2014-15Regular SeasonRound 4
November 07, 2014 CET: 19:00
Local time: 19:00 KOMBANK ARENA

Olympiacos holds off late Zvezda charge for road win

Olympiacos Piraeus remained undefeated after holding off a late Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade charge for a 57-62 victory at Kombank Arena in the Serbian capital. The game appeared to be in Olympiacos’s hands with a 14-point lead entering the fourth quarter. However the home team rallied to get within 2 twice. In the end, October bwin MVP Vassilis Spanoulis sank 3 free throws in the final 20.1 seconds to seal the Reds’ fourth victory in Group D. Spanoulis finished with 14 points and Bryant Dunston added 11, while teenager Dimitrios Agravanis recorded 8 points, 9 rebounds and 2 blocks. Boban Marjanovic led the home team with 13 points and 14 rebounds. Nikola Kalinic and Jaka Blazic scored 10 apiece in defeat as Zvezda fell to 2-2.

First quarter: Hosts fall behind, use 9-0 run to climb in front

Nemanja Dangubic’s steal led to a Branko Lazic layup for the game’s first points. Olympiacos got going on a three-pointer from Agravanis. The youngster rose high on defense for a pair of blocks before Oliver Lafayette and Vassilis Spanoulis each connected from downtown to put the Reds up 2-9. Dunston rejected Nemanja Dangubic, but before long Kalinic turned a Spanoulis turnover into a slam. Vangelos Mantzaris followed Agravanis on the break and put in the latter’s miss to make it 5-11. Luka Mitrovic added a nifty layup underneath and Marcus Williams drove to the hoop to bring the hosts within 2. Brent Petway rose to reject Marjanovic, but Mitrovic’s hook shot tied the score. Jaka Blazic pulled up for a three to cap a 9-0 Zvezda run. Lafayette’s short jumper made it 14-13 through 10 minutes.

Second quarter: Reds reel off 13 straight points to take control

Petway found Othello Hunter down low for a two-handed slam. Kostas Sloukas attacked the basket for a layup that put Olympiacos up 15-17. Petway and Tremmell Darden each added threes to complete a 0-10 charge that quieted the arena. After a timeout, Zvezda responded with a Charles Jenkins jumper. Maik Zirbes became a weapon with free throws and then a score on the offensive glass to bring the hosts within 21-23. Dunston took charge with a pair of baskets inside sandwiched around a blocked shot on the defensive end. Sloukas hit a long jumper to put the Reds up 21-29 midway through the quarter. A Zvezda timeout did not change much. Dunston scored free throws and a layup before a Mantzaris triple capped a 0-13 charge. Marjanovic ended a lengthy Zvezda drought with a three-point play, but Dunston kept Olympiacos in charge with an offensive rebound and foul shot. Dangubic scored on the offensive glass to make it 26-37 at halftime.

Third quarter: Spanoulis, Dunston propel Olympiacos

After a scoreless minute and a half, Mitrovic stole the ball from Spanoulis and assisted to Lazic. Petway connected from downtown to extend the Olympiacos lead to 12. Marjanovic scored inside, but the Reds continued to up the ante with a three from Agravanis, 31-43. Missed free throws hindered Zvezda’s comeback hopes. Spanoulis buried a three to put Olympiacos up by 15. Williams tried to revive the hosts with a three-pointer and Marjanovic rejected Sloukas. Olympiacos continued attacking as Spanoulis fed Dunston in the paint for a wicked slam. Agravanis muscled his way inside to make it 34-50. Kalinic scored the only basket in the final minute to make it 36-50.

Fourth quarter: Furious Zvezda rally sets up close finish

Kalinic recorded a basket-plus-foul only to see Spanoulis sink a three at the other end. Marjanovic dunked with ease. Mantzaris nailed a long jumper to protect the lead. Williams sank a jumper and Kalinic put in his own missed free throw to bring Zvezda within 45-55. The stands were shaking again after Hunter fouled out with five minutes to go. Marjanovic split free throws before Spanoulis sank a mid-range jumper at the other end. Blazic added free throws and Kalinic fed Marjanovic for a slam to get within 50-57. The arena started to shake when Blazic nailed a three to bring Zvezda within 4 with 2:25 to go. Marjanovic sank 2 free throws to cap a 9-0 surge. Kalinic fouled Petway as the Olympiacos forward attempted a three. Petway made 2 of the ensuing free throws with 1:32 remaining in regulation. Blazic made it 57-59 with a scoop shot with 25 seconds left. Zvezda fouled Spanoulis, who made the free throws. Blazic threw up a wild three that missed and Spanoulis split free throws with 11.4 seconds remaining to seal the victory.

