2012-13Regular SeasonRound 5
November 08, 2012 CET: 20:45
Local time: 20:45 MEDIOLANUM FORUM

Spanoulis inspires champs to big win in Milan

Defending champion Olympiacos Piraeus escaped from Medialonum Forum in Milan with a 71-84 win over EA7 Emporio Armani in Group C thanks to a brilliant evening from All-Euroleague guard Vassilis Spanoulis. The Reds improved their record to 3-2 in Group C, while Armani dropped to 2-3. Olympiacos used a 13-2 second-quarter run highlighted by Kostas Papanikolaou three-pointers to grab a double digit margin, 30-40. Another 9-2 early run in the third made it 38-50 advantage and an 15-4 charge early in the last quarter completed the job for the defending champions. Spanoulis inspired Olympiacos with 23 points and 9 assists, Kostas Papanikolau added 17 on 5-for-6 three-point shooting and Dimitiris Mavroeidis drilled 13. Keith Langford led EA7 Milan with 17 points, Ioannis Bourousis added 16 with 9 rebounds and Malik Hairston 15.

First quarter: The champs started on fire

Keith Langford opened the scoring for Armani from mid range, then Evangelos Mantzaris stole the ball form his hand to launch Mavroeidis in the open court for 2 easy points. An immediate answer by Malik Hairston gave a 4-3 margin to Milan. Vassilis Spanoulis scored 5 points in a row with Ioannis Bourousis answering with a jump hook in between. Giorgos Printezis assisted Mavroeides from the low post for an easy layup, then Spanoulis’s sent an alley-oop pass which Kostas Papanikolau finished with a huge dunk for a 6-11 lead. Two Printezis free throws capped a 0-8 run of the visitors. Finally Langford’s jumper ended a drought for the home team before back-to-back layups by Bourousis reduced the difference to 12-13. Langford went all the way to finish an 8-0 run for Armani and regain the lead at 14-13. Acie Law stepped on the court and quickly scored from mid range. Then Langford assisted Richard Hendrix for a spectacular finish added with a free throw. A three pointer by Spanoulis and 2 easy points in the open court for Law changed made it 17-20 for the defending champions. Kyle Hines made a monster block on a dunk attempt by Hendrix and Pero Antic added 3 of his 4 free throws for a 17-24 lead as the quarter finished.

Second quarter: Three-pointers made the difference

Bourousis’s put back and additional free throw fueled Armani early in the second quarter and Omar Cook hit a triple to make it 23-24 after two minutes scoreless for both sides. Antic showed off his long-distance shooting ability with a deep three. Bourousis answered with 3 free throws. Cook, from the foul line, tied the game at 27-27 and David Chiotti gave a 28-27 advantage to Milan. Spanoulis scored a floating layup and then pushed the break and assisted Papanikolaou for an open three-pointer and a 28-32 cushion, which Mavroeidis added to. Hairston hit a jumper from mid range, but Papanikolaou and Printezis nailed consecutive open three-pointers for the first double digit margin, 30-40. Cook pushed the hosts and made a triple from the corner, Mavroeidis added a free throw and a long distance shot by Hairston with a 1.1 seconds left fixed the halftime score at 36-41 for the Reds.

Third quarter: Spanoulis takes chargs

Spanoulis drove and dished another assist to an open Papanikolaou, who scored again from downtown to increase the advantage to 36-44, then Mavroeidis restored a double-digit margin with an easy layup. In the bad moments, Cook always looks to fuel EA7, this time with a pull-up jumper before a lefty jump hook from Printezis and a basket by Mavroeidis enlarged the margin to 38-50. Bourousis tried to wake up the hosts and a three-point-play by Langford trimmed the deficit to it 43-50. However a Hines layup on a lovely assist by Spanoulis boosted Olympiacos, though he missed the resulting free throw. Then the defenses prevailed and with 4:30 left in the quarter, the guests led 43-52. A perfect team play from the visitors finished by Hines, who completed the three-point-play, made it again a 12-points game. Hairston hit a three for Armani playing with Langford as point guard, but Law found easy points in the open court. Alessandro Gentile made 1 of his free throws. Hendrix, Mavroeidis and Nicolo Melli scored free throws to finish the quarter at 50-59 for the visiting team.

Fourth quarter: Olympiacos was too strong

Hairston opened the final quarter with a three-point-play to cut the margin to 53-59, Spanoulis again fed Hines in the paint for an easy layup, then scored a long three to go to 53-64. Cook banked in a shot from to keep Milan challenging, but then Mantzaris grabbed a loose ball and Papanikolaou hit another three for a 55-67 advantage. The red-hot Spanoulis added another three pointe. Gentile answered by driving to the rim, and another deep shot by the 2012 Final Four MVP gave a 57-74 margin to the Reds. Langford tried to answer with a three pointer and a put back, 62-74. Armani played a 2-3 zone defense, which was beat by a Papanikolaou rocket from eight meters. Hairston and Spanoulis exchanged baskets and Olympiacos entered the last two minutes ahead 64-79. Langford scored a free throw, and Mantzaris sealed the visitors win from downtown. Basile added 2 free throws before Spanoulis was replaced by his coach and the fans gave him a standing ovation. Langford scored the final basket for the 71-84 scoreline.

