2008-09Regular SeasonRound 5
November 27, 2008 CET: 20:30
Local time: 20:30 ANTARES
Lynn Greer - OlympiacosOlympiacos held onto its share of first place by a thread after rallying in overtime to defeat host Le Mans 93-98 in France on Thursday. Olympiacos improved to 4-1 to remain tied for the top spot in Group A with Cibona, while Le Mans is still winless, occupying the last spot in the group. Lynn Greer saved the day for the Reds, as he drew a foul and made both free throws to even the score at 87-87 with 3.9 seconds to go, before Le Mans ran out of gas in the 6-11 overtime. Greer shot a perfect 5 of 5 from beyond the arc to lead everyone in scoring with 25 points, while also stealing the ball 4 times. Yotam Halperin helped Greer with 15 points, big man Ioannis Bourousis dominated inside with 13 points and 11 rebounds, and Zoran Erceg chipped in with 10 points in 16 minutes. After Olympiacos overtook the lead in the fourth quarter, Brian Chase’s heroics kept the hosts alive, as his triple with 10,5 seconds to go put Le Mans up 87-85, before Greer evened it up on the other end. Dewarick Spencer led Le Mans with 4 three-pointers and 19 points, David Bluthenthal posted 18, while Joao Paulo Batista and Chased scored 16 points apiece. Alain Koffi registered a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds for the hosts

Bluthenthal converted a steal into an easy layup to put the hosts ahead early. Both teams were finishing with authority, as big men Bourousis and Koffi exchanged dunks, before Josh Childress curled off a screen and jammed one more for the guests. Batista found space for his second layup of the game to give the hosts an 8-4 lead. The inspired Le Mans players were beating Olympiacos for offensive rebounds and loose balls, as Spencer nailed the game's first triple for the hosts. Nikola Vujcic and Childress stepped up for the Reds only to see Le Mans make an 8-0 run, capped by two fast-break layups by a high-flying Spencer. At 22-10 Olympiacos head coach Panagiotis Giannakis was forced to call a timeout. Greer answered the call by scoring 7 points for the guests, and fellow substitute Sofoklis Schortsanitis added 2 to help them get a little closer at 29-19 after the first quarter.

David Bluthenthal - Le MansLe Mans had a great substitute of its own in Maleye Ndoye, who connected on his second three-pointer at the start of the second quarter. Schortsanitis fuelled a 2-9 Olympiacos run with two powerful buckets inside and it was Le Mans head coach John-David Jackson's turn to call a timeout. Luckily for Le Mans, Schortsanitis got into foul trouble, and Batista used his chance for more points with 2 free throws. Olympiacos answered by hitting 5 of 6 from the line, as Halperin cut it to 38-33. Chase and Spencer nailed two from long distance for Le Mans, but Vujcic and Erceg dominated inside for the visitors. Spencer seemed to have taken a poor decision with a tough shot from about 9 meters, but it banked in. Then Koffi and Ndoye beat the guests with a give-and-go on a fast break, setting up an open dunk from Koffi. The big man was also the one to score the last points of the period with a perfect reverse layup that capped a 9-2 Le Mans run to make it 52-41 at the break.

Olympiacos’s players came out determined to turn the game around as Halperin hit a jumper, Erceg scored of a Le Mans turnover, and Greer beat the buzzer with a triple for a 2-7 surge. Batista hooked 2 points in for the hosts, before a shooting competition took place, as both teams made triples on two straight possessions. The Reds were getting closer, with Greer cutting it to 62-58 on a fast break. Chase stepped up with two acrobatic baskets for the hosts, while Bourousis was too big to handle on the other end. Bluthenthal nailed his second triple of the quarter to expand the lead to 7, but Theodoros Papaloukas cheated Le Mans on the last possession. While the hosts expected him to dribble down the clock, Papaloukas threw a perfect alley-op to Bourousis, who made it 73-68 with 10 minutes to go.

Bluthenthal connected on yet another jumper and then Le Mans had two excellent fast-break opportunities, but the ball just wouldn’t fall through the ring. Meanwhile, Greer led the way for the Reds with a three, a steal and an open layup to even the score at 77-77. Koffi dunked on the other end, but now Olympiacos smelled blood as Bourousis spun for 2 points inside, giving Olympiacos its first lead of the game at 79-81 with three-and-a-half minutes to go. Chase rescued the struggling Le Mans with 2 free throws and a tough floater, helping the hosts to regain the lead. Then he forced an Olympiacos turnover and set up Bluthenthal for an open shot, but the forward couldn’t hit. Halperin drove through the lane to even things at 83-83 with 1:30 left on the clock. After Spencer lost the ball on the other end, Childress, who had been quiet for most of the game, hit an off-the-dribble buzzer-beater to give the Reds an 83-85 lead. With 25.5 seconds left, Batista earned a trip to the line for Le Mans, but made just 1. But Olympiacos couldn’t control the rebound, giving Chase an opportunity for more heroics. The point-guard’s three with 10.5 seconds to go put Le Mans ahead 87-85 and seemed to have won the game, but with 3.9 seconds to go, Antoine Diot fouled a relatively passive Greer, who calmly sank both free throws. Chase had enough time to put up another tough three-pointer, but it didn’t fall and the score stood even at 87-87 after 40 minutes.