Bryant Dunston - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB14
Friday, November 7, 2014
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Referees: HIERREZUELO, DANIEL (ESP), VIATOR, EDDIE (FRA), NURAN, RUSTU (TUR)
Attendance: 18732
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Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
3 WILLIAMS, MARCUS 29:42 7 2/9 1/6 0/3 2 3 5 4 1 5   1 1 2 -3
4 REBIC, NIKOLA DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
6 DANGUBIC, NEMANJA 9:42 2 1/3     2   2 1 1 2   2   2 2
9 MITROVIC, LUKA 22:11 4 2/4 0/2   1 3 4 4 2 2     1 3 10
10 LAZIC, BRANKO 23:22 5 2/3 0/2 1/2 1 1 2   1 1   1 1 1 2
11 BLAZIC, JAKA 22:26 10 1/4 2/4 2/2 1 1 2 2   1     3 2 7
12 KALINIC, NIKOLA 27:55 10 4/11 0/2 2/5 4 4 8 2 2 1   1 5 4 7
13 MARJANOVIC, BOBAN 33:58 13 4/9   5/7 3 11 14 1 2 2 2 3 2 6 24
15 TEJIC, MARKO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
22 JENKINS, CHARLES 12:39 2 1/3       1 1 1       1 3   -2
24 JOVIC, STEFAN 12:03   0/1       4 4 2 1 1     2 1 4
33 ZIRBES, MAIK 6:02 4 1/1   2/2 1   1             1 6
Team           3 1 4               4
Totals 200:00 57 18/48 3/16 12/21 18 29 47 17 10 15 2 9 18 22 61
        37.5% 18.8% 57.1%
Head coach: RADONJIC, DEJAN
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
4 PETWAY, BRENT 19:12 8   2/2 2/3   4 4 1 2   2   4 1 13
5 HUNTER, OTHELLO 11:12 2 1/2       3 3     1     5   -2
6 DUNSTON, BRYANT 28:48 11 4/9   3/4 3 1 4 1   3 3 1 3 2 8
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 30:37 14 1/4 3/8 3/4   2 2 4   6       4 9
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 24:06 4 2/10 0/4   1 5 6 5 1     1 1 5 7
14 CHRISTODOULOU, ANTREAS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
16 AGRAVANIS, DIMITRIOS 20:48 8 1/2 2/5   1 8 9       2   4 1 12
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 31:48 7 2/2 1/2   2 3 5 3 1 1 1   2 3 16
18 KAVVADAS, VASILEIOS DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 KATSIVELIS, DIMITRIOS 10:34     0/2     2 2   1 1 1   2 1  
20 LAFAYETTE, OLIVER 18:06 5 1/4 1/2     1 1 1 1 1       1 4
21 DARDEN, TREMMELL 4:49 3 0/1 1/1                   1   1
Team           3   3     2         1
Totals 200:00 62 12/34 10/26 8/11 10 29 39 15 6 15 9 2 22 18 69
        35.3% 38.5% 72.7%
Head coach: SFAIROPOULOS, GIANNIS

Head Coaches

RADONJIC, DEJAN
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
“Olympiacos is really a very strong team. There were rumors they are missing their injured players a lot, but tonight they showed they will compete for the Final Four. We opened the game well, but in the second period they played tough in defense. We were not good on offense, even though I think we played pretty good defense tonight, limiting Olympiacos to only 62 points. They are a more experienced team with a lot of quality players and that was the reason for our loss."

Players

MITROVIC, LUKA
Crvena Zvezda Telekom Belgrade
“They killed us with tough defense. We had a poor shooting night, but I do hope this loss will be a good lesson for our young team. We are going to look for our chance in some road games.”
PETWAY, BRENT
Olympiacos Piraeus
"The atmosphere was great. This is very nice atmosphere, 22,000 fans and it was a tough place to play. You saw they made a push in the end and the crowd got into the game. We have a lot of things to work on; they got a lot of offensive rebounds. "
MANTZARIS, VANGELIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was a great game between two great teams. Our defense was fantastic and that’s why we won the game. I want to thank the fans. We felt like we were playing in our home. We thank them very much for the hospitality. We will do the same thing in Athens. "