2009-10Regular SeasonRound 1
October 21, 2009 CET: 18:15
Local time: 19:15 PEACE AND FRIENDSHIP STADIUM
Linas Kleiza - OlympiacosOlympiacos started the new season just as it hoped by pounding Entente Orleanaise 94-72 Wednesday at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus, Greece. Linas Kleiza made a sparkling Euroleague debut with 23 points and 9 rebounds and head coach Panagiotis Giannakis made the most of his deep bench as 10 players played at least 14 minutes in the winning effort. Olympiacos dominated the glass 37-21 and shot 11 for 15 (73.3%) from the paint en route to the win. Josh Childress added 15 for the winners, while Von Wafer came off the bench for 10 in 15 minutes and Nikola Vujcic added 10 in 14 minutes. Ryvon Covile and Austin Nichols paced Orleans with 18 apiece and Cedrick Banks added 14 in defeat. Orleans will host its first ever Euroleague home game next week when it welcomes Lietuvos Rytas. Olympiacos travels to Spain to meet Unicaja.

Both teams needed a possession to work out the jitters before Kleiza drove to open the scoring. Aldo Curti buried a three to get Orleans on the board, but Milos Teodosic answered from downtown and created a steal to ignite the Reds. Childress woke the fans up with a wicked two-handed baseline slam. Covile hit a pair of free throws and Anthony Dobbins scored to keep Orleans close, but Kleiza attacked the rim for a slam to show who was in charge. Teodosic free throws made it 14-7, but Nichols answered back with a basket-plus-foul. Kleiza continued his strong opening quarter with another slam before Banks hit from downtown to bring his team within 18-15 after 10 minutes.

Laurent Sciarra came in for the second period to direct the Orleans attack and dished to Justin Doellman for an open jumper. Theo Papaloukas kept the Reds ahead with a triple, however Nicholas kept Orleans going with a basket inside. Childress cut to the basket for a pretty layup and added a long jumper before Vujcic dropped in a hook shot, causing Orleans to use a timeout to think things over. Still Patrick Beverley nailed a triple to give Olympiacos its first double-digit lead. Ludovic Vaty ended the Orleans drought, but Vujcic stretched the hosts’ lead to 12. Covile threw down a dunk and Nichols drilled a three – both in transition – to narrow the gap to 33-26. Vujcic fed a cutting Kleiza for a basket-plus-foul and then Kleiza banked in a turn-around jumper and made a pair of free throws as the Reds built a 44-30 lead by the halftime break.

Ryvon Covile - Entente OrleanaiseWafer attacked the basket for his first career Euroleague points to open the second half, but Covile countered with a slam at the other end. Olympiacos was just getting into a rhythm as Kleiza scored twice and Wafer nailed a pair of free throws to stretch the lead to 20. Covile scored for the visitors on the offensive glass, but Panos Vasilopoulos set Ioannis Bourousis up for an alley-oop slam. Covile and Curti continued to fight for Orleans, but it was showtime for the home side as Vujcic delivered a behind-the-back pass to Childress for a basket inside. Curti hit a long jumper and Nichols made 2 free throws to get within 14, but Wafer continued to fuel the Reds’ attack with a drive for a layup-plus-foul. Vujcic's second-chance basket restored a 20-point advantage though slams by Doellman and Covile helped make it 66-49 at the end of the third.