After Halperin's free throws put Olympiacos in front, Papaloukas stole the ball and set Childress up for a dunk with a no-look assist. The French crowd knew that Le Mans was in trouble after Bouroisis grabbed his own rebound to put it in and give the guests a 93-87 lead. Even Chase couldn't hit his floater any more, as Le Mans head coach J.D. Jackson took one last timeout. Spencer gave Le Mans hope with a triple, but even though Bouroisis only hit just 1 of 4 free throws, the Reds were finally in control on defense to end a fantastic night in France with a victory.
Thursday, November 27, 2008
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Referees: JUNGEBRAND, CARL (FIN), CICORIA, GIANPAOLO (ITA), CONDE, ANTONIO (ESP)
Attendance: 5400
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Le Mans
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 GOMIS, ANTOINE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
5 CHASE, BRIAN 35:10 16 4/8 2/4 2/2 1 2 3 3 3 4   2 5 2 10
6 SPENCER, DEWARICK 37:24 19 3/9 4/8 1/2   3 3 2 1 3     3 5 13
7 KOFFI, ALAIN 30:10 10 5/8     3 7 10     2 2   5 2 14
8 DIOT, ANTOINE 20:33 2 0/2   2/2   1 1 6 3 2     5 1 4
9 NDOYE, MALEYE 14:46 6   2/3         2   1     2 2 6
10 LELOUP, JEREMY DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
11 BATISTA, J.P. 28:26 16 6/11   4/6 1 1 2 2   2     4 3 10
12 BADIANE, PAPE 15:32 6 2/4   2/2 3 2 5 1     2   2 1 11
13 BLU, DAVID 42:59 18 3/7 2/4 6/6 3 1 4 4 1     1 2 5 23
18 DROUAULT, PIERRE-ETIENNE DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
19 TSONGA, ENZO DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Team           1 1 2               2
Totals 225:00 93 23/49 10/19 17/20 12 18 30 20 8 14 4 3 28 21 93
        46.9% 52.6% 85%
Head coach: JACKSON, JD
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
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
4 PAPALOUKAS, THEODOROS 24:19 5 2/2   1/2   2 2 6 1 3     5 2 7
5 PELEKANOS, MICHALIS 5:07   0/1     2   2       1   1   1
6 CHILDRESS, JOSH 24:23 8 4/8       2 2         1 1   4
7 VUJCIC, NIKOLA 17:38 7 2/3   3/4 1   1 2   1   1   2 8
9 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 26:20 13 6/10 0/2 1/6 5 6 11 1 2 1     1 6 20
10 HALPERIN, YOTAM 32:19 15 3/3 1/3 6/6   5 5 4 1         6 29
11 GREER, LYNN 34:48 26 3/6 5/5 5/6       3 4 3     1 4 29
13 VASILOPOULOS, PANAGIOTIS 18:26 6 1/2 0/3 4/4 2 1 3 1 3   2   3 2 10
16 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 9:29   0/1     1 2 3           1 2 3
17 ERCEG, ZORAN 16:19 10 3/6 1/2 1/2 2   2     1   1 2 1 4
18 TEODOSIC, MILOS 7:19     0/1     1 1 4 1 1     4 1 1
21 SCHORTSANITIS, SOFOKLIS 8:33 8 3/6   2/2 2 1 3 1 1 4   1 2 2 5
Team           1 2 3     1         2
Totals 225:00 98 27/48 7/16 23/32 16 22 38 22 13 15 3 4 21 28 123
        56.3% 43.8% 71.9%
Head coach: GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS

Head Coaches

JACKSON, JD
Le Mans
"We played an excellent game until the final minutes. One or two fewer mental errors and we would have our first Euroleague win. We are all very frustrated with the way things are going, but I still think this team has great potential for this season. Ideally, we will find a way to win these games and finish the return games with our heads held high."
GIANNAKIS, PANAGIOTIS
Olympiacos
"It was a very nice game, very exciting. Le Mans shot very good from the three-point line during the first half. We wanted to control the game but they had easy layups and easy three-pointers at the begining. We made some mistakes at the end of the first half and Le Mans made the difference. In the second half, we pressed. We had more concentration and discipline. It was a very good Euroleague game and I have a lot of respect for Le Mans. It's a good win for us."

Players

SPENCER, DEWARICK
Le Mans
"We played very well except the last three minutes of the game. And they have a lot of experience on their team, guys who have played in the Final Four, and a lot of depth. But we played very well, and with more experience, it will come."
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