2017-18Regular SeasonRound 5
November 03, 2017 CET: 21:00
Local time: 21:00 PALAU BLAUGRANA

Barcelona's defense tames previously unbeaten Olympiacos

FC Barcelona Lassa got back to its winning ways and snapped a three-game skid with a resounding 73-51 victory over previously undefeated Olympiacos Piraeus on Friday night. The win improved Barcelona's record to 2-3, while Olympiacos maintains its share of first place at 4-1. Barcelona dominated defensively throughout the night, forcing 21 turnovers, and pulled away in the second half with runs of 10-0 and 17-2 en route to the big victory. Kevin Seraphin led the winners with 13 points and Pierre Oriola scored 11 , while Petteri Koponen and Adrien Moerman had 8 apiece. Olympiacos had Ioannis Papapetrou in double figures with 11 points, while Kostas Papanikolaou added 8 in defeat.

Olympiacos started the game better, with Georgios Printezis scoring twice and Hollis Thompson opening his account go ahead 2-8. Seraphin got it going inside and Koponen from outside for Barcelona. Otherwise, baskets were few and far between as both defenses stood tall and both offenses produced too many turnovers for their coaches' liking. Thompson scored twice more for the visitors, but another triple from Koponen and close-range buckets from Moerman and Ante Tomic tied it 14-14 after 10 minutes. Rakim Sanders scored his first point of the season to start the second, and with the help of a Juan Carlos Navarro's triple Barcelona went up 23-16. Olympiacos was without a basket for almost 6 minutes to start the second quarter before Brian Roberts knocked down a three-pointer, but Phil Pressey replied with one of his own. The final minutes of the first half offered a lot of excitement, with Ioannis Papapetrou making a layup in a crowd and a long baseline jumper for the visitors, while Seraphin had a dunk and a three-point play for the hosts, giving Barcelona a 32-26 halftime lead.

Just as in the first half, Olympiacos scored the first 6 points of the second, with Nikola Milutinov in a main role, hustling and helping his team to tie the score, 32-32. Moerman answered with a three-pointer and soon added another in transition. That was followed by a three-point dagger from Pressey that made it 43-34. On the next Barcelona trip down the floor, Koponen extended the difference to 11 points. The Reds caught up through Vassilis Toliopoulos, but Oriola made sure the hosts went into the final quarter up 49-41. The final 10 minutes were all Barcelona, which scored the first 6 points through Pau Ribas, Thomas Heurtel and Oriola, forcing Olympiacos to take two timeouts. Papapetrou snapped a 10-0 run, but Oriola hit a triple to start another string of 7 Barcelona points. It seemed as though the hosts were running fastbreak after fast break as turnovers piled up for Olympiacos. A fastbreak basket by Ribas after turnover No.21 by the visitors helped made it 68-48, with the victory already well in Barcelona's hands.