Vassilis Spanoulis - Olympiacos Piraeus - EB12
Thursday, November 8, 2012
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Referees: GARCIA ORTIZ, JOSE RAMON (ESP), JOVCIC, MILIVOJE (SRB), PEREZ PEREZ, MIGUEL (ESP)
Attendance: 4000 (Tentative)
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Olympiacos Piraeus24415984
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
  Rebounds Blocks Fouls
# Player Min Pts 2FG 3FG FT O D T As St To Fv Ag Cm Rv PIR
5 GIACHETTI, JACOPO 3:35                         1 1  
6 STIPCEVIC, ROK DNP - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
7 HAIRSTON, MALIK 34:12 15 4/9 2/3 1/1 1 2 3 1   3 1 2 2 1 8
9 FOTSIS, ANTONIS 19:08     0/1     1 1 1   1     3   -3
10 COOK, OMAR 28:04 11 2/4 2/4 1/2   1 1 5   1     4 2 9
13 CHIOTTI, DAVID 9:29 1 0/2   1/2 1 4 5 1         2 1 3
15 BOUROUSIS, IOANNIS 22:23 16 5/8 0/1 6/9 3 6 9   1 2   1 3 9 22
18 MELLI, NICOLO 12:37 2 0/1 0/3 2/2 1 6 7           4 1 2
23 LANGFORD, KEITH 29:04 17 6/12 1/2 2/3 3 3 6 2   3     2 5 17
25 GENTILE, ALESSANDRO 20:31 3 1/5 0/1 1/2   1 1 1 2 3   1 1 1 -3
35 HENDRIX, RICHARD 12:27 4 1/5   2/3 1 2 3   2 1   1 1 2 3
55 BASILE, GIANLUCA 8:30 2   0/1 2/2   1 1             1 3
Team           1   1               1
Totals 200:00 71 19/46 5/16 18/26 11 27 38 11 5 14 1 5 23 24 62
        41.3% 31.3% 69.2%
Head coach: SCARIOLO, SERGIO
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 HINES, KYLE 14:16 8 3/3   2/4   5 5 1   2 2   4 3 11
5 LAW, ACIE 17:35 6 3/6 0/2     2 2     1   1 3 1 -1
6 ANTIC, PERO 22:42 7 0/2 1/4 4/4   4 4 1 1 3     2 3 6
7 SPANOULIS, VASSILIS 28:54 23 3/8 5/8 2/2 1 1 2 9 1 5     2 5 25
8 PERPEROGLOU, STRATOS 10:20   0/4 0/1     2 2       1   1   -3
10 SLOUKAS, KOSTAS 4:22   0/1           1              
11 MAVROEIDIS, DIMITRIOS 21:35 13 4/4   5/7 1 6 7     1 2   2 4 21
12 POWELL, JOSH 1:23           1 1     2     2   -3
13 GECEVICIUS, MARTYNAS 5:52     0/1     1 1             1 1
15 PRINTEZIS, GEORGIOS 19:49 7 1/3 1/3 2/2 1 3 4 2         2 3 10
16 PAPANIKOLAOU, KOSTAS 29:55 17 1/2 5/6     2 2 1 2 1     2 3 20
17 MANTZARIS, VANGELIS 23:17 3   1/1   1 2 3 5 3       4   10
Team           2 2 4               4
Totals 200:00 84 15/33 13/26 15/19 6 31 37 20 7 15 5 1 24 23 101
        45.5% 50% 78.9%
Head coach: BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS

Head Coaches

SCARIOLO, SERGIO
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"First of all, congratulations to Olympiacos. They showed why they are the champions and why Vassilis Spanoulis is probably the best European player. Their offense was pick-and-roll, with great spacing and reading. We never were able to stop them. We lacked energy, we did not recover from Monday’s night game in Siena, and we were anxious on the offensive side. We wanted to go inside, finish and not dish the ball for open shots. It was not a good idea to go the rim, we did not read the situations well despite the fact that they are one of the best defense in the competition."
BARTZOKAS, GEORGIOS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"We had a good performance on both sides of the court. We stuck to our game plan, especially on the defensive side, against the isolation plays of Langford and Hairston. It's a very tough competition this season, and this was a key success for our season. I have to say congratulations to our team, because we stayed with our plan, but also to Milano’s fans because they recognized the great performance by Spanoulis, and gave him a standing ovation when he came off the court with a minute left in the game."

Players

COOK, OMAR
EA7 Emporio Armani Milan
"'We played a bad game, both on offense and defense, we missed energy, and you cannot play this way a so important game. It's a tough defeat because it's the second home loss, and now we have to think how to recover and come back, remains five games to the Top 16 and we have to work hard to stay on track."
SPANOULIS, VASSILIS
Olympiacos Piraeus
"It was like a final for us, both teams needed this win, so we prepared well and we played a great game on both sides, and we had an unbelievable performance with great offensive execution. We had to win, we played very good and we made a great effort, everybody did a great job, players and coaching staff, and now we keep going.

"I appreciated the standing ovation from the Milan fans; this means they liked my performance, and it's important to try to improve my game every day and the team game too."