Yotam Halperin fed Kleiza for an easy basket and then finished a fast break himself as the Reds looked to ice the game. Doellman hit back with a jumper, but Kleiza made his way to the line to add to his scoring tally. Banks hit a three only for Andreas Glyniadakis and Kleiza to give Olympiacos its largest lead, 77-54. Nichols and Doellman stepped up as Orleans scored the game’s next seven points, however it was too late for Orleans. Threes by Halperin and Vasilopoulos sealed the game with several minutes to play as Olympiacos celebrated another fine start to the Euroleague season.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
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Referees: MARTIN, JOSE (ESP), JURAS, MARKO (SRB), CHEBYSHEV, SERGIY (UKR)
Attendance: 7000
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Olympiacos18262228
Entente Orleanaise15151923
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Olympiacos18446694
Entente Orleanaise15304972
Olympiacos
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 14:05 5 1/1 1/1     2 2 4         1 1 11
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 28:25 15 7/9 0/3 1/1 1 1 2 2   2 1   2 2 13
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 13:57 10 3/4 0/1 4/6 1 1 2 2   2   1 1 3 9
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 17:57 2 1/2   0/2 2 6 8 2 2 2     3 2 8
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 14:32 5 1/1 1/1   1 1 2 1     1       9
11 KLEIZA, LINAS 23:15 23 9/11 0/3 5/5 1 8 9   1 2       5 31
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 23:23 6 0/1 2/3     1 1 3 2 3     4 3 6
14 GLYNIADAKIS, ANDREAS 8:06 4 2/3       2 2     2     3    
17 BEVERLEY, PATRICK 19:01 6 0/1 1/1 3/4   3 3 3   2 1   3 2 8
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 16:11 7 1/1 1/1 2/2       1 1 1       2 10
19 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 5:23 1   0/1 1/2 1   1         1   1  
24 WAFER, VON 15:45 10 3/5   4/5   2 2   1 2   1 1 3 9
Team           2 1 3               3
Totals 200:00 94 28/39 6/15 20/27 9 28 37 18 7 18 3 3 18 24 117
        71.8% 40% 74.1%
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
Entente Orleanaise
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 BANKS, CEDRICK 26:12 14 2/9 3/5 1/1   5 5 1 3 1 1 2 3 3 12
5 COVILE, RYVON 25:49 18 8/10   2/2 4 2 6     2     1 3 22
7 DOELLMAN, JUSTIN 26:10 8 3/5 0/5 2/2   3 3   2 2 1   4 1 2
9 CASSEUS, JOHWE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
10 CURTI, ALDO 21:23 9 2/2 1/3 2/4       4   3     3 4 7
11 NICHOLS, AUSTIN 30:52 18 5/12 1/3 5/7   1 1   1 4   1 3 5 6
14 VATY, LUDOVIC 14:11 3 1/4   1/2 1   1     1     4 2 -3
15 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 14:54     0/1     1 1     1 1   2   -2
16 SCIARRA, LAURENT 18:37               3         1   2
17 DOBBINS, ANTHONY 21:52 2 1/3 0/2   1 1 2 2 1 1     3   -1
18 SADIKU, ELIO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           2   2               2
Totals 200:00 72 22/45 5/19 13/18 8 13 21 10 7 15 3 3 24 18 47
        48.9% 26.3% 72.2%
Head coach: HERVE, PHILIPPE

Head Coaches

GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"We played a game infront of our fans for the first time in several months and that feels nice. I think that the crowd enjoyed some good plays. We will keep working to improve. We had as a team both in offense and defense. All players in our roster will contribute during the season. Kostas Papanikolaou and Sofoklis Schortsianitis are recovering perfectly and will be with us again very soon."
HERVE, PHILIPPE
Entente Orleanaise
"It was a bad game for us. We faced Olympiacos, a team that aims for the Euroleague Final Four, one of the very best in Europe. We did not play well, our defense was weak against a team that plays with high intensity, especially in defense."

Players

BEVERLEY, PATRICK
Olympiacos
"It was our first official game this season and I think we had a good performance in general terms. Our team is really deep and every player coming off the bench can step in and contribute. There is a lot of room for improvement and there are certain areas of the game in which we are working hard to get better. When the new players, such as I am, catch up with the old ones, the team will work perfectly."
NICHOLS, AUSTIN
Entente Orleanaise
"We knew Olympiacos is a very good team and had a difficult job. This was our first Euroleague game and we had the first sense of intensity at the highest basketball level. We feel that we can play better in all areas, especially to compete for each and every posession. We are an ambitious team and are here to give whatever it takes to earn a Top 16 spot."
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