Pierre Oriola - FC Barcelona Lassa - EB17
Friday, November 3, 2017
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Referees: RADOVIC, SRETEN (CRO), ROCHA, FERNANDO (POR), KOLJENSIC, MILOS (MNE)
Attendance: 5743
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FC Barcelona Lassa
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 SERAPHIN, KEVIN 19:20 13 5/9   3/3   4 4 1   2     2 2 12
5 RIBAS, PAU 11:49 4 2/3       1 1 3 1       3 1 6
8 PRESSEY, PHIL 20:15 6   2/4     2 2 5 3 1     2 2 13
9 HANGA, ADAM 24:24 3 1/2 0/3 1/2   6 6 2   2   1 3 2 2
11 NAVARRO, JUAN CARLOS 6:08 3 0/1 1/2         1         1   1
13 HEURTEL, THOMAS 19:45 6 3/4 0/4     2 2 5 2 2   1 1 1 7
18 ORIOLA, PIERRE 17:13 11 3/5 1/1 2/2   3 3   1       1 3 15
21 SANDERS, RAKIM 18:09 7 3/5 0/2 1/2 1 3 4   2       3 2 7
25 KOPONEN, PETTERI 19:30 8 1/3 2/4     1 1 3 1 1     1 2 9
30 CLAVER, VICTOR 11:30   0/1 0/1     2 2 1 2   1   3 1 2
44 TOMIC, ANTE 11:30 4 2/3   0/1   2 2   1 2 1   4 2 2
45 MOERMAN, ADRIEN 20:27 8 1/3 2/4   1 3 4   1 1     3 1 6
Team           1 2 3     2         1
Totals 200:00 73 21/39 8/25 7/10 3 31 34 21 14 13 2 2 27 19 83
        53.8% 32% 70%
Head coach: ALONSO, SITO
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
Olympiacos Piraeus
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
1 MCLEAN, JAMEL 7:43 5 0/2   5/6 1 3 4     4   1 1 3 3
4 TOLIOPOULOS, VASSILIS 11:05 4 0/1 1/2 1/2   1 1           3 1  
6 PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS 24:45 11 5/7 0/4 1/2   1 1           1 3 7
10 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 13:27   0/1 0/2     5 5   1 1   1 3 2  
11 MILUTINOV, NIKOLA 25:17 4 2/3   0/1   6 6 1 1 2 2     6 16
13 STRELNIEKS, JANIS 18:36   0/2 0/1         3   1     1 3 1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 18:07 5 2/3 0/1 1/2   6 6 1 1 1     1 2 10
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 20:19 8 2/3   4/4   1 1 4           2 14
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 10:20 2 0/1   2/2 1   1     3     2 1 -2
22 ROBERTS, BRIAN 21:21 5 1/4 1/3     3 3   1 6     2 2 -2
31 BOGRIS, GEORGIOS 5:21   0/1   0/2   1 1     1     1 1 -3
34 THOMPSON, HOLLIS 23:39 7 3/6 0/2 1/2   2 2 2   2     4 1  
Team           1 3 4               4
Totals 200:00 51 15/34 2/15 15/23 3 32 35 11 4 21 2 2 19 27 48
        44.1% 13.3% 65.2%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS

Head Coaches

ALONSO, SITO
FC Barcelona Lassa

“Even when we win, we talk about the times we were losing the games. We want to forget the past. We had 10 difficult days for us, now we have time to work, to practice, and we have played much better, especially on defense. It was a consistent performance, especially against Olympiacos, which is one of the best teams. They are always able to get back in any game, and we had patience when we were up by eight or 10 points, and they tried to get back. We played well all 40 minutes without forgetting our rules on defense.”

“We are especially happy today because playing against Olympiacos is always difficult. They are always in the game, and winning by this margin is difficult against these players they have. I am happy for our players and supporters, and this is the way to keep competing in this competition.”

SFAIROPOULOS, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“Before the game we knew that Barcelona would have an extra motivation for the game after the negative series of results that they had. We discussed with the players before the game that we need to be extra motivated and concentrated for the game. Unfortunately, we didn’t do what we said. We were very passive. I think, even though we kept Barcelona below average scoring in the first half, we were bad offensively the entire game. We didn’t have clear ideas, we did not read the game well, we didn’t have determination on offense, and that led to this number of 21 turnovers, which is impossible to play with and have chances to win game against such a good team.”

Players

ORIOLA, PIERRE
FC Barcelona Lassa
“It is a good feeling. We did a good job on defense in the first half, and in the second half we played the same. We moved the ball well on offense, we got easy two-point shots, scored easy baskets. The feeling is good now. We kept playing great defense, we played hard and that is why we won the game.”
PAPAPETROU, IOANNIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
“We did not want to come out and play like this; we wanted to play better. I guess we were not mentally prepared for the game. We knew Barcelona would play better after the consecutive losses they had, but we allowed them to play their game. We were good at halftime, but our offense did not keep up with the game. Scoring so few points, you cannot win games on the road. We have to forget it, we have big games ahead of us. We have to keep going. You cannot win every game, but you should improve from every game.”