digit difference, 13-23. Bourousis came in off the bench to score and Theo Papaloukas beat the first-quarter buzzer to get the Reds within 17-24.

Marcus Brown - Maccabi ElectraBoth defenses strengthened as neither the hosts nor the guests managed to score in the first two-and-a-half minutes of the second period. Bourousis broke the silence from three-point range and Papaloukas brought the Reds even closer at 22-24. Maccabi needed more than four minutes to score, but the incredible dunk by Jason Williams was the game's highlight. Vujcic connected twice in the row to tie it at 26-26 and Greer made a jumper to put Olympiacos ahead 28-26. The home team kept rolling with Bourousis and Greer for a 34-29 advantage before the teams left the court for halftime.

Maccabi returned to the floor with its main concern being to create opportunities to score after being held to only 5 points in the previous period. Simmons chipped in a triple to answer back to points from Greer and Vujcic. Greer fired in one from downtown and Bourousis dunked for a 43-32 lead for the hosts. Maccabi was having trouble to set up its offense. As a result, the difference kept increasing with Vasilopoulos finding an easy layup and an off-the-glass three-pointer to make it 50-32.Another triple by Vasilopoulos later on made it 55-36 for the game's largest deficit. But, Maccabi was not ready to surrender. The visitors used some free throws and baskets by Casspi to run off 10 straight points and get within 55-46 after 30 minutes.

Batista scored to make it 55-48 early in the fourth quarter before Papaloukas put an end to Maccabi’s run. Greer nailed a three-pointer, but Batista connected again in the paint. Casspi became the go-to-guy for Maccabi, while Greer had stepped up for Olympiacos. The latter added another triple and then drove to make it 69-54. Maccabi got back-to-back three-pointers by Williams and Casspi to immediately get to 70-60 with less than four minutes remaining. But Vujcic and Vasilopoulos added points to increase the Reds’ lead to 15 and there was no time left for the guests to react.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Stelios Kyriakoglou, Athens
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Referees: ARTEAGA, JUAN CARLOS (ESP), SAHIN, TOLGA (ITA), GARCIA GONZALEZ, JUAN CARLOS (ESP)
Attendance: 9500
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Olympiacos17172129
Maccabi Electra2451719
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Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 22:48 9 3/5 1/3     4 4 5 1 2     2 2 13
5 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 1:16                              
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 23:03 4 0/4 1/2 1/2 2 3 5     5 1   2 1 -2
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 25:56 14 6/9   2/2 1 3 4 3 3 4 1     1 19
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 23:49 12 4/7 1/3 1/2 2 7 9   1 2     2 6 18
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 13:56 2 1/3 0/1     1 1     1     1 1 -1
11 GREER, LYNN 27:58 21 2/4 4/6 5/6 1 1 2 2 2 1 1 1 3 2 20
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 23:04 14 1/2 4/6   2 3 5 2 2 1     2   17
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 12:35 6 3/8   0/1   1 1 1       2   1 1
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 6:24                         1   -1
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 14:03               2 3       2 1 4
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 5:08 2 1/2               2     3   -4
Team             2 2               2
Totals 200:00 84 21/44 11/21 9/13 8 25 33 15 12 18 3 3 18 15 86
        47.7% 52.4% 69.2%
Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
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
Maccabi Electra
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 BROWN, MARCUS 25:19 7 2/3 1/1   1   1 1   1     2 1 6
6 SHARP, DERRICK 11:49     0/1             1         -2
7 ARROYO, CARLOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
8 ELIYAHU, LIOR 17:14 9 4/7   1/2 1 3 4 1 1 2       3 12
9 GREEN, YANIV DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 BURSTEIN, TAL 24:12   0/3 0/1     3 3 4   5     4 2 -4
11 SIMMONS, TRE 20:28 8 2/3 1/4 1/2 1 2 3   2 2   1 2 1 4
12 WILLIAMS, JASON 21:15 7 2/5 1/1   2 1 3   1 5     4 1  
13 CASSPI, OMRI 18:16 16 4/7 2/4 2/4 2 3 5   2 2 1 1 2 4 16
14 HAGAG, DROR 16:48 2 0/2   2/2   1 1   2 3   1   1  
15 BATISTA, ESTEBAN 17:43 10 3/5   4/4 1 2 3     2 1   1 3 12
21 FISCHER, DOR 26:56 6 2/7   2/2 1 5 6 1     1     2 11
Team             1 1           1    
Totals 200:00 65 19/42 5/12 12/16 9 21 30 7 8 23 3 3 16 18 55
        45.2% 41.7% 75%
Head coach: BIRENBOIM, EFY

Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"This was a good game for us, especially against a team that has always been dangerous. We put some early pressure on Maccabi, but they found the solutions. In the third quarter, we managed to build a difference and hold it till the end, despite some bad moments we had. As far as our performance in the beginning of the game, we wanted to press Maccabi in order to make it run out of energy. We don’t care about the score after one quarter, but after 40 minutes."
BIRENBOIM, EFY
Maccabi Electra
"We committed too many turnovers, especially in the second and third quarters. We had a specific plan for this game, but things changed when Arroyo got injured. When Olympiacos's players found their confidence, they got control of the tempo. There are, though, some positive things of this game, but I prefer to keep them to myself. At the end of the day, they were playing at home and we are missing Arroyo…"

Players

VUJCIC, NIKOLA
Olympiacos
"This game was special for me and great for Olympiacos. We faced some ups and downs during the games, but that’s normal as we are still in the process of improving as a team. Maccabi started the game strong, but we showed character, improved our defense and sailed in front. That’s a good thing. We fought for every possession. We didn’t expect Maccabi to play zone defense for so much time in the game and it took us time to adjust. It is important that we have a string of great players ready to deliver in any case."
SIMMONS, TRE
Maccabi Electra
"We started the game well, but we soon lost our concentration. We allowed Olympiacos some easy baskets and made some bad decisions on the offensive end, especially in the second quarter. We knew that this was going to be a difficult game. Olympiacos holds a really deep roster and every player who comes in off the bench can hurt you. Anyway, we should keep up working hard to improve as a team."
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